The biographer of former President Barack Obama, historian David Garrow, delivered explosive revelations in an in-depth interview with Tablet Magazine this week.
Garrow, the author of Obama's 2017 biography "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama," discussed a range of topics concerning who the former president was, both in his political life and personal character.
During the interview, journalist David Samuels questioned Garrow about his interactions with some of Obama's former girlfriends, and how he obtained letters that Obama had written to them during his time in college and law school. Samuels also asked what was "the most surprising thing" Garrow discovered in the letters.
"With Alex [McNear, Obama's girlfriend at Occidental College], I think she wanted to have her role known," Garrow explained. "So when Alex showed me the letters from Barack, she redacted one paragraph in one of them and just said, 'It's about homosexuality.'"
Garrow disclosed that Alex sold the letters to Emory University, where they are now housed, but the school did not mention the redacted paragraph in its press release announcing the acquisition of the letters.
He further revealed that he had directed his friend Harvey Klehr to "go to the Emory archives" to view the letters.
David Garrow, the biographer of former President Barack Obama, shared some startling insights about Obama during a recent interview. Speaking about his research into the former president's letters and journals, he detailed his friend Harvey Klehr's attempts to access them.
“He’s spent his whole life at Emory, but they won’t let him take pictures,” Garrow said. “So Harvey has to sit there with a pencil and copy out the graph where Barack writes to Alex about how he repeatedly fantasizes about making love to men.”
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Garrow also opened up about his views on Obama's book "Dreams from My Father" and the challenges he faced during his research, including a significant moment when he first met Obama in the White House.
“When I start reading about Barack in early ’08, I read Dreams and thought, ‘This is a crock.’ It’s not history,” he said. “It’s all make-believe. Who knows what the real story is?”
He recounted an intriguing interaction with Obama, where the former president showed him his collection of journals, saying, “And he’s arranged it this way on purpose—to show me that he has them, and so he can tell me that I can’t see them,” he said. “He’s got this big sack, I want to call it a cloth sack or a canvas sack, in the bottom of which are the journals. And then on the top of it is the typescript printout of my manuscript. So he’s carrying them around together.”
On the topic of the possible future release of some of these materials, Garrow stated, “I wouldn’t be astonished if he burns them,” and added Obama’s motivation behind keeping them private: “He wants people to believe his story. For me to conclude that Dreams from My Father was historical fiction—oh God, did that infuriate him.”
The conversation shifted to Garrow's critique of Obama's presidency, encompassing a wide array of subjects from foreign policy to Obamacare. Garrow also delved into Obama's personality and his insecurities, saying, “I’ve sometimes said to people that I think Barack is actually just as insecure as Trump, but in ways that are not readily perceived by the vast majority of people,” he said. “I think that’s probably my most basic takeaway.”
On the subject of whether Obama would ever serve on the Supreme Court, Garrow was clear: “He’d be terrible because he’s too lazy. This is in the book. It goes back to him being Hawaiian. At one point, he says, ‘I’m fundamentally lazy and it’s because I’m from Hawaii.’ That’s close to the actual quote.” His words reveal a complex and multifaceted picture of the former president, one that contrasts sharply with public perceptions.
This interview is wild -- and it's amazing that the media covered all this up or ignored it for literally a decade and a half at this point https://t.co/4V07XMbBbF
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 3, 2023
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