David Maraniss' biography of Obama is making waves, at least in the foreign media, for pointing out errors and inconsistencies in Obama's version of Mein Kampf ("My Struggles"), called, Dreams of My Father.
I had recently posted about how Maraniss had investigated and found that Obama's account of his grandfather being arrested and tortured by the British was false. (Of course, even if the story was false, if Obama actually believed it was true, it would explain his antipathy to the British).
Now the Daily Mail discusses another part of Maraniss' biography about how Obama downplayed and ignored his past penchant for white girlfriends in order to boost his credibility as a black leader:
The U.S. president and his First Lady sometimes seem so well-suited to each other that it’s hard to imagine there ever having been any woman in his life other than the formidable Michelle, whom he met while working for a Chicago law firm in 1989.
Obama has reinforced this notion by making only fleeting mention of ex-girlfriends in his carefully calibrated memoirs, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.
He gives the impression of a man in such a hurry to save the world that he had no time for such distractions as romance.
But now, in a blistering new biography, Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist David Maraniss has pulled his exes out of the shadows.
In so doing, he has revealed an unflattering picture of a president so desperate to sell an image of himself as a pioneering race warrior that he has air-brushed many of the ‘white’ elements from his life — including that string of well-heeled, well-educated white girlfriends.
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Time and again, Obama, who has had to fight hard to convince other African Americans of his ‘black credibility’, appears to have burnished his radical credentials, not least by playing up the roles of black people in his life and playing down the roles of the white.
And nowhere is this more apparent than in his romantic life.
Who exactly are Obama’s “sons”? The term “my sons” is apparently a paternalistic figure of speech the president likes to use to describe some subset of the American male population who are other people’s children.I've heard priests use that type of expression as part of their speech in referring to male congregation members, but not as a turn of phrase among political leadership. So here is another speculation: that, what with all of his past girlfriends, there actually may be some real Obama sons out there.