Uncanny Observations

January 3, 1964: Time magazine honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with a "Man Of The Year" cover story: "The Invisible Man has now become plainly visible — in bars, restaurants, boards of education, city commissions, civic committees, theaters and mixed social activities, as well as in jobs." January 3, 2008: Illinois senator Barack Obama wins the 2008 Democratic Iowa caucus. Time's Joe Klein writes: "That day has now come, at the highest level of American politics. A black man with a dangerous-sounding foreign name trounced his opponents in the nearly all-white state of Iowa. And he did so because, after spending months getting to know him, the people of Iowa stopped seeing his color and began to admire his character." What a difference 44 years make. [Time, Time]