Who can keep up with President Obama’s bio? It is constantly changing:
“Let’s face it, a mixed kid from Hawaii born to a single mom is not likely to become President of the United States.” OFA.BO/pHatRm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 14, 2012
“Born to a single mom”? That’s a new twist.
“Barack Obama’s path to the White House began when he famously introduced himself to the world at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 as the product of an “improbable love” between a Kansas girl and a Kenyan goat herder.
Elsewhere, Obama has insisted that the love endured even when his father had to leave a wife and a 2-year-old child behind to pursue dreams at Harvard. In his autobiography, Obama indicated that if only Harvard would have offered enough money to support all three of them, as another school did, they could have stayed together.”
Barack Obama has always adjusted his narrative to suit him best.
It’s why his publisher and book agent had a bio that said he was born in Kenya. It suited the book best to have that be his narrative. And as someone who has had such a book bio, those things don’t happen accidentally. The author always has final edit. That narrative helped him achieve at Columbia and Harvard, and it was helpful for book sales.
Now he wants to emphasize his empathy for women, so he’s born to a single mom.
His drug use makes him more relatable to the youth.
He’s a Christian, but from a Muslim country.
He’s from Chicago, but also Hawaii.
He went to two of America’s most elite colleges, but he grew up with strikes against him.
He can twist the narrative to whatever best suits his most immediate need.
Transfer to Columbia - he’s a foreign student.
Relate to middle America - he’s a Christian from Illinois.
Appeal to elites and academics - he was the first black editor of the Harvard law revue.
Talk about race relations - his white grandmother was a racist.
Talk about healthcare - his mother died of cancer without insurance.
He’s the ultimate political chameleon. And sometimes he just leaves his narrative blank and let’s his supporters fill in the narrative that best makes them feel good.
He’s a brilliant orator.
He’s a peace prize winner.
He’s a great writer.
He cares, just look as his community organizing.
He’s a moderate. He’s a uniter. He’s a global healer.
When he’s not changing the narrative, his supporters are. We’ve really never seen anything like him before.
Which is exactly why, when people say “A president has never been reelected with unemployment this high,” they’re missing the obvious. This is an entirely new political world.