“I think he’s just the right person for now,” Walker said in an interview with The Associated Press before a public reading at Emory University on Tuesday. Walker had announced her support for Obama earlier.
“I think we need a leader who can be very strong and forceful and at the same time capable of actually sitting with people wherever they are on the globe. We don’t want leaders who are afraid of other people.”
Walker, 64, a longtime activist who once worked at Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine, didn’t struggle over her choice in the Democratic Party’s nomination battle, even though Obama’s competition is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She called the idea that feminists must support every female candidate “the old way of thinking” and counterproductive.
Walker joins another black Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison, in backing Obama. Morrison, who once labeled President Clinton as the “first black president,” surprised pundits in January by endorsing his wife’s competition. – Associated Press