Reference: Commentary, Bangkok Post, November 24, 2008
So much has been made of the color of Obama's skin that we have overlooked the obvious. The singular characteristic that sets Obama apart from US presidents in recent memory is not that he is black but that he is smart. Not only that, it now seems obvious that in this administration brains will trump politics and pork. The unikely confluence of a transition to a competent adminstration and an economic shock of historical proportions is a strange case of reality mimicking fiction.