was skimming the new Occidental College magazine (Summer 2010) and saw
they found a new photo of the young Obama. I also went through the class
notes and found that Hasan Chandoo has been in touch with my old
girlfriend Caroline Grauman-Boss and her friend Susan (Keselenko) Coll
over the years.
I expect that this will give additional
credibility to my statements that I knew the young Obama and can affirm
that he was a Marxist socialist in 1980-1981. Obama and I used to be
part of a strong, committed group of revolutionaries. The only
difference, as far as I can tell, is that I aged out of that obnoxious
ideology in my mid-20s.
Also, this photo illustrates other
themes I’ve communicated regarding the young Obama including the fact
that I never saw him with a girl and that he was strikingly effeminate
at the time. The larger point, of course, is that the picture of himself
that he created in Dreams from My Father is very different from the
real Obama that I knew during the 1980-1981 school year. [UMPH ADDED]
John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.