The Obama you don't know

Being from Chicago, you probably figure you know all there is to know about President Barack Obama. You might be wrong. This is one of the best researched series of articles that I've seen on Obama's background. And before you go rushing off, this is not one of those rants about his birth certificate and assorted conspiracy theories. It provides insights derived from new interviews with his supporters, folks who previously knew him and opponents. It reveals the interwoven connections, many of them Chicago-based, that explain much of his outlook. It tells how Obama has become something other than what his many hopeful supporters had wanted. From the Introduction:

But beyond the spin and the polls, a starkly different picture emerges. It is a portrait of a man quite unlike his image, not a visionary reformer but rather a classic Chicago machine pol who thrives on rewarding himself and his friends with the spoils of public office, and who uses his position to punish his enemies.

The link is to the introduction. If you find it interesting, nine more articles follow.



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