Guess what? President Obama had a ‘tranny nanny’ growing up in Indonesia.
By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
11/10/10 11:35 AM EST
Here’s a rather bizarre biographical nugget about President Obama that somehow seems to have escaped the media’s attention. According to the New York Times, Obama had a rather unusual caretaker growing up in Indonesia:
His nanny was an openly gay man who, in keeping with Indonesia’s relaxed attitudes toward homosexuality, carried on an affair with a local butcher, longtime residents said. The nanny later joined a group of transvestites called Fantastic Dolls, who, like the many transvestites who remain fixtures of Jakarta’s streetscape, entertained people by dancing and playing volleyball.
As far as I’m concerned this information isn’t a big deal, and I don’t think it should (or would) keep him out of office. However, considering the raging debates about homosexuality in this country one would have thought someone would have unearthed this information earlier or asked the President how it’s shaped his understanding of the issue. Or as Michael Goldfarb, who was part of John McCain’s press shop in 2008, tweeted:
I feel like if Palin had been raised by an Indonesian tranny nanny, the NYT might have broken that scoop during the campaign.
Ya think? Over the summer, we had a journalist move in next door to Sarah Palin, who later had the temerity to assert she invaded his privacy. At TheAtlantic, Andrew Sullivan has kept up his crusade to expect her womb. Early in 2008, the New York Times ran an article suggesting that John McCain had an affair — the lack of evidence didn’t stop it from running on the front page. The local media in D.C. hammered a decades-old thesis by Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell for weeks. In the 2004 campaign, Nightline actually sent a camera crew to Vietnam looking for evidence that would contradict assertions questioning Kerry’s war record made by dozens of men that served honorably alongside him. (Nevermind that Kerry would not release his service records while those questions were swirling.) Contrast the media’s vigorous efforts to scrub John Kerry’s war record with CBS’s credulous acceptance of obviously fake documents pertaining to George W. Bush’s military service.
When it comes to digging up dirt on national Republicans, it often seems there is no length or depth to which the national mainstream media will not go. But it’s quite a different story when, say, the National Enquirer unearths credible (and true) allegations that John Edwards had an affair and a love child. Newsweek actually spiked the story on Bill Clinton’s extra-curricular activities (we may never have learned if not for Drudge).
So it should come as no surprise that after nearly two years with Obama in the White House, it’s still obvious we don’t have a detailed biographical sketch of the man. An extremely friendly media has gone out of its way to spare him from potential controversy, even in cases like this one, where the subject matter is fairly trivial.