He would never have been elected president if he identified himself as a Caucasian. As a Negro, he was able to mobilized the Negro and Latino communities. But more importantly he was able to get the support of tens of millions of white liberals desperately wanting to rid themselves of their 'white guilt'. So, despite him crowing on and on at the MLK festival about discrimination, there is actually little discrimination in the USA and he is the living proof of it. Negros have more rights and protections than any protected plant or animal on the endangered species list. Choosing his Negro half rather than his Caucasian half has been very lucrative for Barry Soetoro.