Obama’s Marxist markers in his political DNA: Frank M. Davis segment.
It seems as though I ruffled some sensibilities in a recent posting when I commented about Obama being a ‘toasted marxist’. Obama’s elbow rubbing with marxist ideology is not new to some of us but not to this chap. I offered a few examples of why he has some marxist strains in the political DNA sausage; he’s not buying it. I’ll respond to his refusal to see the evidence in a series of posts. Simply too much marxist evidence to do in one post. Here is his first response:
“Obama had no ‘relationship’ to Bill Ayers or Frank Davis. You either know this and intentionally lie, or you did not pay attention.”
Here we go! Let’s cover Obama’s relationship to Frank Marshall Davis first:
- In any case, deploring these convictions in Hawaii was an African-American poet and journalist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, who was certainly in the orbit of the CP – if not a member – and who was born in Kansas and spent a good deal of his adult life in Chicago, before decamping to Honolulu in 1948 at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson.
- Eventually, he befriended another family – a Euro-American family – that had migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago.
- In his best selling memoir ‘Dreams of my Father’, the author speaks warmly of an older black poet, he identifies simply as “Frank” as being a decisive influence in helping him to find his present identity as an African-American, a people who have been the least anticommunist and the most left-leaning of any constituency in this nation
In an article by Toby Harnden published in the Telegraph on August 22, 2008, Communist Frank Marshall Davis‘s influence on the young Barack Obama was uncovered. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama‘s half-sister, told the Associated Press that her grandfather had seen Davis as “a point of connection, a bridge if you will, to the larger African-American experience for my brother (Barack Obama)”.
Dawna Weatherly-Williams, a close friend of Frank Davis stated that Obama’s maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham and Davis were close friends, adding that they would spend evenings together, playing scrabble, drinking, cracking jokes and smoking marijuana. She said that Davis was first introduced to Obama in 1970 at the age of 10:
“Stan had been promising to bring Barry by because we all had that in common – Frank’s kids were half-white, Stan’s grandson was half-black and my son was half-black. We all had that in common and we all really enjoyed it. We got a real kick out of reality.”
The Maraniss book, Barack Obama, the Story, is sympathetic to Obama but questions some of the claims that he made about his own family background and associates. However, Maraniss only goes so far in documenting how Obama lied about his upbringing. He plays down the influence of Davis, even while noting that Obama met with the communist “ten to fifteen times” during their years together in Hawaii.
There is more at the link about other communist sympathizers who had relationships with Obama, including Valerie Jarret. Now, off to see the wizard about Bill Ayers.
I’d like to highlight Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal blog as a very good source for Barack Obama’s background. Bookmark him now… liberals will hate it later.