The Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet was the first to spot in 2004, when Obama burst on the national stage at the Democratic party convention, that his memoir, Dreams from My Father, contained “composite” characters and changed names.
“Except for public figures and his family, it is impossible to know who is real and who is not,” she pointed out.
Obama admitted as much in his introduction, saying he had altered characters “for the sake of their privacy”. As with the revelation that he took cocaine in his youth, he appears to have been candid about potential areas of controversy.
These "potential areas of controversy" are further described in the article from which the above is taken.
Much of the Senator's background, however, apparently remains unknown. As informed citizens, we must know what it is as truth, rather than as autobiographical gloss.
I find Sen. Obama's appeal interesting in that it seems to indicate that, among a large segment of Americans, multiculturalism and multiracialism have taken strong root. Nevertheless, until, or perhaps even as, Sen. Obama's so-called "secrets" are revealed to the general public, I question whether any Presidential ambitions on his part will be deemed realistic, at least in the near term.