The fam and I were out at a local mall the day before Christmas Eve. This was one of the local malls on the West side that has fallen on hard times and whose demographic is decidedly low wage working class. One of the stores in the mall was one of those places that sells airbrushed t-shirts and stuff. Out in front of the store on display were three t-shirts, to show off their wares. One shirt was Lil Wayne, one of Snoop Dog and one of Obama.
Before the rise of Obama, that display would have been all rap, pop culture icons. Now, across the country perhaps, such displays will have the balance I saw the other day. On the one hand, rappers and pop icons but now also, the President of the United States.
I'm okay with that.
What signs and portents of the Obama effect on the culture are you seeing?