Did he do a perfect job? No. He made some mistakes, but overall he did a good job. Now, I wouldn't have gone into the history of civil rights and the republican party, nobody really cares today that once upon a time that people such as Marting Luther King was a republican. I also don't buy into the meme that most blacks don't understand that history. They feel that the republican party is now racist. Granted, that is something that they are conditioned to believe from childhood, but they have access to the same history books that we do.
He also missed some opportunities. The most important coming in the Q&A section. One young man asked about government staying out of your life. He didn't do enough to explain the difference between limited government and no government. Precious few believe in "no government".
For those who call this pandering, grow up. He promised them nothing, except the promise of what a limited government can do improve their lives. School vouchers is a big issue within the black community and it is something that we need to hit hard in order to get them to see that we are indeed on their side.
This was a small, but important step.