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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - David Maraniss
Editor's Note: In this second of a five-part series, Middle East and Islam specialist Daniel Pipes documents evidence from Barack Obama's childhood years that points to his Muslim identity.
More than most other presidents, Barack Obama was elected to the office even more for who he was than for what he had accomplished. However, despite his extensive time on the national stage he remains something of a mystery.
A new biography that traces Barack Obama's path from birth _ yes, in Hawaii _ to Harvard Law School, sketches the pragmatism and politics of the future president's early choices, including his first connections to Jeremiah Wright, the inflammatory preacher whom Obama severed ties with during the 2008 presidential campaign.
President Obama has admitted that a white girlfriend he depicted in his 1995 autobiography — in which he wrote about their searing argument over racial attitudes — was actually a composite of several girlfriends from his past.