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Obama’s old flames reveal all

world Updated: May 04, 2012 11:11 IST

Former girlfriends of President Barack Obama have opened up for the first time on his “sexual warmth” and disclosed the contents of love letters that he sent to them during his 20s, in a new biography.

Genevieve Cook and Alex McNear, who had relationships with Obama in New York in the early 1980s, gave the material on Obama to David Maraniss, a Pulitzer prize-winning author.

Letters that Obama sent to McNear and journal entries by Cook depict a serious and earnest man struggling to come to terms with his racial identity and place in modern American society, the Telegraph reported.

In one diary entry from February 1984, Cook noted that in their relationship “the sexual warmth is definitely there — but the rest of it has sharp edges”.

She recalled “feeling anger” at Obama, whose “warmth can be deceptive”. Foreshadowing a criticism often levelled at the President today, she said: “Though he speaks sweet words there is also that coolness.”

McNear revealed that as the multiracial product of an international upbringing, he complained of being “caught without a class, a structure, or tradition to support me” and envying the clearly defined lives of Pakistani friends.

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PTI, Washington