It ought to be good for a book or two at any rate.
President Obama’s high school best friend, who at one time was ‘like a brother’ to him, has been accused of brutally raping and beating a woman, it emerged today.
Keith Kiyoshi Kakugawa, 54, from Eureka, California, was arrested at his home last Sunday and booked into Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual penetration by force, oral copulation by force and battery.
The arrest is the latest in a long list of convictions for Kakugawa, who was close friends with the President when they both attended Panahou High School.
Since then, their lives have gone down completely different paths and Kakugawa is said to be so bitter over it, he even threatened to reveal stories from their school days after Obama became president.
Kakugawa is being held on $400,000 bond and if convicted, faces a lengthy prison sentence.
A source close to the former Wall Street trader told the Enquirer this may lead him to reveal his stories about the President.
‘Keith knows a lot of secrets that could prove to be embarrassing for the commander-in-chief if they get out,’ he said.
‘They are mostly youthful indiscretions, but he would know more about Obama’s teenage drug-taking than anyone. And now that he’s really desperate and facing a lengthy prison stretch, he could spill the beans.’
Obama wrote about his former best friend in his autobiography Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, but referred to him as ‘Ray’ to protect his identity.
‘Despite the difference in age, we’d fallen into an easy friendship, due in no small part to the fact that together we made up almost half of Punahou’s black high school population,’ the President wrote.
‘I enjoyed his company. He had a warmth and brash humor.’
Obama does seem to seek out the company of future felons. Like Tony Rezko. Or Bobby Timcomb. But while Obama doesn’t seem to have dropped Bobby, he did drop Kakugawa.
Maybe Kakugawa just couldn’t golf.