"There's a certain kind of virtuosity that amplifies its achievements by a million trillion. Beethoven composed his Ninth Symphony while deaf. James Joyce wrote Finnegans Wake with a magnifying glass. Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States while black." Deafness and poor eyesight are not the same thing as blackness, and to equate the three to together is to place race dangerously close to disability. Also, is being elected president a feat of virtuosity? Conflating political wins with artistic accomplishment is another shaky line to be walking on.