Sometime the media makes a mistake and accidentally reveals too much. Take a gander at these truths we learn--and some we didn't--from David Maraniss's book, Barack Obama: The Story.1. He told classmates he was an Indonesian prince. “His grandfather [Stanley] had told strangers that the boy was a descendant of ali ‘i, native Hawaiian royalty. In Obama’s later memoir, he recalled boasting at Punahou that his father was an African prince. Some classmates remembered it differently, that first he claimed his father was an Indonesian prince” (p. 268).
Based on his background alone the boy "never would have gotten into Punahou—not in a million years," said Neil Abercrombie [current governor of Hawaii, friend of Barack Obama Sr.]… But Barry made the select cut when more than nine out of ten applicants could not. He got in due to several converging factors, including the persistence of his mother, who was tireless at working the system, even from afar; his own winning performance during interviews with the admissions office; a need-based scholarship program that has begun targeting students of his potential and diverse background; and the influence of two wealthy alumni. [p. 265, emphasis added]It would appear that race was a factor--at least a partial one.
4. Maraniss says ‘Pop,’ a poem that Obama wrote for Occidental’s literary magazine, was about Frank Marshall Davis. This revelation comes two years after Jack Cashill wrote about it (p. 382).