Barack Obama’s presidency felt like the longest eight years in history as he enacted destructive policy after destructive policy, and secret writings of his that were recently revealed lend much insight into why he did the things he did.
Biographer David Garrow, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for a biography about Martin Luther King, Jr., conducted more than 1,000 interviews over an eight-year period with people of Obama’s past. During his exhaustive work, Garrow came across an unpublished manuscript Obama had written during his law school days, in which he described America as a “racist society” and said “racist ideology” “infects” the minds of both blacks and whites.
Garrow appeared on the Jamie Weinstein Show, and he said that if the things he found out about Obama were to have been revealed in 2008, Obama most likely wouldn’t have been elected president. The book Garrow wrote about the former president’s life is set to be released next month, but he allowed a snippet of it to be released as a teaser.
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The historian said Obama and his friend Robert Fischer wrote hundreds of pages for a proposed book in the early 1990s when they were still in law school. The manuscript was never published.
‘Racism against African Americans continues to exist throughout American society, an admittedly racist culture,’ Obama and Fischer wrote, according to Garrow.
‘Precisely because America is a racist society we cannot realistically expect white America to make special concessions toward blacks over the long haul.
‘The greatest testimony to the force of racist ideology in American culture is that it infects not only the mind of whites, but the minds of blacks as well.’
Garrow said there was 140 or so pages about race in the manuscript, which gave an insight into Obama’s thinking when he was leaving law school and about to enter public life in Illinois.
Without going into detail, he said if Republican researchers had come across the manuscript when Obama first ran for president, there would have been multiple things that could have negatively impacted him.
Garrow also said that people would be “profoundly astonished” if people knew just how much of Obama’s life has not been revealed, which isn’t a shocker to anyone who’s been paying attention. But Garrow also said that knowing what he knows after his research into Obama, he would question the reliability of Obama’s 2004 memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”