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Frank Marshall Davis: Communist Mentor to a President


Frank Marshall Davis was a pro-Soviet, pro-Red China, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA (CPUSA). His Communist Party card number was 47544. He did endless Soviet propaganda work in his newspaper columns…

Thus begins Paul Kengor’s exhaustively-researched, just-published book, The Communist Frank Marshall Davis: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.

Kengor does the grunt work of digging through three decades of Davis’ Chicago Star and Honolulu Record (both CPUSA fronts) columns, digging through his 600-page FBI file, and digging through reports by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (what the Left refers to mockingly as HUAC—the House Un-American Committee, believing that investigating those who want to overthrow the government and institute a Soviet satellite nation are somehow un-American).

Davis was indefatigable in his work for the Fatherland, echoing everything coming out of the Kremlin without question. When Stalin joined hands with Hitler, Davis was pro-Hitler. When Hitler betrayed Stalin and invaded Russia, he was anti-Hitler. When Roosevelt joined hands with Russia, he was pro-Roosevelt. When Truman fought the Russian Beast spreading its Iron Curtain across the world, Davis excoriated the “fascist and Nazi” Truman. And it went on and on for four decades.

Per the ongoing Congressional Investigation, Davis was over the years part of so many CPUSA front groups that it was hard to keep track of them all. One longstanding front group was the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born (ACPFB), of which Davis was a part for literally decades. Per Congress, the ACPFB “was founded by the Communist Party in order to exploit racial divisions in the United States for its own revolutionary purposes.” One of ACPFB’s constant refrains when any criticism was lodged against it, whether of communist ties or anything else, was the cry of racism.

Sound familiar?

Anytime Barack Hussein Obama is criticized, the cry of racism rears its head.

So, of course, the purpose of Kengor’s book is to tie Barack Hussein Obama with Frank Marshall Davis. Obama sat at the feet of Davis for literally years (and it may have been as long as a decade), taking in his communism and his pro-Soviet, anti-American rants so that upon arriving at Occidental in 1979, Obama was a full-fledged Marxist (as Kengor’s research shows.) Kengor, for the book, interviewed a friend of Obama’s at the time, John Drew, who positively states Obama was a fervent Marxist-Stalinist who was anticipating a literal proletariat revolution in the United States that he believed was immanent.

Of course, Obama was presented as a “moderate” to the American public. Yes, he admitted to hanging around with Marxists at Occidental; yes, he admitted to going to socialists conferences in New York; but those were the musings of a young man, not of the more mature Barack Obama.

Yeah, right.

If that was so, which Kengor asks at the end of the book, where was the conversion from Marxist to moderate? What does Obama point to as an epiphany that shattered his juvenile musings of a communist revolution? As Kengor points out, there was none.

Enter the Politburo.

In May of 2008, after the Kincaid and Rommerstein press conference exposing Davis’ FBI and Congressional file where literally thousands of pages on Frank Marshall Davis were released, the Obama campaign had to acknowledge that the “Frank” in Dreams from My Father was Frank Marshall Davis.

The mainstream media then went into crisis mode, distancing Obama from Davis or outright lying about Davis’ communism.

The mainstream media quickly mocked Rommerstein, who was literally the U.S. point man in deciphering the Soviet-CPUSA archives when the Soviet Union fell, portraying the press conference as a “gathering of right-wing wackos” and a “UFO convention.”

Oddly, that is the same line we hear whenever anything relating to Obama’s past is broached.

With Davis’ communism revealed, the mainstream media got busy.

As Kengor documents, David Maraniss, who recently published his “definitive” biography of Obama (Barack Obama: The Story), wrote an excruciatingly long piece (10,000 words) for the Washington Post three months before the election, detailing Obama’s years in Hawaii. He failed to mention one single time Frank Marshall Davis.

An oversight?


And that was just the cherry on top of the American Politburo.

There were literally hundreds of articles and blogs sugarcoating and ignoring Davis’ ties to Obama so that by the time of the election, Davis’ communism was in the rearview mirror of the electorate, out of sight courtesy of the mainstream media.

When Obama ascended the throne, David Remnick sugarcoated Davis’ radicalism in his “exhaustively researched”  and “definitive” book The Bridge, describing Davis as a “civil rights crusader” when in fact Davis actually stoked racial division as a way to further CPUSA goals.  Remnick even goes so far as to say that Congressional/FBI documents of Davis showed McCarthyite Red-Baiting. This when Davis’ CPUSA connections were well-known and publicly available on the web.

What Kengor’s book shows is that the entirety of the mainstream media were colluding in suppressing Barack Obama’s ties to communism. That in 2008, we had what amounted to a Politburo.

And that this Politburo exists to this day.


Because as Kengor documents, the pro-Soviet rants that Davis spewed for decades in his newspaper columns mirror the anti-American, anti-capitalism rants that infect Obama’s rhetoric daily. Davis called for a stimulus, universal healthcare, and draconian cuts to defense. Daily, he lambasted Wall Street, Big Business, and millionaires. All this is eerily echoed by one Barack Hussein Obama.


America, we have a communist sitting on the throne.

And it all began in the living room of a man by the name of Frank Marshall Davis.

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