Maybe Karl Rove was onto something. Or perhaps Obama's "cool" has become an inescapable meme. Regardless, the "adaptation" of David Maraniss' Barack Obama biography in the June issue of Vanity Fair—which details the president's youthful escapades with a college girlfriend—could read like an attack ad... or a passage from Twilight.
Just to get it out of the way: the magazine isn't publishing Genevieve Cook's photo online (props go out to whichever editor decided that the only way you'd get a picture of college-aged Obama and the ex in question is by buying a hard-copy version of the magazine). But what they do have are journal entries about the courtship manners of one Barack Obama. This particular one has a permutation of the current 'Obama cool' meme complete with angst made for a Stephenie Meyer novel:
Saturday, February 25
The sexual warmth is definitely there—but the rest of it has sharp edges and I’m finding it all unsettling and finding myself wanting to withdraw from it all. I have to admit that I am feeling anger at him for some reason, multi-stranded reasons. His warmth can be deceptive. Tho he speaks sweet words and can be open and trusting, there is also that coolness—and I begin to have an inkling of some things about him that could get to me.
Oh and just for good measure, here's proof that Mitt Romney Isn't the only Mr. Inevitable (and one more sampling of Obama's game):
At night’s end, as Genevieve recalled that first encounter when I spoke with her decades later, they exchanged phone numbers on scraps of paper. “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.”
For the rest of the Maraniss' story, Cook's account, and one reason we should be thankful Livejournal wasn't around in the 1980s head on over to Vanity Fair.
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