Most blacks called Republicans and George W. Bush the worst of names in 2000. When they suddenly found themselves totally out of political power after the election, black Democrats demanded the GOP now reach out to them.
It was that kind of nerve that later inspired the column “Why God Makes Middle Fingers”.
It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, they feel more responsible, either because they didn’t do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn’t work for them. Or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way.
— Barack Obama, New York Times Magazine