Check out this article by Stanford professor Michelle Elam about Obama and how his biracial identity got erased by the inauguration. She writes:
"This consensus about just who Obama is serves its purposes—America unites over the idea of 'the first black president.' The ritual and spectacle of the music, the mega-screens, the invocations, the prayers and the poems, played and replayed around the world, formed the powerful collective representation of Obama as both president and black. At least for the moment, his political and racial statuses are unimpeachable. The inauguration was the climax of his transformation from a black suspect, to a suspect black, to mixed-race cosmopolitan, to MLK’s heir to, finally, America’s Native Son."
But as she says in her essay: shouldn't we pay attention to the part of the story that's being left out?