Former President Barack Obama likes to act like he has better morals than the average American.
However, according to David Garrow’s, “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” a biography about Obama, the former president has a secret racist side.
Obama revealed that he was going to marry his former girlfriend of Dutch and Indonesian descent, but called it off over fears that it would damage his political career.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Garrow’s view of Obama can be summed up by this one line, via The Washington Post: “While the crucible of self-creation had produced an ironclad will, the vessel was hollow at its core.”
Lest you think this is a political hatchet job, it’s worth pointing out that Garrow is a Pulitzer-winning historian who has published a biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and a survey of the abortion rights movement in the years before Roe v. Wade. This is not exactly Kitty Kelly we’re talking about here.
While the allegation that Obama says he “considered gayness” during his college career has taken up most of the headlines in the run-up to the book’s May 9 publication date, the real meat of the book comes out of the ruthless cynicism of Obama’s career moves. And nothing demonstrates that better than his relationship with Sheila Miyoshi Jager.
Jager was one of Obama’s first girlfriends, according to The Daily Caller. Obama lived with the half-Japanese, half-Dutch Jager, who is now a professor of East Asian studies at Ohio’s Oberlin College. In 1986, Obama proposed to her, but Jager’s father was cautious about Obama’s prospects and felt they should wait.
The relationship quickly went downhill once Obama became more preoccupied about race and less about being a good boyfriend.
Jager told Garrow that “over the course of spring ’87, (Obama) changed — brooding, quiet, distant — and it was only then, as I recall, that he began to talk about going into politics and race became a big issue between us.” She described how the “resolution of his ‘black’ identity was directly linked to his decision to pursue a political career.”
Garrow justified the point using Illinois state Sen. Richard H. Newhouse as an example.
“Across the South Side, the word on the street was that Newhouse ‘talks black but sleeps white,’ and one black nationalist explained that ‘the perception now is that an African-American married to a white is unable to give 100 percent to the cause,’” Garrow wrote.
Mike Dees, a friend of Jager, said Obama was “concerned if he was going to take the steps to the presidency with a white wife.”
“Barack ‘was very drawn to her, they were very close,’ yet he felt trapped between the woman he loved and the destiny he knew was his,” Garrow said.
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