During a criminal interrogation, when suspects begin to break they will unconsciously reach out and physically touch their interrogator and begin to concede certain facts such as: “I was near the crime scene on that day, but so what?” In a somewhat similar way Obama starts to break when he unfolds his deepest pain—and the great crime committed against him. He tells us in his autobiographical book, Dreams from My Father, of how his pregnant young mother might have considered an abortion if she had lived elsewhere but Hawaii when she was carrying him. In his denial, he reaches out and touches the idea of his near-abortion. He has much more to say on the matter if we really listen. Indeed he secretly—unconsciously—delivers his central narrative to our nation and to himself.
His inner genius—his super intelligence—specializes in communicating through stories. Listen to Obama’s stories and images and he will tell you all about himself. He will answer every question about himself. Fundamentally he starts by telling us his deepest motivation, what drives his life. We all know it starts with early-childhood experiences, and Obama unfolds a boatload of traumas but one central trauma above all. It is one thing to endure all the abandonments he did but it’s altogether another matter for your father and mother to point a gun at your head and threaten your life—as was the case with his near-abortion. He’ll never forget the moment that he learned that family secret as kids often do. Obama tells us all about it in key stories. Perhaps the most vivid story appears in Dreams from My Father in which he links his absent father indirectly to the image of the 9-11 attack on America and to “those who would murder innocents with abstract, serene satisfaction.” To make it plain, he underscores that the “past is never past.”
Years later, his near-abortion remains much on his mind in his inauguration speech, as he confronts “those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents.” He adds the image of “a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.” Here again he suggests that some parents—upon whom that child’s survival depends—would abdicate their reponsibility to nurture a child. Translation: Obama’s father didn’t want to nurture his son in the womb, in fact he did not even want that child to exist.
In 2008, Obama’s Fathers’ Day speech confronts the absent father. He opens with one of Jesus’ best-known parables. Again we see his deeper genius secretly at work painting the same picture. Here he alludes to the foolish builder who constructed his house on sand before a storm destroys the house and everything in it. Hear him—his father wanted to destroy Obama’s early house of his mother’s womb and Obama with it. He goes on to specifically confront the absent African-American father, “your job does not end at conception,” he declares, subtly portraying a father who urges an abortion. And we find innumerable other abortion images in his key speeches. Obama emphasizes that no other trauma comes close to this one, and he had more, many more.
Another major trauma was his illegitimacy. In fact, he characterizes himself as a mistake on the part of his father. Obama emphasizes that his parents may have never actually married. The infant Obama suffered immediate father abandonment. As a child, he realized that his Kenyan father was a physically dangerous man, both physically and psychologically abusive. Why else would his mother suddenly flee Hawaii four weeks after Obama’s birth until Obama Sr. left the islands for Boston a year later? Obama saw his father only once in his life at age 10. He later learned that man may not have been his real father after all. As he himself suggests, Obama was an empty person built on sand completely lacking inner strength.
Next, Obama’s inner genius unfolds his natural reaction to such trauma. Early in his autobiography he tells us, “I know, I have seen the desperation…of the powerless; how it twists the lives of children in Jakarta or Nairobi…Chicago [all places connected to him]…how narrow the path is for them between humiliation and untrammeled fury, how easily they slip into violence and despair.” Obama has taken that short step. He has just described his life equation. Anger and power now drive him to cover up his unimaginable pain and utter powerlessness. Better to be strong than weak, he advises us.
And we can see Obama’s fury wherever we look and his insatiable need for power. We see it clearly in his executive orders, unilateral pronouncements which indicate increasing dictatorial behavior.
Over and over, Obama’s super-intel establishes that the real roots of his rage first took hold in his very early childhood, years before he realized his father’s anti-colonial rage. In his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, and the new film 2016, author Dinesh D’Souza correctly identifies Obama’s secret anger and links it directly to his father. But D’Souza fails to take it a step further. He overlooks the fact that Obama tells of his first-hand experience with his father’s rage, a parental fury directed at him most significantly in the threat of his own abortion.
Obama’s inner genius, his super intelligence, takes us far deeper, clarifying how severely wounded he is and thus just how great his unimaginable fury. Only Obama can tell us his whole story. Only Obama can share the pain that has consumed him for his entire life.
Furthermore, Obama describes how traumatized kids reenact their father’s neglect and abuse on society, repeating their behavior. His super-intel asks us to examine his behavior in order to decode his anger. And he describes “those who blame their ills in the West.” Unconsciously Obama confesses that he has misguidedly directed his anger at America. Like a kid who has been severely bullied, he becomes a secret bully.
We have only glimpsed the tip of the iceberg of Obama’s trauma, especially his central near-abortion and his reactionary rage. We will continue to look briefly at different behaviors—events in the public eye—in which we find disguised representations of his near-abortion and his subsequent anger. (Next we will explore two recent events which demonstrate his continual reenactment of this powerful dynamic.) Obama shouts out his entire true story. His central trauma provides the lens which brings his life into sharp focus.
As we will soon see, Obama secretly confesses because he wants to be free of his shackles of pain and anger.