The date is November 13, 2012.1 Just mere days ago, I received the invitation of a lifetime. Last night, I arrived in Washington, D.C. I am staying in the Hay-Adams Hotel on the third floor. I still cannot believe the extent of my life's journey. I have just been summoned to the White House by second term President-elect Barack Obama, who defeated Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President on November 6, 2012. The 2012 Presidential Election was a hard-fought battle between Barack Obama on the Democratic side, and Mitt Romney on Republican side. The election was a like the Rumble in the Jungle between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.' President Obama employed a rope-a-dope style of fighting against Mitt Romney early in the 2012 campaign, lying on the ropes. Then, after Labor Day, he came off of the ropes fighting and scored a decisive knockout victory. This shocked the pundits who wrote his Presidency off after the heartbreaking Democratic defeats in the 2010 Midterm Elections.
President Obama has invited me to the White House to discuss the issue of Race in America and to present my ideas and perspectives on solving a myriad of problems.
Joseph Karl Grant, A Conversation with President Obama: A Dialogue about Poverty, Race, and Class in Black America, 1 U. Miami Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 25 (2011)