Andersen quotes Obama's New York roommate, Sohale Siddiqi, on the subject of Obama's allure: "I couldn't outcompete him in picking up girls, that's for sure" -- but we do not hear from any of the girls he might have picked up or dated.when his half-sister Auma visits him in Chicago pre-Michelle, he tells her about a ruptured relationship with a white woman back in New York.
The young Obama that I knew was mainly interested in hanging out with white guys and white girls (like me and my radical girlfriend) or with his radical Muslim friends.
I interacted with young Obama on various occasions between 1980-1981 and I can report that I never saw him hanging out with black students. Obama, of course, has done a lot of work to create a politically and socially advantageous black image for himself.
However, he retains a grounding in the social reality/order of his time. And bodies crowd and give off heat, some people are in front and you can hear the patter or plod of the steps behind."Obama In a Letter To Mc Near: "Caught without a class, a structure, or tradition to support me, in a sense the choice to take a different path is made for me. I have to admit that I am feeling anger at him for some reason, multi-stranded reasons. Tho he speaks sweet words and can be open and trusting, there is also that coolness — and I begin to have an inkling of some things about him that could get to me."From "Dreams Of My Father," Obama Reflects On Genevieve Cook: "There was a woman in New York that I loved. She had dark hair, and specks of green in her eyes.
Facing what he perceives as a choice between ecstatic chaos and lifeless mechanistic order, he accedes to maintaining a separation of asexual purity and brutal sexual reality."Obama In A Letter To Mc Near: "I run every other day at the small indoor track (at Columbia) which slants slightly upward like a plate; I stretch long and slow, twist and shake, the fatigue, the inertia finding home in different parts of the body. The only way to assuage my feelings of isolation are to absorb all the traditions (and) classes; make them mine, me theirs."Genevieve Cook, On Her First Date With Obama After Meeting At A Party: "I’m pretty sure we had dinner maybe the Wednesday after.
While writing my reader's guide to Barack Obama's memoir, I had a moment of doubt.
I thought I understood the basic thrust of the guy's life -- the need to define himself as black to acquire political power, because being seen as African-American would be hugely advantageous to the career of a quite white guy like Barry Soetoro.
I spent several hours thinking through everything I knew about Obama, talking it over with my wife.
I came up with virtually no evidence, other than a lack of pre-Michelle girlfriends (he didn't meet Michelle until he was almost 28), except for one white serious girlfriend, whom he shoves away because she is white.
Alex Mc Near Reflects On Meeting Young Barry Obama: "He was interesting in a very particular way. It was one of those dark, old Italian restaurants that don’t exist in New York anymore.
He really worked his way through an idea or question, turned it over, looked at it from all sides, and then he came to a precise and elegant conclusion."Alex Mc Near On Her First Date With Barack Obama: "We sat and talked and ate and drank wine. It was the kind of place where they leave you alone. That’s how it was."From The Journal Of Genevieve Cook: "It’s not a question of my wanting to probe ancient pools of emotional trauma …
But what if this was all a smokescreen intended to distract from him being gay -- this would hardly be the first time in quasi-autobiographical literature.