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In his 2020 memoir, “Promised Land,” Barack Obama avoids all mention of sex in any form or fashion. He has good reason to be discreet.
In 2018, in the paperback version of his Obama biography, “Rising Star,” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Garrow revealed an element of Obama’s personality that had escaped media attention.
Writing to sometimes girlfriend Alex McNear, the 20-something Obama told McNear that he viewed gay sex as “an attempt to remove oneself from the present, a refusal perhaps to perpetuate the endless farce of earthly life.”
Not yet through with this theme, Obama boldly went where no future president had ever gone before: “You see, I make love to men daily, but in the imagination. My mind is androgynous to a great extent and I hope to make it more so.”
“Make love to men daily”? In the early 1980s, before gayness became fashionable, what straight young male would think such a thought, let alone express it?
This letter, however, was not included in the first edition of the book. McNear had redacted the copy she shared with Garrow, thinking it “too explosive.”
A meticulous researcher, Garrow traced the original down to Emory University after McNear sold the letters, found the redacted passage and added it to the paperback version. The media chose not to notice.
In a communication with Garrow, another former girlfriend, Sheila Jager, wrote of Obama, “I think the seeds of his future failings were always present in Chicago. He made a series of calculated decisions when he began to map out his life at that time and they involved some deep compromises.”
I would argue that one of Obama’s compromises was marrying an authentic African American to advance his political ambitions. Another was living his life as a heterosexual.
If it seems a stretch to think Obama might be bisexual, consider the case of Andrew Gillum. In 2018, when Gillum won the Democratic nomination in the Florida gubernatorial race, he positioned himself as a good family man.
With his wife, Jai, and their three small children as a featured part of the campaign, Gillum came within a nose of winning the general election. (Had he won, America would be a different country.)
In March 2020, however, Gillum’s vice-presidential stock tumbled when police found him naked on the floor of a Miami Beach hotel room next to an equally naked white male prostitute then in the throes of a drug overdose.
“Since my race for governor ended,” Gillum explained afterward. “I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse.” From the photos at the scene, alcohol would seem to be the least of the abuses he would have to explain to Jai.
In September 2020, Gillum finally opened up. “I don’t identify as gay, but I do identify as bisexual,” said a newly soft-spoken Gillum to Tamron Hall in a TV interview.
In 2003, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who is himself gay, wrote an eye-opening article for the New York Times magazine that shed light on the challenges ambitious black homosexuals face.
Denizet-Lewis described in detail the “Down Low” milieu in which Gillum moved and Obama may have.
“Today, while there are black men who are openly gay,” he wrote, “it seems that the majority of those having sex with men still lead secret lives, products of a black culture that deems masculinity and fatherhood as a black man’s primary responsibility – and homosexuality as a white man’s perversion.”
Given this cultural mindset, a sophisticated “DL” underground emerged in the 1990s to accommodate black men like Gillum who were not prepared to go public with their proclivities.
One can only imagine the cultural pressure on a Gillum, let alone on an Obama, to maintain pretenses.
In “A Promised Land,” among the “lurid tales” Obama dismisses is that he “had worked as a gay prostitute.”
In January 2008, although never suggesting he paid for the service, a fellow named Larry Sinclair went on YouTube to discuss a two-day coke and sex romp he allegedly had with then State Sen. Obama in 1999.
In May 2008, Sinclair upped the ante by staging a press conference at Washington’s National Press Club. The video is still posted. For all his eccentricities and his petty rap sheet, Sinclair comes across as oddly believable.
As a white man, he understood better than most how his accusation would be perceived. “All of a sudden,” he said, “you’re called a racist, a bigot.”
Few people actually called Sinclair a racist because the media made sure no one saw or heard of the press conference. Politico, for instance, refused to publish Sinclair’s “outlandish” allegations because they were “unsubstantiated.”
If Justice Brett Kavanaugh ever reads my new book, “Barack Obama’s Promised Land: Deplorables Need Not Apply,” he will find Politico’s highhandedness amusing.
For more information, see Cashill.com.
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