If you have a lived a life, you have a past. We all do. Even ex-presidents.
We all know some things about Barack Obama’s past – at least what he’s shared in his own books. We know he palled around with a communist in his youth. We know he smoked a bunch of pot and even snorted cocaine on occasion. We know he belonged to a church where the reverend spewed anti-American, anti-white rhetoric. That stuff we know.
But now a new book is revealing a few more details. Not surprisingly, before he met and fell in love with Michelle, he had another girlfriend – one he also considered marrying. But didn’t.
Per The Free Beacon, According to a new biography of Barack Obama, the future president once proposed to his white live-in girlfriend, but broke off their relationship when he decided her race would hamper his political career.
In his autobiographies, Obama only alludes to his previous relationships before meeting his eventual wife Michelle, and at times even used a “composite girlfriend.” But Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Garrow managed to track down one of his exes for his new book, Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama.
Sheila Miyoshi Jager, now an Oberlin professor, was Obama’s live-in girlfriend in his early Chicago years before he met Michelle. Jager told Garrow that Obama asked her to marry him twice, once at her parents’ house in 1986 and a year later before he went to Harvard Law School. Both times she refused him.
But eventually Obama began to see Jager as a potential liability to his political career in Chicago, where African-American politicians were often looked down upon for marrying outside the race. Illinois state senator Richard H. Newhouse Jr., the Washington Post notes in its review of Garrow’s book, was often mocked behind his back for “talking black but sleeping white” because of his white wife.
A mutual family friend also confirmed that Obama tied his decision to dump Jager to her race.
“The lines are very clearly drawn … If I am going out with a white woman, I have no standing here,” the friend recalled Obama saying.
But here’s where the whole issue of race and whiteness is so truly arbitrary (and who’d have ever thought we’d sorta kinda agree with Rachel Dolezal).
As we all know by now, Barack Obama is mixed race; his mom was white, his dad, black. Ergo he is black.
Sheila Miyoshi Jager is also mixed race; Dutch (presumably Caucasian, but there are a lot of Dutch people with Indonesian heritage) and Japanese. Ergo she is…white? Gets no credit for her non-Caucasian heritage?
But in the world of liberal politics – supposedly the home of tolerance and diversity, things really ARE black and white.
Per the Washington Post, In early 1987, when Obama was 25, (Miyoshi Jager) sensed a change. “He became. . . so very ambitious” very suddenly,” she told Garrow “I remember very clearly when this transformation happened, and I remember very specifically that by 1987, about a year into our relationship, he already had his sights on becoming president.”
The sense of destiny is not unusual among those who become president. (See Clinton, Bill.) But it created complications. Obama believed that he had a “calling,” Garrow writes, and in his case it was “coupled with a heightened awareness that to pursue it he had to fully identify as African American.”
OMG. Here we go again. How very Rachel Dolezal of him. He had to fully “identify” as African American in order to achieve his dreams.
Interesting how the rules change when you’re a liberal.
[This article was written by Michele Hickford, author of the brutally honest and bitingly funny Do I Need To Slap You?]