1991 Obama Essay: Being Donald Trump is the 'American Dream'

Now, that's rich.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Garrow has written a new book on former President Barack Obama's early years, called Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. Within its 1,460-pages are some pretty interesting tidbits of information.

Last week, I wrote about how Barack Obama loved another woman before -- and perhaps while -- he dated Michelle, but broke off the romance because of racial reasons. This week's revelation from the book is another gem.  

Apparently, Obama co-authored an essay while he was at Harvard Law School that extolled Donald Trump (and, presumably, Trump's wealth) as the epitome of the American dream. The Daily Caller reports:

Penned while the former president was a graduate student at Harvard Law — with the help of fellow classmate Robert Fisher — “Race and Rights Rhetoric” summed up the American mindset as “a continuing normative commitment to the ideals of individual freedom and mobility, values that extend far beyond the issue of race in the American mind.”

“The depth of this commitment may be summarily dismissed as the unfounded optimism of the average American—I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will.”

Show of hands: who's shocked that Barack Obama was writing about race in 1991? Though it is surprising that he believed that our American ideals "extend far beyond the issue of race" in the minds of most Americans.  

By his excessive focus on polarizing racial issues and vitriolic rhetoric against police, he managed to fix that in just two terms!

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