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What Would It Take to Reveal Your Deepest, Darkest Secret?

Tell me why President Obama doesn't have a genuine history.

So, if you've been in a bubble the last twenty-four hours, you might have missed that the man sporting America's Favorite Combover has offered $5 MILLION to President Obama's charity of choice if the President will release his college transcripts and applications and a few passport details.

I'm not a Birther in the strictest sense of the meaning, but I have to agree with Donald Trump when he indicates this is a very secretive president. Why do we know so little about young Obama? And why do we not consider it batshit crazy that a U.S. President wrote a fabricated autobiography?

Dreams From My Father has a disclaimer in the front:

”For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I’ve known, and some events appear out of precise chronology. With the exception of my family and a handful of public figures, the names of most characters have been changed for the sake of their privacy.”

Hey I write composite characters, too, but it's called fiction. We have a President who is delighted to provide a fictional accounting of his life in hopes we like him better.

Which brings me back to my first question: What would it take for you to reveal your deepest, darkest secret?

I'm easy here. A few years ago I made a concerted effort to live full-out, all the time. I cleaned up whatever lies I'd told myself and stories I'd let others assume and let it all hang out. Oh, it wasn't pretty, but darn it. It's so much easier! And I'm a lot more fun now. 

You will be spared. I shall not provide a list of my secrets, because technically I don't have any now. For me it was a matter of living authentically and it was a gift I gave myself. You can have my college transcripts for the asking if you'd like, though. They are kind of awesome.

But why is President Obama so quiet about his past? Why do his ancestors make their way into stories under one set of details only to have those details unwound when the stories are obviously untrue?

I have my own answer. I'll probably lay it out in the comments later. But I want to know what you think. Bring it on.

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Luke October 26, 2012 at 03:01 AM
@Bert He gives a lot to charity. He's not a Democrat.
scott October 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Well Burt spelling really isn't a problem for me - but hey you done just what liberals do take your shot at a poor defenceless teacher. By the way they tried; I just never gave a shit.
DontTreadOnMeEither October 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Stephen Colbert had it right in his response to Mr. Trump's ridiculous (and redundant) offer. (Google "Colbert + balls")
DontTreadOnMeEither October 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Is 1990 early enough for you? http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html
Mafia Mike October 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
If I told you, I'd have to kill you. Hahahaha!!!!! {:-D)
AWD October 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Obama has spent 1.4 million to keep is ‘real’ birth certificate hidden, why? We have not seen any of Obama’s college papers yet we have seen the papers from the three colleges Sarah Palin attended. I ask you, how many competent black doctors, lawyers, and professionals are there in America? Very few. In fact, there are not enough blacks in the U.S. with an IQ high enough to graduate a university to fill the quotas of companies for management positions. Many black people are shuffled through schools, hired by companies, put in a corner office, and given easy work to keep them busy. Where am I going with this? Obama is an affirmative action President. He never had the grades to get into Harvard. Obama has been coddled by white liberals all the way to the top.
Dave Koven October 26, 2012 at 03:25 PM
You all realize that if a candidate's grades transcript shows he/she was a poor student, he/she would never hear the end of it. They would not be trusted. If their transcript showed straight A's, they'd never hear the end of it. They'd be pilloried as an "intellectual", a "snob", or a "brainiac", and not be trusted. Worse yet, they'd be told" "if you're so smart, why can't you solve every problem?" Frankly, I don't care where my leaders were born as long as the country benefits from their leadership. We're a country of immigrants. Americans have a love-hate relationship with intelligent people. They need the advances the smart come up with, but they view the intelligent as "mad scientists" or "Dr. Evil". They don't trust them. As a society, Americans are pretty stupid and easily manipulated. For proof of this, look at the political ads we're bombarded with.
Craig October 26, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Maybe asking to see the transcripts is less to do with grades, and more about who footed the bill. Maybe there was a free education given here, and maybe it was based on non citizenship. The transcripts may be redacted, but unless they are released we will never know. Funny that a candidate is forced to release tax transcripts for fishing expeditions.
Johnny Blade October 26, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Your right St Swindler .. why have laws, hey if my work found out i lied about who i was or my grades in college I would be fired, but i guess in your little commie mind as long as your guy is in there, Phuck the laws ehh ... No one has any principles anymore
Johnny Blade October 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
As long as Bert keeps gettin his free stuff he doesn't care if Hilter was in office
Johnny Blade October 26, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Why not have foreign nationals be president makes sense to me .. If you don't like foreign nationals being our President you are a racist POS
mau October 26, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Yes I have a few secrets which shall remain secrets. By my standards they were unacceptable but by today's standards they would be considered normal behavior. Notice that polygamy is not an issue that the media is harping about during this election. I wonder why :)
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I don't think anyone would give a damn, much less pay $5 million for them.
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
@Craig -- I knew a young man, an alumnus of my high school, who went to Harvard on full scholarship. He was legitimately brilliant. Does it matter who footed the bill for it? What is Trump trying to imply? That Barack Obama took the place of a more deserving white student?
James R Hoffa October 26, 2012 at 08:57 PM
If Barack claimed to be a foreign exchange student or a national of any country other than the United States of America, then wouldn't that mean that Obama committed fraud against those colleges if he really is an American citizen, or fraud in the 2008 election if he really isn't a citizen? And last Hoffa checked, that kind of fraud is still a crime.
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Why does Donald Trump suspect this? He seems to have no actual evidence, or else he'd be releasing it. I'd like to see Trump's college transcripts, myself, or maybe his SATs. We could all have a good laugh.
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I don't think either side wants to open the issue of polygamy.
CowDung October 26, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I think that's what they thought when they looked at GW Bush's college grades. It was all fun and laughs until it came out that Algore had lower grades than the guy they were trying to paint as the 'dummy'...
DICK STEINBERG October 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Thanx for the info. Harvard Law School is considered as the most prestigious law school in the USA. That alone would be enough for the average law graduate to gain success. This blog is an insult to the military people who fight and die for our country headed by the commander in chief.
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Very interesting. Note his listed place of birth.
DICK STEINBERG October 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Charity and Politics do not mix well. This blog is also an insult to legitimate charities that are not political in nature.
James R Hoffa October 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM
@Randy1949 - Is Trump running for public office?
Randy1949 October 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
He was. He might decide to try again. Let's discourage him.
James R Hoffa October 26, 2012 at 11:54 PM
@Randy1949 - When was Trump formally and actively running for public office as a declared candidate? Hoffa wasn't aware of this - can you provide a link?
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Since when is it a sin to maintain a certain level of privacy and control of information about oneself. I have enough skeletons in my closet that I don't want to share with the world. I would like to think I'm the norm rather than the exception. Donald Trump is an ego maniac and will do anything to get publicity. I personally don't care about Obama's transcripts or Romney's tax returns. For the political right if transcripts were so important, then why are they demanding the release of Scott Walker's MU transcripts? Beyond being hypocritical, it just doesn't matter. One of the casualties of the Information Age is privacy.
Bob McBride October 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
The left was calling for the release of Scott Walker's MU records during the recall temper tantrum, so I guess hypocritical goes both ways. Calling for the release of records that either can't be produced due to legal or security concerns or that won't be produced because they're immaterial and doing so would be open the floodgates to non-stop requests for similar crap is a time honored tradition in our political system. Rather than getting our undies in a bundle over the same thing repeatedly, maybe we should be asking how much longer we're going to continue to participate in this foolishness? It wouldn't keep coming up if we didn't all respond as desired over and over again. In this case, Donald Trump got exactly what he desired by utilizing it, as did the press, the talking heads...all the way down to rock bottom - this level - where we can swat each other over the heads with it. If you truly want it to stop, don't play along.
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM
@Bob McBride...Amen!
Cindy Kilkenny October 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
@Bob and @Lyle - I made the very same argument about Scott Walker in my book: http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Walkers-Wisconsin-Conservative-ebook/dp/B009E6CPKO
Greg October 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM
$2.99 ??? Who do you think we are, Trump?
DICK STEINBERG October 27, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Cindy. The only comment you have made is to promote your book. You either promote your own ego or something else that sells. Your fairly conservative blog filters comments with either blocking them or having your followers back you up. You criticize a candidate and then back him/her when it looks like a winnner; you write about the failures of the Governor and your own Mayor and them back them when they are looking good; You tout yourself as a candidate for Alderman and then get cold feet because of a little extra effort; you hide behind your computer and refuse to have a face to face meeting with you know who; you resent a local Alderman because he challenged your ability; you research with fever every issue to make you look like a professor; you want to have political influence but admit you do not have time to work in the trenches. Cindy, you ask for our secrets but have not released yours. I like the times better when we took someone at their word.

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