Wow! I never heard about this PBS Frontline piece before. h/t The Blaze. Apparently they just put up the transcript from a show in June.
No, I’m not going birther. But to presumably be spinning yourself up that way as late as fifth grade suggests some serious insecurity. It seems he did encounter some racism there, so that may have played a part in it, as well.
Still, all in all, it doesn’t paint an image of someone who was genuinely exceptional. It portrays him as smart enough, sure – but not as a genuine stand-out, even to friends. Hmm.
“When I first met Barry, when he showed up I think it was the summer before fifth grade, he was hanging out at the tennis courts. And at the time that was the very Wimbledon-like, where everyone had to wear white clothes and white tennis shoes. Very careful about the soles of the shoesbecause you didn’t want to scuff up the courts, mark them up.
So yeah, I can picture him as this slightly — “chubby” is too strong, but rounded, short little guy, Barry Obama. And he told us that his father was an Indonesian king and that he was a prince, and after he finished school he was going to go back, and he would be a ruler in Indonesia. And I absolutely believed him.