The following videos are from a 1995 Connie Martinson interview about Barack Obama’s book, “Dream From My Father.” In his own words, you can hear his thoughts on race, his heroes being persecuted by the government, his views on “normal” Americans, etc.
Barack Obama with Connie Martinson Talks Books (1995 Part 1)
He also talks about affirmative action and how the courts aren’t aptly addressing the issues in favor of minorities. There is also talk about “Marty,” a pseudonym for Gerald Kellman who recruited Obama as a community organizer for Chicago. Why was it necessary to use a pseudonym?
Barack Obama with Connie Martinson Talks Books (1995 Part 2)
Gerald “Marty” Kellman was someone who helped Obama’s three-year stretch as a grass-roots organizer to figure prominently, if not profoundly, in the narrative of his life. Obama called it “the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School,” an education that he said was “seared into my brain.”
Lastly, Obama discusses an economic “common ground” that would be mutually beneficial to everybody. And then there is Reverend Jeremiah Wright – BEFORE the bus tire skid marks. Wright is described as a “wonderful man,” who helps Obama discover his own faith, “Which is not necessarily a traditional faith.” He learns to cherish the “hope” and “liberation that is embodied in the historically African American Church.” He then states that Wright “represents the best of what the black church has to offer.”
Barack Obama with Connie Martinson Talks Books (1995 Part 3)
Wright has been so integral to Barack Obama that, According to Obama, a 2007 book by the Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell, Obama sometimes used Wright as a sounding board for his political aspirations.
His closing remarks from the interview were about how he chooses values over money….but what values has he learned from his associations?
Are these the values Barack Obama is referring to?