Obama biographer David Mariness discovered that a scene with a white girlfriend portrayed in the Obama book Dreams From My Father never happened. Obama says it was another girlfriend, and that he was combining several girlfriends into a “composite” character.
According to Politico:
During an interview in the Oval Office, Obama acknowledged that, while Genevieve was his New York girlfriend, the description in his memoir was a “compression” of girlfriends, including one who followed Genevieve [Cook] when he lived in Chicago.
The incident was a scene in which the white girlfriend asked after seeing a play “why black people were so angry all the time.” Obama told Mariness:
“That was an example of compression I was very sensitive in my book not to write about my girlfriends, partly out of respect for them. So that was a consideration. I thought that [the anecdote involving the reaction of a white girlfriend to the angry black play] was a useful theme to make about sort of the interactions that I had in the relationships with white girlfriends.
Obama acknowledged use of composite characters in the introduction to the book.
Politico’s post is drawn from a Vanity Fair excerpt of the Obama biography. The VF piece focuses on Obama’s romantic relationships.