"Previously in our culture, the King of Jazz was Paul Whiteman and the King of Swing Benny Goodman and the King of Rock and Roll was Elvis Presley, all white men. This, in a way, radically redefined the black performer’s relation to music, made Jackson an auteur. In this way, Jackson may have paved the way for Obama in the sense of black man as auteur and self-mythmaker."
Says Professor Gerald L. Early of Washington University.
I'm keeping track of efforts at scholarly analysis of Michael Jackson.
And I'm also keeping track of the way Barack Obama horns in on everything (with the new tag "Obama is everywhere").