Roger Wilkins In response to Obama becoming the 44th president of the US, Roger Wilkins said, "They [civil rights leaders] don't claim, and I don't claim that they create Obama's brain….This cooling persona, plus his eloquence." Roger Wilkins served under President Lyndon Johnson as Assistant Attorney General of the Community Relations Service, which had responsibility for enforcing civil rights laws. He was the first black member of the editorial board of the Washington Post and won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for his writing on the Watergate scandal. He later served as a professor of history at George Mason University. "I think that this post-racial talk is nonsense. We've been a racist country since about 150 years before we were a country…but I do think if Obama is successful -- that, say, he really does bring us out of this rut, and also does some rational things about the Middle East, and it comes up to a second term, and he gets a second term, and he does well again -- I think that he may, by that success, deliver something pretty close to a non-racial America."