30 David Garrow – What You Don’t Know About Barack Obama’s Life

David Garrow is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, best known for his biography on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published in 1986. His new book is out in May, a comprehensive biography of America’s 44th president. In this episode, David discusses Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, as well as other current events including Trump’s election, the Supreme Court, and the current state of academia.

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Show Notes: 

  • What he was doing on election night and who he voted for
  • How the rise of the Internet has dramatically altered US politics
  • What David thought about the dossier and Buzzfeed’s publishing of it
  • Trump’s Russia connection and if there are people in the intelligence community who are trying to take down Donald
  • Trump
  • Why there is no chance that Obama wiretapped Donald Trump during the election
  • Why he thinks Gorsuch should be confirmed
  • What has happened the the politicizing of the Supreme Court
  • Why David thinks there should be a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices
  • David’s rich understand of Justice Clarence Thomas
  • How Barack Obama become a politician at the Illinois State Legislature
  • What Obama would disagree with in this biography of him
  • What he thinks about Barack’s reaction to Trump’s election
  • Why David is disappointed in the current state of academia
  • What happened when he won the Pulitzer Prize at 33 years old

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