Ribs and (*)(*)(*)(*)(*), core American value, or just one of the dreams of all our fathers? Still electable politicians seem to be aware that ribs and (*)(*)(*)(*)(*) represent core American values that are not likely to ever be rejected by voters in the voting booth. Rather, this footage was taken from Barack Obama's appearance on the show "The Author Series" on 20 September 1995 (long before he ran for the presidency) in which he read excerpts from his book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. The full clip shows that President Obama was describing a conversation he had with someone else about Malcolm X's beliefs, and that the "ribs and (*)(*)(*)(*)(*) too" line was spoken by another character in the book. Snipes, Ribs and POTUS Too, Dan Evans, 10/7/16. http://www.snopes.com/obama-demands-rib#! Which is undoubtedly why Obama chose to insert that expression in his book, Dreams from My Father, and select it for a public televised reading as he began his public political career.