Obama: 'I Make Love to Men Daily, But in the Imagination'


U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, in the Rose Garden of the White House, on June 26, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
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In a 1982 letter, former President Barack Obama discussed his “androgynous” mind and imagined “[making] love to men daily,” but solely “in the imagination.”

This once-concealed section of the letter was recently made public by the New York Post. Obama penned this letter when he was 21, addressing it to his then-ex-girlfriend, Alex McNear.

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The exact quote from Obama reads, “In regard to homosexuality, I must say that I believe this is an attempt to remove oneself from the present, a refusal perhaps to perpetuate the endless farce of earthly life. You see, I make love to men daily, but in the imagination.”

Another noteworthy segment from the same letter states, “My mind is androgynous to a great extent and I hope to make it more so until I can think in terms of people, not women as opposed to men. But, in returning to the body, I see that I have been made a man, and physically in life, I choose to accept that contingency.”

The correspondence was unveiled following an interview with historian David Garrow, an Obama biographer. Garrow’s book “Rising Star” includes the extracted paragraphs.

Alex McNear, who dated Obama during their time at Occidental College, originally redacted these sections. Emory University currently holds the letter, with specific rules against photographing or removing it. Consequently, Harvey Klehr, a friend of Garrow, transcribed the content manually to share with the author.

Obama married Michelle Obama in 1992, and they have since become parents to two children. While the content of the letter has raised some eyebrows, David Garrow highlighted that many people have unique thoughts during their younger years. He commented, “I’m a historian, not a psychologist, but I think it’s ‘public record’ news that a (vast?) majority of human beings have sexual fantasies!”


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