Vanity Fair Takes A Stroll Down Obama Memory Lane

By Caitlin Taylor

Feb 2, 2009 12:35pm

In addition to their glam shots of Obama White House and Cabinet folks, Vanity Fair takes a stroll down Obama memory lane with a look back at a 1990 fanfair that looks at the then-new president of the Harvard Law Review, a 28-year-old grad student named Barack Obama, who "was somewhat taken aback by the deluge of media coverage that followed hard on the heels of his election." “I like to read novels, listen to Miles Davis,” Obama said about the editing gig. “I don’t get to do that anymore. I don’t get dates anymore.” …The mag reported that Obama "wants to tackle the quagmire of America’s inner cities. Federal money alone won’t do it, he argues. The deeper problem is that ‘those communities are unorganized. We need to get more people planning.’ For preparation, Harvard Law School is a ‘perfect place to examine how the power structure works. It gives you a certain language.’ When he’s fluent, he’ll be able to translate the language of the streets (‘which I can speak’) into the language of the Establishment, and vice versa. "The sense of mission derives in part from his experiences in the Third World," the magazine noted. "He saw brutal poverty while growing up in Singapore (sic)* with his mother, an anthropologist, and his half-brothers and -sisters in Kenya still live hand to mouth at times. Obama says that his late father’s experience in the Kenyan government left him a broken and bitter man, and he responds warily to the assumption that he himself will run for office. "’If I go into politics it should grow out of work I’ve done on the local level, not because I’m some media creation.’ Though, as media creations go, he’d be a pretty good one." Ahem. — jpt * They meant Indonesia

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