Australian-born Cook was living in her mother and stepfather’s Park Avenue apartment at the time, but had been brought up around the world, including – like Obama, Indonesia – as her father was an Australian spy and diplomat.
Garrow reveals that she said: ‘Sexually he really wasn’t very imaginative but he was comfortable. He was no kind of shrinking “can’t handle it. This is invasive” or “I’m timid” in any way; he was quite earthy.’
But according to Rising Star, Jager played a huge role in Obama’s formative years. So much so that even after Barack met his wife-to-be Michelle, he kept seeing Jager on and off for at least a year, the book claims.
But Garrow claims that Jager and Barack continued to see each other on and off after she arrived at Harvard for a teaching fellowship.
‘Goldwyn made a huge impact on Barry Obama,’ Garrow writes. ‘Almost a quarter century later, asked about his understanding of gay issues, Obama enthusiastically said, “my favorite professor my first year in college was one of the first openly gay people that I knew…He was a terrific guy.” with whom Obama developed a ‘friendship beyond the classroom.’
To say that Goldwyn was out ‘would be an understatement,’ a fellow student at the college tells Garrow. Goldwyn was ‘funny, engaging’ and ‘wore these really right bright yellow pants and open-toed sandals.’