Like every other slick politician, Obama™ likes to play “loose” with the truth, of course. The book, “Dreams of My Father,” apart from being a firebrand for institutionalizing racial suspicion and playing off of supposed “white guilt,” is doubtlessly full of similar “composites,” “collages,” and ideological fictions, particularly since the book itself is a likely a fantasy peice written by the notoriously pugnacious Bill Ayers. The word “dreams” in “Dreams of my Father” should be taken quite literally, since the whole thing is likely a dream, and a bad dream at that…
Obama: ‘New York girlfriend’ was composite
One of the more mysterious characters from President Obama’s 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father is the so-called ‘New York girlfriend.’ Obama never referred to her by name, or even by psuedonym, but he describes her appearance, her voice, and her mannerisms in specific detail.
But Obama has now told biographer David Maraniss that the ‘New York girlfriend’ was actually a composite character, based off of multiple girlfriends he had both in New York City and in Chicago.
“During an interview in the Oval Office, Obama acknowledged that, while Genevieve was his New York girlfriend, the description in his memoir was a “compression” of girlfriends, including one who followed Genevieve [Cook] when he lived in Chicago,” Maraniss writes in his new biography, an excerpt of which was published online today by Vanity Fair.
Though Dreams From My Father is an autobiography, and hence non-fiction, Obama makes no mention of this “compression,” nor is their any note by the publisher, Broadway Books. In fact, Obama only acknowledged the “compression” after Maraniss learned that Cook had no recollection of some of the events at which Obama said she was present.
“In Dreams from My Father, Obama chose to emphasize a racial chasm that unavoidably separated him from the woman he described as his New York girlfriend,” Maraniss writes, before offering a passage from the book in which they go to see a play by a black playwright.