It's true that Obama had to overcome two stereotypes and I was overly cautious myself before I voted for him. I was originally a Hillary supporter as well as a Hillary volunteer in South Florida and I voted for her in that primary.
It was only after I started to listen to Obama did I come to the conclusion that he was somebody very special. Also, Hillary recommended me to Obama to head up a team in South Florida to concentrate on getting people registered, especially seniors who were out of compliance with Florida's new voting regulations.
I started to appreciate the courage it took for Obama to step up to the plate at a time of enormous and nearly incomprehensible difficulties. I saw someone who, unlike his predecessor, was committed to America's domestic problems first and foremost above all else. And he has never wavered from that commitment in spite of all the logjams thrown in his path. It's been a long time since we've had a President who put America first. I liked that in him then and I like that in him now.
In the past it seemed like the first thing a President wanted to do was jump feet first into making his legacy all about foreign policy while ignoring this country's problems here sat home. They talked a good game about America's problems to get elected but that was the end of it. Obama did the exact opposite and has justified my faith in him because of that.