Holding a position like, say, the President of the United States comes with a bit of scrutiny. If you're running for the Oval Office, you'd best expect every classmate you ever sat next to, every acquaintance you were ever photographed with and every pet you ever owned to be grilled for info about your past life. Which is why it's surprising Vanity Fair only recently uncovered these romantic, well-written love letters written by Obama in college haven't yet been seen, nor have the journal entries from one of the women he wrote them to. Check out some of the President's prolific prose after the cut!
1. Barack knew how to impress ladies with eloquent poetry discussion.
Here's an excerpt from a letter to one of his girlfriends, Alex McNear:
I haven’t read 'The Waste Land' for a year, and I never did bother to check all the footnotes. But I will hazard these statements — Eliot contains the same ecstatic vision which runs from Münzer to Yeats. However, he retains a grounding in the social reality/order of his time. Facing what he perceives as a choice between ecstatic chaos and lifeless mechanistic order, he accedes to maintaining a separation of asexual purity and brutal sexual reality."
2. Obama's date style was suave and subtle.
Wine in a romantic, old Italian restaurant? With solitary, dimly-lit corners? I would certainly be wooed. McNear writes:
We sat and talked and ate and drank wine. Or at least I drank wine. I think he drank something stronger. It was one of those dark, old Italian restaurants that don’t exist in New York anymore. It was the kind of place where they leave you alone. I remember thinking how happy I felt just talking to him, that I could talk to him for hours. We walked slowly back to my apartment, on 90th, and said good-bye. After that we started spending much more time together."
3. He used the phrase "bourgeois liberalism" in a letter.
A man who throws around big words and uses them in an intelligent fashion? Handsome!
Remember how I said there’s a certain kind of conservatism which I respect more than bourgeois liberalism — (T.S.) Eliot is of this type."
4. He cooked for his lady friend...with sexy results!
I know for a fact that the fastest way to many women's hearts is through their stomachs. Which may explain why Genevieve Cook uses the word "inevitable" here:
I’m pretty sure we had dinner maybe the Wednesday after. I think maybe he cooked me dinner. Then we went and talked in his bedroom. And then I spent the night. It all felt very inevitable."
5. He knew how to spend a lazy Sunday. In a sarong.
OK, I'm not sure if a sarong qualifies as "strange" or "adventurous and quirky," but based on the above evidence, I'd put up with it.
(Cook) remembered how on Sundays Obama would lounge around, drinking coffee and solving the New York Times crossword puzzle, bare-chested, wearing a blue and white sarong."
Barry, you sure knew how to woo the ladies! Check out more details of his young, romantic life at the source. [via Buzzfeed]
What do you think of these new details about Obama?