“I became more socially conscious at Occidental”
This is so hard to believe. After all, Obama is so unpretentious now, right?
The Hill reports:
Obama confesses he was ‘wildly pretentious’ in college
President Obama recalled his college years in an interview with his longtime friend and former adviser, telling David Axelrod that he used to be “wildly pretentious.”
In an hourlong interview for Axelrod’s CNN podcast “The Axe Files,” the two reminisced about Obama’s years in office as he gets ready to depart from the White House in 24 days.
Obama compared his own maturation and development through his school years to his daughters, crediting “the kind of discipline that I see in my daughters” to his and his wife Michelle’s parenting.
He said his “gradual” transformation began when he was at Occidental College at the beginning of his undergraduate education.
“I became more socially conscious at Occidental even though I was partying, anti-apartheid movement, starting to be interested in social policy and poverty and starting to study civil rights even if through the haze of a hangover,” Obama said.
He said that experience became “tied up with my racial identity.”
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