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The Slaveholding Side Of The Family  
As an historical aside, Obama's mother's forebears were slaveholders.  One of Obama's great-great-great-great grandfathers, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 Census in Nelson County, Ky.  The same records show that one of Obama's great-great-great-great-great-grandmothers, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves.  
Stanley Armour Dunham  

Stanley Armour Dunham was born March 23, 1918, came from the oil-town of El Dorado, Kansas, the "other side of the railroad tracks."  He attended El Dorado High School and worked on oil rigs during the Depression.

   

In1926, eight year old Stanley Dunham discovered his mother's body after she has committed suicide. Stanley's father then abandoned the traumatized boy, leaving Stanley in the care of his maternal grandparents in El Dorado, Kansas.

   

The emotionally damaged boy grew into a rebellious teenager. Stanley punched his High School principal and becomes a drifter, hopping rail cars to Chicago, then California, then back again. At age 20, he married Madelyn Payne on the night of her Senior Prom on May 5, 1940.

   

The newlyweds didn't tell her parents of the marriage until after she had her high school diploma in hand.

     

      

 
Madelyn Lee Payne  
Madelyn Lee Payne was born in October 26, 1922, in the tiny Kansas town of Peru.  When she was 3, Rolla Payne moved his young family to the nearby boomtown of Augusta, population about 5,000, where she was raised.

Rolla and his wife, Leona, a teacher, lived in a "company house" at the edge town.  The one-story frame house had three bedrooms, an indoor bathroom, a front porch that went the full width of the house and another enclosed one out back where Leona Payne did the family laundry.

Behind the house were the racks where the oil company stored its pipe and about 100 feet away was the office where Rolla Payne worked.  Next door was the empty lot where the Paynes and other neighborhood kids played baseball.

Madelyn was the oldest of four children.  Fifteen years separate her and the baby, Jack.

"She called us 'the kids,'" remembers her younger sister Margaret Payne, who shared a bedroom with Madelyn and is known in the family by her middle name, Arlene.

"I would say she more liked to ignore us," says Payne, 82, a retired statistics professor now living in Chapel Hill, N.C.  "But that was the age difference, and not that she was mean or anything."

In a family of avid readers, Madelyn was voracious.

In 1939, when Simon & Schuster introduced the U.S. to paperbacks with its Pocket Books series, Madelyn subscribed.  She devoured titles like James Hiltonís "Lost Horizon," Emily Bronteís "Wuthering Heights," "Five Great Tragedies" by Shakespeare and "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" by Agatha Christie -- which fed a lifelong love of murder mysteries.

The Bible was also a constant in the Payne household.  Contrary to the image of Dust Bowl, Depression-era Kansas, the Payne children werenít force-fed the Scriptures at the dining room table.

"No, that was an individual effort," says brother Charles, 83, the closest in age to her.
    

Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham -- U.S. Social Security Death Index birth 26 October 1922 death 2 November 2008 -- Honolulu, Hawaii record title: U.S. Social Security Death Index -- first name: Madelyn middle name: Lee Payne last name: Dunham birth date: 26 October 1922 social security number: 558-20-7458 place of issuance: California last residence: Honolulu, Hawaii zip code of last residence: 96826 death date: 2 November 2008 estimated age at death: 86

    
 
History Not Clear  
Many websites list Madelyn as the oldest of three children, when she was the oldest of four followed by Charles, Margaret and youngest brother Jon.  Charles lives in Chicago, Margaret Payne lives in N.C. and Jon lives in Az.  The marriage date of Stanley Armour and Madelyn has also been reported as various different dates and I finally found an article published by a Kansas paper which says they married during the weekend of the junior senior spring ball in May of 1940, as reported by Madelynís friends.  Her parents didnít approve of her relationship with Stanley and although she had married him May 4th/5th she remained living at home, not telling her parents until she had her high school diploma in hand in June of 1940.  
An Elopement  
They eloped a month later, on the evening of her high school graduation in June, 1940.  She was seventeen and a half years old, he was twenty-one.  Her parents disapproved of the match.

Stanley enlisted for military service in World War II in June of 1942 and served in Patton's 3rd Army.  He saw no combat.

After the war Stanley became a retail furniture salesman.  He moved his family to Oklahoma, Texas, California and back to Kansas before they settled in the Seattle area in 1955. 

 

Although a Seattle Times article reports that the family rented an apartment in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, records also show that the family lived in the Wedgwood Estates apartment complex, in one of four units at 7529 39th Avenue NE, during their first year in Washington state.  Stanley Ann Dunham attended 8th grade at Eckstein Middle School in the Wedgwood neighborhood.

 

He died in Honolulu on Feb. 8th, 1992.  He is buried at Punchbowl Cemetery because of his military service.  Madelyn died November 2, 2008.  Obama spread her ashes onto the sea from the cliffs of Hawaii.

Madelyn attended college at the University of Washington and then went to work on a bomber assembly line during WW II.  After the war, she attended UC-Berkeley, worked various jobs on the Mainland.  In 1960, when they came to the Islands, she joined the Bank of Hawaii.  She also
volunteered in probate department of the Oahu Circuit Court House.

While Madelyn could be stern and tough at work, her personality changed around her husband.  A friend said he seemed like a real rough-and-tumble guy.  When Madelyn was with Stanley, she was very quiet.  He was the man of the house.

 
An Early Photo  


   Stanley Ann and Stanley Armour
    
 
Mercer Island -- The Fifties  
The Dunhams went from El Dorado to a bigger opportunity in 1955 -- to a large store in downtown Seattle called Standard-Grunbaum Furniture at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pine Street. "First in Furniture, Second at Pine," read the Yellow Pages ad in the Seattle telephone directory.

In 1956 the family learned of a new high school opening on Mercer Island, then a considerably more rural community (the city itself would not incorporate until 1960), and moved to the island, renting unit 219 of the Shorewood Apartments at 3206 E Lexington Way.  Stanley Dunham worked as a salesman at Standard-Grunbaum Furniture in downtown Seattle initially, though by 1957 he was working at Doces Majestic Furniture in Seattle.  Madelyn found work as an escrow officer in Bellevue.

Seattle in the 1950s had no Space Needle, no Microsoft, no Starbucks. Mercer Island, now a pricey home to corporate luminaries such as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, was then "a rural, idyllic place," said Elaine Johnson, who remembered summers with "sleepovers along the water in sleeping bags.  It was so safe."  The island was quiet, politically conservative and all white.  As a suburb, Mercer Island was still in its infancy.  The 1950 census counted about 5,000 people, almost all white.  Sanctioned deer hunts had stopped just a few years before the Dunhams arrived.

But consistent with the 1950s, there were undercurrents of turmoil.  In 1955, the chairman of the Mercer Island school board, John Stenhouse, testified before the House Un-American Activities Subcommittee that he had been a member of the Communist Party.

Also in 1955, Madelyn, at age 33, became VP of the Mercer Island Bank.

Madelyn and Stanley shed their Methodist and Baptist upbringing and began attending Sunday services at the East Shore Unitarian Church in nearby Bellevue.

"In the 1950s, this was sometimes known as 'the little Red church on the hill,'" said Peter Luton, the church's senior minister.  Skepticism, the kind that Stanley embraced and passed on to his daughter, was welcomed here.
 
Hawaii  
In 1960, Anna's father found a better opportunity at a furniture store in Hawaii and moved his family to Honolulu.  The Dunhams originally lived at 2277 Kamehameha Ave., before moving to 2234 University Ave.  Beginning that summer (1960), with the family's move to Hawaii, Stanley Ann enters her "beatnik" period.

Madelyn would later rise to be a vice president in the escrow department of the Bank of Hawaii.  She was also known to volunteer at the Oahu Circuit Court Probate Department.  In the early 70s, Stanley would become an insurance salesman.

When Ann Dunham arrived in Hawaii, she was a full fledged radical leftist and practitioner of critical theory.  She practiced a little photo modeling too.  I won't post the pictures but this website has them.

Mainstream media sources, the recollection of friends and associates and Obama's account are frequently at odds about where Anna was, and what she was doing, at any point in time.  No one knows for sure, and there are no records to substantiate, where Stanley Ann Dunham was, or what she was doing, between the summer of 1960, until she showed up in Hawaii with a two week old in August, 1961.

What follows is the best account, cobbled together from multiple sources.  There are additional supporting sources at the "More Stuff" button.

The problem with documenting what Anna did, or did not do, is that much of what we think we know about these events comes from Obama's "Dreams...," and that account has been proven to be unreliable -- but it was first.
 
Typical White People  

Obama would  describe his grandparents, the people who would raise him, as "white folk" and later, during the campaign would describe his grandmother as a "typical white person."
 


Madelyn Dunham, who Obama affectionately called "Toot," raised Barry Obama.  It was probably her money that got him admitted to the prestigious Punahou School in Hawaii and paid his fees.  Her efforts were formative, perhaps even more so than those of Obama's mother Ann, Madelyn's daughter.  And yet Madelyn is being hidden away, as Obama said, "somewhere in Hawaii."

Two years before Anna left Barry with her mother, in December 1971, Madelyn was named one of the first two female vice presidents at Bank of Hawaii.

It was a no-nonsense, serious workplace.  And Dunham had a reputation as a tough boss who quickly tested young management trainees.

"The first day I met her I was totally scared," Ching said. "She was the Grande Dame of escrow who started the local escrow association.  I was just a trainee who didn't know anything about escrow whatsoever.  But she gave me a file and said, 'You're a college grad.  Here, close this.'  You don't know how to swim and she throws you in and you either sink or swim."

 

And America's media have supinely allowed Obama to pretend he has no white relatives.  On may occasions, his Kenyan step-grandmother, Sarah, who never laid eyes on Obama Jr. until 1986, has been put on public display as "his grandmother." His real grandmother, who actually raised him,  has been put away in a closet.

The Chicago Tribune reports "the Obama campaign declined to make available."

Is this because she is white and Barry Obama is a "black" candidate for president or is it because she holds a secret.

The "segregation" of Madelyn Dunham, Obama's white grandmother, and only real grandmother, has to be one of the cruelest and most mendacious political kidnappings this nation has ever seen.

 

On the other hand, Stanley Dunham was in the habit of taking the 11-12-year-old Barry to a bar in the black "red-light district," the hangout of prostitutes and drug pushers, according to Obama's book.

 

I would see little Barry -- as his grandfather called him -- little Barry and his grandfather mostly all over.  They walked everywhere.  Stan Dunham, his grandfather, took him everywhere.  They met everybody and knew everybody.  I mean it's Hawaii, right?  It was easy.  You wanna be friendly?  You wanna see people and know people?  You can do it, and he did, and little Barry went with him everywhere.

And yet nobody from back then is coming forward today, except Neal Abercrombie.  No doctors, nurses, neighbors, nobody.

Stanley Dunham died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1992 and is interred in the Punchbowl National Cemetery.  He lies at rest in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Court 1 wall B niche 440.

 

Obama Throws His Grandmother Under The Bus Again

 
Whatís the deal with Barack Obama selling out his own grandmother every chance he gets?

Obama actually called his grandmother a racist in public -- a "typical white person" -- in front of the entire world!  Now he points to her as a classic example of the elderly stealing valuable healthcare resources from the nation.  Does Obamaís depravity towards Mrs. Dunham know no end?

In another example of Obamaís lousy attitude towards the woman that raised him since he was 10 years old, the New York Times this weekend recalled an interview in which he criticized his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, for electing to undergo hip replacement surgery despite being terminally ill:
  

"I donít know how much that hip replacement costÖ (I donít feel) society making those decisions to give my grandmother, or everybody elseís aging grandparents or parents, a hip replacement when theyíre terminally ill is a sustainable model."

"I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill."

 
Apparently Mrs. Dunham is exhibit #1 on how the no good elderly are heartlessly wasting the nationís collective healthcare resources for their own selfish purposes, like wanting to walk.

As a productive member of society, Mrs. Dunham had every right to make her own decisions regarding healthcare, including a new hip if that is what she and her doctors saw fit.  It is not our place, or anyone elseís for that matter, to be dictating to seniors at what time they no longer qualify for expensive healthcare procedures.

The audacity for Obama to suggest that his own grandmother wasnít worth a $20,000 hip replacement surgery at the end of her life is remarkable.  Michelle Obama will spend more than that on hair and makeup this year alone!

This latest criticism of Mrs. Dunham is reminiscent of Obamaís highly touted March 2008 race speech where, in addition to his famous declaration, "I can no more disown him (Rev. Wright) than I can disown the black community," Obama described his grandmother as, "a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed her on the street and who, on more than one occasion, has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

I donít know if itís a race thing, or age thing, or what, but it makes me wonder, if Obama thinks so poorly of own grandmother, I can only imagine how little he feels for the rest of us.
 
The Invisible Grandmother  

Obama's real grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who raised him and put him through the prestigious Punahou School, remains a shadowy figure.  Hidden away by Obama's campaign, the woman that Obama described as a "typical white person" is, according to Obama, "somewhere in Hawaii."



Real grandma -- "typical white person"


In August, 2008, after delivering a campaign speech, Obama's first stop on his Hawaii vacation was a visit to his white grandmother's Makiki apartment, where he lived during his youth.



Obama -- escorted by Secret Service and accompanied by a few campaign staff and a pool of reporters and camera crews -- arrived at about 4:10 p.m. yesterday and spent an hour with his 85-year-old maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise him.  He was not accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and two daughters.

The original "typical white person," probably doesn't have a lot of time left, but Obama didn't think to bring her grandchildren for a visit -- and after almost 2, years spent an hour -- what a loving grandson.

 
Toot Dies  
Honoring his beloved toot. President-elect Barack Obama and family spent the third day of their vacation, remembering the life of Obama's grandmother Madelyn Dunham.

Dying of Cancer, Obama left the campaign trail and rushed to be by her side to be one last time in October.  She died at the age of 86 just days before her grandson won the presidency.  Obama says his Toot raised, loved, and helped him become the man he is today.  Almost two months after Dunham's death, the family pays their final respects.

Just as the wind, emotions run strong at Lanai lookout.  President-elect Barack Obama and family arrive around 3:30pm after an earlier private service for "Toot" at a Nuuanu church. (video)

Following the ceremony, Obama drove to the Lanai Lookout.  He and about 20 members of his family climbed over a stone wall and down onto rocky ledges to scatter Dunhamís ashes.

She died late the night of the 2nd, the body was removed by 3:30 am Monday morning, the urn of ashes was returned Tuesday morning and an apartment lived in for 40 years was cleaned out by Nov. 6th.

She was cremated and her urn of ashes was returned to her apartment by the morning of Tuesday, November 4th.

The medical examiner wasnít involved.  The staff from the funeral home showed up for her body before 3:30 am Monday and brought the ashes back by Tuesday morning.

Related:  Obama received two inheritances from his grandmother, Madelyn.  He made less than $1,000 from the sale of a tax-free trust.  A second inheritance -- shares in the Bank of Hawaii where his grandmother rose from a secretary to a vice president -- sold for between $250,000 and $500,000.
 
Madelyn Dunham Burial  
If you look at the image-below, you can clearly see Michelle jumping up onto Obama.

There are only a few photos of Obama's burial of his grandmother, Madelyn "Toot" Dunham.  There was a video on YouTube for a couple of days before it vanished.  It covered the ceremony and was taken from the viewpoint of the Ocean on the right and the access road on the left.

Obama and sister Maya do the "Big Lebowski" on the grandmother and turn.  Obama walks toward the access road from right to left.
    
  
       
Michelle was standing well back from the ceremony, near the access road at 10 o'clock -- upper left.

As Obama walked back from the cliffs, Michelle started running towards the center, left and downwards to the right, intersecting Obama in the middle of focus.

She had an ear-to-ear grin on her face -- and jumped up on Obama, locking her legs around his middle.  It's amazing she didn't knock the little guy over.  In the photo above you can see the force of her leap spinning Obama 180į degrees clockwise.

Her behavior was completely out of place.  Michelle was really excited and celebrating.  Kinda makes you wonder what it was that was such a wonderful delight?

Toot was the last person alive that knew the true facts and circumstances of Obama's birth.

The burial video has completely disappeared from the Internet, and only Michelle knows what was in her mind at that moment.
 
FBI Destroyed Stanley Dunham's File  
New Zeal is reporting that the FBI destroyed a file on Barack Obama's grandfather, the man who selected Communist Frank Marshall Davis to be the future president's mentor during his growing-up years in Hawaii.

"The FBI confirms that a file was maintained on Obama's grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham," states Cliff Kincaid, the journalist who runs the public policy group, America's Survival, Inc. (ASI). "This is a troubling development in the effort to understand the Marxism that drives Obama's policies as president today."

In correspondence with Kincaid, available at www.usasurvival.org, the FBI says the file was destroyed in 1997.  The FBI made the admission after Kincaid complied with a request to verify the identity of Dunham and the fact that he was deceased.
 
Dubbed "Gramps" by Obama, Dunham has been depicted in news reports as a patriot who served in the U.S. Army in World War II.  But he had a close relationship with Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis in Hawaii, who reportedly drank and smoke pot with Dunham.

Davis was not only a communist but a pornographer who wrote a semi-biographical novel about having sex with a 13-year-old girl.  He mentored Obama for as many as nine years of his young life in Hawaii.

Dunham, who was white, had picked Davis as a mentor for Obama because he thought the youngster, whose father had abandoned the family, needed a black role model.  Davis, who was black, fit the bill.  "It was a terrible decision," Kincaid commented.  "He turned over the young Obama to a communist sex pervert for moral guidance."

While the exact nature of the Dunham file will be a topic for speculation, Kincaid said that is likely that some of the information was related to Dunham's relationship with Davis.  Kincaid's ASI had previously obtained the 600-page FBI file on Davis and posted it at www.usasurvival.org.  It shows that Davis was a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii.

Obama had referred to Davis in his memoir as merely "Frank," a poet filled with knowledge and advice.  The real identity as that of Frank Marshall Davis was disclosed by a writer for a CPUSA publication, who said it would prove to be historically significant, and then publicized by anti-communist New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon.  Kincaid confirmed the identity of "Frank" with a source in Hawaii and then obtained and posted the Davis FBI file.

However, most media, anxious to see Obama elected president, preferred to identify Davis as a "civil rights activist" and ignore his communist affiliations.
 
Who You Gonna Believe?  

I was scanning YouTube videos and found this one by .

  

What this guy found is another counterfeit/forged Obama artifact.

  

Look at this picture of gramps, Stanley Ann and the two Soetoro children, Barry and Maya. Look closely!

  

  

What do you see?

  

Look at Stanley Ann's right hand.

  

It's balled up in a fist, AND IT'S BLACK!

  

And here is the source -- Obama's campaign website! -- since scrubbed, but the archived copy is at the link at the end of this item.

  

What is not in the video, but that I noticed on the page is another bogus artifact, "gramps and his floating hand."

  

  

Look at gramp's left shoulder -- his arm is by his side.

  

Now look at his left hand -- it is floating -- clearly disconnected from his arm and floating in space!

  

Ooo-eeeee-ooooo!

  

Now look a Toot's shoulder and arm as seen in a different photo -- they fit nicely into gramps left side.

  

  

Somebody split a picture of the Dunhams and inserted our boy Barry in the middle.

  

But according to Obama, his Obots, and the ObamaMedia, it's the Birthers who are engaged in a conspiracy.
 

I hope the Obots scrub this page. I have it archived -- along with all the images.

Yup!  They scrubbed it -- date unknown.

But here is the page in all it's glory.  Cursor down for images.

 
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