Why is Barack Obama considered black and not white? Why that's so simple. Running for president, which color would have been the most advantageous to energize a black or colored swing vote? Well, that's your answer. It's not politically correct, I'll acknowledge, but it's the truth. It's always best to tell the truth instead of dreaming up fairy tales. One of the problems with our country is that many people live fairy tales and believe they are alive and thinking.
It doesn't matter who people vote for when it comes to the president, that is a myth. What people need to do is pay attention to their local politicians and vote the one into office that share your ideals, and hope they make the same choice you would. So your asking the wrong people if the color of you skin affects the vote.
Don, you ask why is Barack Obama considered black and not white? Because that is how people physically see him. If you met him at a party for the first time would you really think white man? I don't think so. You say it's always best to tell the truth and people should not live in fairytale lives but you are trying to present a fairytale point of view. If you saw a blond haired man who happened to have a mother with red hair would you look at that man as a red head? No. We see people and classify them socially through their physical appearance not their biological heritage. The mistake is when we make incorrect judgements about people based on incorrect assumptions about these classification (i.e., blonds are dumb, blacks are lazy, etc).
The book is full of lies and distortions, especially when it comes to the years that he spent in Hawaii and at Punahou (the most sought after private school in Hawaii). After backtracking through the archives of articles in the Honolulu Advertiser where they actually interviewed people that Obama referenced in the book, they wanted to verify stories that he told relating to his experiences, you find outright lies and overblown rhetoric and incidents that never happened, according the people that were there. But who cares? it's all about charisma isn't it?