In 1979, he was an 18-year-old freshman who liked Earth, Wind & Fire and wore silly hats. David Maraniss' new biography reveals how Barry from Honolulu became Barack, president of the United States
Lisa Jack's college portrait of Obama. Click on picture for full image. Photograph: Lisa Jack/Getty Images
Obama with former lover Genevieve Cook. ‘He is very beautiful,’ Cook wrote in her diary. ‘Oooooo, I can’t wait to be in Brooklyn with spring coming.’
Obama with his father, Barack Obama, Sr. Photograph: Obama For America
On the beach in Honolulu
Pumping the pedals during his childhood in Hawaii
Kindergarten class photo from Noelani school in Hawaii with young Barack on far left, third row from the bottom
Stepfather Lolo Soetoro with his wife Ann Dunham, Barack's mother, his half sister Maya and Barack
The one and only time father and son met after Barack’s parents split during his infancy was when Barack Sr came to Honolulu for a Christmas visit in 1971. Taken at the airport in Hawaii when Barack Jr was 10
Obama’s name in concrete outside the Punahou cafeteria. The story goes that one of his friends scratched his name there to get him in trouble
Fifth grade class photo from Punahou, Hawaii. Barack is top row, third from left. His first teacher, Mabel Hefty, had travelled the world and spent a year teaching in Kenya. When she learned that 'Barry’s' Kenyan father was visiting Honolulu, she invited him to speak to the class
With his senior state basketball championship team for Punahou School in 1979. Obama is in the back row, last player on the right
Obama would complain that he did not get enough playing time because he played a 'black' style of basketball. In fact, he was one of the few players on the team who could not jump high enough to dunk the ball
The Choom Gang, a group of boys at Punshou school. Choom was a verb meaning to smoke marijuana. Barack (middle right) was part of the gang, who's lingo included the hand gesture V for veto
1970s homeroom photo, with Barack standing, middle of back row, dressed as John Travolta
Posing for a portrait session when he was a student in 1980 at Occidental College in Los Angeles
With girlfriend Genevieve Cook, an Australian who had studied in the US and shared his love of writing
With his maternal grandparents Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Dunham in New York City in the 1980s
Photographs taken from Barack Obama: The Making Of The Man, by David Maraniss, published next week by Atlantic Books
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Re: Just like you, the young Obama was a merry-goer?
Obama with former lover Genevieve Cook. ‘He is very beautiful,’ Cook wrote in her diary. ‘Oooooo, I can’t wait to be in Brooklyn with spring coming.’ Day by day, week by week, Cook's perceptions of Obama, noted in her journal, became more complicated. January 26, 1984
…how is he so old already, at the age of 22? I have to recognise (despite play of wry and mocking smile on lips) that I find his thereness very threatening… Distance, distance, distance, and wariness. I am wary – very clear – I really wonder where it's all going, all this with Barack. February 19
Despite Barack's having talked of drawing a circle around the tender in him – protecting the ability to feel innocence and springborn – I think he also fights against showing it to others, to me. I really like him more and more – he may worry about posturing and void inside but he is a brimming and integrated character. February 24
My British humour comes through with him – very uncommon. An uncommon, earnest young man. He is very beautiful – more than he thinks himself to be. Oooooo I can't wait to be in Brooklyn with spring coming… February 25
... the sexual warmth is definitely there – but the rest of it has sharp edges and I'm finding it all unsettling and finding myself wanting to withdraw from it all. I have to admit that I am feeling anger at him for some reason, multi‑stranded reasons. His warmth can be deceptive. Tho he speaks sweet words and can be open and trusting, there is also that coolness – and I begin to have an inkling of some things about him that could get to me. May 16
It so delights me that from time to time Barack will talk about the more private, inner aspects of what he sees and feels of our relationship – not out of some need to bring up and solve a problem (which is what I tend to do), but merely to communicate it. It is something I could well learn to do. To trust him, myself, whatever's cooking there in my brain – the good and the cloudy. June 10
Barack frets about the continual comfort I am always willing to offer – recognising it as feeling good, but also chafing against the threat of its impeding a rawer sense of "the struggle"… June 20
Curious this thing in Barack, where he identifies "skipping out" on eg Sohale's dinner, with the taking of different paths. He doesn't just see it as preferring to stay home and start a new story. Somehow splitting himself off from people is necessary to his feeling of following some chosen route? which basically remains undefined. And am I to be left behind also? That he may feel he's striking out? Shedding encumbrances, old images, the known and comfortable… June 27
But the abruptness and the apparent lack of warmth w/ which B. left them was jarring.
FirstLady1 unaweza kuona the young Obama jinsi alivyokuwa akizisumbua roho za mabinti na hata kushindwa kumwelewa.............
John 14:14 " If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it"
John 14:15 "If you love Me, keep My commandments."
Re: Just like you, the young Obama was a merry-goer?
Kumbe na Obama anaweza kuwa ni mbaguzi wa rangi.
Huyo mzingu alimega alafu akapiga chini au?.
Kyaiyembe.......nahisi tatizo pale ni kuwa yule kidosho alirudi kwao na kwa hiyo kama wasemavyo..................... ...long distance does not work hurted their romancing..................that is my take.