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In an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired Monday on CNN, Barack Obama showed once again how well he has mastered the art of sanctimony.
“You would think with all the public policy debates that are taking place right now that the Republican Party would be engaged in a significant debate about how are we going to deal with the economy and what are we going to do about climate change?” Obama said to Cooper.
He added, “Lo and behold, the single most important issue to them apparently right now is Critical Race Theory. Who knew that that was the threat to our republic?”
In researching my forthcoming book, Barack Obama’s Promised Land: Deplorables Need Not Apply , I found myself continually amazed at the price America has had to pay for Obama’s spectacular failure to know who he is and to acknowledge how he got where he got.
I had a new insight into Obama’s self-delusion from reading a 1995 article in his neighborhood newspaper, The Hyde Park Herald , unearthed by Los Angeles filmmaker Joel Gilbert. Interviewed soon after the release of his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father , Obama tries to explain how he ended up becoming “black.”
He attributed his revelation, wrote reporter Monice Mitchell, “to an eye opening experience with affirmative action [AA] while attending Punahou Academy, a prestigious prep school in Honolulu.”
“He had no choice about his racial identity,” wrote Mitchell. “To be half-white was to be black all the way.” Without being too specific, Obama acknowledged that even fifty years ago, being “black” paid dividends.
Having accepted his blackness, Obama led Mitchell to believe that “he started hanging out with a group of similarly young angry black men and dabbled with drugs and trouble.” This claim would have amused his best friend from high school, Keith Kakugawa, or “Ray” as Obama called him in Dreams from My Father . No one had a better perspective on Obama’s racial shape-shifting than Kakugawa.
The friendship, Obama writes in Dreams , was “due in no small part to the fact that together we made up almost half of Punahou’s black high […]