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Barak Hussein Obama (Senior) was born in Nyangoma-Kogello, Siaya District, Kenya in 1936 (or 1934). He was a member of the Luo tribe and grew up in the sleepy village of Alego-Kogello.
Update: Documents in Senior's Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) say Senior was born in 1934.
The myth, as written by Obama in "Dreams...," is that Senior was a goat herder.
Senior may have herded some goats that were part of Grandfather's extensive livestock collection, but Senior spent his time at school where he was actually an extremely bright student and sufficiently educated to go on to obtain degrees from the University of Hawaii and Harvard.
In 1955, at 18 years of age, Senior married a girl called Kezia from the local village. It was Kezia who remained his one true love and to whom he always returned.
Senior seems to have inherited his father’s attitudes towards the colonial power. He was also arrested, for attending a meeting in Nairobi of the Kenya African National Union (KANU), the organization spearheading the independence movement. Sarah told Obama that his father, unlike her husband, had been held only for a short time in the white man’s prison: "Because he was not a leader in KANU, Senior was released after a few days."
Shortly after his arrest, in 1958, Obama Senior was awarded an American sponsored scholarship in economics to the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was selected by a former Kenyan cabinet minister, the late Tom Mboya, who was earmarked as the successor to Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first prime minister and leader of the terrorist Mau Mau.
The presumption was that Senior would return to Africa and use his "Western-honed skills in a new Kenya."
Chief Engineer found this 1960 "Time" article about Tom Mboya. On page 8 it mentions the "Jackie Robinson -- Harry Belafonte Fund" which Susan Mboya oversees and which has already been used to send 81 Kenyans to the U.S. to be educated.
While Mboya has refused to release her father’s papers, some of them may be among the personal papers and correspondence Mboya (father) had with students who participated in the airlift. Those papers are at Stanford and personal correspondence is listed as one of the items in the holdings.
Of interest in the "Time" article, it mentions Pam Odede was sent to Ohio as one of the students. Pam would later become Mboya’s wife and it is no coincidence that their daughter Susan now lives in Ohio.
In June, 1959, at the age of 23, Senior became the first African student enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Obama Sr. showed up in Hawaii under his own steam, he wasn't part of the first airlift of students. And HIS father, Hussein Onyango Obama, was cook to Gloria and Gordon Hagberg (second and third right respectively in this photo), shown with Tom Mboya (fourth right in same photo) who personally selected Obama Sr. to receive the scholarship to Univ. of Hawaii.
Kezia, who is pregnant, remained in Kenya. Senior would have two more children with Kezia in subsequent years.
Eventually, Senior will have three wives and one mistress. With them, he will have seven children, although there are some reports of an eighth.
Senior was described as highly intelligent and quick to learn, but also very mischievous. After Senior’s first day at the Mission school in the village, he told Grandfather that he did not want to attend school because he already knew everything that was being taught, and the teacher was a woman. Grandfather shared this contempt for women, so Senior was sent to a school 6 miles away where the teacher was a man. Only after this male teacher beat him repeatedly did Senior learn to accept a woman teacher. Senior was often a truant, not attending school for weeks on end, but mastering the entire subject matter just before the final exams and coming in first in the class.
Senior had taken the entrance examination for the Maseno Mission School, an elite college preparatory institution which very few Africans were allowed to attend. He was admitted to this school and seemed to have a great future ahead of him, but he soon encountered disciplinary problems. He insisted on violating the rules by bringing girls into his dormitory. He and his friends stole chickens and yams from nearby farms because the dormitory food was not to their liking. At first the teachers were indulgent because Senior was such a good student, but he was caught one too many times and was expelled. When he returned home he was severely beaten by Grandfather.
Senior’s life began to change when he encountered two American women missionary teachers. They helped him to sign up for a correspondence course leading to a secondary school certificate. He took the equivalency test at the US Embassy, and passed. He then applied to numerous universities in the United States, and in 1958, with the help of Tom Mboya, won a scholarship at the University of Hawaii.
More on Senior's time as a student at Maseno School here.
"When Senior arrived in Hawaii in June 1959, Kenya's future president, Jomo Kenyatta was in jail in Kenya," as reported by a story done in Hawaiian paper after he arrived:
"The Washington Post reported that when Barack Obama, Sr. first arrived in Hawaii he was interviewed by the Hawaiian Press, the reporter Hirozawa relays Obama’s comments, "he would study business administration and wanted to return to Kenya to help with its transition from tribal customs to a modern economy."
He was concerned, he said, about his generation’s disorientation as Kenyans rejected old ways yet struggled with "westernization," the date of the story was June, 1959.
The whole story is a lie right from word one of daddy arrived courtesy of an airlift. He didn’t even arrive with the other students, he arrived months before them, so the question becomes why?
All of this can be found at the following link aside from speculation of why. Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Jackie Robinson appeal letter, Aug. 24, 1959, box 3, Robinson Papers; Smith, "East African Airlifts of 1959, 1960, and 1961," 25–43.
Barack Obama wrote that his father "had been selected by Kenyan leaders and American sponsors to attend a university in the United States," but a list of the students who landed in New York on September 9, 1959, does not contain the name of the elder Obama. Tom Shachtman, working in the African-American Students Foundation (AASF) papers for a book on the airlifts, has found that the elder Obama came in 1959 with support from the AASF but appears to have been routed a different way as he made his way to the University of Hawaii.
Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (New York, 1995), 9; "Eighty-One Kenya Airlift Students Arrived New York Sept. 9th 1959," box 3, Robinson Papers; Tom Shachtman telephone interview by James H. Meriwether, Aug. 19, 2008, notes (confirmed via e-mail by Shachtman) (in James H. Meriwether’s possession).
Senior Arrives In Hawaii
This photo, published in a Honolulu newspaper in 1959 shows [Ann's father -- hands in pockets] Stanley Dunham escorted by uniformed U.S. Navy personnel, greeting Barack Obama Sr., as he arrived in Hawaii from Kenya."
In the photo, Dunham stands next to Obama smiling. National-security guru Angelo Codevilla contends that the CIA might well have assigned Dunham to keep an eye on Obama, an unwitting pawn in the agency’s mission to woo the emerging African elite.
If Codevilla is right, then Sally Jacobs’ new book is close to all wrong. In her account, Obama arrives, alone and friendless in Hawaii, not surrounded by 20 well-wishers, chief among them a future father-in-law who was not yet supposed to be there.
If the date of the photo can be verified as 1959, Codevilla is likely right, and the mystery deepens.
"[Tom Schachtman] has found that the elder Obama came in 1959 with support from the AASF but appears to have been routed a different way as he made his way to the University of Hawaii."
From Tom Schachtman’s book, Airlift:
"As far as can be determined from incomplete records, Mrs. Roberts and Miss Mooney paid his fare to Hawaii and provided a partial scholarship.
Mboya, while unable to transport the twenty-three-year-old, did put him on the AASF list to receive one of the handful of scholarships contributed by the former baseball star Jackie Robinson, which the Scheinman foundation was administering, and encouraged him to look to the AASF for further help if needed, which he later did. "
From LLI (now ProLiteracy.Org):
With a letter of recommendation provided by Mooney and initial financial support from Laubach Literacy International 5, Obama’s application to study economics at the University of Hawaii was accepted. He was admitted on a scholarship and started his studies in the fall of 1959.
During his time in Hawaii and in need of support as a full time student, Obama reached out to Laubach Literacy International for additional financial assistance. In the spirit of the organizational belief that it could help "build tomorrow’s teams in centers and abroad" the organization awarded Obama a Fund Scholarship to support to his United States studies.
The record of this funding was noted in the organization’s 1961 Annual Report: "Barack Obama, from Kenya, is in an undergraduate program at the University of Hawaii. An honor student, Barack may come later to Syracuse for literacy journalism." Because of her deep belief in his skills and abilities, Mooney also provided personal financial assistance to Obama to support his tenure at the University of Hawaii.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Barack Obama’s controversial and legally-contested hold on the executive office just got a great deal more complicated. Documents released this week by the British Foreign Secretary reveal that Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama, Senior, was the target of an international investigation due to his ties to Kenyan terrorists groups. The top secret files, which had been suppressed for decades, were privately condemned by administration officials who feared they would undermine Obama as polls show him trailing Republican contender Mitt Romney by at least five points. They also highlight the mounting public evidence tying Barack Jr. to communist sleeper cells and long range plots to undermine American democracy.
A memo from a British diplomat in Washington to Whitehall -- released today by the National Archives in West London -- sets out their concerns about the young Kenyans.
Dated September 1, 1959, it says: "I have discussed with the State Department. They are as disturbed about these developments as we are. They point out that Kenya students have a bad reputation over here for falling into the wrong hands and for becoming both anti-American and anti-white."
In one of the Foreign Office files, the future president’s father appears on a list of Kenyan students as "OBAMA, Barack H" -- they shared the same name.
At the age of 23, he enrolled at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu to study economics with classmates including Ann Dunham, a 17-year-old white American from Kansas. The couple had a short marriage that led to the birth in 1961 of the future president, Barack Obama II.
Mr Obama Sr. was among 100 or so Kenyan students brought to America by the African American Students Foundation.
U.S. and British officials were deeply suspicious of this outfit, observing that the AASF -- though backed by singer Harry Belafonte and actor Sidney Poitier -- had links to a Kenyan nationalist leader.
"The motives behind this enterprise, therefore, seem more political than educational," warned a letter from the British Embassy in Washington.
It added: "The arrival here of these students, many of them of indifferent academic calibre and ill-prepared for the venture, is likely to give rise to difficult problems."
The University Of Hawaii
When Senior moved to Hawaii in June of 1959, it has been well documented that he originally lived in a room at the Atherton Y.M.C.A., not far from campus. He later moved to a small, single story wooden home located at 625 11th Ave., located in the St. Louis Heights area. Senior remained at 625 11th Ave. until he left Hawaii on June 22,1962 after graduation.
Senior quickly adapted to the rhythms of student life. One of his frequent hangouts was the snack bar in an old Army-barracks-style building near his business classes. It was there that he met the Abercrombie brothers, first Neil and then Hal, who had escaped the darkness of Buffalo to attend graduate school in Honolulu, and their friends Peter Gilpin, Chet Gorman and Pake Zane.
They were intellectuals, experimenters, outsiders, somewhere between beatniks and hippies, and they loved to talk and drink coffee and beer. They were immediately taken by the one and only African student in their midst. "He was very black, probably the blackest person I've ever met," recalled Zane, a Chinese-Hawaiian, who now runs an antiques shop a few miles from the university.
"Handsome in his own way," Zane said. "But the most impressive thing was his voice. His voice and his inflection -- he had this Oxford accent. You heard a little Kenyan English, but more this British accent with this really deep, mellow voice that just resounded. If he said something in the room and the room was not real noisy, everybody stopped and turned around. I mean he just had this wonderful, wonderful voice. He was charismatic as a speaker."
It was not just the voice, said Neil Abercrombie, who is now the congressman for Hawai'i's First Congressional District, but Obama's entire persona -- the lanky 6-foot-1 frame, the horn-rimmed glasses, the booming laugh, the pipe and an "incredibly vital personality."
"He was brilliant and opinionated and avuncular and opinionated. Always opinionated," Abercrombie said. "If you didn't know him, you might be put off by him. He never hesitated to tell you what he thought, whether the moment was politic or not. Even to the point sometimes where he might seem a bit discourteous. But his view was, well, if you're not smart enough to know what you're talking about and you're talking about it, then you don't deserve much in the way of mercy. He enjoyed the company of people who were equally as opinionated as he was."
A "Transient Alien"
Senior was never at any time an immigrant to the United States, by intention or by law. He was a person of a "transient" nature to the United States.
Immigrating to the United States to live here permanently is an important, and complex decision. This section provides information to help foreign citizens desiring to permanently immigrate to determine the visas, requirements, and related materials they will need to apply to immigrate to the United States.
Senior had no intention of residing in the United States permanently, he was here in the early 1960’s because he was hand picked by the founder of the socialist, Nairobi People's Congress Party to come to the United States to study in preparation for Kenya’s independence.
There are two types of student visas for the United States, F-1 and M-1. Both are classified as nonimmigrant visas by the U.S. State Department.
He Lived Like A hermit
Remembering my friend Barak Obama
Naranhkiri Tith Ph.D. met Barak Obama for the first time in the courses in economics that we took together at the University of Hawaii, in the early 1960’s. It was not difficult to spot Barak, as he was a rare African student on the Campus at the University of Hawaii, in Manoa Valley, Honolulu.
His easy-going manner, especially his infectious smile, and his proud bearing struck me the most. He was always very inquisitive and active in class discussions and after classes as well.
Although he was not an East-West Center grantee, he was always with us, especially at a Guest House owned and operated by the Asia foundation, situated on the top of road leading to Manoa valley. Atherton House was a place where most East-West Center grantees gathered for a drink or a chat.
Taken in Hawaii in 1961 at Arnie and Suzie Nachmanoff's house (Pearl Harbor): from left to right:
Kiri Tith (then Cambodia), Kitaichi (Japan), Marda (USA), Ichiro (Japan), Suzie Nachmanoff (Host, USA),
Dave (USA), Kunio (Japan), Bob (USA), Rajapakse (Sri Lanka), Barak Obama senior (Kenya), Anne (USA)
Barak and I were a part of a small group of foreign students who participated in group discussions in various places (Churches, sinagogues, junior colleges) around the campus and in town. Those discussions centered on the role and impact of former Soviet Union and China had in the developing countries. Barak, was more hopeful than I was about the role and the influence of these two major Communist countries in the developing nations in the world, because I had the opportunity to study in Europe, and in France, especially, I was more aware of the nature of communism than Barak was.
In these debates, Barak was always very eloquent, and enthusiastic. We often were not on the same side, when discussing Communism in the developing countries. In our disagreement, Barak was always very gracious and fair. He was a very good listener which helped a great deal in making those discussions more constructive and pleasant.
This photo of Senior attending a University of Hawaii party in the early 1960s show him enjoying the company of fellow students without the presence of Dunham. Obama's demeanor evident in the photographs suggests a familiarity with women that would give no indication he was engaged to be married or already wed.
Note: The woman sitting to Senior's left is named, "Anne."
Sally Jacobs says that in spring 1961, during Obama’s second year as an undergraduate at the University of Hawaii, Sumi McCabe, the school’s foreign student adviser, raised the first questions about Obama’s marital status.
In April 1961, McCabe called immigration officials and expressed concern that Obama had recently married a young woman named Stanley Ann Dunham -- who would become president Obama’s mother. She was concerned because Obama already had a wife back in Kenya, according to a memo written by Lyle H. Dahling, an administrator in INS’s Honolulu office. What’s more, McCabe told the INS office that Obama, "has been running around with several girls since he first arrived here and last summer she cautioned him about his playboy ways. [Obama] replied that he would 'try' to stay away from the girls," according to the memo.
Neither McCabe nor Dahling knew quite what to think about Obama’s womanizing. Obama is a member of one of Kenya’s ethnic group’s known as the Luo, among whom polygamy is common. Obama told McCabe that in Kenya, "all that is necessary to be divorced is to tell the wife that she is divorced . . . [Obama] claims to have been divorced from his wife in Kenya in this method," according to the memo.
But Obama was not divorced at all, according to his first wife, who was living in Kenya with their two children at the time he married Dunham in February 1961. Grace Kezia Obama, now 70, lives in Bracknell, England, and maintains that she remained married to the elder Obama until his death in 1982.
INS officials considered whether Obama could be deported if he were convicted of bigamy, but decided against it. Instead, they decided that Obama "should be closely questioned before another extension is granted -- and denial be considered."
Immigration Officers Doubted Obama Birth Story
Jerome Corsi says immigration documents filed in 1961 cast doubt on whether Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was the president’s biological father and indicate federal officers were prepared to investigate whether the Kenyan was married to the president’s mother, Ann Dunham.
Aside from the image of a long-form birth certificate released by the White House April 27, 2011 – a document Sheriff Arpaio’s law enforcement investigation has found probable cause to believe is a forgery – what documentary evidence is there that Barack Obama was the biological father?
The recent biography of the president by Washington Post editor and author David Maraniss, “Barack Obama: The Story,” quotes concerns about Obama Sr.’s sexual promiscuity expressed by Immigration and Naturalization Service officers, but he dimisses them as racially motivated.
Maraniss, on pages 162-163, examines a 1961 INS memo that indicates Obama Sr. continued to have multiple girlfriends at the University of Hawaii after his supposed marriage, Feb. 2, 1961, in Maui to Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham.
In the memo, written by a Lyle H. Dahlin, Obama Sr.’s student adviser, a Mrs. McCabe, indicated Obama Sr. was “very intelligent” but had been a “playboy,” “running around with several girls” since he arrived. The adviser also noted he was married to an American, though he already had a wife in Kenya.
Maraniss writes regarding the memo: “There was a fine line between how Obama acted and the racial attitudes and expectations of those who were working with him, the unanswerable but valid question being whether the official concern was heightened because he was a black man interacting with white women.”
However, a close analysis of the INS documents in Obama Sr.’s immigration file makes clear Maraniss either misunderstood the true concerns of the INS or misrepresented them.
The primary concern of the INS, according to the memos, was not that Obama Sr. was sexually involved with white women, but that he might have engaged in a sham marriage to Dunham so he could remain in the U.S. or gain U.S. citizenship.
The INS documents indicate authorized government immigration agents suspected the evidence for an Obama-Dunham marriage was thin, and doubts that the Kenyan was the biological father were substantial.
The Dahlin memo
In the first paragraph of the Dahlin memo, shown below as Exhibit 1 (click on photo to enlarge), the officer poses the question of whether Obama broke any laws if he married Dunham while he was still married to a Kenyan.
Exhibit 1: INS file by Lyle H. Dahlin. Click to enlarge.
Paragraph three articulates the next problem: If Obama was “running around with several girls” at the university, did Obama’s continued promiscuity suggest he was not married to Dunham or that it was a sham marriage?
Evidently, the best McCabe could get out of Obama was a less-than-credible promise that he would “try” to stay away from the girls.
The last two sentences of the third paragraph appear to be Obama’s rebuttal to an accusation of bigamy: He apparently explained to McCabe that he was divorced from his wife in Kenya because Kenya did not require anything more than a husband expressing to his wife a desire to terminate the marriage.
The fourth paragraph dismisses the bigamy concern, explaining Obama was in the United States not as an immigrant seeking U.S. citizenship but on a temporary student visa under which suspicion of polygamy was insufficient to support a deportation charge.
The last paragraph indicates that if Dunham, as a “U.S. citizen wife,” were to petition for Obama Sr. to receive permanent residence status as an immigrant on track to citizenship, the INS should conduct an investigation to make sure the alleged marriage was legitimate.
Contrary to Maraniss’ assertion, the INS officers didn’t appear to be concerned about the interracial nature of the Kenyan’s sexual activities at the university.
What was of concern was that Obama Sr. and Dunham were not living together as husband and wife, and their marriage might have been arranged for immigration purposes.
Under 8 U.S.C. Section 1325(c), current immigration law specifies that any individual who knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws is subject to up to five years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000, or both.
In 1961, the INS, in investigating suspected marriages of convenience, would interview the two individuals separately and ask questions about the personal, often intimate, habits of the alleged mate.
Give the baby to the Salvation Army?
WND previously reported Boston Globe reporter Sally H. Jacobs had access to an INS file in which the memo seen in Exhibit 1 was displayed without redaction.
As seen in Exhibit 2, this version of the letter permits reading of part of the third paragraph.
Exhibit 2: Lyle H. Dahlin memo without redaction. Click to enlarge.
In the third sentence of the third paragraph, the Dahlin memo adds the detail that McCabe reported the Kenyan had gotten Dunham pregnant, a fact that would have been consistent with the marriage being legitimate.
Except, Dahlin adds, McCabe reported that the Kenyan and Dunham did not live together and Obama Sr. and Dunham were contemplating giving the baby away to the Salvation Army.
The facts suggest a sham marriage arranged for immigration purposes only: a supposedly married couple who do not live together, a “husband” with multiple girl friends on the side and a baby neither parent seems determined to raise.
INS suspicion of the marriage is further reinforced by the handwritten note at the end of the memo. Dahlin makes clear an apparent superior officer within the INS section agreed that the facts did not merit deportation for the Kenyan, a non-immigrant student in the USA on a temporary visa. But an investigation would be warranted if he sought to further extend his visa.
Dating the Dahlin memo
The only date on the Dahlin memo is the handwritten April 12, 1961, preceding the handwritten note at the bottom of the document. That date indicates the memo was written while Dunham was pregnant, less than four months before the baby’s birth.
The decision to give away the baby to the Salvation Army after Obama Sr. “got” Dunham pregnant must have caused the INS to wonder precisely what kind of relationship existed between the two.
The memo indicates Obama Sr. might have been testing the waters to see what impact claiming a U.S. citizen wife and a U.S. citizen child would have on the INS. Officials would question whether he was the natural father or if he was merely the “stand-in” father, covering up an embarrassing situation.
If the Kenyan were actually the father and the marriage to Dunham legitimate, why not press the claim that the U.S. citizen wife and the U.S. citizen child established a basis for changing the Kenyan’s status with the INS from a non-immigrant student seeking only a temporary stay to an immigrant seeking permanent residence on the path to becoming a U.S. citizen?
But then, why would Obama Sr., as the biological father, want to give the baby to the Salvation Army if the marriage with Dunham were legitimate?
The Dahlin memo, written while Dunham was pregnant, raises the question of whether or not Obama married Dunham at all.
If the Kenyan merely wanted a sexual relationship with Dunham, why marry her?
There is no evidence he proposed marriage to any of his allegedly many girlfriends at the university, so what made Dunham different?
If he was not committed to living with Dunham and raising the baby, why bother getting married?
Pieced together, the available evidence supports the theory the Obama-Dunham marriage was a cover-up from the start, designed to designate Obama as the father, without any expectation the two would ever live as husband and wife or that he would help raise the baby.
The factual record is that Obama Sr. never used marriage to a U.S. citizen or the fathering of a child in the U.S. to bolster his immigration status, even though it could have enabled him to remain in the U.S. without having to apply for yearly extensions.
Dahlin may well have been instructed by superiors to communicate to Obama Sr. and to Dunham that an attempt to use the marriage and child as a reason to change the Kenyan’s immigration status would have led to a full-scale INS investigation.
Obama’s 1961 application to extend stay in U.S.
Further evidence that the marriage to Dunham was a sham is provided by a close examination of the next document to occur chronologically in Obama Sr.’s INS file – an alien student application to extend the time of a temporary stay in the U.S. and to request permission to accept employment. It was filed with the INS Aug. 31, 1961, as seen below in Exhibits 3 and 4.
Exhibit 3: Barack Obama Sr.'s INS application to extend stay and permit employment, Aug. 31, 1961, page 1. Click to enlarge.
Exhibit 3: Barack Obama Sr.'s INS application to extend stay and permit employment, Aug. 31, 1961, page 2. Click to enlarge.
The document notably was filled out in Honolulu some 28 days after the baby was born.
There is a six-and-a-half-month time period in which there is no record of Dunham’s whereabouts – from Jan. 31, 1961, when she concluded her first semester at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, until Sept. 25, 1961, when the University of Washington at Seattle documents she was enrolled for extension classes on campus.
Nothing in the Dahlin memo documents where Dunham was in April 1961, when it was written.
Interestingly, Obama Sr.’s temporary stay visa expired Aug. 9, 1961, some five days after the baby was born, as indicated by his answer to Box 13.
Clearly, Obama Sr. had to be concerned about the extension of his student visa in April 1961. It would have been convenient to have a U.S. citizen wife and a U.S. citizen child being newly born just as his student visa was expiring.
Yet, the application to extend the temporary stay provides more evidence the story of a U.S. citizen wife and child was not credible. In Box 2, Obama Sr. indicated he was living at 1482 Alencastre Street in Honolulu. However, Dunham was living at her parents home at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, the address listed in the birth announcements published in the Honolulu newspapers.
The INS would have regarded the fact the supposed parents did not live together as additional evidence the alleged marriage was a marriage of convenience arranged to commit immigration fraud.
Even more interesting, in the extension of Box 7, the Kenyan blacked out the first name he wrote for his wife, then penciled in “Ann S. Dunham, Honolulu, Hawaii.” Her named, however, was Stanley Ann Dunham, or S. Ann Dunham.
Then, in the space below Box 7, Obama Sr. did not list Barack Hussein Obama II as his son – an omission that is hard to understand if the child supposedly was born earlier that month.
The Woods memo
An additional document from Obama Sr.’s INS file is relevant: a handwritten memo dated Aug. 31, 1961, by William Wood, as seen in Exhibit 5.
Exhibit 5: Barack Obama Sr. INS File, Woods Memo, Aug. 31, 1961. Click to enlarge.
The memo’s use of the term “claims” suggests the information came from Obama Sr., possibly at an in-person meeting with an officer at the INS office when he filled out and filed his visa extension form.
The memo confirms Dunham was leaving Hawaii to attend school in Seattle, an additional factor the INS would have examined had an investigation been undertaken into the legitimacy of the marriage and the fatherhood of the child.
In the last paragraph, the memo notes the child was living with the mother at the home of the grandparents, while the Kenyan was living at the Alencastre Street address – facts that did not need to be seriously considered if the only relevant question in extending Obama Sr.’s visa was whether or not he was then a student in good standing.
Interesting, the note appended to the memo suggests the information the Kenyan provided raised serious questions about the wife and child that would need to be answered if he were applying for more than a temporary stay.
Given that the INS was not going to conduct an investigation, the Woods memo appears to document only what the Kenyan said and did not determine whether or not the claims were true.
While Obama Sr.’s INS files do not prove he was not the father of the future president, they provide ample documentation the officer was skeptical the Kenyan was legitimately married to Dunham and/or was the biological father of Barack Obama II.
By deciding to stay with the temporary student visa status, the Kenyan obviated the need for an INS investigation that might have uncovered in 1961 that the marriage was fraudulent and the biological father of the child was someone else.
Obama's Life Beard
I routinely refer to Hawaiian congress-critter Neil Abercrombie as Obama's "life beard," because Abercrombie is the only human being on the planet to put Barack Hussein Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham in the same room together. The first time that there was any documentation of a relationship between the two was in 1971, when Senior mysteriously showed up in Hawaii, "to attend to family business."
Neil Abercrombie is currently Governor-elect of Hawaii.
The Abercrombie brothers, Neil and then Hal, had escaped the darkness of Buffalo, NY, to attend graduate school in Honolulu. Along with their friends Peter Gilpin, Chet Gorman, and Pake Zane, they hung out at the "snack bar" in an old Army-barracks-style building near their business classes. They fancied themselves as intellectuals, experimenters, outsiders, somewhere between beatniks and hippies.
It was there, that they met Barack Hussein Obama Sr. The group was immediately taken by the one and only African student in their midst. "He was very black, probably the blackest person I've ever met," recalled Zane, a Chinese-Hawaiian, who now runs an antiques shop a few miles from the university.
Members of the snack bar crowd don't remember the Obama-Dunham relationship. In this report, Hal Abercrombie said he never saw them together. Pake Zane could not recall Ann from those days but had precise memories of Senior.
However, Neil Abercrombie, the Democratic congressman from Hawaii, was part of those regular gatherings and claims that Anna was "the original feminist." Abercrombie says he remembered her appearing at some of the weekend gatherings. Obama was such a strong personality, he said, that he could see how the young woman was awed and overwhelmed by him.
"She was a girl, and what I mean by that is she was only 17 and 18, just out of high school. And he brought her at different times. She mostly observed because she was a kid. Everybody there was pretty high-powered grad-student types."
Maybe everybody else, including his own brother, was drunk all the time.
Neil Abercrombie has continually provided his imprimatur to the "legend of Barack and Stanley." In July, 2009, Abercrombie attempted to sneak language into an innocuous resolution celebrating Hawaii’s statehood anniversary that affirmed Hawaii was Barack Obama’s birthplace. The measure was blocked by Rep. Michele Bachmann on the floor of the House.
If he is elected governor of Hawaii, you can bet that all kinds of documentation supporting Obama's fable-ific life story will be discovered, and anything prejudicial to Obama's version of events or eligibility to serve as Commander-in-Chief will disappear -- forever.
You know that the full weight of Obama's Chicago machine will be pressed into the service of his campaign.
Senior, who was studying economics at the University of Hawaii, Afro-American Affairs Institute, told the crowd of 350, "Anything which relieves military spending will help us...Peace will release great resources..." The march for peace was featured in the May 18, 1962 issue of the VOICE OF THE ILWU. Other speakers included Patsy Mink, Thomas Gill, Ralph Vanderslice, Rev. Nicolas Dizon, Rev. Seikan Higra, Rabbi Roy Rosenberg, Rev. Delwyn Rayson, and Dr. John Mollet. The ILWU was opposed to the escalating U. S. involvement in Vietnam and held many activities to educate its members and the public.
Frank Marshall Davis, in his own writings, had said that Robeson and Harry Bridges, the head of the ILWU and a secret member of the CPUSA, had suggested that he take a job as a columnist with the Honolulu Record, "and see if I could do something for them." The ILWU was organizing workers there and Robeson’s contacts were "passed on" to Davis, Takara writes.
Cliff Kincaid ties up all the loose ends in his white paper, "Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection."
Memo from William Ward, INS file, dated 31 AUG 1961, on page 34 states:
"They have one child born Honolulu 8/4/1961 -- Barack Obama II, child living with mother (she lives with her parents & Subject resides at 1482 Alencastre St)."
Senior Leaves Hawaii
In August or September of 1961, Senior enrolled and attended classes in his final undergraduate year at the University of Hawaii, from which he would graduate with a Bachelors Degree in economics and mathematics in June, 1962 -- after three years in Hawaii, as a Phi Beta Kappa straight-A student.
Senior’s main monetary sponsor for his schooling in the U.S.was Elizabeth Mooney Kirk. Kirk wrote a letter to Tom Mboya in May 1962 asking if another sponsor could be found so Senior could attend graduate school, preferably at Harvard. She was unable to continue her sponsorship as she had two step children who were going to be attending University. Tom Mboya ended up sponsoring Seniorr for his Harvard studies.
So senior’s plans weren’t definite in May of 1962. Some time between August 1961 and March 1962, Barack Obama Senior was accepted into Harvard's Ph d. program in economics. He left Hawaii on June 22, 1962, while his still-teenage wife and child remained in Seattle.
Obama's autobiography claimed Senior had rejected a scholarship at the Marxist New School for Social Research in New York City that would have paid for his family to come with him. He chose to attend Harvard, where there was no allotment for his family. Shortly after arriving at Harvard, and he took up with Ruth Nidesand, who introduced him to scotch whiskey, and would become his third wife.
In "Dreams...," Obama claims that Senior left when he was two years old, when, in fact, Senior was never around. Within one week of Barack Obama's birth, Stanley Ann was in Seattle, Washington, while Senior remained in Hawaii. Stanley Ann stayed in Seattle long after Senior had moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and Harvard.
A Honolulu Advertiser story on the day he left, June 22, said Obama planned a several-weeks grand tour of Mainland universities before he arrived at Harvard to study economics on a graduate faculty fellowship. The story did not mention that he had a wife and an infant son.
A second article, from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, also has Senior leaving Hawaii in June 1962. There is no mention of Obama or his mother in this article either.
Note: Stanley Ann had arrived in Seattle WA, by the middle of August, 1961.
On his way east, Obama stopped in San Francisco and went to dinner at the Blue Fox in the financial district with Hal Abercrombie, who had moved to the city with his wife, Shirley.
1962 Letter Ignores Obama, Anna
Jerome Corsi says a letter written by Barack Obama Sr. in 1962 raises new questions about the veracity of the official Obama nativity story related by Barack Obama Jr. in his autobiography, "Dreams from My Father."
In a May 1962 letter he wrote from Hawaii to his political benefactor in Kenya, Tom Mboya, Barack Obama Sr. discusses his "wife," but without mentioning Ann Dunham, his alleged Hawaiian bride and the alleged mother of Barack Obama.
Toward the end of the letter, Obama wrote, "You know my wife is in Nairobi there and I would really appreciate any help you may give her."
Clearly Obama Sr. is referring to his first wife, Kezia Aoko, whom he had married in 1954 at age 18 while she was pregnant with their first child. Obama left Kenya in 1959 to study in Hawaii.
The handwriting next to the paragraph appears to be Mboya's: "Ask Odiawo to see me."
There is no documentation that Obama's alleged father has ever claimed paternity.
As the next item shows, the spelling of Obama's name, Barack, is incorrect, as the next item demonstrates, and the letter is probably a forgery.
Harvard Wanted Senior Out
Heather Smathers is reporting that Harvard University officials are speaking out on the release of the immigration file on Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.
Documents uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act request to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service, show that Harvard University officials worked with the INS to deny Obama’s student visa extension. An INS investigator, M.F. McKeon, wrote on June 8, 1964:
"They (Harvard officials) weren’t very impressed with him and asked us to hold up action on his application until they decided what action they could take in order to get rid of him. They were apparently having difficulty with his financial arrangements and couldn’t seem to figure out how many wives he had."
Another memo by McKeon, dated May 19, 1964, says:
"OBAMA has passed his general exams, which indicates on academic grounds he is entitled to stay around here and write his thesis; however, they are going to try to cook something up to ease him out. All three will have to agree to this, however. They are planning on telling him that they will not give him any money, and that he’d better return to Kenya and prepare his thesis at home."
Jeff Neal, a spokesman for Harvard University, disputed those allegations.
"While we cannot verify accounts of conversations that occurred nearly 50 years ago, a review of our existing files did not find any support for either the language or the implied intent described by the U.S. government official in the government documents."
Neal said that university documents predating the INS file, which was compiled between 1961 and 1965, indicate "the University’s Center for International Affairs faced serious constraints in providing financial support for research by international graduate students in Cambridge, and that these students were required to secure and demonstrate independent and sufficient sources of funding in order to remain on campus."
Documents show Obama, Sr. was denied an extension of his student visa in July, 1964 and subsequently returned to Kenya. In 1965, Obama, Sr. attempted to return to the United States. The INS file includes a letter from Harvard Registrar Robert Shenton written to Obama, Sr., on Nov. 16, 1965, that says the elder Obama had not registered his thesis title with the Department of Economics and therefore the university did not authorize his I-20, a document issued by a college for a student so that the student may obtain a student visa, for his return to the country. Shenton wrote:
"Under the circumstances, I could not consider issuing an I-20 to you until the following steps have been completed and the Economics Department approves your return."
The steps required of Obama, Sr., included informing the Economics Department of the thesis title; informing the department of the status of his thesis; and sending the department any completed pages of the document. Neal said the university would confirm that Obama, Sr. was a student at Harvard from 1962-1964, and earned a Master’s degree in Economics.
Multiple attempts to get comment from the White House press office have not been returned.
Related: Somewhere, buried in the bowels of The Obama File, is a reference to Senior writing to his patron for more money while he was at Harvard (I'll try to find the source/link).
"A Serial Womanizer"
The Daily Mail Reporter says Immigration and Naturalization Service records obtained by Heather Smathers show that Obama's father was a serial womanizer -- "a slippery character" who had to be warned to stop his "playboy ways."
And continues -- with a father like this, it is little wonder Obama did not want to release his full birth certificate. Though the proof that he was actually born in Hawaii may silence some critics, a new, rather more interesting side of his life has emerged -- that his father Barack Obama (Senior) was a serial womanizer and polygamist who government and university officials were trying to force out of the country.
An immigration memo, from June 1964, records that Harvard officials were trying "to get rid of him" and "couldn't seem to figure out how many wives he had." At least one document, a memo, also specifies that he had a child -- Barack Obama junior -- while he was at the university on August 4, 1961. On another document, Senior leaves blank the question about children.
Other notes make reference to some kind of campaign to drive Obama senior out of the country and back to Kenya. The memo advised officials to withdraw his funding. The memo also notes that he be "closely questioned before another extension is granted -- and denial be considered."
It said: "Obama has passed his general exams, which indicates that on academic grounds he is entitled to stay around here and write his thesis; however [Harvard] are going to try to cook something up to ease him out.... They are planning on telling him that they will not give him any money, and that he had better return to Kenya and prepare his thesis at home."
Senior Lied About His Degree
Sally Jacobs says that although Obama frequently claimed to have earned a PhD from Harvard and insisted he be called Dr. Obama, he never fully recovered from disappointment over his failure to get the degree he had worked so hard for. Let go from jobs at both the Central Bank of Kenya and the Kenya Tourist Development Corp. by 1970, Obama was unemployed for four years before he landed a low level economist’s position at the Ministry of Finance and Planning. He remained there until his death.
Obama’s PhD thesis, "An Econometric Model of Staple Theory of Development," which was launched with such high hopes at Harvard, apparently met an unhappy fate as well. Not long after he married his third wife, Ruth Ndesandjo, in 1964, Obama said his thesis papers had been stolen by burglars who had broken into their home.
"The burglars took the television, but in the process Barack said that they took his doctoral papers, which were in a briefcase somewhere," said Ndesandjo, who lives in Nairobi. "At least, that is what he said. He was pretty upset about it because he never went back to it and he didn’t have any copy of it."
Senior Returns To Africa
In June, 1964, contrary to reports that Senior had a Ph D, he left Harvard with a masters degree in economics and returned to Kenya, ultimately to join the fledgling Kenyatta government as a senior economist. On his return to Kenya, Senior was first hired by an US oil company, then served as an economist in the Ministry of Transportation, and later became senior economist in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance.
Senior's INS documents show that he was denied an extension on his student visa in July, 1964, in part because Harvard University, where Senior was a Ph.D. candidate, sought his removal. Obama Sr. eventually left the United States willingly after becoming an illegal alien for remaining in the country past the expiration of his visa.
An INS investigator, M.F. McKeon, wrote "They (Harvard officials) weren’t very impressed with him and asked us to hold up action on his application until they decided what action they could take in order to get rid of him. They were apparently having difficulty with his financial arrangements and couldn’t seem to figure out how many wives he had."
Documents show that Harvard officials considered Obama, Sr. to be a "slippery character," and conspired with the INS to have him deported.
Years later, Abercrombie and another grad school friend looked up their old pal during a trip through Africa.
At that point, the senior Obama was a bitter man, according to the congressman, feeling that he had been denied due opportunities to influence the running of his country. "He was drinking too much; his frustration was apparent," Abercrombie said.
To Abercrombie's surprise, Senior never asked about his ex-wife or his son.
Neil Abercrombie said of Barack Sr., "I know he loved Ann," but "I think he didn't want the impediment of being responsible for a family. He expected great things of himself and he was going off to achieve them."
This article (.pdf), published in the East Africa Journal, by Barak H. Obama Senior, was written in 1965. In it, Senior describes the differences between African socialism and Kenyan socialism. It's dry reading but is useful in understanding Barack's father.
Is It Barak Or Barack?
In 1965, Obama Sr. wrote a paper for the East Africa Journal entitled, "Problems facing our Socialism."
On page 8, the Kenyan writes, "Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100 per cent of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed."
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Although there are many newspaper reports that spell Senior's name, "Barack," but it is appears he spells it, "Barak."
Conditions In Kenya
As the Kenyatta regime became the subject of increasing controversy, Obama Sr. found many of his colleagues distancing themselves from him. He, in turn, took his anger out on his wife, Ruth, according to several of his friends, and his marriage began to deteriorate.
"Kenya changed a great deal between 1963 and 1970," said David William Cohen, former director of the International Institute at the University of Michigan and a professor of African history. "Anyone brought into the government with idealism in those early years either exploited the situation, or was completely frustrated. Obama Sr. did just what other frustrated intellectuals did at the time, which was to stay in the bars until their minds go to rot."
Senior's Protector Assassinated
On a hot July weekend in 1969, Senior was shopping on a busy Nairobi street when he ran into his friend and mentor Tom Mboya, one of Kenya’s most charismatic political leaders. The two chatted for several minutes and Obama kidded him that his car was illegally parked.
I told him, "You are parked on a yellow line. You will get a ticket," Obama, the late father of the US presidential candidate, would later testify, according to press accounts at the time. And then the two men parted.
Minutes later, Mboya was shot twice and died in a pool of blood. It was a crime that convulsed the newly independent nation and would, in Obama’s eyes, trigger a steep decline in his own promising career. Then 33, and a freshly minted government economist, he testified in the ensuing trial, an act which probably enraged those responsible for Mboya’s assassination.
Obama, according to one friend, was convinced he had been targeted for murder after his testimony.
"He said he had been hit by a car not long ago and left for dead," said Pake Zane, 66, who attended the University of Hawaii with Obama and had not publicly discussed their 1974 conversation until now. "He did not say specifically who had done it, but he said it was the same people who killed Mboya."
Senior's Christmas, 1971 visit may be significant. All lot of stuff was going on at this time.
It appears from the cross comparison on both the Customs and DOS FOIA released documents that on October 20, 1971 Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro (SADS) and son Barry (a.k.a Saebarkah Soetoro) together boarded Pan Am Airlines Flight 812 unaccompanied by Lolo M. Soetoro in Djakarta Indonesia and arrived in Honolulu Hawaii on October 21, 1971 and sought entry into the USA on an expired Passport issued July 19, 1965 according to the DS 1423 Form for REQUEST BY UNITED STATES NATIONAL FOR AND REPORT OF EXCEPTION TO SECTION 53.1, TITLE 22 OF THE CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS with use of the expired Passport of July 19, 1965 shown as page 6 of
Young "Barry" was queued up to enter Punahou School. Grandfather Stanley had lined-up a scholarship to the prestigious preparatory school for Barry. The Dunhams moved into the apartment at S. Beretania St., to be within walking distance of the school -- and out of the blue comes the self-described "rake," Obama Senior -- the purpose of the trip? -- "to attend to family business"
Senior only saw Obama once in his life, during this trip, and this is one of the two photos of Barry and Senior. It was taken at the airport. The decorations clearly identify the visit as occurring during the Christmas season -- December 1971. Senior arrived some time in December 1971 and left some time in January 1972.
At the first sight of Senior, Barry thought he seemed far skinnier than he had imagined, and more fragile, with his spectacles and blue blazer and ascot and yellowish eyes. Senior was recuperating from one of his many car accidents. He had injured his leg requiring him to use a cane.
This photo, of Anna and Senior, was also taken at the airport. When the photo first made the rounds of the Internet, it was described as a photo of Anna and Senior's alleged wedding. Needless to say, that report was bogus.
So, out of the blue, Barry's long-lost father stepped briefly into his life, and just as quickly disappeared. Obama and Senior would never see each other again. It was not an easy month, and what stuck in the boy's memory was the basketball that Senior gave him as a present at the airport.
After the visit, Anna and Obama's half-sister Maya returned to Indonesia. Except for occasional visits to Hawaii, and in her final days, Anna, who traveled throughout Southeast Asia on business, would remain based in Jakarta for the remainder of her life.
Now, here's the mystery. Why would Senior fly halfway across the world to make his only visit to his son at this moment in time? Remember, this was in the era before the deregulation of the airlines. Round-trip airplane tickets from Kenya to Hawaii must have cost a small fortune even by American standards -- much less third-world Kenyan standards. The Dunhams surely paid for the airline tickets. We know they paid for an apartment in their building for the month that Senior was in town, and were undoubtedly providing him with some walking-around money. The sad truth is Senior spent most of his time partying with with his old snack bar buddies from the University of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie and Pake Zane.
Senior had no money. He had already fallen into disfavor with the ruling Kenyan government. His mentor and protector, Tom Mboya, was assassinated in 1969. Senior was present at the assassination and testified at the subsequent trial, essentially ending his political career, and causing a hit and run attempt on his life. He was spending most of his time drinking scotch and crashing his Mercedes-Benz.
It is clear that the Dunhams underwrote Senior's visit, but why? It would seem reasonable to conclude that Senior's pilgrimage had something to do with Barry and Punahou, but what?
What happened in these four weeks? What was so important that caused Senior to travel 20,000-plus miles? What kind of deal was made? What papers did he have to sign? Was there a payoff?
The Dunhams were getting ready to put Barry Soetoro into Punahou. Whatever Senior was doing in Hawaii was connected to that -- my speculation is that it was to establish or re-establish paternity, or clean-up an Indonesian adoption -- and as soon as the paperwork was completed and he got his payoff he returned to Kenya and never thought about the bunch of them for the rest of his miserable life.
As an aside, it's pretty clear that the Dunhams were going all the way for little Barry, and it's equally clear that Senior couldn't give a rat's ass.
So why would Obama ever make the core of his autobiography, this statement:
"It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself..."
Until this trip, Senior never acknowledge Barry, and never mentioned him upon his return to Kenya. He was a serial bigamist. He abandoned his wives and children. He became a wife-beater and drunk. His arrogance destroyed his government career. He killed a man and lost both legs in alcohol-related accidents and eventually killed himself behind the wheel -- hammered!
That's some role model.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I thought of something much simpler that also fits in with what usually occurred in situations such as Ann’s in 1961. The one story in Obama’s book which I do believe is actually true is the one when there was a huge fight during Senior’s visit to Hawaii in 1971 which brought to light long buried resentments and recriminations all because Senior tried to act like a father and told Obama to turn the TV off and go study. Those resentments would be how Senior had acted in 1961 and they came boiling to the surface when he visited in 1971.
The Dunhams made arrangements for Senior to sublet a neighbor’s apartment in the same building at S. Beretania St. Notice how his one leg is positioned oddly in the photo (photo not available)? He was recuperating from a car accident in which he had injured his leg requiring him to use a cane.
The big family blowup happened during his visit when he told Obama to turn off the TV and go study when Obama wanted to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" By the time the arguing had ended Barry was only able to watch the last few minutes of the special.
That is one story from his book that I actually believe and he says because of it long buried hurts and resentments surfaced between the three Dunhams and Obama Sr. By the time the arguing had ended Barack was only able to watch the last few minutes of the special.
In "Barack and Michelle" [by Christopher Andersen] the visit is described as being for R&R following Senior’s car wreck/hospitalization in Kenya. You can discern Senior's bad leg(s) in the photo.
Pretty expensive trip for someone whose job and life were spiraling down the drain of alcoholism. Who paid for Stanley Ann’s trip? Senior was there a month; Stanley Ann had arrived two weeks prior to that, so she was away from her husband Lolo and baby Maya for 6 weeks? Neither account mentions Maya being there with her -- a baby who was 16 months old. And the Dunhams leased an apartment for Senior to stay in for that month? And Barry had just started at the very expensive private school, after HIS expensive trip to Hawaii from Indonesia. That’s a lot of money being shelled out for an impromptu visit from the man who hasn’t had the time of day for his son in ten years?
"Dreams..." would have us believe that Senior and Gramps were great pals -- drinking buddies who thoroughly enjoyed and respected each other. It’s kind of an unseemly undercurrent -- because why would any normal man be best-friends-forever with a 23-year old man of a different race (1960 mores) who has committed statutory rape on his 17-year old daughter, and impregnated her in the process, and then abandoned her and his son?
Some insight into some kind of reality, pages 62-63 of "Dreams":
"...the telegram Toot found in the mailbox one day. ‘You’re father’s coming to see you’, she said. ‘Next month. Two weeks after your mother gets here. They’ll both stay through New Year’s."
"She carefully folded the paper and slipped it into a drawer in the kitchen. BOTH SHE AND GRAMPS FELL SILENT, THE WAY I IMAGINE PEOPLE REACT WHEN THE DOCTOR TELLS THEM THEY HAVE A SERIOUS, BUT CURABLE, ILLNESS. For a moment the air was sucked out of the room, and we stood suspended, alone with our thoughts."
"Well," Toot said finally, "I suppose we better start looking for a place where he can stay." Gramps took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes. " Should be one hell of a Christmas."
Correcting The Adoption
The speculation that Senior's Christmas visit was related to providing provenance for Barry Sotoero in return for a financial payoff, also provides an answer to an "anomaly" on the COLB. It has to be considered in the context of time and place, ie, the normal social traditions of Madelyn and Stanley Dunham's era -- that slip right on by the notice of most people today.
People refer to Barry as Barack Obama, Junior. The COLB, however, designates him as Barack Hussein Obama II. There is a world of difference between the two. A boy given the same name as his father is designated "junior." A boy given the same name as someone OTHER than his father is designated "II". "Junior" tells the world, "This is my son." A boy given the same name as an uncle is "II", and says to the world, this boy is named for someone we admire. The common explanation would be that the "junior" is named AFTER the father. "II" is named "FOR" someone else.
The designation of Barry as "II" on the COLB is a flat-out statement that Obama of Kenya is not Barry’s father. That he entered into a business arrangement as a cash-on-the-line favor to his drinking buddy Stanley Armour Dunham. We know Stanley knew Obama, and we know Stanley knew Davis. It follows that Obama of Kenya, a big drinker, was very likely to have been included in Stanley's and Frank Marshall Davis' drinking sessions.
Lolo Soetoro's adoption of Barry made him Barry's "father." All previous records were sealed. Effectively, the original father no longer existed. The sire, whoever that may be, gave him up.
So the Dunham's import the only black guy they know, other than Frank Marshall Davis. It would have to involve legal consent, meaning an appearance in court, and signatures. This is the only reason Senior would have been in Hawaii visiting his former "family" for a month. We need to keep in mind that while this visit was taking place, Stanley Ann was also visiting from Indonesia where she lived with her husband Lolo. We know of this visit from only one source -- Obama’s "Dreams..." He gave no reason for the visit -- just, oh -- here comes dad, and I can hardly wait for him to leave.
Never A Word
Years later, Abercrombie and another grad school friend looked up their old pal during a trip through Africa.
At that point, the senior Obama was a bitter man, according to the congressman, feeling that he had been denied due opportunities to influence the running of his country. "He was drinking too much; his frustration was apparent," Abercrombie said.
To Abercrombie's surprise, Senior never asked about his ex-wife or his son.
Neil Abercrombie said of Barack Sr., "I know he loved Ann," but "I think he didn't want the impediment of being responsible for a family. He expected great things of himself and he was going off to achieve them."
Senior Crashes And Burns
According to his daughter, Auma, Senior was an alcoholic who was extremely found of Scotch". He killed a man in a drunk driving accident in the early 1970's.
In 1982, Obama Senior killed himself in an alcohol-related car accident in Kenya, leaving three wives, one mistress, six sons and a daughter -- there is also the possibility of an eight progeny via a mistress.
Although Obama claims Obama Senior was an atheist, Obama Senior was buried as a Muslim. The rival families of Obama's late father are still suing each other over his meager estate.
One of Senior's former drinking partners, Kenyan writer Philip Ochieng said that his friend's downfall was his weak character. In fact he was a menace to life, said Ochieng. "He had many extremely serious accidents. Both his legs had to be amputated. They were replaced with crude false limbs made from iron.
"He was just like Mr. Toad [from Wind In The Willows], very arrogant on the road, especially when he had whisky inside. I was not surprised when I learned how he died."
"Although charming, generous and extraordinarily clever, Senior was also imperious, cruel and given to boasting about his brain and his wealth," he said.
"He was excessively fond of Scotch. He had fallen into the habit of going home drunk every night. His boasting proved his undoing and left him without a job, plunged him into prolonged poverty and dangerously wounded his ego."
The Daily Mail quotes a relative of Obama as saying, "We told him [Obama] how his father would still go to Kezia and it was during these visits that she became pregnant with two more children. He also had two children with Ruth." [Kids 5 and 6]
According to the Daily Mail, even after losing both legs in the car accident, Obama senior fathered yet another son, his eighth child, [Okay, they got me, that would only be 7 by my count. Not sure old BHO, Sr. was keeping a close count either] by yet another woman, and "continued to come home drunk."
Regardless of the motives, in "Dreams from my Father" Obama never states precisely how many wives his father had, or how many half-brothers and -sisters he has from different mothers, whether married to his father or not.
This is the guy who Obama romanticized in his first book, writing, "It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself..." -- some role model -- Senior was a serial bigamist. He abandoned all of his his wives and children. Harvard threw his ass out for womanizing. He became a wife-beater and drunk. His arrogance destroyed his government career. He killed a man and lost both legs in alcohol-related accidents and eventually killed himself behind the wheel -- hammered.
Fathers And Sons
A bit of research at the library reveals the answers about Barack Obama’s father and his father’s convictions which Obama withholds from the readers of "Dreams.... A first hint comes from authors E. S. Atieno Odhiambo and David William Cohen in their book The Risks of Knowledge (Ohio U. Press, 2004). On page 182 of their book they describe how Barack Obama’s father, a Harvard trained economist, attacked the economic proposals of pro-Western "third way" leader Tom Mboya from the socialist left, siding with communist-allied leader Oginga Odinga, in a paper Barack Obama’s father wrote for the East Africa Journal. As Odhiambo and Cohen write, "The debates [over economic policy] pitted...Mboya against...Oginga Odinga and radical economists Dharam Ghai and Barrack Obama, who critiqued the document for being neither African nor
A copy of Barack Obama’s paper was obtained from the stacks at UCLA. The paper is, as describe by Odhiambo and Cohen, a cutting attack from the left on Tom Mboya’s historically important policy paper, "African Socialism and Its Applicability to Planning in Kenya." The author is given as "Barak H. Obama" and his paper is titled "Problems Facing Our Socialism", published July, 1965 in the East African Journal, pp. 26-33.
Senior stakes out the following positions in his attacks on the white paper produced by Mboya’s Ministry of Economic Planning and Development:
1. Obama advocated the communal ownership of land and the forced confiscation of privately controlled land, as part of a forced "development plan", an important element of his attack on the government’s advocacy of private ownership, land titles, and property registration. (p. 29)
2. Obama advocated the nationalization of "European" and "Asian" owned enterprises, including hotels, with the control of these operations handed over to the "indigenous" black population. (pp. 32 -33)
3. Obama advocated dramatically increasing taxation on "the rich" even up to the 100% level, arguing that, "there is no limit to taxation if the benefits derived from public services by society measure up to the cost in taxation which they have to pay" (p. 30) and that, "Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed." (p. 31)
4. Obama contrasts the ill-defined and weak-tea notion of "African Socialism" negatively with the well-defined ideology of "scientific socialism", i.e. communism. Obama views "African Socialism" pioneers like Nkrumah, Nyerere, and Toure as having diverted only "a little" from the capitalist system. (p. 26)
5. Obama advocates an "active" rather than a "passive" program to achieve a classless society through the removal of economic disparities between black Africans and Asian and Europeans. (p. 28) "While we welcome the idea of a prevention [of class problems], we should try to cure what has slipped in .. we .. need to eliminate power structures that have been built through excessive accumulation so that not only a few individuals shall control a vast magnitude of resources as is the case now .. so long as we maintain free enterprise one cannot deny that some will accumulate more than others .. " (pp. 29-30)
6. Obama advocates price controls on hotels and the tourist industry, so that the middle class and not only the rich can afford to come to Kenya as tourists. (p. 33)
7. Obama advocates government owned and operated "model farms" as a means of teaching modern farming techniques to farmers. (p. 33)
8. Obama strongly supports the governments assertion of a "non-aligned" status in the contest between Western nations and communist nations aligned with the Soviet Union and China. (p. 26)
Interesting! Senior allies himself to the communist Oginga Odinga. Forty years later, Obama, Senior's son, allies himself with Raila Odinga, Oginga Odinga's son, also a Marxist-Socialist.
More commies in the life of Barack Obama -- it just never stops.
A Serious, Fall-Down Alcoholic
Caroline Elkins, a historian at Harvard and the author of "Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya," told me that she would be "extremely skeptical" of the notion that Obama, Sr., was murdered. Elkins, who has excellent sources throughout the country, including among the surviving members of the Kenyatta-era generation, said that Obama, Sr., was a "serious, fall-down alcoholic." Moreover, she said, it was entirely possible that Obama’s family, especially now with an American relative in the White House, wants to rewrite history and restore Senior’s reputation.
"While I’m sympathetic to the desire of some to reclaim his reputation and his dignity, I am also very skeptical," Elkins said. "Understandably, there are some Luos who have an interest in making Obama, Sr., out to be a perhaps more heroic and high-ranking figure than he ever was in real life."
Legend-building -- attempting to make the Obamas larger than life, here and in Kenya, and Indonesia and Hawaii -- and wherever else they landed during their rolling stone lives.
All, of course, were "brilliant". So are cubic zirconia. But that doesn't make them diamonds, does it.
Senior's decline began after Tom Mboya's assassination in 1969. He was fired from his job by Jomo Kenyatta, was blacklisted in Kenya, and began to drink heavily. He had a serious car accident, spent almost a year in the hospital, and by the time he visited his son in Hawaii in late 1971, he already had a bad leg. Senior's life fell into drinking and poverty, from which he never recovered. His friend, Kenyan journalist Philip Ochieng, has described his difficult personality and drinking problems in the Kenya newspaper The Daily Nation. Obama Sr. later lost both legs in another automobile collision, and subsequently lost his job. He fathered another son named George. Six months after George's birth, he died at the age of 46, in a third car crash in Nairobi. He is interred in his native village of Nyang’oma Kogelo, Siaya District.
Obama writes in "Dreams...":
..."It’s this business with the Old Man’s estate. Sarah is one of the people who has disputed the will. She’s been telling people that Roy, Bernard, myself -- that none of us are the Old Man’s children." Auma sighed. "I don’t know. A part of me sympathizes with her. She’s had a hard life. She never had the chances the Old Man had, you see, to study or go abroad. It made her very bitter. She thinks that somehow my mum, myself, that we are to blame for her situation."
"But how much could the Old Man’s estate be worth?"
"Not much. Maybe a small government pension. A piece of worthless land. I try to stay out of it. Whatever is there has probably been spent on lawyers by now. But you see, everyone expected so much from the Old Man. He made them think that he had everything, even when he had nothing. So now, instead of getting on with their lives, they just wait and argue among themselves, thinking that the Old Man somehow is going to rescue them from his grave..."
Read between the lines. "Granny" Sarah, as the wife of Onyango, mother of YUSUF, JANE, ZEITUNI, OMAR AND SAYID, had every right to protect the inheritance of HER CHILDREN. To allow the children of Kezia to make claims, would have eliminated the rights of her ELDEST SON YUSUF.
It was not just a matter of inheritance, culturally, as the mother of the eldest son of ONYANGO, she would have lost her STATURE in the tribe.
Who is NOW the tribal elder? It isn't MALIK!
It's YUSUF! The older brother of Barak Hussein Obama Onyango. He wears the hat of an elder, and carries the whisk which proclaims his tribal position.
"I didn’t know him well, my father -- and he lived a troubled life. But I know that when he was around your age, he dreamed of something more than his lot in life. He dreamed of that magical place; he dreamed of coming to study in America."
"And when I was around your age, I traveled back to his home country of Kenya for the first time to learn his story. And I went to a tiny village called Alego, where his stepmother still lives in the house where he grew up, and I visited his grave. And I asked her if there was anything left for me to know him by. And she opened a trunk, and she took out a stack of letters -- and this is an elderly woman who doesn’t read or write -- but she had saved these letters, more than 30 of them, written in his hand and addressed to colleges and universities all across America."
"They weren’t that different from the letters that I wrote when I was trying to get into college, or the ones that you wrote when you were hoping to come here. They were written in the simple, sometimes awkward, sometimes grammatically incorrect, unmistakably hopeful voice of somebody who is just desperate for a chance -- just desperate to live his unlikely dream."
"And somebody at the University of Hawaii -- halfway around the world -- chose to give him that chance. And because that person gave a young man a chance, he met a young woman from Kansas; they had a son in the land where all things are possible."
Daddy Had Two Birthdays, Three Wives, A Girlfriend, And Seven Or Eight Kids
Every previous report and artifact has shown that Barak Hussein Obama (Senior) was born in Nyangoma-Kogello, Siaya District, Kenya in 1936.
However, Art Moore says, overshadowed by reaction to the release of Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate, was the unearthing of half-century-old files that cast doubt on whether the age of Obama's father indicated on the Hawaii document is accurate.
The applications, memos and other documents from the Immigration and Naturalization Service acquired in a Freedom of Information Act request by Heather Smathers of the Arizona Independent -- which indicate Barack Obama Sr. would have been 27 at the time of his son's birth, not 25 -- also suggest that Obama's father did not leave the islands from the time of his August 1959 arrival until he departed for graduate studies at Harvard in June 1962.
Some have speculated that Obama's parents ventured together to Kenya while his mother was pregnant, but the files present a picture of a financially strapped Barack Obama Sr. known for "playboy ways" who two months after his reported marriage to Ann Dunham was still "running around with several girls." His INS records, which show he had a class F-1 student visa that had to be renewed annually, do not preclude him having made a return trip to Kenya during his U.S. studies. But the only indication of travel outside the U.S. was when officials denied a request for a fifth visa extension and forced him to return to his home country in 1964, when Barack Obama Jr. was 2 years old.
Among the released documents is a copy of a handwritten memo by an immigration official that refers to Barack Obama Jr.'s birth in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.
The age of Barack Obama Sr. listed on the Certificate of Live Birth released Wednesday by the president is 25, consistent with his commonly reported birthday of June 18, 1936.
Several documents in the newly released immigration files, including applications filled in by hand and signed by Barack Obama Sr., also list a birth date of June 18, 1936.
However, about a dozen documents -- including an alien registration card with fingerprints and an immigration arrival-departure card which presumably accompanied his passport -- show a birth date of July 18, 1934.
In an application to extend his visa that was approved July 28, 1960, officials notated: [Barack Obama Sr.]: "presents valid British passport 84764 until 4/29/64."
Curiously, on an Aug. 17, 1962, application to extend his visa, Senior filled in a line asking him to list the names and addresses of children. The only child he listed was Roy Obama, a son from his Kenyan wife, Kezia. At that time, Barack Obama Jr. was 1 year old. On that application he also listed his mailing address as c/o the Koinoinia Foundation in Pikesville, Md. The organization, according to a website, was a "spiritual community" with "strong Quaker influences" that sought to "take literacy, agriculture, health, and similar practical skills into the undeveloped world." After 1970, it "shifted to New Age and wholistic activities."
An Immigration and Naturalization Service arrival-departure record filled in by hand when he left the United States for Kenya in 1964 indicated a 1934 birth date and British nationality.
The June 18, 1934, birth date also was handwritten on an application to extend his temporary stay that was submitted in Honolulu on Aug. 31, 1961, just weeks after Barack Obama Jr. was born. On the application, Obama's father also indicated he was married to Ann Dunham, and he asked for permission to get employment, explaining: "because unable to get more financial assistance."
Does it matter? Maybe. What kind of 27 year-old married man with one child an one-on-the way knocks up a 17 year-old, only mentions him once in his life, and that was for free money, and then takes off?
I can clearly see why Obama wrote the following in "Dreams..." -- "It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself..."
Some set of attributes.
Pamela Geller says: An illegitimate child, an illegitimate president: despite multiple attempts, "No comment" from the White House.
Talk about your proverbial can of worms. Clearly, Barack Hussein Obama's Immigration file was the impetus for Obama to release his "long form" last week. If he thought that would put the matter to rest, it has had the opposite effect. It has all raised more questions than it answered, as does the release of shocking revelations in BHO I's immigration file.
Clearly, BHO I was never divorced from his first wife in Kenya. Further, INS suspected the BHO I/Stanley Ann Dunham marriage was a sham, arranged strictly to secure immigration status for him. But if Barack Senior was a Muslim polygamist, his "marriage" to Stanley Ann Dunham was invalid. Obama Senior was a Kenyan citizen. Kenya was still under English law at this time.
Illegitimate children had different rights -- at least they certainly did in 1789. There is no way that the founders of this great nation intended for an illegitimate child of a foreign bigamist to attain the highest, most powerful position in the new land.
Further, when BHO I returned to Kenya, he apparently lived with his first Kenyan wife and his third American wife, suggesting that the Dunham "divorce" was a transitory ruse.
In 1964, Ann Dunham filed for divorce. By then, Barack had taken up with Ruth Nidesand, a teacher of Lithuanian-Jewish ancestry who became his third wife. A year later, he gave up his doctoral studies and returned home.
In the last decade of his life, Barack Obama Sr. slid slowly into the abyss. He was fired from a series of jobs. He had, as Firstbrook puts it, "a reputation for having a massive ego and a big mouth, both of which grew alarmingly when he started drinking." He was also, according to Ruth’s son Mark, abusive to his wife and children, and Ruth eventually left him, taking her sons with him.
Hussein Obama is not natural born. His father was not a US citizen; he is, by that very fact, disqualified to serve as US president. For those who believe that "natural born" is no longer relevant, you are wrong. Armaros points out in the comments, "The reason the founders have created this requirement was to prevent a British person from assuming US citizenship with the purpose of ascending to higher office and compromise the USA. To prevent a sort of sleeper spy/traitor from getting power in the new nation." Clearly, from Obama's performance, that is a very clear and present danger.
Multiple attempts to get comment from the White House press office have not been returned (here).
An INS investigator, M.F. McKeon, wrote on June 8, 1964: "They (Harvard officials) weren’t very impressed with him and asked us to hold up action on his application until they decided what action they could take in order to get rid of him. They were apparently having difficulty with his financial arrangements and couldn’t seem to figure out how many wives he had." (NY Review of Books)
For years, the media and the left have excoriated anyone who questioned the circumstances and events surrounding the birth of Barack Obama. The lack of transparency and honesty only gave rise to more suspicion. And rightly so. One doesn't hand over the reins of power to just anyone, particularly those with an unknown or sketchy past. The dearth of documentation and paperwork led to more speculation. The American people were like Helen Keller and the Obama machine kept moving the furniture. Who is this man, and what is he hiding?
The birth certificate issue became the rallying cry for those of us who questioned the legitimacy of Barack Hussein Obama's eligibility for the oval office. Our media did not vet BHO. In fact, they took it upon themselves to destroy and smear those who did, or tried to.
Matt1234 has created a great summary of Senior's recently released immigration files. The summary is tabular, allowing a more systematic analysis. He has highlighted in yellow the more interesting portions. This summary is useful as an introductory research tool or a concise summation for semi-interested readers. Details are excluded except where particularly interesting or unobvious.
Cashill On "The Other Barack"
Jack Cashill says Sally Jacobs’ new book on the president’s father, "The Other Barack," tells us as much about contemporary journalism as it does Barack Obama Sr. What follows are some observations on both.
• The book opens well. The first two sentences read, "Every man who has served as president of the United States had parents who lived out their lives upon American soil. Barack H. Obama did not." Race-baiters take note: Obama’s unique background is what drives the "birther" movement.
• Not all journalists are created equal. Jacobs of the Boston Globe received copies of INS documents that were un-redacted while the same documents sent to Heather Smathers of the less politically reliable Arizona Independent were redacted.
• Jacobs does an excellent job tracking Obama’s career in Africa and an oddly shabby job of tracking it in the United States.
• Jacobs tells us nothing, for instance, about Obama’s wedding to Ann Dunham, the birth of his son and the whereabouts of Dunham for the six months prior to the birth. Yet, fathering the president is the only reason Obama gets a biography.
• Jacobs describes the courtship and Kenyan wedding of the American Ruth Baker and Obama with much more detail than she does Dunham and Obama.
• Like Obama biographers Janny Scott and David Remnick, Jacobs crudely bends the facts of the first year post-baby to sustain the illusion of an Obama family life that that never was.
• Jacobs notes that in 1997 State Sen. Obama "deftly extracted himself" from any claim on his father’s $57,000, but she does not say why
• Jacobs cites 1988 as the year of Obama Obama’s first African visit. Obama claims 1987.
• Jacobs makes unforced errors as well. She talks about the "six years [Obama] lived in the United States," when, in fact, he lived here fewer than five years.
• Jacobs notes that senior Obama pronounced his first name "BEAR-ick" as in army barrack. In "Dreams from My Father," Barry tells a friend she can call him "Barack" only if she can "say it right." Barry, however, has always said it wrong as "buh-ROCK."
• Jacobs primly conceals the abortion senior Obama likely arranged for a Kenyan girl attending high school in Massachusetts.
• One redacted document reads as follows, "She may have gone to London for REDACTED and will undoubtedly be seeking to return." The redacted space is the perfect size for "an abortion."
• A second document notes that the girl claimed to be going to London to visit a sick sister, but the INS determined she had no sister. Says the document again, "She may have gone to London for REDACTED." As the documents note, boyfriend Obama was frantically working to get her re-admitted to the U.S.
• Jacobs pulls her punches. Likely working from an un-redacted document, she writes, "The girl was not only doing poorly in school but had taken an unauthorized trip to London." That is it.
• Jacobs totally botches the timeline of Dunham’s relationship with Lolo Soetoro. As Jacobs describes it, the two "had fallen in love" when Obama was 4. In fact, they married when he was 3. Maybe they fell in love later.
• "By 1968," writes Jacobs, "Ann Dunham had married Soetoro, and the family settled in Jakarta." No, they married in 1965, and mother and on moved to Jakarta in 1967. Soetoro had moved there in 1966.
• The Wikipedia entry on Soetoro gets the timeline of baby Obama’s first year right: Dunham was "living in Seattle, Wash., with her infant son Barack from September 1961 to June 1962 while taking classes." So why can’t Jacobs, Scott, or Remnick?
• On the occasion of Obama’s visit to Hawaii in 1971, Jacobs claims he and Dunham drove by the house "where Ann and her 1-year-old son ultimately retreated to live with her parents after her husband had left her." No, she left her husband for Seattle a year earlier.
• To her credit, Jacobs notes that Obama was not on that "famous first airlift" of African students to America, although his son "declared it" many times on the campaign trail.
• As in the case of his son, Jacobs uses the word "brilliant" or something like it regularly to describe the senior Obama. Yet, he did poorly on tests, which she finds "difficult to understand given Obama’s obvious intellectual gifts."
In a recent article in the Claremont Review of Books, national-security guru Angelo Codevilla makes a provocative claim.
"Another photo, published in a Honolulu newspaper in 1959," he writes, "shows [Ann's father] Stanley Dunham escorted by uniformed U.S. Navy officers, greeting Barack Obama Sr., as he arrived in Hawaii from Kenya."
In the photo, Dunham stands next to Obama smiling. Codevilla contends that the CIA might well have assigned Dunham to keep an eye on Obama, an unwitting pawn in the agency’s mission to woo the emerging African elite.
If Codevilla is right, then Jacobs’ book is close to all wrong. In her account, Obama arrives, alone and friendless in Hawaii, not surrounded by 20 well-wishers, chief among them a future father-in-law who was not yet supposed to be there.
If the date of the photo can be verified as 1959, Codevilla is likely right, and the mystery deepens.
Barack Hussein Obama's British Passport -- April 29, 1959
Lucas Daniel Smith says it's fascinating and incredible just to look at Barack Obama Sr.’s old British (Colony and Protectorate of Kenya) Passport.
I have a bunch to say but, for the time being, wont bore you with an exhaustive report. I will, however, offer the following brief introduction for your review:
- DOB: 18.06.1934 or June 18, 1934. 5 years later he says June 18, 1936. So much for the critics (mainly Obotopians) who indicated that Obama would certainly know his own date of birth. I will elaborate more in my forthcoming report.
- Eyes: Brown Black. 5 years later he says black brown eyes.
- Height: 5′ 10″. 5 years later he says 5′ 11”.
- Occupation: Clerk. Did you know that he was a clerk for the Kenya Railways? I did not know until recently.
- Issued in Nairobi on April 29, 1959. Note: Nairobi was located in the Kenya Colony, not to be confused with the Kenya Protectorate.
- Names of wife and children (and their bio data) are requested but are not provided.
I will issue a more detailed and comprehensive report later. Have fun: