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Donald Trump's name pops up a lot in books from the 1980s and 1990s. At the time he was most everyone's symbol for American wealth and success, here and abroad. And apparently, Barack Obama once associated the current president with American success as well. In 1991, as a 29-year-old professional college student and soon-to-be Harvard Law School grad, Obama wrote a paper with a friend Robert Fisher called “Race and Rights Rhetoric.” Obama summed up the average American’s mindset with the following sentence: "I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don't make it, my children will."
This quote came to light following the publishing last year of Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, a 1,460-page biography of the former U.S. president by David J. Garrow. The quote was taken from the duo's law paper and was previously unpublished. Here’s the full excerpt:
“[Americans have] a continuing normative commitment to the ideals of individual freedom and mobility, values that extend far beyond the issue of race in the American mind. The depth of this commitment may be summarily dismissed as the unfounded optimism of the average American—I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don't make it, my children will.”Asfar as the book, the New York Times Book Review called it "a bloated, tedious and...ill-considered book that is in desperate need of editing, and way more exhausting than exhaustive.” It's not fair to dismiss a book based on one poor review, especially when it's the snooty elitist New York Times Book Review bunch. There is much they really don't want to read about their hero, never-before-seen (or at least rarely ever shared) insights, like Obama’s aforementioned thoughts on Trump and details on his very serious relationship with Sheila Miyoshi Jager, the white girl kept quietly in the shadows that he proposed marriage twice before settling for south side Michelle.
[New York Times Book Review]
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