Here is a piece in the November 2009 edition of Essence Magazine from filmmaker Spike Lee
Spike Lee considers what President Obama will need FROM US to succeed
Barack Obama's intelligence and generosity are vast. These are things any person can benefit from. But I think a lot of people felt life with an African-American president was going to be presto, chango! I'm not talking about economy, but racism. As a people, we have to understand Obama has to be president of the entire United States of America. It's unprecedented what he's doing. He's on uncharted waters. He needs our support, he needs our prayers, he needs our help in moving forward. He has definite influence on boys. I see it with my 12-year old son, Jackson. If someone says something critical of Obama, he's not having it! He'll say, "What do you want him to do? He's doing his job!" He's proud of his president. But he knows Obama can't do it all alone.