Barack Obama spent eight controversial years in the White House.
Obama won the presidency in 2008 on the strength of his historic biography but many Americans felt the media did not vet him properly.
And now one explosive secret from Barack Obama’s past just had everyone asking this question.
Barack Obama’s latest venture is a podcast with liberal rock star Bruce Springsteen.
During the podcast,Obama related to Springsteen a previously untold story from Obama’s time in high school where another boy Obama played basketball with called Obama a racial slur.
“And one time we got into a fight and he called me a c—,” Obama revealed.
Obama continued on detailing how after the game was over and they were in the locker room, Obama punched him in the face and broke the kid’s nose.
“And I remember I popped him in the face and broke his nose. And we were in the locker room,” Obama added.
Anyone that read or heard Obama’s account of this story was asking one question.
Did Barack Obama really bust up a kid’s nose and leave him bloodied over being called an ugly racial slur?
Critics were immediately skeptical.
Obama’s written two books, ran for President twice and been in the public eye in some form since he ran for the Illinois state House in the 1990s.
And not once did Obama ever mention this story.
Skeptics pointed to the fact that in Obama’s autobiography “Dreams From My Father” and in a subsequent Oval Office interview with author DavidMaraniss, Obama admitted he used a composite of the women he dated to tell a story that no one can find any evidence of ever happening about arguing with his New York girlfriend Genevieve about the struggles black Americans faced.
“One night I took her to see a new play by a black playwright. It was a very angry play, but very funny. Typical black American humor. The audience was mostly black, and everybody was laughing and clapping and hollering like they were in church. After the play was over, my friend started talking about why black people were so angry all the time. I said it was a matter of remembering—nobody asks why Jews remember the Holocaust, I think I said—and she said that’s different, and I said it wasn’t, and she said that anger was just a dead end. We had a big fight, right in front of the theater. When we got back to the car she started crying. She couldn’t be black, she said. She would if she could, but she couldn’t. She could only be herself, and wasn’t that enough,” Obama wrote in “Dreams FromMy Father.”
In a later interview with Maraniss, Obama confessed that is not how events went down.
“During an interview in the Oval Office, Obama acknowledged that, while Genevieve was his New York girlfriend, the description in his memoir was a ‘compression’ of girlfriends, including one who followed Genevieve [Cook] when he lived in Chicago,” Maraniss wrote.
Obama’s past history of taking literary license when telling stories plus the amount of time Obama’s lived a public life and been written about leads many Americans to take a skeptical stance towards this story.
The former President’s word just isn’t good enough.
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