Obama’s College Letter To Girlfriend Proves He Was A Giant, Pretentious Dork

Here’s a letter from one Barack Obama to then-girlfriend Alex McNear about T.S. Eliot:

I haven’t read “The Waste Land” for a year, and I never did bother to check all the footnotes. But I will hazard these statements — Eliot contains the same ecstatic vision which runs from Münzer to Yeats. However, he retains a grounding in the social reality/order of his time. Facing what he perceives as a choice between ecstatic chaos and lifeless mechanistic order, he accedes to maintaining a separation of asexual purity and brutal sexual reality.

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