While it’s been widely believed that the “Frank” in President Obama’s “Dreams from My Father” memoir was prominent Communist Party activist Frank Marshall Davis, Obama himself can be heard acknowledging the identity in a 1995 lecture broadcast on municipal TV that now is being spotlighted by an advocacy group.
In “The Author Series” program by Cambridge Municipal Television in Massachusetts, Obama referred to a passage in his book in which Davis “schools” him on race relations.
Significantly, while “Frank” is mentioned 22 times in “Dreams from My Father,” the audio version – released shortly after Obama’s famous 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention – purged all references to Davis.
In the Sept. 28, 1995, TV program, Obama refers to Davis only as a well-known poet, but Cliff Kincaid, president of American Survival, who highlighted the recently posted video of the broadcast, pointed out Davis was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA who was the subject of a 600-page FBI file.
Kincaid argues Obama’s reference to being schooled on race relations is further evidence that Obama was mentored by Davis during his teen years.
Just two months ago, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was widely scorned for stating Obama “was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was a communist.”
Obama states in the 1995 lecture: “And the conversation finally ends with me having a conversation with a close friend of my maternal grandfather, a close friend of gramps, a black man from Kansas named Frank. Actually at the time a fairly well known poet named Frank Marshall Davis who had moved to Hawaii and lived there. And so I have a discussion with him about the kinds of frustrations I’m having and he sort of schools me that I should get used to these frustrations.”
Kincaid said that along with being a prominent communist propagandist, Davis was a porn photographer and possibly a pedophile.
Kincaid said the confirmation of the identify of “Frank” doesn’t make much difference politically since Obama is in the last two years of his second term, but he believes it could have made a difference in 2008.
Kincaid said Obama’s comments in 1995 align with the view of him as an “angry young man” who was preoccupied with race relations.
He notes Obama’s comment about being “without father figures around who might guide and steer my anger.”
“It’s clear from the passages that he reads that Davis became that father figure,” Kincaid said.
Significantly, he said, it appears Davis told Obama that blacks “have a reason or even a right to hate.”
Kincaid pointed out that he wrote in 2012 that the Obama administration’s “tactics are to exploit and manipulate racial and ethnic differences for political gain.”
“This is not an accident but a deliberate political strategy that one can find in the mind of Obama’s communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, who ‘educated Obama during his critical growing up years,” Kincaid wrote. “Black people, Davis told Obama, have ‘reason to hate.’ ‘The evidence shows that Obama has incorporated that hatred in his policies and pronouncements.”
Kincaid said it appears Obama “sees Marxism as the answer or solution to white racism.”
See the video and analysis by Kincaid:
Barack Obama Sr. was absent from Barack Obama Jr.’s life. The senior Obama apparently never even lived with Obama Jr.’s mother, Ann Dunham, who left Hawaii for Seattle to study at the University of Washington only a few weeks after Obama Jr. was born Aug. 4, 1961.
When “Obama Nation,” by WND senior writer Jerome Corsi, was published during the 2008 election reporting Davis’ communist background and links to the presidential candidate, the campaign fought back, denying Davis was anything more than a family friend.
“The key role Frank Marshall Davis plays in the autobiography is not to provide Obama with words from his poems as a voice for Obama’s black rage. Instead Davis is the mentor Obama seeks for wisdom and advice, for instance when he has a crisis with his grandmother that was so traumatic Obama still mentions it today,” the campaign said.
Corsi contended, however, in a rebuttal to the campaign, it is “conceivable Davis was a mentor for Obama whom Obama sought for wisdom in crises, such as that experienced with his grandmother, even if Obama ultimately concluded Frank Marshall Davis ‘fell short’ and his view of race was ‘incurable.'”
Corsi wrote further:
There is nothing contradictory about the two positions. Conceivably, Frank Marshall Davis had his greatest influence upon Obama when Obama first met him, with the influence of the older man diminishing over time. Yet, Obama himself tells us he was listening to Frank Marshall Davis’ advice right up until the time he left Hawaii to attend college in California, ultimately rejecting Davis’ argument that Obama was going to college to be “trained” into a white middle class world of “corner offices” and “fancy dinners.”
When consulting Frank Marshall Davis after the shock over learning his grandmother had been frightened not because a panhandler approached her, but because the panhandler was black, Obama shares with us some of Frank Marshall Davis’ wisdom. “She understands that black people have a reason to hate,” Obama quotes Davis as saying. “For your sake, I wish it were otherwise,” Davis tells Obama that night. “But it’s not. So you might as well get used to it.”
Obama reports that the earth shook under his feet, “ready to crack at any moment.” Then, he wrote, “I stopped, trying to steady myself, and knew for the first time that I was utterly alone.”
This passage confirms the truth of the statement in “The Obama Nation.” Instead of being a lie, it is true – according to Obama himself – that he sought Frank Marshall Davis’ counsel on the day he first heard the grandmother-panhandler story.
‘Move along, nothing to see here’
WND reported in 2012 historian Paul Kengor made a case for the influence of Davis on Obama’s life in his book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.”
In an interview with WND at the time the book was released, Kengor noted establishment media wanted to “avoid Frank Marshall Davis like the plague” because of Davis’ membership in the Communist Party.
In his autobiography, Obama describes Davis as a father figure, with a permanent influence on his life, whose counsel helped him navigate his teen years and guide him into his adulthood.
Kengor said Davis can be heard in Obama’s rhetoric and ideas, including Obama’s vow on the eve of his historic election to bring “fundamental change” to the U.S. – the exact term Davis used to describe a communist revolution in the U.S.
Kengor pointed out that when Davis launched the communist Chicago Star newspaper in 1946 he called for a “new Declaration of Independence” in his first column. Davis wrote that history teaches, alluding to the Marxist dialectic, that “any fundamental change advancing society is spearheaded by strong radicals.”
“It’s mindboggling,” Kengor said of Obama’s use of Davis’ language. “You can’t make this stuff up.”
Kengor said Obama’s decision to not use Davis’ full name in “Dreams” was a “clear indication that he knows how radical Frank was.”
“That was also an indication to his sycophants on the left to also stay away from Frank Marshall Davis,” said Kengor, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania whose scholarship has focused on the Cold War and the communist movement in the U.S.
Davis’ communist activities in Chicago put him on the radar of the FBI and Congress in the 1940s and 1950s before he moved to Hawaii in the 1960s and began frequently receiving Obama in his Honolulu home in the 1970s.