Mona Charen on Barack Obama on National Review Online Obama’s America He’s told us what he really thinks.Really, this is incredible. The only other mention I could find of Dreams from My Father, on National Review's website was in a blogpost by Jonah Goldberg, and the mention wasn't by Jonah, but by one of his readers.
By Mona Charen
Barack Obama’s words are often attractive but oddly concealing. His speeches are all balm and mood. It’s all very well to seek, as Obama claims, to transcend old categories, to reject the "old politics. " But then what? This graceful rhetorician leaves you wondering: Who is he really? What does he want for himself and for his country?
In search of answers that go deeper than the Congressional Record, I read his first book, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Once you get past the happy surprise of finding a politician who can actually write, the book contains some disquieting elements.
Obama is the product of a union between a white Kansan and a black Kenyan who met in Hawaii. I had assumed, before reading his memoir, that Obama viewed himself as a natural bridge between the races and that his message of unity sprang in part from his biology. That was wrong.[More, but why bother? If you read VDARE.com, you've heard it before.]
Steve Sailer has been writing about this for a year—long enough that people were trying to suppress him, and when he wasn't suppressed, he was "condemned" by the George Soros/David Brock organization, Media Matters. There was a big denunciation of Sailer for repeating all this stuff (that Obama wrote himself) in theWashington Monthly.
By October of 2007, even the New York Times had picked up on it, enough to fact check some of what Obama had written about his time as a young man in New York, and find that it was"somewhat misleading."
The parts about how alienated he felt are unlikely to be misleading though. As the only black professional in a Manhattan office, he said he felt like "Like a spy behind enemy lines. "
If he felt that way in a downtown office, how's he going to feel in the White House?
But I digress. My point is that thanks to Steve Sailer, VDARE.com, and The American Conservative, this has all been available to be known to anyone with a computer and an internet connection for a whole year.
So when Mona Charen writes "I had assumed, before reading his memoir, that Obama viewed himself " that Obama was a"Transcend Race" kinda guy, she's right to say "That was wrong." Boy, is she ever!