sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

May 3, 2012

O’s Canadian Girlfriend Updates

Filed under: literature, politics — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 5:48 pm

I’m stealing the title of this post from his awesomeness King Shamus, whose hilarious take on the subject can be found here (many thanks for the for the linkie).

John Hinderaker points out, that the former gf has a very different take on the break up than that presented in Obama’s alleged “biography”.  Here is Dreams from my Father:

One night I took her to see a new play by a black playwright. It was a very angry play, but very funny. Typical black American humor. The audience was mostly black, and everybody was laughing and clapping and hollering like they were in church. After the play was over, my friend started talking about why black people were so angry all the time. I said it was a matter of remembering—nobody asks why Jews remember the Holocaust, I think I said—and she said that’s different, and I said it wasn’t, and she said that anger was just a dead end. We had a big fight, right in front of the theater. When we got back to the car she started crying. She couldn’t be black, she said. She would if she could, but she couldn’t. She could only be herself, and wasn’t that enough.

Ms. Cook, on her part, simply said that she found Obama emotionally unavailable, and she has diaries to prove it.  Hinderaker adds:

Maraniss [the researcher] charitably supposes that the event involved a different, later girlfriend in Chicago who was part of the “composite” girlfriend character. But Obama places the play in New York, not Chicago. My guess is that the incident never happened at all: one nice thing about fictionalizing an autobiography and including fake characters is that it gives you license to include events that didn’t happen but, from an artistic standpoint, should have.

I agree.  But if it did happen with some other girlfriend, the question remained why the author chose that specific break up for a stand in for his protagonist’s relationships with white women.  If it didn’t happen, why the need to contrive a racially divisive narrative?



  1. I don’t suppose any of these women Obama dated will ever talk, but gosh I would like to know who dragged who to bed? Inquiring minds (and mine) want to know!

    Comment by heathermc — May 3, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  2. Why would an ex-girlfriend say anything bad about an ex-boyfriend?

    Comment by joesix — May 3, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    • It’s a valid point. However, she does not appear to be disgruntled. If she were, we’d probably hear from her four years ago. Plus, it’s hard to hold the grudge for that many decades. And in any event, unlike O she kept some sort of journal.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 3, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  3. WTF? Am I the only one who sees the irony in getting into a fight about anger leading nowhere and a half-black president saying some fake chick can’t be black even if she wanted to be?

    The fact that Obama invented this chick says more about him than anything else.

    Comment by Harrison — May 3, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    • So true. Even if it was written by a white black wanna be writer, Obama signed off on the passage. Like speeches not written by him, this book is his.
      Another thing: has anyone Jewish read it before? Are we supposed to infer that Jews make angry jokes about the Holocaust (or Germans or Poles, or the rest of Europe?) Why is there a parallel?

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 3, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

      • Bill Ayers wrote the book or something I heard.

        Comment by Harrison — May 7, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

        • Jack Cashill was long arguing that the book looks like it’s been written by Ayers. In 09 a book called “Barack and Michelle” came out. It was a sympathetic book, and the author interviewed their Chicago neighbors who said that Bam asked Ayers for help.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 8, 2012 @ 8:11 am

          • I heard Bill Ayers and Jimmy Hoffa shot Andrew Breitbart from a grassy knoll when he learned the truth about UN Resolution 666.

            Comment by joesix — May 8, 2012 @ 10:38 am

          • Old news, my friend, old news…

            Comment by edge of the sandbox — May 8, 2012 @ 10:59 am

  4. Thank you for the linkage, mi amiga.

    I really don’t get why you would need to ‘composite’ people in your autobiography…unless Bill Ayers wrote your autobiography.

    Comment by KingShamus — May 5, 2012 @ 6:13 am

  5. “If it didn’t happen, why the need to contrive a racially divisive narrative?”


    When I finished reading his Dreams book a couple years ago, it left the distinct impression of a man determined to live in a world divided by skin color. Doesn’t even matter whether factual or “composited” (LOL!), such pains were taken to craft a narrative filled with racial strife, when the plain facts had very little actual racial strife. Almost as if he wished so badly to have been a part of the civil rights movement, that he just pretended that he had.

    Comment by nooneofanyimport — May 5, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

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