I have been obsessed with Al Capone recently – but his story is mixed up with the history of Chicago. That has had a much bigger impact on American History that Americans realize.
Obama got his start on Chicago. And a short review of his history is in order.
He never knew his father, who was black, and from Africa. He barely knew his mother, a white woman. He was raised by his mother’s parents in Hawaii – who provided a loving home for him. He then graduated from the Harvard Law school. He was very smart, and had good people skills.
His next move was surprising – he moved to Chicago! Became a community organizer, and aligned himself with a radical black preacher. What happened next is not clear – he taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago for awhile. And went to work at a law firm – where he met his future wife – who was his supervisor for awhile! And then became a politician – a member of the Illinois Legislature, and then a US Senator. He still continued to talk like a reformer – which was a great asset to him as a politician.
He then met some Illinois bankers who wanted the banks deregulated – and they financed his successful bid for the presidency. When he became president he deregulated the banks – which led directly to the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
His operating method was simple – talk liberal, but act as a tool for the rich and powerful. The same method used by Al Capone much earlier. Act like one thing, but be something else.