What is a specific quote from Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama?

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Barack Obama wrote the book when he had been elected to the US Senate. While he found it important to appreciate the legacy of his Kenyan ancestry, more specifically he wrote it to improve his understanding of his father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., who died when the future president was 21 years old. His aunt called to tell him that his father had been killed in an automobile accident. His parents had separated when he was only two, the elder Barack had moved back to his native Kenya, and after their divorce his mother remarried. The young Barack’s memories were concentrated around his father’s visit to Hawaii when he was in fifth grade. Those memories were fuzzy, and often he doubted them:

[W]hen I reach back into my memory for the words of my father, … they seem irretrievably lost. Perhaps they’re imprinted too deeply, his voice the seed of all sorts of tangled arguments that I carry on with myself, as impenetrable now as the pattern of my genes, so that all I can perceive is...

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