Over the years, there has been speculation about Barack Obama’s sexuality. New information from his biographer sheds light on these speculations.
The biographer mentions that Obama once wrote about having fantasies involving men, as indicated in a letter sent to his college girlfriend.
The letter, acquired by The New York Post, hints at Obama’s contemplation about his sexuality during his younger years. At the age of 21, he communicated to his girlfriend, Alex McNear, that he felt his thinking was “androgynous.”
Discussing his views on sexuality, Obama penned, “I interact with men in my thoughts, but it’s only in my mind.” He further explained his androgynous mindset, expressing the hope to perceive individuals without the lens of gender. Nevertheless, he recognized his male identity and chose to embrace it.
This letter to McNear, his girlfriend from his days at Occidental College in Los Angeles, came into public view due to an interview with Obama’s biographer, David Garrow, conducted by Tablet, as reported by The Post.
Despite the editing out of the aforementioned paragraphs by McNear, David Garrow, an esteemed historian, authenticated and included them in his book titled “Rising Star.”
The original 1982 letter is held by Emory University, with stringent guidelines against its removal or duplication.
The content of the letter was transcribed by hand by a colleague of Garrow, Harvey Klehr, who shared the details with Garrow and passed the excerpt to a newspaper.
This letter was written ten years prior to Obama’s marriage to Michelle in 1992, with whom he has two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
Garrow, when reached out by the Post, shared that the letter doesn’t unveil any surprising aspects about Obama. He noted that it’s common knowledge that many individuals harbor varied fantasies and added that his role is that of a historian and not a psychologist.