Monday, November 10, 2008

Who is Barack Obama?

Greg Ransom has amassed some interesting background on the identity-formation of the chameleon-on-plaid who is now the president-elect.

Obama was abandoned by his father, who died an alcoholic failure in Kenya. Somewhere around here, I have a 10-year-old book exploring Bill Clinton's personality through the prism of his stepfather's alcoholism. It's amazing how these early influences shape personality.

1 comment:

  1. The most interesting detail about Obama I've seen almost no where is that he took up the "Dick Gregory" diet, sometime in the early 1980s, when he gave up alcohol and cocaine.

    Gregory invented the diet as part of his own sobriety program.