In 2008, I wrote “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.”
The book, enormously controversial as Barack Obama sought the presidency after only two years in the U.S. Senate, became almost instantly my second #1 New York Times bestseller and my third book on the New York Times bestseller list. In this book, I exposed the radical leftist ideology that dominated Barack Obama’s personal history, back to his relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, a communist journalist form Chicago who became Obama’s mentor while growing up in Hawaii.
I explored Obama’s history with his Muslim father, also named Barack Obama, who came to Hawaii in the 1960s to attend college, and with his Muslim step-father Lolo Soetoro who registered Obama as a Muslim in a school in Indonesia where Obama spent years of his childhood along with his anthropologist mother, Ann Dunham. The book investigated Obama’s ties to Kenya that brought him to Africa to support Raila Odinga, a Luo tribesman and communist, who was then running to be the president of Kenya.
The book made clear that Obama moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer in a non-governmental organization fostered by Saul Alinsky. I reported on Obama’s leftist legislative agenda while in the Illinois State Legislature, and his association with underworld figures, including now imprisoned Tony Rezko.
The book predicted correctly that an Obama presidency would leave the United States a militarily weakened and economically diminished nation. I feared, again correctly, that instead of being more united, our internal conflicts during an Obama presidency would become both more sharpened and abrasive.
The book re-framed Obama in a way conservatives today characterize Obama’s eight years as President, although in 2008, Obama tried to dismiss the book as “a pack of lies,” despite the book’s extensive research and irrefutable documentation.
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