The inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a transcendent moment in American history, but I do not see him as our first black President.

Dear Editor,
The inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States is a transcendent moment in American history, but I do not see him as our first black President. He is our President, who just happens to be black.
President Obama has awakened in me a hope for American politics which died in 1968, after the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., then Robert F. Kennedy — and a few years earlier President John F. Kennedy.
I admit I was slow to believe it would really come to be.  We should not squander this opportunity.
Timothy A. Short
Pittsburg