If not for everything else*, this might have earned Obama our endorsement.
The Telegraph has published an expose on Frank Marshall Davis, a friend of Obama's grandfather in Hawaii, who was not really his uncle, but somewhat of a mentor to the young Barry, as recounted in Dreams from My Father.
It turns out that besides being a poet, a pot smoker and a communist (a friend of Paul Robeson), Davis was "Bob Greene," the pseudonymous author of the Greenleaf Classics pornographic novel Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet), purportedly autobiographical according to Davis himself (see pg. 346 of his Livin' the Blues). We'll have our eyes peeled for this gem. But in the meantime, Toby Harnden of the Telegraph recounts for us a few of the salacious details...
One chapter concerns the seduction by Mr Davis and his first wife of a 13-year-old girl called Anne. Mr Davis wrote that it was the girl who had suggested he had sex with her. “I’m not one to go in for Lolitas. Usually I’d rather not bed a babe under 20.
“But there are exceptions. I didn’t want to disappoint the trusting child. At her still-impressionistic age, a rejection might be traumatic, could even cripple her sexually for life.”
He then described how he and his wife would have sex with the girl. “Anne came up many times the next several weeks, her aunt thinking she was in good hands. Actually she was.
“She obtained a course in practical sex from experienced and considerate practitioners rather than from ignorant insensitive neophytes….I think we did her a favour, although the pleasure was mutual.”
On other occasions, Mr Davis would cruise in Hawaii parks looking for couples or female tourists to have sex with. He derived sexual gratification from bondage, simulated rape and being flogged and urinated on.
Other pornographic titles authored but unpublished by Davis include Penguins in Paradise by "Bob Green" and Mixed Sex Salad by "Floyd Marshall." The autobiographical but unfinished That Incredible Waikaki Jungle covers the period that Davis played mentor to the young Obama. In its introduction, he writes:
In popular use a Jungle is a place where people struggle fiercely to survive. That describes the Waikaki Jungle... What with the dominance of sex, drugs and violence, survival was no easy task. Being addicted to neither drugs nor violence, I specialized in sex. I have not attempted to detail all my experiences in this unbelievable area... But I think I have presented a true picture of what it was like to live in the Waikiki Jungle between 1969 and 1976... Let me assure you this account is entirely factual.
-pg. 350 of Livin' the Blues
* Supporting the FISA bill, uttering the oxymoronic term "clean coal," generally adhering to a foreign policy that simply flips an ever devaluing imperialist coin to its neo-liberal (as opposed to neo-con) facade, and so on.