lundi 19 juin 2017

Nouvelle biographie d'Obama: des progressistes n'aiment pas

L'historien David J. Garrow, il s'est déjà mérité un Pulitzer, lance une nouvelle biographie d'Obama intitulée "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama". Il y dépeint un homme complexe et ils sont nombreux à lui reprocher son acharnement à pointer vers des "failles" d'un personnage qu'on a souvent présenté comme un messie.

 "Thus, in contrast to Obama’s image as a religious man, Garrow tells us that even in Hyde Park he visited Jeremiah Wright’s controversial Trinity Church irregularly and, as far as his Chicago friends could see, he “did not have a religious bone in his body.” Most of us think of Obama’s progressive bona fides on social issues like gay rights as beyond reproach, but Garrow documents ever-shifting stands on same-sex marriage, depending on the political moment. During the 2008 campaign, Obama famously defused questions about the domestic terrorist Bill Ayers by calling him “a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know,” but Garrow shows the relationship to have been closer than the candidate let on. (Obviously no one should hold Obama responsible for Ayers’ despicable deeds four decades earlier. The real outrage was what Chicago Magazine called the “widespread willingness” by Chicago intellectual society “to disregard” the violent pasts of Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, who was the more famous of the pair until 2008.)"

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