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Okay -- you went to school with president Barack Obama yes I was lucky enough to be one of his classmates from that great.
And he was there is buried back that right theory and no really he.
Had had a great personality.
But was one of us I mean is he was one of many kids didn't necessarily stand out.
-- -- -- academic standpoint that we knew but it is actually quite right and tried to hide it behind a veneer of cool.
Is actually extremely.
Intensive English and history and politics and economics but again just at a very very casual way about him.
And he still does have that casual feel.
Though in terms of the classes the UN to look classes do you remember him being in in participating in I think AP US history was one of the strongest memories I had of him because.
We used -- type -- papers together in this little.
Corner office in the library.
He may take wild cards and take -- entire.
Paper just from these file card notes and but you know again hughes'.
Very understated and and he's also changed a lot I mean well all of us to.
You know grew up then and knew him I don't want to think that he's the -- that we know we also had seen and clearly understand that he transformed.
Quite dramatically in college and graduate school and since then -- -- socially President Obama could he run with -- crowd like.
But he had again people who are just like him very.
Cool and really.
Really -- people I mean it.
The -- -- kids to it really go out of their way to help and you kids like to help people feel comfortable.
And you know he still is extremely close to -- people and a lot of us -- -- his classmates at.
Knew him socially but not the way his tight group does and they still do and that's what makes us just as Americans I think.
Really appreciate him as a president because he.
Still is very bonded with the same people and very loyal to them.
Though he were called struggling a lot with his racial identity when he was in school did you see that struggle or was there a lot of racial.
That permeated through the school.
I think when you look at Hawaii in general you've got so many different racial groups and we -- -- struggling I think with different types of angst that we didn't even recognize in each other and that's the one thing that I think almost to a person.
We were kind of surprised -- it made us we look at our whole high school experience but.
Honestly I think we've always known ways this mixture of races but African Americans were not.
Populated our schools they were mostly located in the military gambling so.
That was really I think an eye opener because for us because African Americans in our school.
Really blended in with the rest of us and it made us more sensitive to the fact that they really weren't very small -- minority population.
Our school is really a mixture of Asian and -- and and next -- On so I would say though that there were very few African Americans in the next year.
And did Barack Obama had a lot of girlfriends that she doesn't talk a lot about it in his book he said he actually struggled to get -- to your call that.
I think he really was one of those guys that you know so many people really really liked -- as a person and I think that socially.
A lot of us we're really not very adept at it and dating her or things like that so.
In -- I'd say that if he ever asked someone I'm sure they would have -- with him in a heartbeat.
But seriously -- -- it is just a really great person and I think again he's changed Selma since those states so.
I can't say as a classmate that I intimately know him -- But I can say that you know -- -- great great person from the very beginning and he's evolved tremendously into a great president.
Did you remember him dating you if he -- -- you out would you have said yes.
Again any of us would have say yes but honestly.
He was really one of those people who.
You wanted to know you want it to be around he had this very great weight and gracious way about him.
On and he's also really.
In -- -- of balanced in in a lot of ways he had a a self knowledge.
And a maturity that I think.
We might not have recognized at the time but certainly when you look at his poetry when you look back at the stuff that he.
There is in very -- and a very mature soul there.
He loved to play basketball.
And I know he played on the varsity -- a big part of -- was an athlete yes I mean I think especially at Idaho where.
Athletes scholars -- really nurtured and highlighted.
He was very proud of that and we were very proud of him for them.
And he said he experimented with -- and sometimes cocaine was that.
But issue in the school we were drugs something that was predominant then especially I think in that.
The late seventies and in play.
The drugs were available and I think we -- that whenever you have a private school where kids might have more access.
You can see more than.
And politically back then did you see any Trace of his democratic.
Leanings or any sort of kind of liberal leadership.
-- you know.
We had an incredible background come at -- hope because we had.
As an instructor who -- global understanding and perspectives of all countries throughout our entire curriculum.
His name is Siegfried -- land he had been interpreter in the Nuremburg trials since he wanted to make sure that everything we did whether it was in.
-- Christian ethics or history or literature really wove together all these perspectives of different religions and different countries and histories and I would say that we all.
Really benefited in having a global view that way and I'd say.
When we first started to hear you know Barack's policies and and the president's.
Stance on different issues.
It made us so proud to hear a global place and that's what we saw him growing up we were very lucky to have.
Tears in the curriculum kind of lend itself to more of a global view.
A world do you think Obama is encompassing and his policies today.
I'd certainly say that he and his family.
Really embodied that in the beginning with their Angel added a lot to it or not but I can say that.
In particular the Prudhoe curriculum in the seventies with extremely focused on building global citizens that was the call.
And the clip that he rode -- Were those mostly comprised of athletes.
-- in describe his crew.
I say in -- got a real mixture of because there is no way you could.
Have a group in Hawaii and from Prudhoe who wasn't basically -- -- Of you know ethnicities and also on athletes and and folks who might not have been so athletic but to -- you know very active in class.
And you're everything and his family life because I know his father left and he was this mother and his grandparents.
There at several memories I think that we all had that we're there raced on -- -- when his it came to speak.
To the fifth grade class.
Everybody's state of -- in on him he came in.
A suit he came from the east west center here is a Natalie professorial that we all that you know here is on.
He felt like and ambassador where it statesman says that made a big impression I think I'm -- -- -- know his grandparents extremely.
I'm supportive of him in and really -- the ones you know.
We saw on campus but I I say more than anything.
His close knit group of friends.
-- really close group friends.
Knew his family much more than -- in a separate what do you remember that the his father spoke about the class it is actually about Kenya and and you know it it.
It -- this sense of again this this world view that there was a world outside of the United States and a different perspectives that.
Started to resonate with what we're being -- They'll last question.
There is that controversy that is birth certificate when you heard that how -- that make you feel when everybody was talking about that.
I hate that it was the most ridiculous debate I'd ever seen because.
All of us were born in play at that time.
Have the same birth certificate if you happen to it kept the original one which is very thin.
Blackened out piece of paper with him it's very fragile.
And what was even funnier -- that our classmates -- of them twins and I class they were born right before him.
Literally their numbers in that hospital or right before -- -- and their mother.
Knew the Doctor Who delivered him so we all.
Felt that that was an extremely.
-- useless debate.
And wished that America hadn't gotten.
Well thank you so much for taking the time I appreciate it and aloha.
You thank you very much.
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