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The Porcupine's Quill: A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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July 1, 2012
NIGHTMARES OF MY SON
News Item: Barack Obama's father up high in the place reserved for the righteous --
has read his son's book, "Dreams of My Father. Justly proud at the time of his son's
inauguration as President of the most powerful nation on the earth, the son's actions
since have been preying on the father's mind.
It is not true that I am not proud of my son - any father would be; it is just that he
seems to act in ways deplored by both his parents. We were anti-colonialists wanting
people to be left to live their lives as they saw fit; he has become a hegemonic
He was never like that; look at the church that he attended in Chicago. I think the
Washington gig has gone to his head. All the state dinners, balls, generals and
billionaires paying homage (and receiving in kind) have gone to his head. All these
generals and rich savvy bankers can't be wrong he thinks -- plus where do I go if they
dump me, he thinks also.
He may be between a rock and hard place, as you say, but I think he is a mixed up
bag (of worms I might add). It is difficult to hold my head up among my relatives here,
and three years ago I was a celebrity.
One last worry ... what with all the killings and drones and so on, I really don't think I'll
see him here -- and that's for eternity. It makes me very sad.