It's been a great week for black men on TV. Lenny Henry's got some catching up to do.
It's obviously unfashionable - coming from a one-syllabled agency in Soho which does digital/brands/integration/360/wankery to suggest that television still has a major role to play in the lives of the world's citizens. Twice this week I have been sat with my four month old son and we have watched two wonderful moments play out in front of us. Scarcely the bread roll - let alone the hors d'oeuvre for what was to come, was Lewis Hamilton's F1 triumph. ITV deserve credit for squeezing every last drop out of the drama played out on the track. As Hamilton whipped round Glock on the last corner, I jumped for joy. Jack shat himself.
Obama's use of the Internet will be a module in its own right in political / media classes. The full magnitude of his - and the country's achievement revealed itself in all its glory through television that will last with us forever. It began with the beautiful orotary of Obama in Grant Park presented against the backdrop of the Chicago skyline at night. Cutways to the elated rainbow of faces, the tears of Jesse Jackson and the sheer volume of people was the start. People and more people in Times Square, Capitol Hill, outside The White House - being sat on a sofa at 6am in zone 6 South West London, watching it play out was a very moving experience.
Telly is great. It will be for a while yet.