Sen. Barack Obama's New York Daze

30obama0.190.jpgIn Sen. Barack Obama's memoir, his New York is one of grim, sober solitude. Janny Scott of The New York Times reports: "He tells of underheated sublets, a night spent in an alley, a dead neighbor on the landing. From their fire escape, he and an unnamed roommate watch "white people from the better neighborhoods" bring their dogs to defecate on the block." Also, Obama said while in New York he ran three miles a day, buckled down to work and stopped getting high. Now, a former friend who worked with Obama in the early 1980s is gently calling bullshit on the Senator.

In his blog Dan Armstrong writes: "All of Barack's embellishment serves a larger narrative purpose: to retell the story of the Christ's temptation. The young, idealistic, would-be community organizer gets a nice suit, joins a consulting house, starts hanging out with investment bankers, and barely escapes moving into the big mansion with the white folks."

But Scott was after drug dish, not a history of racial divides. In his blog, Armstrong writes that Scott pestered him about Obama's drug use. "He's very open about the fact that he did inhale. No parsing, no half-denials. He did it - like everyone else - and it's no big deal."

Memories of Obama in New York Differ [NY Times]

My 15 minutes [Analyze This]


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