A 1994 audio of Barack Obama speaking at Nebraska Wesleyan University on September 9, 1994 will give you a glimpse of the real Barack Obama if you can bear to listen to the constant stuttering and boring dialogue.
Obama liked the 1960’s for their message on civil rights, women’s rights, and the Vietnam War. He seemed to think that women had few options – they had to be teachers. I am not sure where he got that idea.
He did not like traditional American values of the past but he did like the 1960’s youth movement for change. Obama is on the record as saying he never knew Bill Ayers was a domestic terrorist, however, he unquestionably knows a lot about the 1960’s and the youth movement. It is perplexing that he didn’t know about Bill Ayers who he said was just some guy from his neighborhood.
Even in 1994 he didn’t like Rush Limbaugh because he saw him as too cynical. He felt the same way about Bart Simpson. He didn’t think much of Bill Clinton’s or Jesse Jackson’s values and ridicules them.
He was no Clinton Democrat but that was probably because Clinton was not a socialist.
He was not fond of the family values of the past because he saw everything from the standpoint of bigotry and serious cynicism:
“Values have made a comeback. Dan Quayle talks about values. He talks about Murphy Brown and her lack of values. Bill Clinton talks about values. Jesse Jackson talks about values. So we have values all over the place. Politicians really like values now. Part of the reason for that is values are cheap, at least the way they talk about them. You don’t have to pay any money or tax anybody to talk about values. Family values, American values, values.”
“First as I said I think values are dynamic. Part of the reason I don’t trust Dan Quayle talking about values and I often don’t trust Bill Clinton talking about values is they tend to have a static notion of values. Dan Quayle talks about values in terms of Ozzie and Harriet values.
…[A]nd my wife who is an attorney, she likes to watch old TV re-runs and so she watches the Dick Van Dyke Show and Ozzie and Harriet and things like that.
I’m always struck by values that are embodied in these television shows which I think are the values that people have in mind when they talk about return to American values. The wife is at home, she’s not working, Dad’s got his 9 to 5, there are no African-Americans in these family values. There’s no discussion of poverty in these values. There’s not much talk about a nuclear arms race that was taking place on the television programs. So the notion is that we can somehow return to that time and recapture those values without acknowledging all the things that were left out. Well, that’s not the case.”
Obama thought and thinks white people only care about minorities and diversity when the minorities act and look like them. That’s pretty cynical!
He extols “fairness” and “justice,” the socialist values he still holds.His disdain for the rich and his views on environmentalism come through.
There is no “they” out there he says as he encourages people to be involved. He liked pronouns even then.
Obama says he is not sympathetic to people who complain about political correctness. He thinks rudeness needs to be addressed. His point was that people jump on symbolic issues instead of concentrating on substance.
He hasn’t changed a bit. Listening to the audio, the impression I had was that Obama was and is really very superficial. He is full of generalizations and socialist platitudes and he is incapable of growth. His personality is very rigid. The one thing I will say on his behalf is that he is a sincere socialist.
Listen to the audio given exclusively to Buzzfeed