OK I finally finished reading Barack Obama’s 1996 book, Dreams From My Father. It took me two months to finish it and frankly, I ended up perplexed and need someone to guide me before I literally explode!
First…. how did we ever even begin discussing Obama—much less elect him president—before actually looking into his background?
Multiple people raised this guy and although his father—the star of the book—was highly educated, he basically was never around. His grandfather, Obama Sr., married several women, became an alcoholic, and died in an alcohol-related car crash.
I had to read several chapters over and over—not only because they were long and tedious (sometimes 20+ pages) but also because it was difficult trying to keep up with which relative belonged to whom and where Obama fit into the picture. All of the men in the family had several wives and several children and when one woman died, a brother took over for the sibling. Many of the women were beaten and treated as second-rate citizens, although in the book Barack seems to especially love his sister (from another mother) Auma. Obama’s grandfather was well respected in the tribal community (and I think we can’t overlook the word ‘tribal’ because President Obama’s ancestry literally came from a tribal African community).
Only when Barack went to see his father’s grave did he meet all of his brothers, each from different mothers.
In Dreams From My Father, Obama seemed to have no idea that he would someday become president of the United States; it’s almost as if he simply got caught up in something and then went along with whatever people told him to do.
I think every American should read Dreams From My Father. Again, it astonishes me how we ever elected a man whose background wasn’t looked into. Not that his life was terrible …it was not. But to have come from such a strange, complex family with multiple fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters—can you imagine if Mitt Romney had this type of history?
What is wrong with our country? I am truly at a loss!