Young Obama’s affair ‘revealed’

A new biography is likely to reveal the details of US President Barack Obama relationship with an Australian woman in New York during 1980s

Written by Press Trust Of India | Melbourne | Published:May 4, 2012 1:25 am

A new biography is likely to reveal the details of US President Barack Obama relationship with an Australian woman in New York during 1980s.

Diaries of Genevieve Cook,daughter of an Australian diplomat,who was one of young Obama’s girlfriends,are being carried in the forthcoming book Barack Obama: The Story that captures intimate details of his love life. Vanity Fair magazine carries diary extracts from the book.

The book’s author,David Maraniss,had access to Cook’s diaries,and they shed light on the young Obama’s character and personality.

Her memories range from the trivial to the controversial. Cook reveals that on Sundays Obama loved to do the newspaper crossword. She also recounted how he was deeply confused about his racial identity and “felt like an imposter because he was so white.” She claims that Obama decided that he needed to ‘go black’ because it was best for him.

“I’m left wondering if Barack’s reserve,etc is not just the time in his life,but,after all,emotional scarring that will make it difficult for him to get involved even after he’s sorted his life through with age and experience,” Cook wrote after breaking up with Obama in 1985.

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