I beg to differ. Barack was a groomed, celebrated figurehead. He did nothing on his own accord.
Strangely enough, that's what they said about Reagan when he was in office. Obviously there's a difference in the way they are treated by the media - Reagan was reviled as a drooling, senile warmonger whereas Obama is the One we've been waiting for, who puts FDR (my #1 candidate for worst president ever) in the shade.
But the idea that they stood him up is, in my view, misguided. Why him? There are large numbers of ambitious liberal pols out there who want to be President, none of whom would defer to Obama just because he's black. Do you really think Nancy Pelosi or the rest of the overwhelmingly white Democratic congressional delegation would stand aside for any number of black politicians to run for their seats in their place? Obama had to fight his way to the top, like anyone else. It's not as if Clinton gave Obama a free pass during the primaries - her people went at the Jeremiah Wright angle hard. Clinton's problem is that while it might have worked in the general*, it failed in the Dem primaries. Dukakis certainly did not stand aside for Jesse Jackson in 1988, any more than Mondale did in 1984.
* In not working the Wright angle, McCain gave up his only chance at the presidency.