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    One of the more mysterious characters from President Obama's 1995 autobiography Dreams From My Father is the so-called 'New York girlfriend.' Obama never referred to her by name, or even by psuedonym, but he describes her appearance, her voice, and her mannerisms in specific detail.

    But Obama has now told biographer David Maraniss that the 'New York girlfriend' was actually a composite character, based off of multiple girlfriends he had both in New York City and in Chicago.

    "During an interview in the Oval Office, Obama acknowledged that, while Genevieve was his New York girlfriend, the description in his memoir was a “compression” of girlfriends, including one who followed Genevieve [Cook] when he lived in Chicago," Maraniss writes in his new biography, an excerpt of which was published online today by Vanity Fair.

    "In Dreams from My Father, Obama chose to emphasize a racial chasm that unavoidably separated him from the woman he described as his New York girlfriend," Maraniss writes, offering a passage from the book in which they go to see a play by a black playwright:

    One night I took her to see a new play by a black playwright. It was a very angry play, but very funny. Typical black American humor. The audience was mostly black, and everybody was laughing and clapping and hollering like they were in church. After the play was over, my friend started talking about why black people were so angry all the time. I said it was a matter of remembering—nobody asks why Jews remember the Holocaust, I think I said—and she said that’s different, and I said it wasn’t, and she said that anger was just a dead end. We had a big fight, right in front of the theater. When we got back to the car she started crying. She couldn’t be black, she said. She would if she could, but she couldn’t. She could only be herself, and wasn’t that enough.

    "None of this happened with Genevieve," Maraniss writes. "She remembered going to the theater only once with Barack, and it was not to see a work by a black playwright. When asked about this decades later, during a White House interview, Obama acknowledged that the scene did not happen with Genevieve. “It is an incident that happened,” he said. But not with her. He would not be more specific, but the likelihood is that it happened later, when he lived in Chicago. “That was not her,” he said. “That was an example of compression I was very sensitive in my book not to write about my girlfriends, partly out of respect for them. So that was a consideration. I thought that [the anecdote involving the reaction of a white girlfriend to the angry black play] was a useful theme to make about sort of the interactions that I had in the relationships with white girlfriends. And so, that occupies, what, two paragraphs in the book? My attitude was it would be dishonest for me not to touch on that at all … so that was an example of sort of editorially how do I figure that out?”"

    Broadway Books, a division of Random House's Crown Publishing Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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    I have always thought that someone else ghost wrote that book for him.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    I have always thought that someone else ghost wrote that book for him.
    I bet someone ghost-lived his life for him too, that's why he's such an enigma.
     

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    Somebody apparently ghost-thinks for our affirmative action hero too... thus the teleprompter.
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    I think Obama is a compression or composite of an American Marxist liberals that needs to go back to private life.
    How is obama working out for you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    I have always thought that someone else ghost wrote that book for him.
    Bill Ayers publicly admitted that he ghosted it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    Bill Ayers publicly admitted that he ghosted it.
    Really? When?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Really? When?
    This goes back to at least 2008 that Im aware of.

    Bill Ayers ghost wrote Dreams from My Father

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    Now that I think of it, most teenage boys have composite girlfriends before they start dating. Mine was a composite of the girls from Three's Company, Charlie's Angels and whoever happened to be the Playmate of the Month at the time.
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    I.e., it was bullshit, just like the "Constitutional scholar" bullshit and all the other bullshit.
     

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