"I think we're ready. Oh, I hope we're ready." "I just hear people's comments that that will be the day when we have a black man running our country.""I'm not sure. I'm really not sure."Candidate Obama gave a speech about race in America."I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas.I was raised with the help of a white grandfather who survived a Depression to serve in Patton's Army during World War IIand a white grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line at Fort Leavenworth while he was overseas."I've gone to some of the best schools in America and lived in one of the world's poorest nations.I am married to a black American who carries within her the blood of slaves and slave owners - an inheritance we pass on to our two precious daughters."I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue, scattered across three continents,and for as long as I live, I will never forget that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible."It's a story that hasn't made me the most conventional of candidates.But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts - that out of many, we are truly one."Many political experts predicted that Barack Obama would lose the nomination. For one thing, he was still new to many Americans while almost everyone knew who Hillary Clinton was.