I’ll admit it, I love a good ‘tell all’ book as much as the next brazen gossip guy, but books about the living, and details about one person’s relationship with another – who is living – are just too tacky for even me.
Take for example, the ‘diaries’ of Genevieve Cook.
Her diary entries will be released in June in a new book called Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss, and some of them are quite interesting. Vanity Fair will publish excerpts this month.
She says on Thursday, May 23, 1985: Barack leaving my life—at least as far as being lovers goes. In the same way that the relationship was founded on calculated boundaries and carefully, rationally considered developments, it seems to be ending along coolly considered lines. I read back over the past year in my journals, and see and feel several themes in it all … how from the beginning what I have been most concerned with has been my sense of Barack’s withholding the kind of emotional involvement I was seeking. I guess I hoped time would change things and he’d let go and “fall in love” with me. Now, at this point, I’m left wondering if Barack’s reserve, etc. is not just the time in his life, but, after all, emotional scarring that will make it difficult for him to get involved even after he’s sorted his life through with age and experience. Hard to say, as obviously I was not the person that brought infatuation. (That lithe, bubbly, strong black lady is waiting somewhere!)
Let’s break that down. Is it really 1985 lingo? That whole ‘calculated boundaries and carefully, rationally considered developments’ sounds just a tad too 2001 to me! Honestly, was all that New Age BS hip back then? I don’t think so.
And just how did she know he was looking for a ‘lithe, bubbly, strong black lady”? Crystal ball?
And on Thursday, January 26, she wrote: “How is he so old already, at the age of 22? I have to recognize (despite play of wry and mocking smile on lips) that I find his thereness very threatening. … Distance, distance, distance, and wariness.” Granted, other people have said that President Obama was old beyond his years at 22, but…
What about ‘finding his thereness threatening’…again 1996 at least. Thereness? What the heck is that?
Later on, on Saturday, February 25 she writes: 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.”
Multi-stranded reasons…again, just too New Agey!
Either this gal was way ahead of her time, or this is all fiction.
I’m not saying they didn’t know each other, and I’m not saying they didn’t hook UP, but really…tacky, tacky, tacky.
True or not, and I’m not an expert, and this is just my humble opinion, it’s tacky to publish your memories which include sexual references of a relationship with a sitting President and a married man.
I’m not so naive as to think that he was celibate prior to his marriage, and I’m not so naive as to deny that he may have actually been a player, but really, this is just beyond the pale!
I will admit, the wry and mocking smile is still there. But, I’m just not buying the rest. And I’m not buying the book either!