“Meeting Young Obama”

Posted by: Phineas on March 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

**Posted by Phineas

One of the great mysteries surrounding President Obama is his college career: not so much his grades as what he studied, under whom, and what his major activities were. His transcripts from his undergraduate and law school years are sealed, leaving a major gap in our knowledge of formative times and events of a man who would become President of the United States.

Before the election, the mainstream media failed utterly in their duty to examine the life of a serious candidate for president, choosing instead to beclown themselves with obsessions over Sarah Palin’s tanning bed and generally acting as Obama’s “Information Guards.”

Serious examinations of Obama’s background only finally began to come out years after the election, such as Stanley Kurtz’s meticulously researched “Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism,” and the current expose of Obama’s radical law school mentors underway at Breitbart.com.

There are other pieces to the puzzle coming out now, too. At American Thinker, former radical Marxist John Drew relates the story of the first time he met then-Occidental College undergrad Barack Obama. After first establishing his own credentials as a Marxist, Drew recounts his discussion with the young Obama:

[Obama’s friend Chandoo] Boss and Obama, however, had a starkly different view. They believed that the economic stresses of the Carter years meant revolution was still imminent. The election of Reagan was simply a minor set-back in terms of the coming revolution. As I recall, Obama repeatedly used the phrase “When the revolution comes….” In my mind, I remember thinking that Obama was blindly sticking to the simple Marxist theory that had characterized my own views while I was an undergraduate at Occidental College. “There’s going to be a revolution,” Obama said, “we need to be organized and grow the movement.” In Obama’s view, our role must be to educate others so that we might usher in more quickly this inevitable revolution.


Drawing on the history of Western Europe, I responded it was unrealistic to think the working class would ever overthrow the capitalist system. As I recall, Obama reacted negatively to my critique, saying: “That’s crazy!”


Since I was a Marxist myself at the time, and had studied variations in Marxist theory, I can state that everything I heard Obama argue that evening was consistent with Marxist philosophy, including the ideas that class struggle was leading to an inevitable revolution and that an elite group of revolutionaries was needed to lead the effort. If he had not been a true Marxist-Leninist, I would have noticed and remembered. I can still, with some degree of ideological precision, identify which students at Occidental College were radicals and which ones were not. I can do the same thing for the Occidental College professors at that time.

(Emphasis added)

Drew then recounts his satisfaction at thinking he had begun the process of steering Obama away from revolutionary Marxism toward bringing about Socialism through the electoral process.

I think he’s right. As revealed by Kurtz in his investigations, Obama over the next few years and as he learned while working as a community organizer and with people affiliated with the Midwest Academy, evolved into an “incremental” Socialist, seeking to bring about Socialism through gradual but irreversible change — such as ObamaCare.

But his commitment to that Socialist future has shown no sign of ever wavering.

PS: Some may argue that this is of little importance to the forthcoming election, that what matters is Obama’s miserable record in office. I disagree. While Obama’s record is crucial, without understanding his background, beliefs, and goals as best as we can, we have no context in which to truly understand that record. Thus books such as Kurtz’s and articles such as John Drew’s are still of singular relevance.

via Jayne Cobb Adam Baldwin

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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11 Responses to ““Meeting Young Obama””


  1. Mike G. says:

    Incrementalism has been the hallmark of the Fabian Socialist. Whereas Marxists wanted their revolution right away, the Fabians cautioned against that approach and stated that the best approach was to slowly infiltrate the political, educational and media hierarchy.

    They were/are very good at it as evidenced by the bureaucratic mess we have in Washington today. Look at the main stream media in all it’s forms. Or the education system.

  2. EBL says:

    This is a very good post. Thank you.

  3. Carlos says:

    That Obama is a Marxist variant is well established at this point.

    That he is a Marxist is indisputable.

    I weep for our once-glorious nation, and for those who so bravely gave the supreme sacrifice so this piece of pig poop could guide willing fools to his vision of Utopia.

  4. Severian says:

    And the MSM and Democrats will laugh it off and ignore it, and claim anyone that doesn’t is a tin foil hat racist.

    All you have to do is look at Holder’s Justice Dept to see that it operates in full accordance with Critical Race Theory. Voter intimidation and discrimination can only happen to minorities, not to whites. New Black Panthers case anyone? Witness the latest push that minorities are punished in schools more, ignoring any attempt to even look at whether or not they truly act up more.

    We have the kind of creeping Marxism akin to boiling a frog by slowly raising the temperature of the water. I doubt we will ever be able to unwind it.

  5. Sefton says:

    And the MSM and Democrats will laugh it off and ignore it, and claim anyone that doesn’t is a tin foil hat racist.

    The sad, unfortunate reality is that the MSM is complicit and that close to half the voting electorate don’t care. He could come out tomorrow and announce he’s a Marxist and they’d still vote for him.

  6. Kate says:

    This comes as no surpise to most people who have been watching as Obama has been slowly and methodically repurposing government agencies. I seem to remember him promising a National Police Force. That will probably happen if he gets reelected as Holder is now poised to deconstruct the NYPD police.

    His youthful exuberance for revolution is nothing new. I have seen this in many starry-eyed freshman. The fact that he was taken under the wing of the Professor Bell at Harvard and the Ayers to help mellow and redirect his energy and point him in a mainstream political approach is very obvious. So this is why the MSM probably think it’s a no brainer. They, too, have gone through this mellowing process. To them it’s no big thing. Their purpose was to get him to be president without his background being too heavily investigated. So, now they feel he is a shoe in for a second term.

  7. Marshall Art says:

    Dealing with some Obama supporters, who might in fact be merely anti-anyone-from-the-right-wing, to call Obama a socialist will generate accusations of all sorts. In their minds, to thwart such charges against Obama, they will cite socialists who criticize Obama for not going far enough. Or they might point to things he’s said that a proud, card-carrying socialist wouldn’t say.

    But my response is simply that socialism is not so narrowly defined that Obama does not qualify for the title. Socialism, or for that matter, all political ideologies, is a matter of degrees. Starting at the center, any movement leaning port side is a move toward socialism. Obama is far from center, and this notion that he is working to change things incrementally does not require X-ray vision to see.

  8. Thanks for posting this information. I’m adding it to my blog’s page tab “Vetting Obama”.

  9. Drew the Infidel says:

    As the old joke has it, “He has Marx on his Lenin.”