Winter Kills: Obama Exposed As Race Racketeer

You can blame winter for the slow erosion of Senator
Barack Obama`s image.

As I`ve been noting going back to my January

on Obama, much of what you hear about the

fashionable Presidential candidate
ranges from
wishful thinking to sheer ignorance to outright

More recently, I wrote in The American
one of the first detailed analyses of
Obama`s 1995 autobiography, Dreams from My Father
takes seriously his absolutely accurate subtitle: A
Story of Race and Inheritance
. Rather than being the
racial healer of media legend, Obama has,—according to
his own account—conducted a lifelong love affair with
racial resentment and self-pity. [Obama`s
Identity Crisis
, March 26, 2007]

The response from liberals like

David Brock

Matthew Yglesias
was that it was not the politician
who is running for President of the United States whose
personality should be examined, but the journalist`s who
dares question Obama.

Baloney. Obama`s vague, feel good, bring-us-together
campaign as the half black-half white candidate who will
enable America to" transcend" race is absolutely
dependent on continued journalistic negligence regarding
what Obama has actually written about race.

We elected a pig in a poke as President in 2000 and
are paying the price today. But with George W. Bush, we
at least had the excuse for not making the effort to
understand him that he turns out to be not very
interesting to understand—he`s Peter Sellers`

Chauncey Gardiner
from  Being There with a
mean streak.

Obama, on the other hand, is a more intriguing
individual, a man of parts, a fine writer and speaker.
We don`t have the excuse of boredom for not putting in
the work to understand the passionately

ethnocentric candidate`s
race obsession.

While few in the media appear to have read Obama`s
bestselling memoir all the way through, his press
coverage has gotten less rapturous in recent weeks.

Why? Winter.

To flee it, numerous big city reporters have
convinced their editors to send them on expense-account
junkets to Obama`s old tropical haunts in

and Indonesia. The

they wrote to justify their trips have
begun to

Obama`s carefully crafted façade.

The next credibility problem for Obama`s persona:

is a great place to visit once the snow
stops falling. As spring arrives, more investigative
reporters will head to the

Windy City
to find out more about Obama`s spiritual
adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah T. Wright Jr., who was one of

of Nation of Islam leader Louis
Farrakhan`s 1994 Million Man March.

In Sunday`s Chicago Tribune, Kirsten
Scharnberg and Kim Barker report from Honolulu and
Jakarta, where Obama spent his first 18 years:

"More than 40 interviews
with former classmates, teachers, friends and neighbors
in his childhood homes of Hawaii and Indonesia, as well
as a review of public records, show … several of his
oft-recited stories may not have happened in the way he
has recounted them, sometimes making him look better in
the retelling, and sometimes skipping over some of the
most painful, private moments of his life."[
Not So Simple Story of Barack Obama`s Youth
March 25, 2007]

Obama described Indonesia in the late 1960s as
idyllic for a small mixed-race boy, while Hawaii in the
1970s was a nightmare of


The Tribune reporters found the

was closer to the truth.

They interviewed Southeast Asians from his Jakarta

"All say he was teased
more than any other kid in the neighborhood–primarily
because he was so different in appearance."
He was
frequently attacked by three Indonesian kids at once,
and one time they threw him in a swamp. "Luckily he
could swim."

Conversely, Obama`s account of his supposedly
oppressed and angry 5th-12th grade years (at

Honolulu`s most prestigious prep school)
make Hawaii
sound like Alabama in the 1950s—rather than a state

whites didn`t hold any of the top three elective posts

at the time. However, the Tribune correspondents

"Much time is devoted in
Obama`s book to exploring his outsider status at
Punahou. But any struggles he was experiencing were
obscured by the fact that he had a

racially diverse group of friends
–many of whom
often would crowd into his grandparents` apartment, near
Punahou, after school let out."

Obama exploits his typical reader`s ignorance of
Hawaii`s very different racial rules. For instance:

"Obama described having
long, heated conversations about racism with another
black student, `Ray,` who once railed: `Tell me we
wouldn`t be treated different if we was white. Or

. Or

.` The real Ray, located by the Tribune,
is actually half black and half Japanese. And according
to a close friend from high school, that young man was
perceived and treated as one of Punahou`s many
mixed-race students."

In his Honolulu classmates` recollections, the young
Obama wasn`t the lonely, alienated victim depicted in
his book. Instead, he was much as he is now: a naturally
gifted politician with a knack for making himself


"Most classmates and
teachers recall an easygoing, slightly chunky young man,
with the same infectious smile he sports today. Yet many
say they have trouble reconciling their nearly
30-year-old memories with Obama`s more recent
descriptions of himself as a brooding and sometimes
angry adolescent…"

I particularly like how Obama rationalized

his preppie drug use
as "something that could
push questions of who I was out of my mind . . ."

His classmates, in contrast, in these articles seemed to
find his explanation puzzlingly gratuitous. Many of them

smoked dope
on the beach, too, but they didn`t need
a racial identity crisis caused by the white power
structure to

justify their getting high
. It was, like, Hawaii
in the 1970s, you know? Maui Wowie, dude!

While Dreams from My Father may not be the
most accurate of autobiographies (
should have encouraged him to write an
autobiographical novel, for which his talents are more
suited), it should not be dismissed. Artistically, it is
a minor masterpiece, although of a rather depressing

While Obama`s aptitude as a prose stylist doesn`t
necessarily mean he`d make a competent Chief Executive,
it might be

to have a President who was at least good
at something.

One reason

few have finished
Obama`s autobiography, even though
it has been on the bestseller list for over a year, is
because of the stubborn relentlessness with which he
refused to recount any incidents in his life just
because they were entertaining or educational or
edifying. It`s clearly not

—any professional hack would have made
it less forbiddingly literary, more reader-friendly.

The aesthetic (as opposed to factual) integrity of
is extraordinary. The discipline with which
Obama stuck to his one and only theme—his

racial identity,
his "Story of Race and
—for 442 pages is rare among
autobiographies…fortunately for readers. Despite my
professional interest in his topic, I had trouble
finishing his book because it is so lacking in

In contrast, in the extremely unlikely event that I
ever wrote my autobiography, I would make sure to put
in, say, a funny story about the time I sat around in a
bar drinking with

Margaret Thatcher.
I wouldn`t include the anecdote
because it was a crucial to understanding the
development of my personality, but because any sane
reader would be more interested in hearing about a 
historic figure


Mrs. Thatcher
than about me.

But Obama`s solipsistic self-obsession won`t allow
his readers the cheap thrills of his even trying
to appeal to their interests rather than his own.

Why has Obama tied his fate to the

Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
a tactless race man who is the
living opposite of the myth Obama is trying to project
about himself?

It`s not exactly a secret that Obama, like George W.
Bush, has Daddy Issues. The great curse of our current
President`s life is that his father was an all-around
pretty good guy whose biggest failure was

not winning a second term as President.
President`s awareness that he is palpably inferior to
his dad has transformed the younger Bush from a mere
mediocrity into a twisted mediocrity.    

In contrast, Obama entitled his autobiography
Dreams from My Father
after the man he worshipped
from afar because he had abandoned little Barack Jr. at
age 2. When Obama went to

to in the late 1980s to learn more about his
late father, the brilliant scholar and national leader
turned out to be an

egomaniacal alcoholic impoverished bigamist
. One
might surmise that Obama`s father`s abandonment of him
and this disappointment of his fantasies about

his heritage
have left a hole in his soul that he
hopes to fill by becoming

President of the United States.

This may seem like a rather elaborate form of
therapy. But such motivations are hardly uncommon among
politicians, including some great ones. Sir Winston
Churchill, for example, was spurred on by the bitter
knowledge that his father,

Lord Randolph Churchill
, had risen to be  Chancellor
of the Exchequer and Leader of the House of Commons by
the age of 37, only to see his career collapse in the
most humiliatingly public way, slowly going mad (

) on the floor of the House of Commons.

Just as Obama spent only one month as a boy with his
father, who died in a drunken car crash in Kenya in
1982, Churchill bitterly regretted that his father had
seen fit to hold merely a few substantial conversations
with him.

Less obvious are the Mommy Issues that provoked both
Churchill and Obama into excessively idolizing their
unworthy fathers.

Sir Winston`s mother, Jennie, was an

more interested in men than the little
boy she dumped at

boarding school
when he was seven.

While not as irresponsible as his Kenyan father,
Obama`s white mother twice dumped the lad upon her
parents in Hawaii so that she could do whatever it was
that was so important for her to do in

. In both episodes, in a sort of

Sophie`s Choice
, she left Obama and took his younger
half-sister with her. In his
2004 preface to the reissue of his memoirs, Obama, in
effect, apologizes to his late mother for his
cool-hearted treatment of her in his autobiography.

The closest Obama has come to finding a surrogate
for the father he desperately missed is his pastor, the
Rev. Jeremiah T. Wright Jr., longtime leader of the

Trinity United Christian Church
on 95th Street on
the South Side of Chicago. The title of Obama`s second
book, the current bestseller The Audacity of Hope
is lifted from one of 
Wright`s sermons

That Obama is a "devout Christian" is a big
part of his political appeal. But Wright`s black church,
which Obama joined in the mid-1980s, turns out to be
almost as

racialist and political
in its own way as the Boers`

Dutch Reformed Church
was in

apartheid South Africa.

Obama now realizes he has to keep the Rev. Wright
covered up, which is why the day before his nationally
televised campaign kickoff in Springfield, Illinois,
Obama rescinded his invitation to Wright to give the
invocation. Wright, however, is a loose cannon. He
explained to the New York Times why he was

"When [Obama`s] enemies
find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli [in

to visit Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, Mr.
Wright recalled,
"with [Black Muslim leader

, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up
quicker than a snowball in hell."
[March 6, 2007

Disinvitation by Obama Is Criticized
By Jodi


Obama`s "spiritual mentor" just won`t shut up
because the man of God is also a

man of wrath.
The New York Times article
about his disinviting had largely disappeared down the
memory hole. But then the Rev. Wright released a long,

denouncing the Times for, well, for
quoting him correctly.

None of this is to say that Obama shouldn`t be
President. That`s up to the voters to decide. What the
public needs, however, are the facts about the


honest inquiries into race
are not the mainstream
media`s strong suit.

That`s what is, among much else, for!

[Steve Sailer [email
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