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Every step — whether his foray into community organizing, Harvard Law School, even his choice of whom to love — was not just about living a life but about fulfilling a destiny.
It is in the personal realm that Garrow’s account is particularly revealing.
In early 1987, when Obama was 25, [Jager] sensed a change. In Garrow’s telling, Obama made emotional judgments on political grounds. Garrow reveals some other new information about Obama’s cocaine use (it continued after college) and he describes Obama’s autobiography as “historical fiction” which Obama’s friends didn’t view as an accurate portrait of the man they knew.
A close mutual friend of the couple recalls Obama explaining that “the lines are very clearly drawn. In the end, Garrow’s view of Obama is surprisingly harsh.
But Obama had met many Aussies while living in Indonesia as a young boy with his mother and stepfather, and it turned out he and Cook — the daughter of a prominent diplomat — had lived in the country at the same time. 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.
Both her parents were established writers and her father, Erskine Mc Near, was the scion of a property empire.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.As a young student in the early Eighties at Occidental College, a small arts university in Los Angeles, Obama developed a serious crush on another student Alexandra Mc Near, who was co-editor of a college literary magazine which published two of Obama’s poems.He shares for the first time the story of a woman Obama lived with and loved in Chicago, in the years before he met Michelle, and whom he asked to marry him. so very ambitious” very suddenly,” she told Garrow. That’s not a reason,” they heard Sheila yell from their guest room, their arguments punctuated by bouts of makeup sex.) Obama cared for her, Garrow writes, “yet he felt trapped between the woman he loved and the destiny he knew was his.” Obama continued seeing Jager into the early 90s, even after he had met Michelle Robinson.Sheila Miyoshi Jager, now a professor at Oberlin College, is a recurring presence in “Rising Star,” and her pained, drawn-out relationship with Obama informs both his will to rise in politics and the trade-offs he deems necessary to do so… “I remember very clearly when this transformation happened, and I remember very specifically that by 1987, about a year into our relationship, he already had his sights on becoming president.”… If I am going out with a white woman, I have no standing here.” And friends remember an awkward gathering at a summer house, where Obama and Jager engaged in a loud, messy fight on the subject for an entire afternoon. Jager tells Garrow she “felt bad about it” which suggests their relationship was more than friendship even while Obama was dating Michelle.