Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

June 2, 2010

Not his mother’s son…his stepfather’s?

Filed under: Obama — louisproyect @ 11:48 pm

Lolo Soetoro and Ann Dunham pose with daughter Maya Soetoro and son Barack Obama in an undated photo. (Family photo via Bloomberg News)

From chapter two of Barack Obama’s “Dreams from My Father”:

Looking back, I’m not sure that Lolo [Barack Obama’s Indonesian stepfather] ever fully understood what my mother was going through during these years, why the things he was working so hard to provide for her seemed only to increase the dis­tance between them. He was not a man to ask himself such questions. Instead, he maintained his concentration, and over the period that we lived in Indonesia, he proceeded to climb. With the help of his brother-in-law, he landed a new job in the government relations office of an American oil company. We moved to a house in a better neighborhood; a car replaced the motorcycle; a television and hi-fi replaced the crocodiles and Tata, the ape; Lolo could sign for our dinners at a company club. Sometimes I would overhear him and my mother arguing in their bedroom, usually about her refusal to attend his com­pany dinner parties, where American businessmen from Texas and Louisiana would slap Lolo’s back and boast about the palms they had greased to obtain the new offshore drilling rights, while their wives complained to my mother about the quality of Indonesian help. He would ask her how it would look for him to go alone, and remind her that these were her own people, and my mother’s voice would rise to almost a shout.

They are not my people.

1 Comment »

  1. Would that his politics were a little more like those of his otherwise feckless daddy: Obama Sr. wrote a striking critique of Kenya’s movement onto the neocolonialist “African socialist” road. Kenya knows a little something about the disappointments that can follow replacing a white with a black leader without an accompanying revolution against colonialism and white supremacy.

    Obama, Barak H. (July 1965). “Problems Facing Our Socialism” (.PDF). East Africa Journal: 26–33. http://www.politico.com/static/PPM41_eastafrica.html. Retrieved 2008-09-26.

    Comment by Jim Holstun — June 3, 2010 @ 1:13 am


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