The saddest and cruelest part [of the book Dreams of My Father] he leaves for his grandmother. In his speech, he criticizes her for “stereotypes. He also says his grandmother once told him she was afraid of black MEN she passed on the street. In his book DREAMS, Page 88, he refers to this incident, but it’s MUCH DIFFERENT [FROM[ HOW HE DESCRIBED [IT] IN HIS SPEECH!
He overhears his grandparents [talking] and walks in and asks his grandmother what’s wrong. She says “a man asked me for money yesterday, while I was waiting for the bus.”
Obama asks “that’s all?”. She says, her lips pursed with irritation, “He was very aggressive. Very Aggressive. I gave him a dollar and he kept asking [for more]. If the bus hadn’t come, I think he might have hit me over the head”
Then, Obama walks into the other room where his grandfather has gone and tells him “it’s probably a little scary for her, seeing some big man block her way….”
ONE THING IS VERY CLEAR IN OBAMA’S BOOK: HIS GRANDMOTHER NEVER SAID THE MAN WAS BLACK – OR THAT THIS WAS THE REASON SHE WAS AFRAID!!!
Obama says on Page 88 he learned the harasser was black from his Grandfather – NOT HIS GRANDMOTHER.
In his speech, Obama implied his grandmother, who consistently demonstrated her “love” for her grandson was somehow racist, a Kansas rube. However, that is not at all the implication we get from the book.
In the speech, he “uses” his grandmother to balance against Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In fact, the difference is that the grandmother is a traditional American – and something of an heroic figure. Her main offense in Obama’s mind seems to be that she’s white. Supposedly a critic of racial stereotypes, he relentlessly stereotypes his grandparents. The real "racist" turns out to be Barack Obama.
His point in the speech seems to be: “Hey, I tolerated my white racist grandparents, so why can’t I tolerate my Black racist preacher?” The problem is that the grandparents, whatever human imperfections they might have had, were NOT racist. Rev. Wright, who should know better, is. Obama is protecting himself politically at the expense of his loving grandparents, and it stinks.
I urge everyone to read both Dreams of My Father and The Audacity of Hope. They reveal a much different Obama than the one he seeks to present in his speeches.