LOL: At Harvard, Obama Said Becoming Trump Was The American Dream
A new, overstuffed 1,400-plus-page biography by historian and author David Garrow on the “the making of Barack Obama,” has managed to provide some interesting tidbits, including that Obama broke up with the half-white, half-Asian woman to whom he’d proposed because he feared it might damage his racial political credentials, and that Obama once “considered gayness” but decided hetero relationships were preferable because they were “more challenging and demanding.”
The latest reveal from the book to make the rounds is a line from a paper 29-year-old Obama wrote in Harvard Law School that referenced Donald Trump in a (sort of) flattering way.
In a previously unpublished paper he co-wrote with Robert Fisher titled “Race and Rights Rhetoric,” Obama characterized the “unfounded optimism” of the average American’s view of true success: becoming Donald Trump. Here’s the passage (via Complex):
[Americans have] a continuing normative commitment to the ideals of individual freedom and mobility, values that extend far beyond the issue of race in the American mind. The depth of this commitment may be summarily dismissed as the unfounded optimism of the average American—I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will.
So there you have it, straight from the pen of Obama: the ultimate vision of true success — at least for naively optimistic Americans — is to be the next Trump. The only surprising thing about the story so far is that Trump hasn’t tweeted it out, yet.
If you’re in for a long read, check out Garrow’s not very warmly received, but at least semi-scandalous Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.