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.