The Path To Power (Obama Family Secrets Part II)

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Wayne Allyn Root is an outspoken conservative-libertarian activist and up-by-bootstraps entrepreneur whose polemics against President Obama often emphasize Root’s perspective as a Columbia classmate of the future president.

In a 2011 interview as I research my new book, Presidential Puppetry, I asked Root to describe Obama from an up-close perspective.

“I don’t know,” Root responded. “I never met him. What’s even more remarkable, no one I knew ever met him, even though there were only about 700 students in our undergraduate class.”

The Obama years at Columbia University remain remarkably mysterious in part because he has sealed his records and very few classmates recall him. This spring an Israeli newspaper contacted 30 of his Columbia classmates living in Israel to share their impressions in advance of the president’s visit. None of the 30 could remember him.

One clue may be Obama’s 1981 trip to Pakistan before his junior year (paid for by the Ford Foundation, his mother’s employer). This was just as the United States was gearing up anti-Soviet efforts in Afghanistan. The trip raises the possibility that he may later have undertaken off-campus independent study that he would prefer not to describe.
More definitively, we now know that biographer David Marannis sought for two years to persuade Genevieve Cook, Obama’s great and long-lost love before he met Michelle, to share for the first time her identity and memories of their relationship. Cook had dated Obama while he worked for BIC from 1983 to 1984. She provided Marannis with heart-warming memories for his book published last year and widely excerpted.

Barely mentioned and with no analysis was that her father, Michael Cook, a former Australian ambassador to Indonesia in the late 1960s, presided for eight years during the 1980s as head of Australia’s Office of National Assessment. That was his country’s rough equivalent to the White House National Security Council.

When trying to understand Barack Obama’s later work in Chicago before his political ascent, forget the loaded terms “community organizer” and “constitutional law professor.” Yes, he held those posts and performed reasonably well.

But that work no more reflected his true goals and objectives than his time with such radicals as the fiery Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the former Weather Underground bombers Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dorhn.

Obama was role-playing at each stage in a temporary guise. When the time was right, he shed each persona as naturally as an actor sheds a costume. Ayres and Dorhn may well have been either agent provocateurs or cooperating former radicals by the time of their association with Obama. Dorhn’s ability to become an associate at one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms after a decade on the lam as one of the country’s most wanted terrorists is not the normal ending to such crime sprees. Somebody, for whatever reason, must have stepped up with strong recommendations for her and Ayres.

Summing Up

As for the forty-fourth president, Obama is comfortable in his most natural role: as the faithful caretaker of the interests of America’s dynastic elite.

Some who read this may think I have sketched out the plotline for a 1960s movie called, The Manchurian Candidate about a presidential candidate who is controlled by brainwashing. That misreads the conclusion here. No one, except perhaps a proud mother, could have predicted long ago that Obama would be president. Further, he is in full command of his faculties, and occasionally uses his powers decisively, as in his forced resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus last November.

Obama worked hard for his success in the best path available for a fatherless boy in a tough world. Blessed with skills, including his concocted story during the 2008 that his father had been a mere “goat-herder” in Kenya, Obama got lucky as well.

My focus here on hidden dimensions of Obama’s life story helps explain his political policies and enables Americans of all political perspectives to advocate more effectively for their preferred policy positions. The information is vital also internationally. Swedish citizens gulled by the Nobel Peace Prize process can better understand the true forces at work.

Armed with the facts, conservatives should not fear Obama as a radical community organizer. But everyone should be concerned about his zeal for Patriot Act surveillance and law enforcement, especially since Obama won office under the deceptive image as a champion of civil liberties. 

As for liberals, they should understand that “their” candidate operates under the hidden control of powerful corporations and dynastic leaders. Obama’s training and most natural instinct is to support his Wall Street patrons and their agendas.

I close with an anecdote that illustrates why many readers are seeing this kind of information for the first time. During the first Obama term, I asked a prominent, longtime White House correspondent why the press corps did not demand access to the President’s school and similar records. I received the following illustration of the widespread go-along, get along mentality:

“Rahm Emanuel wouldn’t like that,” she responded, citing the chief of staff.

“So what?”

“Well, you don’t want him mad at you.”

Here’s another possibility: They all start worrying that we in the public get mad.

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