Friday, January 2, 2015
Why You Can't Understand Obama Until You Understand Hawaii. Note for a lecture, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United."
In speculations, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United," which I have the privilege to share with delegates for the Open World program, I underscore President Obama's Hawaiian background -- not very familiar, I would suggest, to persons from outside the United States, including multilingual russophones from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is not without interest, however, that there was a Russian imperial consulate in Hawaii (the records, of regrettably limited historical value, are kept at the U.S. National Archives) and that the President's mother and father met while taking a Russian class at the University of Hawaii.