The final bidder was the president of the Kansas chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
, Jean Baptiste
.Baptiste's bid was $7,000, an amount he
said was worth it.
"One day, I might say, 'Look at our president.I bought his
tie at a Washington Days activity,'" Baptiste
said, "and one day that tie might be in the Smithsonian institute
because of who he
speech was an excellent evaluation of the United States and said Obama
is the epitome of an American.
"Nothing was mentioned about race tonight - he
didn't come here as a person of a certain race, he
came here as an American," Baptiste