"I never thought it would happen in my lifetime"?
I wish I had a quid for every time I've heard someone say that during the last few weeks.
So we now have a wonderful black president - but what next - a woman, a gay man, a black woman, a gay black woman?
The first trailblazer I remember was Angela Rippon, the BBC's first female newsreader. It was said that people just wouldn't accept receiving distressing news from a woman. Women just weren't serious enough.
Angela was hardly a revolutionary - she spent most of her later life mouldering away on 'Come Dancing'. It wasn't strictly necessary then so no one watched it.
Then there was Trevor McDonald - the first black newsreader. A man with such gravitas and elocution skills you'd be scared to even say hello to him.
Who was England's first black footballer?
I remember a campaign in the early seventies by (I think) The Sunday Times to get a few home-grown Pelés and Eusébios onto our pitches.
My research shows that the earliest may have been Clyde Best.
So West Ham had their very own Bestie?
Paul Ince was the first black manager of an English premiership side. He lasted for 6 months. I hope Obama will be more successful than Paul.
Surely Britain will one day have a black prime minister.
We tried a woman once but it didn't work.