What is the American Dream? Barack Obama sure had an interesting answer when he wrote a college paper back in 1991.
But before we get to that the phrase “American Dream” wasn’t even defined until 1931 when historian James Truslow Adams did so in his book Epic of America. As he defines it, “the American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” That’s pretty consistent with the Founders’ granting us the freedoms to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
For many, the American Dream is to make it “big,” and speaking of making it “big,” a young Barack Obama had his own idea about what the American dream was. In fact, he makes mention of someone familiar…
A recently unearthed essay co-written by Barack Obama in 1991 stated that the American dream is to be Donald Trump.
Penned while the former president was a graduate student at Harvard Law — with the help of fellow classmate Robert Fisher — “Race and Rights Rhetoric” summed up the American mindset as “a continuing normative commitment to the ideals of individual freedom and mobility, values that extend far beyond the issue of race in the American mind.”
“The depth of this commitment may be summarily dismissed as the unfounded optimism of the average American—I may not be Donald Trump now, but just you wait; if I don’t make it, my children will.”
The paper argued that black Americans should “shift away from rights rhetoric and towards the language of opportunity.”
Though Obama would later channel the “language of opportunity” during his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that skyrocketed him into the public spotlight, his legacy has since been tarnished by criticisms of his failure to help African Americans.
Given that Barack Obama is now charging $400,000 a speech on Wall Street, maybe that dream of becoming the next Donald Trump will become a reality.
Think Obama regrets making that comment now? We’re pretty sure he does…
H/T The Daily Caller