Pamella Geller’s book The Post-American Presidency begins Chapter 2 with the question, “How did Barack Obama become the leader of a nation whose power he seemed determined to diminish?” An even more pertinent question would not be how, but – why? For the answer we look back to his formative years.

When an immigrant family comes to settle on our shores and embraces our values they are immediately accepted as Americans. Nothing like this can be said of any other nation on earth.  Ethnicity does not define us, values do. Barack Obama does not share those values. He was not taught them in the home nor did he see them in his surroundings in his childhood.

From age six to ten, the heart of one’s formative years, he was Barry Soetoro, a public elementary school student in Jakarta, the capital of the most populous Muslim country on earth. His father and his stepfather were Muslims for Kenya and Indonesia. Life with his mother was immersion in Communism. All her friends and many in her family were dedicated Communists. She attended a special high school run by a self-proclaimed Communist. In his formative years Barry had no exposure to the values we hold dear. He was surrounded by people who despised them. Geller quotes Obama as having said of his mother, she was “the dominant figure in my formative years…. The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics.”

There is more, but for that you will need to read the book.

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