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THE AP REPORTS ON OBAMA’S COLLEGE YEARS.

Posted by PrestoPundit on 05/16/2008

The guy’s got a lock on the Democrat nomination, the MSM might as well start doing some vetting.  Those who have read Obama’s Dreams From My Father, will be particularly interested in the extended interview with Obama’s Pakistani roommate “Sadik”, who shared apartments with Obama in New York.  The AP identifies “Sadik” as Sohale Siddiqi.  From the AP article:

Siddiqi offered the most expansive account of Obama as a young man.

“We
were both very lost. We were both alienated, although he might not put
it that way. He arrived disheveled and without a place to stay,” said
Siddiqi, who at the time worked as a waiter and as a salesman at a
boutique ..

In about 1982, Siddiqi and Obama got
an apartment at a sixth-floor walkup on East 94th Street. Siddiqi
managed to get the apartment thanks to subterfuge.

“We didn’t have a chance in hell of getting this apartment unless we fabricated the lease application,” Siddiqi said.

Siddiqi
fudged his credentials, saying he had a high-paying job at a catering
company, but Obama “wanted no part of it. He put down the truth.”

The
apartment was “a slum of a place” in a drug-ridden neighborhood filled
with gunshots, he said. “It wasn’t a comfortable existence. We were
slumming it.” What little furniture they had was found on the street,
and guests would have to hold their dinner plates in their laps.

While
Obama has acknowledged using marijuana and cocaine during high school
in Hawaii, he writes in the memoir that he stopped using soon after his
arrival in New York. His roommate had no such scruples.

But Siddiqi says that during their time together here, Obama always refused his offers of drugs.

In
his memoir and in interviews, Obama has said he got serious and buckled
down in New York. “I didn’t socialize that much. I was like a monk,” he
said in a 2005 Columbia alumni magazine interview. He told biographer
David Mendell: “For about two years there, I was just painfully alone
and really not focused on anything, except maybe thinking a lot.”

In
his memoir, Obama recalls fasting on Sunday; Siddiqi says Obama was a
follower of comedian-activist Dick Gregory’s vegetarian diet. “I think
self-deprivation was his schtick, denying himself pleasure, good food
and all of that.”

But it wasn’t exactly an ascetic life. There
was plenty of time for reading (Gabriel Garcia Marquez, V.S. Naipaul)
and listening to music (Van Morrison, the Ohio Players, Bob Dylan). The
two, along with others, went out for nights on the town. “He wasn’t
entirely a hermit,” Siddiqi said.

Siddiqi said his female friends thought Obama was “a hunk.”

“We
were always competing,” he said. “You know how it is. You go to a bar
and you try hitting on the girls. He had a lot more success. I wouldn’t
out-compete him in picking up girls, that’s for sure.”

Obama was
a tolerant roommate. Siddiqi’s mother, who had never been around a
black man, came to visit and she was rude; Obama was nothing but
polite. Siddiqi himself could be intemperate — he called Obama an Uncle
Tom, but “he was really patient. I’m surprised he suffered me.”

Finally,
their relationship started to fray. “I was partying all the time. I was
disrupting his studies,” Siddiqi said. Obama moved out.

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