|Greg: early 20s|
I may enjoy reading a personal journal from that time to see what that man 20 years ago was thinking, but I'd hate if that same journal made it into the hands of everyone to read.
Yet that is what is happening with the new book coming out next month "Barack Obama: The Story,” by Washington Post reporter David Maraniss. Maraniss has located Obama's then girlfriend Genevieve Cook who (for some reason) kept a journal and letters from the man that had wooed her over 25 years ago. And now has decided to share those letters.
Politics aside (whichever side of the aisle you sit on) - I can't imagine this happening to anyone. (And yet...I do enjoy reading biographies.) But still, this one got me thinking about my own life and if someone had followed me along my early trek in New York City when I first moved here. I've come in contact with some of those people from back then due to social media and they see the changed Greg along with the characteristics that make me who I am. Already being developed at that point in my life.
But going back to Obama. I can only imagine the embarrassing escapades this book will hold. And naturally, it occurs during an election year (so I guess we really can't remove politics from it).
If you found an old journal (or old girlfriend/boyfriend who decided to do a tell-all and had plenty of letters and photos to go along with it) - what would you say to that younger self?