Obama and the rules for Angry Black Men

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Why does Barack Obama have to be Virgil Tibbs? Or Denzel Washington in "Crimson Tide"? Or any other angry black archetype?
The conventional wisdom is that Obama isn't angry enough. By using the phrase "the angry left" in his speech to the Republican National Convention, George W. Bush pulled a classic bully move: provoke your opponent and then mock his rage. Is it lines-in-the-sand time?

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