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SUMMARY “MY PRESIDENT WAS BLACK”Students NameInstitution NameProfessor NameCourse NameDate'My President Was Black' by Ta Nehisi Coates is one of America's leading journalists and writers, a new retrospective of Barack Obama's presidency. Coates title originates from Jay-Z: "My president is black, he is indeed half blank / he is half-right even in a racist way." This fast lyric helps explain Coates more significant points about the Obama-elected African President'sPresident's being Obama is the perfect African American, but that Obama's unique qualities made him an imperfect President, particularly for advancing himself. In effect, Coates admitted he criticized President Obama's approach to racial issues, but Coates' opening quote; "They're a rotten crowd," from The Great Gatsby revealed his general admiration for Obama's great intelligence and evident goodness: I screamed across the lawn, "you're worth putting together the entire goddamn bunch." Coates thinks that Obama is a better person than the rest of the "craziness" we call Washington.