Illinois Daily Herald -Associated Press: May 3, 1990: “Harvard Student Tackles Racism At Core

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — His boyhood friends in Indonesia were street peddlers, and his grandmother still lives in a mud-walled house in Kenya.

But Barack Obama is another world away, presiding over the Harvard Law Review as the first black president in the prestigious journal’s 103-year history.

The charismatic 28-year-old, ensconced in the halls where tradition reigns, is taking aim at another custom: Obama’s sights are set on the South Side of Chicago, not on a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship or a fast-track career with, a cushy firm.

“I’m not interested in the suburbs. The suburbs bore me. And I’m not interested in isolating myself,” Obama said in a recent interview. “I feel good when I’m engaged in what I think are the core issues of the society, and those core issues to me are what’s happening to poor folks in this society.”

His passion is rooted in his background. He was born in Hawaii, his father an Oxford and Harvard-educated economist from the African nation of Kenya, his mother a white anthropologist from Kansas.

Obama moved to Southeast Asia at age 2 when his parents divorced and his mother married an Indonesian. Until the fifth grade. Obama attended Indonesian schools, where most of his friends were the sons of servants, street peddlers and farmers.

Concern for Obama’s education led his mother to return him to Hawaii, where he attended public schools [FALSE] through high school. In 1983, he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science.

At a recent meeting in a Harvard cafeteria, his affinity with the underdog was readily apparent. “I lived in a country where I saw extreme poverty at a very early age,” Obama said. “Parts of my family in Kenya remain very poor. My grandmother still lives in a mud-walled house with no running water or electricity.

“That’s who I am, that’s where I come from, not always literally, but at least emotionally.”

Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988, and through a combination of grades and a writing competition, was elected to head the law review this February. He succeeded Peter Yu, a first generation Chinese-American. Obama cautions against reading too much into his election.

“It’s crucial that people don’t see my election as somehow a symbol of progress in the broader sense, that we don’t sort of point to a Barack Obama any more than you point to a Bill Cosby or a Michael Jordan and say ‘Well, things are hunky dory,’” Obama said.

“There’s certainly racism here. There are certain burdens that are placed, more emotionally at this point than concretely,” Obama said.

“Professors may treat black students differently, sometimes by being, sort of, more dismissive, sometimes by being more, sort of, careful because they think, you know, they think that somehow we can’t cope in the classroom,” he said.

Obama sees the inner cities as the front lines of racism.

“It’s critical at this stage for people who want to see genuine change to focus locally. And it is crucial that we figure out how to rebuild the core of leadership and institutions in these communities,” he said.

For five years before law school, Obama took on that task in Chicago. As the director of a program that tried to bring South Side churches, unions and block associations together on projects, Obama was not trying to solve local problems, he said. Instead he sought to construct something more lasting — a forum for the community, “I’m interested in organizations, not movements, because movements dissipate and organizations don’t,” Obama said.

America suffered when the movements of the 1960s dissipated, he said. Those movements succeeded in raising doubts about harmful traditions of sexism and racism, but failed to offer a viable alternative.

“Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous,” Obama said.

“I mean, I really hope to be part of a transformation of this country.”And the future of black people and of America generally? “It depends on how good I do my job,” he said.

“Less mean spirited“… indeed.

I downloaded the scanned image back in 2008, and since so much time has past I have unfortunately forgotten the source.

And I have been unable to find a direct link to the article.

Update: Giving credit, where credit is due.

Thanks to @jstablehand here is the source of the original scanned image:

Edit May 18, 2012: link dead — http://www.nakedemperornews.com/youngObama.pdf

Stable Hand has also shared this link to the Jewish Odysseus report (dated September 28, 2008) on the Obama interview: “OBAMA BOASTED: “I’M NOT INTERESTED IN THE SUBURBS. THE SUBURBS BORE ME.”

Update 2:

I have found a reference to the article which also notes the author; ‘Allison J Pugh’ Associated Press writer here:

“From the mouths of babes” – Dave Levinthal Dallas Morning News Feb. 28, 2008
It’s from a story written by Associated Press reporter Allison J. Pugh in 1990, when Mr. Obama was a Harvard law student and president of the Harvard Law Review. [...]

Update 3: Pay dirt! (Left-wing) David Gregory host of Meet the Press made mention of the article here, including the relevant quotes:

MR. GREGORY:  It’s interesting, we actually found something from 1990, Rick, where he was elected to president of Harvard Law Review, which is very prestigious, and he gets a lot of pickup in that as, as you write about in the book.  The Associated Press has an interview with him, and this is what he says.  “`Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous,’ Obama said.” Remember this is 20 years ago almost to the week. “`I mean, I really hope to be part of a transformation of this country.’ And the future of black people and of America generally?  `It depends on how good I do my job,’ he said.”

You talk about somebody who seemed to have his head on about where he wanted to go ultimately.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36149408/ns/meet_the_press/

Update 4:

A few references without direct links:

“Barack Obama’s Law; Harvard Law Review’s first black president plans a life of public service” (paid archive), Los Angeles Times, 1990-03-12, p. E1. Pugh, Allison J.

“First Black President Of School’s Law Review Uninterested In A Cushy Job” -Allison J Pugh Associated Press April 16, 1990

“No Cushy Post for this Pioneer Harvard Law Review Chief Plans to Work in Inner City”, by Allison J Pugh in The Akron Beacon-Journal (19 April 1990)

Update 5:
Cool. This post made Technorati’s Hottest Political Blog Posts list. (I’m assuming for today’s date.)

Also see:

Reminder: Michelle Obama 2008: “We’re going to have to change our traditions, our history” [Video]

Obama Was For A ‘Fundamentally Different America’ Before He Was Against It

Obamanisims of Fundamental Transformation

Obama Bombshell Redistribution of Wealth Audio Uncovered [O compares USA to Nazi Germany & Promoted Redistribution at CDSA Meeting]

Michelle Obama’s Statist Pie

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Hey Tommy ‘ObamaTool’ Christopher LEARN the difference between quotation marks: “word” AND : ‘word’, would ya! What a flaming dumb ass…

BTW Tommy boy, another difference you seem unable to grasp, is that Obama loathes America and all that she stands for. Sooo…there is no comparison between his and Bush’s statements. Now get up off of your knees, and be a real man. Oops…what am I saying…never mind.

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36 Responses to “Obama 1990 Interview: ‘We’re Going To Reshape Mean Spirited Selfish America, I Hope To Be Part Of Transformation’ [Updated]”

  1. margie says:

    Stop the lies. Obama/Soertoro was born in kenya, call the parliament for more details.

  2. [...] IronicSurrealism, via Free Republic: “There’s certainly racism here. There are certain burdens that are placed, [...]

  3. [...] 33,554 Obama in 1990: We’re Going to Reshape ‘Mean-Spirited’ and Selfish America Illinois Daily Herald May 3, 1990: “Harvard Student Tackles Racism At It’s Core“ Obama 1990 Interview: ‘We’re Going To Reshape Mean Spirited Selfish America’ [...]

  4. Hey, Ironic, GREAT JOB on pulling these clips out of the memory-hole!! You and your little blog have officially done more O-vetting than the ENTIRE LAME-STREAM MEDIA has done in 5 years.

    Robert Penn Warren put it beautifully:
    “I said, “But suppose there isn’t anything to find?”
    And the Boss said, “There is always something.”
    And he said, “Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something…

    “For nothing is ever lost There is always the clue, the canceled check, the smear of lipatick, the footprint in the canna bed, the condon on the park path, the twitch in the old wound, the baby shoes dipped in bronze, the taint in the bloodstream.”

    WELL-DONE, COMRADE!!

  5. joetote says:

    Fabulous! And to think, all the electorate had to do was to get their collective heads out of their asses and educate themselves about this clown as was their responsibility as voters! The information was there for all to see! Great job!!

  6. [...] Ironic Surrealism finds an Illinois Daily Herald piece that was an interview of then Harvard student, Barack Obama speaking on the topic of racism.  Here’s the scan: [...]

  7. Remarkulus says:

    “Less mean spirited and more generous”?!!? Well, that settles it. This is the final smoke from the final gun verifying that, clearly, Obama has no idea what it means to be an American.

  8. sam says:

    Golly, maybe he’s a plagiarist, too:

    George H.W. Bush (by way of Peggy Noonan): “I want a kinder, and gentler nation.”

    • dz says:

      Not to mention a thousand points of light and that big ol’ shining city on the hill.

      Black panthers!!!!! Derek Bell!!!!!!!

  9. nora says:

    Ironic isn’t it. But so like Obama, whose actions belie his words. As an elected Senator in Illinois, Obama did nothing for the poor or blacks. He was solely concerned with his own advancement to the Senate.

  10. Remarkulus says:

    “Ironic isn’t it.”

    In what way?

  11. [...] H/T and text from: http://ironicsurrealism.com/2012/03/14/obama-1990-interview-were-going-to-reshape-mean-spirited-amer… [...]

  12. [...] America is ‘Mean Spirited’March 15, 2012 By Lonely Conservative No comments yetIronic Surrealism has the full text and the image of a newspaper interview of Barack Obama in 1990. He was 28 years [...]

  13. LitteSmod says:

    If I could reach thru the puter screen and pull this ADMINISTRATIONS lying heart out of ITS chest and eat it in front of IT’S lying mouth i would! Does any libtard Iphone WEILDING A-hole have an app for that?

  14. [...] longer version of the story is available at the original source, [...]

  15. Maureen says:

    Notice how far he goes to edit out his real family, who raised him and paid the bills, in favor of talking about family members he hasn’t seen in years whom he doesn’t really know. Notice how he slurs as racist the same school he’s using to prop up his image.

  16. [...] Obama 1990 Interview: We’re Going to Reshape Mean-spirited America, I Hope To Be Part of the Transformation… Velvet Hammer Vetting the Prez. [...]

  17. gwhh says:

    UNREAL!!!

  18. solomon Kimuyu says:

    Read a book titled
    “solomon on leadership, the genesis of the dirkside of leadership in Kenya,published 2009 one could get more of about the origin of Obama

  19. John Sawyer says:

    You realize you’re suggesting that Obama’s statement that “…we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous….I really hope to be part of a transformation of this country”, is a bad thing? How much traction do you expect to get with that?

  20. [...] booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in [...]

  21. Dot says:

    Why does this link: http://www.nakedemperornews.com/youngObama.pdf go to “sex videos”, etc,. and not the original article?

  22. [...] booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in [...]

  23. [...] does not contradict the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in [...]

  24. [...] does not contradict the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in [...]

  25. Ausdem says:

    “I feel good when I’m engaged in what I think are the core issues of the society, and those core issues to me are what’s happening to poor folks in this society.”

    Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988, and through a combination of grades and a writing competition, was elected to head the law review this February.

    “I’m interested in organizations, not movements, because movements dissipate and organizations don’t,” Obama said.

    “Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous,” Obama said.

    Wow, what a monster. Can’t believe a man who cares for the poor, wants to make society more caring for them, and be more generous, and thinks deeply about how he will achieve this was elected President. What a historical catastrophe. His will to help poor people through establishing communities and organization will destroy this country from the inside I tell you. He MUST be defeated in November, and we MUST elect a rich Mormon man who made his millions the old fashioned way, he inherited it. A rich man is automatically more qualified to be president than someone who fought their way through poverty through hard work and intelligence. Why do American’s keep voting for Democrats from poor or middle class backgrounds. Better stick to rich political scions from the right wing.

  26. [...] booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in [...]

  27. Colin Hall says:

    Maybe the USA doesn’t much care for how they are perceived by foreign countries, but speaking as 1 guy in the UK, I like America with Obama in the Whitehouse :-)

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