Why did he choose to classify himself as black? I think this is an easy answer because of the benefits he received for being black. How did he get into Harvard? How did he get into prep schools when his family was middle class?
The question is: "Is he the first black President?" I don't think saying you're black qualifies someone as the first black president. With the terrible job he's done of not keeping promises made in 2008 and his deplored foreign policy, if I were black I'd disown him and support the next real African American presidential candidate. They deserve a better role model.