Obama biographer says ex-president ‘as insecure as Trump,’ would be ‘terrible’ on SCOTUS in stunning interview
Biographer David Garrow revealed Obama was ‘infuriated’ that Garrow called his memoir ‘historical fiction’
A 16,000-plus word interview with former President Barack Obama’s award-winning biographer has raised eyebrows for an assortment of reasons, ranging from his renewed allegation that Obama’s first memoir was fictionalized to the observation he’s as “insecure” as political rival Donald Trump.
Tablet’s lengthy Q&A with historian David Garrow, who wrote the lengthy 2017 biography “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” has stunned social media with its various claims about the former president, who remains one of the Democratic Party’s most popular and influential figures. The New York Times reviewed Garrow’s biography as an “impressive if gratuitously snarly” book that “clearly intended to break the 44th president’s monopoly on his personal narrative.”
The feature began with a tale of Sheila Miyoshi Jager, who was Obama’s girlfriend in the 1980s well before his political career, allegedly saying their relationship ended when “he would not condemn antisemitism.” Tablet made it clear that Obama’s version of the breakup was much different in his own book, as he indicated embracing “Black racial consciousness” clashed with his White girlfriend.
“Whose version of the story is correct? Who knows. The bridge between the two accounts is Obama’s emerging attachment to Blackness, which required him to fall in love with and marry a Black woman. In Obama’s account, his attachment to Blackness is truthful and noble. In Jager’s account, his claims are instrumental and selfish; he grants particularism to the experience and suffering of his own tribe while denying it to others,” Tablet’s David Samuels wrote in the preamble that also put a spotlight on “Obama’s hostility to American exceptionalism.”