Thank the Obamas and the Clintons for one thing. Together, they are fiercely separating race from class. For as long as any of us have been alive, we’ve used race as a proxy (along with occupation, income, and station) for class — so we could pretend we are a class-less society. After all, isn’t that what we’ve been told the war against the British was all about? But the truth is, class is a powerful separator, all the more powerful for its being unstated. In fact, it may be more powerful than race. We’re about to find out. Here we have a rich white couple who have tasted success unlike anyone who are exhibiting their tendancy toward the lower class, while a young black couple (who just four years ago had their credit card rejected for insufficient funds) exhibits grace and grit that befits a higher class.