||This page is organized
chronologically. Near the end are items describing the known,
living members of
||The Obamas are members of the Luo, Kenya's
third-largest ethnic group, which is part of a larger family of ethnic
groups, collectively also known as Luo. This group belongs to the
Eastern Sudanic branch of the Nilo-Saharan phylum. The Obama
family is largely concentrated in the western province of Nyanza.
Barack Obama's grandfather was
Hussein Onyango Obama
(Grandfather). He was born about 1895 and died in 1979.
He worked for the British colonial government and was a prominent and wealthy farmer.
Grandfather lived for a time in
Zanzibar, where he converted from
Christianity to Islam. He was one of the first Muslim converts
in his village.
Grandfather, for whom Obama was given the middle name, Hussein,
devoted to Islam." He had
at least 3 wives: Helima, who
had no children, Akuma who gave birth to Sarah Obama, Barack Hussein
Obama, Sr. and Auma Obama.
"What your grandfather
respected was strength -- discipline." Obama quoted his grandmother, Sarah, as telling him. "This is also why he
rejected the Christian religion.
"For a brief time, he converted, and even changed his name to Johnson. But he could not understand such ideas as mercy towards your enemies, or
that this man Jesus could wash away a man's sins."
"To your grandfather, this was foolish sentiment, something to comfort
women," she added. "And so he converted to Islam -- he thought its
practices conformed more closely to his beliefs."
Grandfather's third wife Sarah is the one often referred to by Obama
as his "grandmother." She is not a blood relative and describes
herself as a lifelong Muslim. "I am a
strong believer of the Islamic faith,"
Sarah became the primary caregiver for
Senior after his mother, Akuma, left the family while her children were still
During Obama's first visit to Kenya in 1988, his grandmother
Sarah told him about the
resentment against white colonial rule in Kenya, with rallies and mounting
violence that would explode into full-scale rebellion in 1952. "Most of
this activity centered on Kikuyuland," she told him. "But the Luo,
too, were oppressed. Men in our area began to join the
told Obama that Hussein Onyango Obama, Obama's paternal grandfather, became
involved in the Kenyan independence movement while working as a cook for a
British army officer after World War II. He was arrested in 1949 and
jailed for two years in a high-security prison where, according to his family,
he was subjected to horrific violence to extract information about the growing
insurgency. Sarah, said that her husband had supplied information to the
insurgents. "His job as cook to a British army officer made him a useful
informer for the secret oathing movement which would later form the Mau Mau
rebellion," she said. "At the time the insurgents were secretly taking
oaths which included promises to kill white settlers and colonialists," Mrs. Onyango said.
"To arrest a Luo, WW II veteran (Burma), who was a senior figure in the
community, is pretty serious. They must have had some damn good evidence,"
said Professor David Anderson, director of the African Studies Centre at the
University of Oxford, and an authority on the Mau Mau rebellion.
Obama refers briefly to his grandfather's imprisonment in his best-selling
memoir, "Dreams...," but states that his grandfather was held only for "more
than six months." Obama described his grandfather's physical state: "When
he returned to Alego he was very thin and dirty. He had difficulty
walking, and his head was full of lice." For some time, he was too
traumatized to speak about his experiences.
||Habiba Akumu Obama was Obama's paternal
grandmother, and the second wife of Hussein Onyango Obama.
photograph of her holding her son, Barack Sr, on her lap is on the cover
of her grandson's memoirs titled "Dreams from my Father..."
||Sarah Obama is the third wife of Obama's
paternal grandfather and was born in 1922.
Also known, through
the addition of her late husband's name, as Sarah Onyango Obama, and
sometimes referred to as Sarah Ogwel, Sarah Hussein Obama or Sarah
Anyango Obama, she lives in Nyangoma Kogelo village, 30 miles west of
western Kenya's main town, Kisumu, on the edge of Lake Victoria.
Barack Hussein Obama Sr.
born in Nyangoma-Kogello, Siaya
District, Kenya in 1936. He was a member of the Luo
tribe and grew up in the sleepy village of Alego-Kogello.
The myth is that Obama Sr. was a goat herder.
Obama Sr. may have herded some goats that were part of Grandfather's
extensive livestock collection, but Obama Sr. 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
In 1955, at 18 years of age,
married a girl called Kezia from the
local village. It was Kezia who remained his one true love
and to whom he
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
an American sponsored scholarship in economics to the University of
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
The presumption was that Senior would return to Africa
and use his "Western-honed skills in a new Kenya."
Chief Engineer found this 1960
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
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, Obama Sr. became the first African student enrolled at the
University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Kezia, who is pregnant,
remained in Kenya.
Senior would have two more children with Kezia in subsequent years.
Senior will have three wives and one mistress. With them, he
will have seven children, although there are some reports of an eighth.
"When Obama Sr. arrived in Hawaii
in June 1959, future President 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,
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
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.
Kezia was a 16-year-old schoolgirl while Senior, two years older, had just
got his first proper job as an office clerk in Nairobi.
Kezia said: "It was at a dance in Kendu Bay, my home town. Barack
(Senior) was there on holiday with his family.
"I went to the dance hall with my cousin William and I saw Barack enter
the room. I thought, 'ohhh, wow'. He was so lovely with his
dancing. So handsome and so smart.
"We danced together and then the next day my cousin came to our house
and told me that Barack liked me.
"It was December, so I was off school. Each day Barack and my
cousin would stop by the house.
"Every time I looked they were always there, trying to convince me to go
with Barack to Nairobi.
"About a week later, William and I took Barack to the station. We
were going to say: 'Bye bye, see you next time.' Except there was
no bye bye.
"When the train arrived William and Barack said, "You are going to
Nairobi." I went with him.'
Her father, a local driver, was furious.
Kezia said: "He did not like Obama. My father and brothers came to
Nairobi to bring me back. They said I had to go back to school.
"When I wouldn't, they said they would never speak to me again.
"Barack was also worried about what his father (grandfather) would think because I was
so young, but he gave us his approval. He sent my mother and
father 14 cows for my dowry.
Kezia and Barack Sr.
married in a tribal ceremony in January, 1957, and
set up a home in Jericho, a
section of Nairobi created for government employees, and began a family.
First son Roy was born in March 1958. Kezia insisted: "Barack was a good
Also known as Kezia Grace
Obama. She currently lives in Bracknell, Berkshire, England.
Can you imagine if a Republican was running for
president and it came out that his father had bought his first wife for
14 cows???!!!Just wow!!
Stanley Armour Dunham was
born 23 March 1918. , came from the
oil-town of El Dorado, Kansas, the "other side of the railroad tracks."
He attended El Dorado High School and
on oil rigs during the Depression.
Madelyn Lee Payne was born in Peru, Kan., on Oct. 26, 1922. When
she was 3, her family moved to Augusta, Kan., where she was raised.
Madelyn married Stanley Armour Dunham on May 5, 1940. The
newlyweds didn't tell her parents of the marriage until after she had
her high school diploma in hand.
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
He died in
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
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
He was the man of the house.
The Dunhams had one daughter, Stanley
Ann Dunham (Anna), who was born in Wichita,
Kansas, on November 29th, 1942.
moved to 3206 East Lexington St., Mercer Island, Washington in 1956,
after living in an apartment for a year in a
nearby Seattle. The lure was the high school that had just opened and
the opportunity it offered for their daughter, who was then 13.
As an historical aside,
Anna Dunham's forebears
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
|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
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.
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.
||For four years on Mercer Island, Stanley Ann
Dunham impressed her high-school classmates with a wickedly sharp wit.
She was an "intellectual rebel" with a fledgling
beatnik sensibility that would eventually take her around the globe.
Stanley Ann Dunham's classmates, many of whom had lived on the island
their whole lives, viewed Dunham as a novelty.
"She had a really ironic sense of humor, sort of downbeat and she was
a great observer," said Iona Stenhouse, of Seattle, a former classmate.
"There was an arched eyebrow, or a smile on her face about the
immaturity of us all. I felt at times that Stanley thought we were
a bit of a provincial group."
The diversions for Dunham and her class were solidly 1950s vintage:
sock hops and sleepovers and the song "Rockin' Robin." Dunham's
father drove her and friends to boys basketball games, and would
embarrass his daughter with his noisy cheering.
Dunham gravitated toward an intellectual clique. According to
former classmate Chip Wall, she caught foreign films at Seattle's only
art-house theater, the Ridgemont, and trekked to University District
coffee shops like the Encore to talk about jazz, the value of learning
from other cultures and the "very dull Eisenhower-ness of our parents."
"We were critiquing America in those days in the same way we are
today: The press is dumbed down, education is dumbed down, people don't
know anything about geography or the rest of the world," said Wall, who
later taught at Mercer Island High and is now retired in Seattle.
"She was not a standard-issue girl. You don't start out life as
a girl with a name like Stanley without some sense you are not
At Mercer High School, two teachers -- Val Foubert and Jim
Wichterman -- generated regular parental thunderstorms by teaching their
students to challenge societal norms and question all manner of
authority. Foubert, who died recently, taught English. His
texts were cutting edge: "Atlas Shrugged," "The Organization Man," "The
Hidden Persuaders," "1984" and the acerbic writings of H.L. Mencken.
Wichterman taught philosophy.
The hallway between the two
classes was known as "anarchy alley," and students pondered the
challenging notions of Wichterman's teachings, including such
philosophers as Sartre and Kierkegaard. He also touched the
societal third rail of the 1950s: He questioned the existence of God.
And he didn't stop there. "I had them read 'The Communist
Manifesto,' and the parents went nuts," said Wichterman, adding that
parents also didn't want any discussions about "anything to do with
sex," religion and theology. The parental protests were known as
Stanley Dunham had wanted a son, so when his daughter
was born, he named her Stanley Ann Dunham, after himself.
Obama's mother, was a strong-willed, unconventional member of the Mercer
Island High School graduating class of 1960. She
spent 8th grade through high school there. Here is her
application for a Social Security card, submitted when she was 16.
Stanley Ann Dunham was issued
Social Security number 535-40-8522.
Curious and precocious, Anna was
greatly influenced by left-wing and communist
teachers in the Mercer Island High School, who had the students read
the philosophers Sartre and Kierkegaard, "The Communist Manifesto" and
question the existence of God. Anna touted herself as an atheist.
Mercer Island High was a hotbed of pro-Marxist radical teachers.
John Stenhouse, board member,
testified before the House Un-American Activities Subcommittee that
he had been a member of the Communist Party USA and the school has a
number of Marxists on its staff. Two teachers at this school, Val
Foubert and Jim Wichterman, both Frankfurt School style Marxists,
taught a critical theory curriculum to students which included;
rejection of societal norms, attacks on Christianity, the traditional
family, and assigned readings by Karl Marx. The hallway between
Foubert's and Wichterman classrooms was called "anarchy ally."
Susan Blake, a classmate and former city councilwoman from Mercer Island
who long ago changed the infant Barack's messy diaper, said of her
friend: "Hers was a mind in full tilt."
gravitated toward an intellectual clique. According to former
classmate Chip Wall, she caught foreign films at Seattle's only
art-house theater, the Ridgemont, and trekked to University District
coffee shops like the Encore to talk about jazz, the value of learning
from other cultures and the "very dull Eisenhower-ness of our parents."
"We were critiquing America in those days in the same way we are today:
The press is dumbed-down, education is dumbed down, people don't know
anything about geography or the rest of the world," said Wall, who later
taught at Mercer Island High and is now retired in Seattle.
A high school classmate described Anna as "a fellow traveler. . . . We
were liberals before we knew what liberals were."
The descriptive, "fellow traveler," was first applied to non-communists
who were inclined toward the views of the Communist Party by Leon
|Stanley Ann's graduation from high school is the
last documented event for the next four years of which the researcher
can be confident, although bits and pieces continue to surface.
Beginning that summer (1960), with the family's move
to Hawaii, Stanley Ann enters her "beatnik" period.
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
What follows is the best account, cobbled together from
multiple sources. There are additional supporting sources at the
"More Stuff" button.
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.
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.
When Obama Sr. 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., but later moved to a small, single story
wooden home located at 625 11th Ave. located in the St. Louis Heights
On Sept 26,1960 , Stanley Ann began classes at the University of
Hawaii, and began an intimate relationship with Barack Obama Sr. almost
Dunham, who hadn't had a
boyfriend in high school, was seventeen years old and an anthropology student.
in a Russian-language course at a time when the
Russian language was inextricably mixed up with communism.
Susan Blake remembers receiving a postcard from Stanley Ann over
that she was dating an African exchange student, and that while her
parents weren't happy with it, they were dealing and adjusting.
would write, "My mother was that girl with the movie of beautiful
black people playing in her head."
She spent weekends in
discussions that seemed to be, in part, a logical extension of the long
coffeehouse sessions in Seattle and the teachings of
Wichterman and Foubert, Anna's left-wing instructors.
The forum involved graduate students from the University of Hawaii.
They spent weekends listening to jazz, drinking beer and debating
politics and world affairs.
Neil Abercrombie, the Democratic congressman from Hawaii, was part of
those regular gatherings and described Anna as "the
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
Very comprehensive history of Stanley Ann
and her son Barack --
Part 1 and
Although still married to Kezia
in 1960, Senior may or may not have married fellow student Anna Dunham.
Senior was now legally a bigamist. Over his lifetime and through
several wives, Senior eventually returns to Kezia.
On February 2, 1961, against Madelyn's
hopes, and against the desires of Obama's father back in Kenya, Ann,
three months pregnant, and
Obama hopped a plane to Maui and got
The wedding had
witnesses, not even her parents, and no record of the event has yet
been found. The only evidence that suggests a February, 1961 date
for the wedding was a document included in Ann Dunham's 1964 divorce
proceedings against Obama Senior.
Obama, himself, hints that his father and mother's wedding
may not have been
properly documented. "How and when the marriage
occurred remains a bit murky, a bill of particulars that I have never
quite had the courage to explore," Obama writes in his memoir.
It's understandable that Obama overlooks
the particulars, since Ann Dunham was a minor of 17, when Senior, 24
married, impregnated her?
Obama weighed eight pounds, two ounces when he was born on August 4,
1961 (p. 22 of Dreams from My Father), so we can assume he went close to
full term, or nine months.
contradicts this version. She described Anna as "very
young and very single when she had him (Obama)."
His parents' alleged marriage took place six months before his birth on
February 2nd, 1961. Nine months before Obama's birth would be
early November 1960, about three to four weeks before Ann Dunham's 18th
birthday on November 29, 1960.
The lack of any documentary
when such evidence for legal marriages that took place in Hawaii during
1961 is readily available today to any inquiring family member, strongly
suggests that Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Senior were not ever
legally married and that Obama Sr., a married man of 25, almost certainly impregnated
the 17-year-old Dunham.
And this -- There is no evidence whatsoever that Senior and Anna ever
lived together anywhere, at any time. The living arrangements
between the announcement of the wedding and the birth of the child were
Obama Senior remained in his dorm room while Ann lived with her parents. Letters written by
acquaintances of Senior during the period 1960-1961 with accompanying
photographs do not mention or show Anna at all.
told Anna about a former marriage in Kenya but said he was divorced,
which she would discover years later was a lie.
The Dunhams weren't happy with the union, but
Barack Senior's father was furious.
wrote the Dunhams "this long, nasty letter saying that he didn't
approve of the marriage," Obama recounted his mother telling him, "He didn't want the Obama blood sullied by a white
Six months after they wed,
another letter arrived in Kenya, announcing the birth of Barack
Hussein Obama, born Aug. 4, 1961. Despite her husband's continued
anger, Sarah Obama said in a recent interview, she "was so happy to have
a grandchild in the U.S."
the same Sarah who also
said she was in the delivery room when Obama was
born in Kenya.
Click to see larger copy of Obama's
Certification of Birth
Click that copy to see actual size copy.
The Obama campaign
supplied a "Certification of Live Birth" to Markos Moulitsas
Zuniga for posting on his Daily Kos site. Kos says so in the
analysis of the image and the text, it looks like this
"certification" is presented as a true
copy of an original, certified document, but it is not a "birth
Years later, when Obama was in high school, he
found a family stash of birth certificates and old vaccination
forms. Why wasn't his name there, or his mother's? He
wondered, he later wrote, "whether the omission caused a fight between
This is a very strange question. Why would Obama, now in his
teens, wonder about a conflict that may have happened when he was a year
old? What is he saying in this passage?
Is he saying there was no birth certificate for his mother and he, or is
he saying something else?
Unless the voting public is given a real birth certificate to examine,
the question of Barack's birth is still up in the air.
What was Ann Dunham, at age 18, doing at Mercer Island
(outside of Seattle) with a newborn infant for a "brief" visit?
What were the logistics of a Honolulu-Seattle round trip in 1961: how
long was the flight, and how much would the trip have cost? Or,
was Anna returning from Kenya, as some have alleged.
Were there any restrictions in 1961 about flying with newborn babies?
Did Dunham travel alone with "Barry" (the name Blake used) or was she
accompanied by Barack Sr., her mother, or others?
Is it possible that Dunham actually delivered Barry someplace close
to Mercer Island -- either in the US or Canada -- and she popped in to
visit Ms. Blake on her way back to Hawaii?
|Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has said that Obama was born
in two different Hawaii hospitals.
In a November 2004
interview with the Rainbow Newsletter, Maya told reporters her
half-brother Sen. Barack Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, at Queens
Medical Center in Honolulu; then in February 2008, Maya told reporters
for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that Obama was at the Kapiolani Medical
Center for Women and Children.
Last week in Hawaii, World Net
Daily retained a top private investigator with extensive FBI training
and tasked him with visiting both the Queens Medical Center and the
Kaliolani Medical Center to investigate claims that Obama birth
certificates existed at either hospital.
But the private
investigator reported that
sheriff's deputies were stationed at both hospitals to fend off press
inquiries about Obama's birth certificate.
click for large image
theory was that Grandma placed the article to save face and give
respectability to her daughter's condition. Now that we face an
assortment of photoshopped pics and documents, it is more likely that
the announcements are fake too.
Mr. & Mrs. blah blah blah would
lend no decency to her daughter since her daughter's name is not
mentioned in the announcement. Since no one seems to have seen or
know the Dunham daughter was pregnant, what shred of cover or decency
would an Obama announcement provide for Stanley Ann?
Madelyn would have made a wiser choice on the address. She would
have chosen a rental home near the University of Hawaii, not the
priciest spot on the island owned by the college professor. She
had record access to property titles through the bank. If Madelyn
had planted the announcement in 1961 to impress the Dunham friends, it
could have led to a huge embarrassment. Can you imagine friends
of the Dunhams stopping by to visit the new baby and knocking on the
Lefforge's door? Or mailing newborn baby gifts and sending flowers
for Stanley to a wrong address?
This was planted long after 1961.
Likely, at the time of one of the book writings, the run for Congress,
or the run for the Senate.
No one on the island
remembers the wedding or the birth of the child. No one ever
saw Mr. & Mrs. Obama together with a baby.
The entire 'family story' comes from "Dreams From
|The birth announcement was "discovered" on July 22,
2008, ten days from the date of the death of the long-time owner of the
property at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, one Mrs. Lefforge.
announcement was located in the Honolulu public library microfilm
(microfiche) of a notice placed in the Sunday Advertiser Aug. 13, 1961.
The announcement in the "Births, Marriages, Death" section read: "Mr.
and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy., son, Aug. 4."
Now, look at the address on Obama's birth announcement?
According to the birth announcement, Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, (Sr.)
resided at 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy. There should be other links that
connect their stay at that address. There is no documentation or
corroborating evidence that they ever lived at that address or were
associated with that home.
The owners of the residence located at
6085 Kalanianaole Hwy, the alleged address of Obama's parents when he
was born, was Orland S. and Thelma S. (Young) Lefforge, both of whom are
In 1961 the Stanley and Madelyn Dunham lived on
Kamehameha Avenue. Obama Sr. lived on 11th Avenue. The
Lefforge family, including their 3 children under the age of seven were
residing at the luxury home listed on Obama' birth announcement -- 6085
Beatrice Arakaki affirmed she was a
neighbor of the address listed. She has lived at her current
residence of 6075 Kalanianaole Highway from before 1961 to the present.
Mrs. Arakaki said that Obama, his 'mama,' and his 'papa' never lived
there. Arakaki told investigators that she had no recollection of
Obama being born or of the family living next door having a black child
born to a white mother.
Dr. Robert Allan Nordyke joined the
Straub Clinic, located at 7192 Kalanianaole Highway Honolulu, HI 96825,
on April 11, 1960. He was a pioneer in nuclear medicine.
suppose it's just a coincidence that his wife, Eleanor Nordyke, pops up
and says she gave birth to twins
on the same day in the same hospital, then the birth announcement shows
the same street address as her husband's clinic? And the twins
birth was never announced at all? A physician and his wife give
birth to twins and there's no announcement?
Where is the birth
announcement for the Nordyke twins, who both turned up in Obama's
kindergarten class? Were their names eventually removed and
another name substituted in the same space?
|From Obama's "Fight the Smears"
"When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya
was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom's dwindling
empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject
whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of
1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.'s children."
"Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn
an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically
expired on Aug. 4,1982."
Texas Darlin -- In my understanding, Article II Requires that one be
a "Natural Born Citizen", and in terms of the Law as understood by the
Framers, anyone with Dual Citizenship could not be "Natural Born".
It does not matter that they no longer hold that Citizenship, they fall
into the same bracket as a "Naturalized Citizen" because they have/had
Divided Allegiance. That is my view and I haven't moved an inch on
However, the Kenyan Citizenship Issue may not be the main point here,
WAS HE, OR WAS HE NOT, an INDONESIAN CITIZEN? The Senator isn't
saying, isn't mentioning it, is trying to avoid producing any Paperwork
at all. Why? If he is/was an Indonesian Citizen, too, the
Senator's entire narrative is a fiction and he should be ashamed of
He's lied about Kenya, at least by omission, for months/years, so why
should I assume he isn't lying about Indonesia? Note Kenyan
Citizenship automatically lapses if it isn't renewed at age 21.
Indonesian Citizenship doesn't. If he was an Indonesian Citizen he
would have to actively repudiate that Citizenship. Did he?
Has he? Because if he hasn't, Senator Obama is Dual National
Indonesian at this moment, subject to the Laws of BOTH Countries,
Obama is a Constitutional lawyer which means that he knows, and has
always known, that he is probably ineligible to hold the Office of POTUS,
or that, at the very least, there is a strong Legal Argument that that
is the case.
If Lolo Soetoro adopted him, Obama ceased to be a US Citizen in the mid
1960s, BY INDONESIAN LAW. He also ceased to be a Kenyan Citizen,
BY INDONESIAN LAW. By Kenyan and US Law he retained his Original
Citizenships, until his 21st Birthday. By Indonesian Law he could
have given up Indonesian Citizenship at age 18, but did he? If he
didn't he was, albeit accidentally, displaying a Legal Intention to void
his US Citizenship, since he knew he could not Legally hold both
This new material at "Fight the Smears" displays arrogance,
hubris and bad faith, in my opinion. It is the Senator's reaction
to Phillip Berg's Law Suit (next item), and, basically, it amounts to an
open admission of mens rea. He is flaunting his bad faith and in
so doing destroys his own case.
Obama's website also contains the bogus
Certification of Live Birth, that has been labeled, "Barack Obama's
Official Birth Certificate."
The "Certification of Live Birth" is NOT a birth certificate.
||No hospital in Honolulu will even confirm his birth there.
That is highly suspicious given the historic nature of Obama's
presidency. Hawaii has never before been able to boast a
presidential birth -- let alone the first black president. Why
would a hospital not make a claim? Why would one not be renaming a
wing after its most famous patient? Why would it not be sending
out press releases? Why all the mystery? I also consider it
strange that the only living person in the world who claims to have been
present for his birth is his Kenyan grandmother. No doctor, no
nurse, no relative, no family friend has come forward to say they can
confirm his birth in Honolulu. And, of course, the biggest
question of all is: Why won't he release the one document that can
confirm this -- his long-form birth certificate?
On at least one
very shortly after the birth of Barack Obama Junior, friends of Anna
recall her visiting them in Seattle with her new born baby, Barack Obama
Susan Blake, another high school classmate, said that during a brief
visit in 1961, Dunham was excited about her husband's plans to return to
Kenya "We all had June Cleaver as our role models, and she was blazing
new trails for herself," said Blake, a former Mercer Island city
Blake recalls that Dunham, who was calling herself Ann Obama at the
time, visited her at her house in Mercer Island during the last week of
She left Honolulu just as soon she had clearance from her doctor to
travel with her new baby. He was just 3 weeks old. She had
sent a postcard that she would be in town, and was staying with a friend
of her mother's. She drove out to my house in her mother's
friend's car, and we spent the entire day together. She was very
excited about her new life, and her husband. She was nuts about
him, crazy in love. I was under the impression that he had left
Honolulu before Barack's birth, that he had gone to Harvard already for
his studies, and that Ann was on her way to join him there. She
planned on raising her son, getting a job, and attending school, she
told me. Her husband would head back to Kenya after graduating
from Harvard to join the newly formed government, and she would take her
place beside him. It was all very exciting, a dramatic change in
her life in the one year since she had graduated from high school.
This is Mary
Toutonghi's account from Anna's time on Seattle's Capitol Hill.
|Ann and the infant Barack were in Washington state by
August 1961 when she registered for classes at University of Washington
using the Capitol Hill apartment address as her address. She was
still living at that address in fall of 1962 when Barbara Cannon Rusk
Shortly after Barack was born, Dunham and her new son moved to
Seattle. They lived in Apartment 2 of the Villa Ria Apartments
at 516 13th Avenue E on Capitol Hill, and she enrolled at the
University of Washington. But their stay was brief -- probably less
than a year -- and in 1962 they returned to Hawaii.
DIFFERENT STORY (if same location): They lived in a three-story
house that had been converted into three inexpensive apartments.
Toutonghi and her family lived in the basement apartment, and Ann
Dunham -- Obama's mother -- lived in the apartment directly
FROM a 3RD story: Sum 1962 -- Sighting by
John W. Hunt in June-Sept 1962 "I had moved to Utah for a while
after high school, and I came back to Seattle in the summer of 1962.
I remember visiting the World's Fair, and then stopping by Stanley
Ann's apartment on Capitol Hill. It was a small apartment,
upstairs. It was after June, and could have been as late as
September, 1962. I visited her for half a day or so. It
In August, 1961, she
enrolled in a University of Washington extension
course. Between August, 1961 and March 1962, she enrolled in a
total of four extension courses at the University of Washington, earning
a total of 20 credits for her work in those courses, no small feat,
considering that graduation required 180 credits, and the typical full
time student earned 45 credits a year.
It was a curious academic choice. Why would she enroll in extension
courses at the University of Washington when she had found herself
intellectually stimulated during her previous year of studies at the
University of Hawaii?
It appears from the following item, that Anna returned to Hawaii
between the Univ. of Washington's Winter semester and the Univ. of
Hawaii's Winter semester. I'll try to get an exact date, but for
now, that would be around December 1962 or January 1963.
So it's fair to conclude that Anna was living in Washington during
the period from August 1961 through January 1963.
In August or September of 1961, Senior
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.
Some time between August 1961 and March
1962, Barack Obama Senior was
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 Nidesand, who would become his
In "Dreams...," Obama claims that Senior left when he was two years old,
when, in fact, Senior left before Obama was 1 year old.
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.
try to follow him to Cambridge? Her friends from Mercer Island
were left with that impression. Susan Botkin, Maxine Box and John
W. Hunt all remember Ann showing up in Seattle late that summer
with little Barry, as her son was called.
"She was on her way from her mother's house to Boston to be with her
husband," Botkin recalled. "(She said) he had transferred to grad
school and she was going to join him. And I was intrigued with who
she was and what she was doing. Stanley (Anna) was an intense
person ... but I remember that afternoon, sitting in my mother's living
room, drinking iced tea and eating sugar cookies. She had her baby
and was talking about her husband, and what life held in store for her.
She seemed so confident and self-assured and relaxed. She was
leaving the next day to fly on to Boston."
But as Botkin and others later remembered it, something happened in
Cambridge, and Stanley Ann returned to Seattle.
believe the apartment located at 110 1427 Alexander St. was rented for
Anna and Barack Jr. by her parents upon her return from WA state. She remained
there until just before she registered for spring classes at UH at Manoa
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 -- Obama Sr.
was a serial bigamist. He abandoned all of
his 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!
Anna filed for divorce in 1964 (page
2 -- page 3 --
) and remarried two years later, when her
son was 5.
said of Barack Sr., "I know he loved Ann," but "I think
want the impediment of being responsible for a family. He expected great
things of himself and he was going off to achieve them."
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, Obama Sr.
never asked about his ex-wife or his son.
|Here's some information from
Atlas Shrugs about Anna and the mid-1960's.
It appears that
Anna settles down a little after returning to Hawaii and the university. When Obama was almost 2,
Ann returned to college at the University of Hawaii. Money was tight. She collected food
stamps and relied on her parents to help take care of young Barack.
She would get her bachelor's degree four years later.
She files for divorce from Senior, and would ultimately receive receives a degree in mathematics.
According to this blog, Atlas reader Rudy emailed both the University
of Washington and the University of Hawaii, and they sent him back dates
of enrollment. It didn't match the dates Wikipedia had for Stanley Ann
Dunham. Bob tried to update Wikipedia and his updates got deleted within
Here's what was returned by email:
"The University of Hawaii at Manoa is only able to provide the
following information for Stanley Ann Dunham:
Dates of attendance:
Fall 1960 (First day of instruction 9/26/1960)
Spring 1963 -- Summer 1966
Fall 1972 -- Fall 1974
Fall 1984 -- Summer 1992
BA - Mathematics, Summer 1967 (August 6, 1967)
MA - Anthropology, Fall 1983 (December 18, 1983)
PhD - Anthropology, Summer 1992 (August 9, 1992)
And the response from University of Washington:
Ms. Stanley Ann Dunham was enrolled at the University of Washington
Assuming these email responses were true, the University of Hawaii
has Anna starting class in Sept 26, 1960 and dropping out for the spring
semester (while pregnant). She then re-enrolled at the University
of Washington in the autumn of 1961, just after Obama was born.
Obama Sr. was still at the University of Hawaii, and graduated in 1962
while Anna was at University of Washington.
Here's some more stuff.
|In June, 1964, Senior left Harvard with a masters degree in economics and returned to Kenya to join the
fledgling Kenyatta government as
In 1964, Obama Senior married his third wife, an American-born teacher called Ruth,
who met at Harvard
to both Kezia and
Ann and who followed him to Africa.
Ruth is the third woman Obama Senior "marries" in
Senior had two children with Ruth. Son Mark was born
in 1964 although no month has been given, nor has any date been given
for the marriage of Senior and Ruth.
studying for her bachelor's degree, Anna met
another foreign student at the university. She, and married Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo
in 1967. Lolo would later become an oil company
Lolo, who is a Muslim,
promptly moved his new family to Jakarta,
Indonesia, the worlds most populous Muslim country. Obama
lived in Indonesia for nearly five years as a child. He had a
pet ape named Tata, and sampled exotic foods -- dog, snake and
Lolo and Anna had one daughter, Obama's
step-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.
It is she who
places Obama in
Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1967 through 1972.
In Obama's account of this move, he
states his mother was shocked to discover how her new husband reverted
to chauvinist Indonesian ways as soon as he left America and that
Indonesia was a nasty right-wing dictatorship (although the latter
doesn't jibe with her spending much of the rest of her life in that
In "Dreams," he inadvertently sheds some light on his formative years
political views of his mother, an anthropologist and Islamophile who
hated America and subsequently goes native.
"Looking back, I'm not sure Lolo ever fully understood what my mother
was going through ... why the things he was working so hard to provide
for her seemed only to increase the distance between them ... He landed
a job in the government relations department of an American oil company.
... Sometimes I would overhear him and my mother arguing in their
bedroom, usually about her refusal to attend his company dinner parties,
where American businessmen from Texas and Louisiana would slap Lolo's
back and boast about the palms they had greased to obtain the new
offshore drilling rights, while their wives complained to my mother
about the quality of Indonesian help. He would ask her how it
would look for him to go alone, and remind her that these were her own
people, and my mother's voice would rise to almost a shout."
"They are not my people!"
filed for divorce in 1980. As with Obama's father, she kept in
regular contact with Lolo and did not pursue alimony or child support,
according to divorce records.
Lolo died in 1987.
||Obama arrived in Indonesia at about the age of
five according to most accounts, although it was possible he arrived at
the age of six, according to a few sources. If Lolo Soetoro
adopted Obama at age five or younger, then Obama would automatically
have become an Indonesian citizen according to the country's laws in the
1960's, which stipulated any child aged five or younger adopted by an
Indonesian father is immediately granted Indonesian citizenship upon
completion of the adoption process.
According to Indonesian legal experts, only Indonesian citizens could
attend state-operated public schools.
adoption was in order, Soetoro remains the legal father of Obama even
after the divorce. He is still Obama's legal father. Obama
may very well have gone to the courts to correct his birth certificate
but it amount to a name change only.
|"The Indonesian Citizenship Law states that
children's citizenship is derived solely from the citizenship of the
father. Children of citizen mothers and foreign fathers are
considered foreigners and require visas to remain in the country until
the age of 18, at which time they may apply for citizenship. They
are prohibited from attending public schools and must attend private,
international schools, which usually are more expensive."
U. S. State Department
half-sister, Maya Kassandra Soetoro, was
born on August 15, 1970, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Anna registered her birth as "born
in Honolulu" shortly after her birth, as well. Maya
would have a State of Hawaii Certification of Live Birth (COLB), just like the
one Obama posted on the Internet.
Maya would also attend the private Punahou School.
It was Maya, who has said that Obama was legally adopted by her father,
Lolo Soetoro, and
Maya also said, "There was always a
joke between my mom and Barack that he
would be the first black president."
|In 1972, Ann took Barack
back to Hawaii to live with her parents, who
lived in a modest two-bedroom Honolulu apartment, at 1617 S. Beretania
St., in order to
save money for Obama's tuition to
attend the Punahou Academy, an elite private school. Madelyn would
live at that address until her death on November 2nd, 2008.
Anna and Obama's half-sister Maya
returned to Indonesia. Except for occasional visits to Hawaii, Dunham,
who traveled throughout Southeast Asia on business, would remain
based in Jakarta for the remainder of her life.
|Senior only saw Obama once. He made a trip
to Hawaii in 1972 to attend to family business. This photo, of
Anna and Senior, was taken at the airport.
It was during Barry's
first year at Punahou School that his long-lost father stepped
briefly into his life, and just as quickly disappeared again. He
came for the month of December, and his mother returned from Indonesia
beforehand to prepare Barry for the visit.
At the first sight of the old man Obama thought he seemed far skinnier
than he had imagined him, and more fragile, with his spectacles and blue
blazer and ascot and yellowish eyes. It was not an easy month, and
what stuck in the boy's memory was the basketball that his dad gave him
as a present.
But this raises the question of why Obama Sr. flew halfway across the world to make his
only visit to his son. Remember, this was in the era before the
de-regulation of the airlines, and a plane ticket from Kenya to Hawaii
must have cost a small fortune [even by American standards, much less
third-world Kenyan standards].
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
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 1970,
Madelyn was named one of the first two female vice presidents at Bank of
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,
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
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
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.
yet nobody from back then is coming forward today, except Neal
Abercrombie. No doctors, nurses, neighbors, nobody.
|"I discovered this article, folded away among
my birth certificate and old vaccination forms, when I
was in high school. It's a short piece, with a photograph of him.
No mention is made of my mother or me, and I'm left to wonder whether
the omission was intentional on my father's part, in anticipation of his
long departure. Perhaps the reporter failed to ask personal
questions, intimidated by my father's imperious manner; or perhaps it
was an editorial decision, not part of the simple story that they were
looking for. I wonder, too, whether the omission caused a fight
between my parents."
From "Dreams..." (Pg.
26 last paragraph)
|In 1980, a few of his friends at Occidental
College had already begun to
call him Barack, and he'd come to prefer that. The way his
half sister, Maya, remembers it, Obama returned home at Christmas in
1980, and there he told his mother and grandparents: "no more Barry."
According to his daughter, Auma, Obama
Sr. 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,
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
families of Obama's late father are still suing each other over his
One of Senior's former drinking partners, Kenyan writer Philip Ochieng
said that his friend's downfall was his
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, Obama Sr. 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."
Ochieng recalls how, after sitting up all night drinking Black Label
whisky at Nairobi's famous Stanley Hotel, Obama Sr. would fly into rages
if Ruth asked where he had been.
Ochieng remonstrated with his friend, saying: "You bring a woman from
far away and you reduce her to pulp. That is not our way."
But it was to no avail. Ruth sued for divorce after her husband
administered brutal beatings.
Ruth refused to comment on the abuse charges when we tracked her down to
the Kenyan school where she now works.
She said: "I was married to Barack's father for seven years so, yes, you
could say Barack is my stepson.
"Barack's father was a very difficult man. Although I was
married to him the longest of any of his wives he wasn't an easy person
to be around."
After Obama Sr.'s return to
Kenya, he fathered two more children by Kezia. [Kids 3 and 4]
Somewhere in that period, he also married Ruth, who followed him to
Africa from Harvard. [Wife #3]
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
filed for divorce from Lolo Soetoro on
June 15th, 1980. The divorce was granted on August 28th, 1980,
took effect on November 5th, 1980, and closed on November 26,1988.
The documents show Anna and Lolo were "lawfully married to each
other" and "have 1 child below age 18 and 1 child above age 18 but still
dependent on the parties for education." Lolo was not required to
pay any support and Anna resumed the use of Stanley Ann Dunham as her
Further documentation has been uncovered by independent
investigators. These documents, "Information Concerning Child
Care" (page1 and
page2), signed on June 15,
1980, ( ) show
Lolo and Anna ceased living together in August of 1974.
Lolo visited every three months for the purpose of seeing Maya, his
Lolo had not contributed to the support of Anna and the
two children since 1974, was living with another woman and wished to
Under living arrangements, the documents states, "oldest
child in university and mother resides with youngest child in 4 bedroom
home provided by mother's employer (USAID); household includes 2
full-time live-in domestics."
"Mother's work hours coincide with
youngest child school hours so child care not a problem."
spends approximately $300 per month on domestic help, including after
hours babysitting, if necessary."
And, this is interesting,
although Maya was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, of an Indonesian father,
Anna claims, "both mother and child are U. S. citizens, while father is
an Indonesian citizen."
To Obama, his mother is a
Kumbaya-era liberal. He feels
that she messed up her life due to naïve faith in Third World countries
and Third World men.
In the early eighties,, when he's working on Wall Street, he's creeped out by his
visiting mother's insistence on seeing her favorite film, the 1959
Brazilian art-house classic "Black Orpheus." He belatedly realizes
that his very fair-skinned mother is sexually attracted to dark men.
He pompously intones, "The emotions between the races could never be
pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some
element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our
demons or salvation, the other race would always remain just that:
menacing, alien, and apart."
Wallace-Wells mentions in Rolling Stone:
There is an amazingly candid moment in Obama's autobiography when he
writes of his childhood discomfort at the way his mother would sexualize
African-American men. "More than once," he recalls, "my mother
would point out Harry Belafonte is the best-looking man on the planet."
What the focus groups his advisers conducted revealed was that Obama's
political career now depends, in some measure, upon a tamer version of
this same feeling, on the complicated dynamics of how white women
respond to a charismatic black man.
Early in his run for the U.S. Senate in 2004, Obama's pollsters
discovered that women loved him,
especially nice white ladies who like
personalities more than politics and definitely don't like political
publishes her dissertation, "Peasant Blacksmithing in Indonesia," in
1992. In the index section, she references her own work as "Ann
However, at the front of the dissertation
published in 1992, in the front, she uses:
In May 2009,
news reports said that that a dissertation written by
Obama's late mother was being published.
Duke University Press
said Monday that an edited version of Ann Dunham's anthropological study
about rural craftsmen in Indonesia is scheduled to reach stores this
fall. Dunham completed the study three years before she died in 1995.
Duke marketing manager Emily Young said the foreword was written by
Obama's half-sister and Dunham's daughter, Maya Soetoro-Ng.
book is based on Ann Dunham's 14 years of research among village workers
on the Indonesian island of Java.
Young said the project came to
the university's press arm because it has a reputation for publishing
traveled around the world, pursuing a career in rural development
that took her to Ghana, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and
In 1992, she earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from
the University of Hawaii. Her dissertation, 'Peasant blacksmithing
in Indonesia: Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds,' was 1,067 pages
long. She worked for the Ford Foundation and promoted Microlending.
Anna went to work for the Ford Foundation from
1981 through 1984. She was
employed as a program officer for "Women and Employment" at the
"Regional Southeast Asia Office of the Ford Foundation in Jakarta.
in Pakistan for the five years beginning in 1987 and ending in 1992.
During this time, Obama visited his mother and stayed for a few months.
Anna was hired as a consultant by the Asian Development Bank for
Pakistan Agricultural Development Bank's Gujranwalla Agricultural
In 1986, Anna worked on a developmental project in Pakistan. Later that
year, Anna and her daughter traveled the Silk Road in China. Anna monitored the funds received for this program from the Asian
Development Bank and trained the Mobile Credit Officers of the
Agricultural Bank. This program was controlled from the Gujranwalla Regional Office. She stayed for five years in the
Hilton International Hotel (now Avari Hotel), Lahore. She
travelled daily from Lahore to Gujranwalla. When Barack Obama
visited Pakistan, he stayed in the same hotel. After returning
from Pakistan, she died from cancer within three years.
Anna also worked for the Ford Foundation and Women's World Bank,
establishing micro-credit loans in developing countries. Her
antipathy for America and Americans didn't prevent her from funneling
its money to third-world countries.
She worked at Bank Rakyat of
Indonesia, where she facilitated the practice "macrofinancing,"
making loans to people with poor credit and low incomes. You know
the one, exactly what the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac banks were pushing
-- loans to people with poor credit and low incomes that created the
Bank Rakyat is 70% government owned (Persero)
and has been government owned for the entire period since the war of
independence in 19XX It is also part of the "Islamic banking
So, Obama went to Pakistan twice. The
first time in 1981 while he was at Occidental and the second trip
Stanley Ann -- known names or aliases:
- Stanley Ann Dunham (maiden)
- Anna Dunham (her friends
called her Anna)
- Anna Obama (after getting hitched to Obama Sr, in
- Stanley Ann D. Obama (1964 Divorce)
Soetoro (in several quotes in that timeframe)
- Stanley Ann Soetoro
- Ann Dunham Sotoro (Dissertation)
- S. Ann Dunham
- ... and a few others I'm sure I'm forgetting ...
Obama has just about as many aliases and nicknames, with variants of
Barack Obama, Barry Soetoro, Barry Obama, etc, as well...
In 1989, Obama was a summer intern at the corporate law firm Sidley Austin LLP in
he met Michelle Robinson, his summer
Also working at the law firm was terrorist and ex-FBI "Most
Wanted," Bernadine Dohrn, wife of co-conspirator, fellow terrorist, and Obama
employer and buddy, Bill
Obama and Michelle
Robinson of Chicago, Illinois were
married (October 18, 1992). The
ceremony was performed by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. at Trinity United
Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.
Michelle Robinson was born into a working-class family from the South
Side of Chicago in 1964. She graduated from Whitney Young
High School in 1981 and majored in sociology at Princeton University,
graduating cum laude in 1985. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree
from Harvard Law School in 1988.
Michelle has also been an associate dean at the University of Chicago
and is currently a vice president at the University of Chicago
Hospitals. She sits on six boards, including the prestigious Chicago
Council on Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Laboratory
|In 1992, Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson pulled him aside and
asked about his plans. "He said, 'I think I'd like to teach at
some point in time, and maybe run for public office,'" recalls Robinson,
who assumed Senator Obama meant he'd like to run for city alderman.
"He said no -- at some point he'd like to run for the U.S. Senate.
And then he said, 'Possibly even run for President at some point.'
And I was like, 'Okay, but don't say that to my Aunt Gracie.' I
was protecting him from saying something that might embarrass him."
Robinson was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year at Princeton
University, graduating in 1983 with an AB in Sociology. He is the
fourth highest scorer in school history. He earned an MBA in
Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in
Robinson was drafted in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft, but
never played in the league. He played professionally in Europe,
returning to the U.S. in 1988 to became an assistant coach at the
Illinois Institute of Technology.
An assistant for six years at Northwestern University, he became a head
coach at Brown University in 2006, where he continues to run a variation
of the Princeton offense which he learned from Pete Carril during his
years at Princeton University. He was named the Ivy League "Coach
of the Year" for the 2006-2007 season by Basketball-U.
On April 7, 2008, Robinson was hired as the Oregon State Beavers' new
head basketball coach.
|Obama's transition team confirmed that his
71-year-old mother-in-law would be moving into the grand residence at
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Obama has said he would be delighted to
have his wife's mother, Marian Robinson, join the first family in
coming with the family to help the girls get acclimated, and she
will determine in the coming months whether or not she wants to stay in
D.C. permanently," said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, spokeswoman for
During the campaign, she retired from her job as a bank
secretary to care for the Obama girls, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, while
their parents were on the road.
|Obama has said that his and Michelle Obama's
"student loan debt was higher than [their]
This may be less a function of their high student loans than a low
mortgage payment; public records show that they put down $110,000 on
their three bedroom condo in 1993. Forty percent down will
dramatically reduce interest and principal payments. Given that
the Obamas didn't have children for another six years, their decision to
purchase a larger condo instead of paying off some of those student
loans that they constantly complain about doesn't speak much of their
Regardless of the size of the condo, though, where did they get the
money for their down payment? At the time of the purchase, Obama
had just signed on with Davis Miner and was living off his smaller
advance from Random House to finish his book. Both Obamas
constantly emphasize their lowly backgrounds, so their families were
presumably not the source. So where did they get $110K for a down
||In 1995, Anna returned to Hawaii, where she died
of ovarian cancer.
|Daughter Malia, the
Hawaiian form of Mary, is born in 1999 and
daughter Sasha, the Russian pet form of Aleksandra, is born in 2001.
Both children would be baptized by the Rev. Jeremiah A Wright, hater and
People magazine in the issue out Friday (7/24/08) that he and his wife,
Michelle, do not give Christmas or birthday presents to their two young
Obama tells the magazine's Sandra Sobieraj Westfall in a seven-page
cover story that he and his wife follow the unusual practice because
they "want to teach some limits."
A Muslim custom Obama no doubt learned in his youth. Imagine, a
"Christian" that doesn't celebrate the birth of Christ.
Ethical questions surround Obama's shady real estate deal and relationship with indicted political fundraiser and Arab-American activist Tony Rezko, who befriended Obama during his Harvard days.
The 2005 deal involves the purchase of Obama's home, a
big Edwardian-era detached house in fashionable Kenwood section of
Chicago and home of the acting head of the Nation of Islam, Louis
The former owner
wasn't willing to sell the house without the large chunk of land
next to it, which Obama seemingly couldn't afford.
So Obama bought the mansion
for $1,650,000 at a gigantic discounted price -- some
$300,000 less than the asking price.
To finance the purchase, he secured a $1.32 million loan from Northern
Trust in Illinois.
The freshman Democratic senator received an
excellent discount. He locked in an interest rate of 5.625
percent on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, below the average for such
loans at the time in Chicago. The loan was unusually large, known
in banker lingo as a "super super jumbo." Obama paid no
origination fee or discount points, as some consumers do to reduce their
Compared with the average terms offered at the time in Chicago, Obama's
rate could have saved him more than $300 per month.
The same day, Rezko's
wife bought the adjoining lot, that can't be accessed from the public street, paying the full $625,000 asking price.
Six months later, Obama bought
approximately one-sixth of the Rezko property for $104,500, so he
could "extend his garden," leaving Rezko with a lot that can't be
accessed from the street.
Did Tony Rezko and his wife
subsidize the purchase of Obama's
opulent home? Of the transaction, Obama wrote,
"It was a mistake to have been engaged with him at all in this or
any other personal business dealing that would allow him, or anyone
else, to believe that he had done me a favor. For that reason, I
consider this a mistake on my part and I regret it."
Mr. Obama turned to Mr. Rezko for
help at several important junctures. Records show that when Mr.
Obama needed cash in the waning days of his losing 2000 Congressional
campaign, Mr. Rezko rounded up thousands of dollars from business
contacts. In 2003, Mr. Rezko helped Mr. Obama expand his fund-raising
for the Senate primary by being host of a dinner at his
Mediterranean-style home for 150 people, including some whose names have
since come up in the influence scandal.
Beyond that, what does it cost to refurbish, furnish and move into a $2,275,000
home -- another $500,000?
At any rate, this is pretty good for a guy earning $165,200 per and who once ran his credit cards up so high that the credit card company denied him access to further use of his card.
|The New York Daily News reports Barack and
Michelle Obama's 2004 tax records
reveal they owed $240,000 on a condo they bought in 1999 for
$159,250 and refinanced twice to draw out the equity.
the couple declared no interest, investment and dividend income, meaning
that despite a $207,647 family income (mostly hers), they had little or
no savings and were paying day-to-day expenses with borrowed money.
Wrote the Daily News: "These numbers clearly show the Obamas were living
beyond their means" and would have suffered financially "during the
decline in housing prices had they relied on taking ever larger amounts
of equity from their home to pay their bills."
But they never had
to face the consequences because their fortunes turned dramatically with
his election to the Senate in 2004.
In 2005, sales of his
autobiography took off and royalties began pouring in. Two months
after he was sworn in, Mrs. Obama was promoted into a job created for
her at the University of Chicago Medical Center. A $1 million
congressional earmark sponsored by then-Sen. Obama helped her succeed in
her new role and enabled the hospital to better afford her 260 percent
Serving on the hospital board was Kelly Welsh,
executive vice president at Northern Trust Co., that, in June 2005, gave
the nouveau riche Obamas, despite their poor credit history, what has
been described as a "highly unusual, jumbo, jumbo mortgage" of $1.32
million so they could buy a $1.65 million mansion in an upscale Chicago
neighborhood at a $300,000 discount from a politically connected doctor.
The bank has no formal loan-discount program, but it shaved the
Obamas' rate, saving them $108,000 over the life of the loan, and waived
thousands in fees and points.
|Obama and his wife
purchased their house in Hyde Park during the month of June 2005.
The total purchase price was $1,650,000 and the title was put into a
unnamed land trust.
The house was reassessed during summer of 2006. All of the surrounding
houses were increased by an average of 28%. The Obama residence
increased 6%. What is more troubling is that we always attempt to assess
houses at about 68% of actual sale prices. The Obama residence is
assessed at 90,882 with a market value of $568,012. That is just about
one third of the selling price from 2005.
When I questioned this
assessment, I was transferred to another project in the office. The
Obama assessment was then completed by the same person who did the
workup for Governor Blagojevich's house, which also was assessed at a
lower percentage of surrounding properties and rose at a fraction of the
rate of surrounding properties.
According to standards set up within the
office, the assessment should have been $179,520 and the tax bill should
have been almost double in this one assessment cycle alone.
|For 2008, the Obamas did not
liabilities, though a White House aide pointed out that they are not
required to disclose how much they owe on the 30-year mortgage loan they
took out in 2005 to buy their 6,500-square-foot Georgian-revival style
home in Chicago for $1.65 million.
Obama reported book royalties
worth between $1.1 million and $6 million and assets worth between $1.35
million and $5.6 million in various funds and U.S. Treasury bills.
|These are Obama's neighbors. He lives NEXT
DOOR TO REZKO. Most of the others are within a one block radius.
News and Commentary for Thinking People website published a 48-page
document that lists
William Miceli as the owner of the Obama family home at 5046 S.
Greenwood, Chicago, IL 60615.
William Miceli is a lawyer at the
Chicago law firm
Miner, Barnhill & Galland, which also formerly employed Obama.
Miner, Barnhill & Galland was Obama's employer when he did extensive
legal work for Rezko, who awaits sentencing after he was convicted in
June of fraud, money laundering and bribery-related counts.
Miceli, as a senior attorney at the firm, supervised
Obama when the future president wrote letters on behalf of Rezko urging
public authorities to award him new public properties to rehabilitate,
notes the "Barack Book"
maintained by GOP.com.
Obama's New Book Deal
||The White House has
posted the personal financial disclosure reports for Obama, and here are
some interesting tidbits.
Obama's report shows evidence that he
and the first lady trust the government with their money. The couple has
somewhere between $1 million and $5 million invested in Treasury bills.
In the category of It's Never Too Early to Seek New Supporters,
the forms show that Obama in January struck a $500,000 advance deal with
Crown Publishing Group for an abridged version of his best-seller,
"Dreams From My Father," aimed at "middle grade or young adult readers." When the book comes out, Obama will rack up more in royalties: 15% of
the hardcover sales price and 10% of the paperback price.
hard to figure out net worth from these forms because they only ask for
broad ranges when reporting value of assets and debts. But the Obamas
tax day filing had showed they paid $855,323 in taxes on a combined
income of $2,656,902.
|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.
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
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.
She was cremated and her urn of ashes was returned to her
apartment by the morning of Tuesday, November 4th.
examiner wasn't involved. The staff from the funeral home showed
up for her body before 3:30 am Monday and brought the ashes back by
|Obama's grandmother -- who isn't his grandmother -- and
who is described in
this fawning report as "the
famous woman from Nyangoma Kogelo Village of Siaya District" --
made an appearance at the U. S. Independence Day celebrations, held at
the U. S. ambassadors residence in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sarah Obama was the second wife of the candidate's late grandfather, so
she is not his biological grandmother. But Auma Obama, Obama's
half-sister, said: "By our definition, in our culture, she is his
grandmother." -- it's that "it takes a village" thing -- necessitated by
the fact that these Kenyan Muslim men have many, many wives.
"It's quite a surprise. I couldn't in my wildest imagination think
that Obama's grandmother (she's not his
grandmother) would be here. I did not expect it at all.
I have to at least say hi to her," one person was overheard saying.
And as she mingled freely with many dignitaries, who included Prime
Minister Raila Odinga and Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, Mama Obama,
who was with her grand-daughter, Dr Auma Obama, engaged her new found
friends in hearty conversations.
Phony grandma --"celebrity"
She clearly stole the show. Many could not resist either posing
for a photo with her, or taking her pictures, with the hope that in the
next few months, they would brag to others that they once were with the
US President's grandmother! (she's really not his
This was the first time Mama Sarah, who embraced the Obama family
first saying she was a Muslim and
then saying she was a Christian, attended an official function
and going by the look of things, she is definitely going places (yeah,
to the White House).
Meanwhile, 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
Real grandma -- "typical white person"
In August, 2008, after delivering a campaign speech, Obama's
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.
Obama's great uncle offered some blunt language as to why his nephew is
visiting the memorial at the former Buchenwald concentration camp next
week during his trip to Europe and the Middle East.
"This is a
trip that he chose, not because of me I'm sure, but for political
reasons," Payne told the German magazine Spiegel. "Perhaps his visit
also has something to do with improving his standing with (German
Chancellor) Angela Merkel. She gave him a hard time during his campaign
and also afterwards."
Payne, 84, is no stranger to Americans --
his WWII experiences were used by the Obama Campaign last year to
burnish the candidate's all-American upbringing. But Obama made a gaffe
when he said his great uncle liberated Auschwitz. In fact, Payne was
part of the force that liberated Ohrdruf, a subcamp of the Buchenwald
concentration camp, in April 1945.
Payne told Spiegel that he
was shocked to see his war experience, especially his "liberation" of a
concentration camp, used in campaign commercials. He said he had never
spoke with his nephew about the matter, nor did Obama ever express any
interest in Payne's experience.
"I was quite surprised when the
whole thing came up and Barack talked about my war experiences in Nazi
Germany," Payne said. "We had never talked about that before."
Payne doesn't know where Obama came up with the fictitious Auschwitz
"He couldn't have gotten it from me since we had
never talked about this particular episode in the war," said Payne.
Payne talks about
here . . .
Obama traveled to Kenya to
meet the family, for
the first time, in 1986.
Obama's 40-year-old cousin Said Hussein Obama
commented, "My cousin found it
difficult when he came here to learn of his six half-brothers and
sisters were born to four different mothers.
Obama's left hand is on the shoulder of Kezia, Obama Sr.'s first wife,
who said, "The first time I met Barack Jr. was when he came to Kenya
in 1985. He was so much like his father, his looks, his voice,
everything. It was like seeing my husband all over again."
In addition to Obama's half-sister, Auma (Obama's right hand),
Kezia has three sons by Barack Sr. Her two youngest,
Bernard and Abo, live in Nairobi. They are all Muslims.
|Mama Sarah Obama has
her journey to the US to witness the swearing-in of her grandson Barack
Obama as the 44th American President.
And she is not travelling
empty-handed. As a grandmother, she is carrying special gifts for
her grandson -- a Luo traditional three-legged stool, a flywhisk and a
shield, which are symbols of leadership. "I wanted to give him a
spear too, but I have been told that due to security reasons, I will not
be allowed to board a plane with it," Mama Sarah told The Standard.
"I know Barack will be very happy to see me. My presence will
mean a lot to him," she added.
|A new wave of excitement has gripped Kogelo village in Siaya
District as relatives of the US President-elect Barack Obama prepare to
fly to America for his historic inauguration as America's 44th
Kogelo is alive once more, two months after the
exhilaration that greeted his election as America's first black
president and the just concluded Christmas and New Year festivities.
The President-elect's grandmother, Sarah Obama, is set to lead the
delegation to US and was in Nairobi just before Christmas. Sources
say the US embassy has already given her a travel visa.
reports that Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Obama's cousin, would lead the
Kenyan delegation were refuted by an official in the PM's office.
He said Raila would travel to the US in February.
On Saturday learnt that the team comprising the president-elect's
relatives in Kenya will travel 10 days before the historic ceremony on
20th this month. Reports that Obama had personally paid for the
airfare could not be confirmed.
half-brother, Malik, said yesterday he would be part of the team that
will jet to the US. "Of course I will be there but I will give you
more details later," he said from Siaya town. Malik said the Obama
family in Kenya is eager to see him being installed as the most powerful
man in the world.
Besides the Obama family, several other
prominent personalities, including musicians and politicians, from
Nyanza Province were preparing to travel to Washington DC for the big
Most of those travelling are believed to have received
invitation as well as sponsorship from friends living in the US or
institutions in that country.
|Raila Odinga, who is Obama's first cousin, has, in his
own words, a "close personal friendship" with Obama. When
Obama went to Kenya in August of 2006, he was hosted by Raila and spoke
in praise of him at several rallies in Nairobi. Obama's bias for
his fellow Luo was so blatant that a Kenya government spokesman
Obama during his visit as Raila's "stooge."
At the University of Nairobi, Obama offered more pointed
criticism, something he's done almost every day since arriving last
week. After remaining largely silent, the government of President Mwai Kibaki is beginning to respond, suggesting that Obama may have
fallen under the spell of opposition leader Raila Odinga,
Obama's cousin. Odinga is the son of Senior's sister, a direct
first cousin and nephew of Obama's father.
A potential presidential candidate himself, Odinga's been at Obama's
elbow here fairly often.
"Sen. Obama has to look at critically about where he's receiving his
advice from," said government spokesman Dr. Alfred Mutua. "Just because
somebody, somewhere wants to run for president and is using Sen. Obama
as his stooge, as his puppet to be able to get to where he wants to get
Obama and Odinga
same Luo heritage and history and has made it possible for them to share
the same spotlight at this defining moment in Kenyan and American
histories about hope and fear.
On December 27th, 2007, when Raila Odinga lost the presidential election to Mwai Kibaki, he
claimed the vote was rigged, whereupon his tribal followers went on
murderous rampages, such as in the town of Eldoret, where on New Years
Day dozens of Christians were burned to death in a church set on fire.
Throughout Kenya, hundreds of people have been politically murdered in
the last few days.
had picked Raila to win.
The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya
on its website a photograph copy of a Memorandum of Understanding, dated
and signed on August 29, 2007, between Raila Odinga and Shiekh Abdullah
Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum of Kenya.
Here is a summary on the agreement which was signed:
* It pledges the support of Kenyan Moslems for Raila's election.
In return, as President of Kenya, Raila agrees to 14 actions, listed a)
through n) on page two.
* Within 6 months re-write the Constitution of Kenya to recognize
Shariah as the only true law sanctioned by the Holy Quran for Muslim
* Within one year facilitate the establishment of a Shariah court in
every Kenyan divisional headquarters. [Note: everywhere in Kenya,
not just in "Muslim declared regions."]
* Popularize Islam, the only true religion by ordering every primary
school in Kenya in the regions to conduct daily Madrassa classes.
* Impose a total ban on open-air gospel crusades by worshippers of the
* Outlaw gospel programs on KBC, the National Broadcaster.
* Impose a total ban on he public consumption of alcoholic beverages
* Impose an immediate ban on women's public dressing styles that are
considered immoral and offensive to the Muslim faith
Obama's involvement in Kenyan politics, whether tribal or religious, is
Especially if it is both.
Then, On January 2nd, 2008, in classic Marxist tradition, Odinga, accused President Mwai Kibaki of stealing the Dec. 27
rallied his Luo followers in western Kenya, demanding a new
Kibaki "must step down or there must be a re-election -- in this I will
not be compromised. You cannot steal my cow, and I catch you
red-handed, and then expect me to share the milk because the cow is
More than 1,000 people, mostly Kikuyu Christians, have been killed and
300,000 forced from their homes by Odinga's followers.
|Kezia is now a 67-year-old grandmother, she more
understands the astonishing nature of Barack's success -- and the
vastness of the journey that has been made in the space of one
She was married to his father, Barack Sr., who would go on to marry two
more women -- Barack Jr.'s mother Ann Dunham, and an American teacher
But it was Kezia who remained his one true love and to whom he always
Strangely, Kezia and Ann became great friends, writing to each other
Kezia said, "I'm very proud that he wants to include us in his life.
As a family, we are very friendly, very close.
"The family are still very important to him. That would make Barack Sr.
"We have seen each other many times since that first visit, in the US,
in Kenya and in England. I was very fond of Barack Jr.'s mother, Ann.
"She came to Kenya after Barack Sr. died and she and I became great
friends. She was like a sister to me."
Since then, the Obamas have formed an extraordinary bond -- despite
their fractured family history and the vast cultural and geographic
As well as Auma, Kezia has three sons by Barack Sr. Her two youngest,
Bernard and Abo, live in Nairobi.
Bernard sells mechanical parts while Abo runs an international telephone
Malik Obama, older brother to Barack Obama, holds an undated picture of
Barak, left, and himself, middle, and an unidentified friend wearing
traditional Muslim garb in his shop in eastern Kenya.
|Obama's family connections to Islam
would endure, however. For example, his brother Roy opted for Islam over
Christianity, as Obama recounted when describing his 1992 wedding.
"The person who made
me proudest of all," Obama wrote, "was
Roy. Actually, now we call him Abongo, his Luo name, for two years ago
he decided to reassert his African heritage. He converted to Islam, and
has sworn off pork and tobacco and alcohol."
Abongo "Roy" Obama is a Luo activist and a militant Muslim
that the black man must "liberate himself from the poisoning influences
of European culture." He urges his younger brother to embrace his
"Abongo's new lifestyle has left him lean and clear-eyed, and at the
wedding, he looked so dignified in his black African gown with white
trim and matching cap that some of our guests mistook him for my
father," Obama wrote in Dreams From My Father.
studied at a madrassa in Nairobi before moving to the United States where
he is an accountant.
|The Sun was the first newspaper to track down and speak
to Bernard Obama, 37,
living in a Bracknell council house. He could soon be dining
with his brother, Barack, at the White House. Bernard, a Muslim,
said, "I'm very proud of my big brother."
Muslim Bernard is staying with his bingo-loving mum Kezia, 67, who has
lived in the Berkshire new town for six years.
Bernard converted to Islam 18 years ago. The father of one said,
"I'm a Muslim, I don't deny it. My father was raised a Muslim."
Bernard leads a quiet life, running a car parts firm in Nairobi, Kenya,
but he is a regular visitor to the UK to visit Elvis fan Kezia.
Bernard smiled when he spoke of his famous half-brother. He said:
"I was around 17 when I first met Barack."
"He was visiting Kenya and it was obvious from the way he spoke and his
charisma that he was going to be a success."
"He is charming, very good company and very charismatic."
"I've met him since with his wife Michelle in Kenya. She's very nice, a
very strong and intelligent person. I don't think we will see him
on this visit to Britain. It's official business and he'll be very
Bernard is remaining with Kezia for the next month as she recuperates
|Obama's half-brother, Mark, has been
helping to promote cheap Chinese exports in a low-profile business
career while the Democratic senator has been winning worldwide fame in
his race for the White House.
He has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid public attention and his
family links remain unknown to most of his acquaintances in Shenzhen, a
border boomtown in southern China where he has lived since 2002.
Mark Ndesandjo is the son of Barack Obama Sr. and his third wife, an
American woman named Ruth Nidesand who runs the up-market Maduri
kindergarten in Nairobi.
Obama, however, refers to him simply as "my brother" and says he was the
only uncontested heir after their father, a Kenyan, died in a car crash
Mark's internet-based company, Worldnexus Ltd., provides corporate
communications and website design to Chinese firms seeking customers in
English-speaking markets, of which the United States is the biggest.
Worldnexus is not registered to conduct business in Shenzhen and
officials at the city's commercial administration bureau said this
raised potential issues of taxation and compliance with the law by its
Ndesandjo, who had an elite education in the United States, collecting a
degree from Brown University, a masters in physics from Stanford and an
MBA from Emory, did not share Obama's emotional view of his roots.
Obama painted a disappointed picture of his half-brother in his 1995
memoir, Dreams from My Father, in which he celebrated his own return to
Kenya and rediscovery of his African inheritance.
At a rather tense lunch, Obama quoted "Mark" -- his family name is never
given away in the book -- as saying Kenya was "just another poor African
country" to which he felt little attachment.
Mark added: "there's not much work for a physicist, is there, in a
country where the average person doesn't have a telephone."
According to Obama's account, Mark looked him in the eye and said: "You
think that somehow I'm cut off from my roots, that sort of thing.
Well, you're right."
"At a certain point I made the decision not to think about who my real
father was. He was dead to me even when he was still alive.
I knew that he was a drunk and showed no concern for his wife and
children. That's enough."
Barack Obama senior fathered eight children by four different women.
described Mark as "a black man of my height and complexion with a
bush Afro and horn-rimmed glasses" who was studying physics at Berkeley
during Obama's 1987 visit.
Obama wrote that Mark didn't want to ask himself a lot of questions
about the meaning of racial identity, dismissing the idea with the
words: "life's hard enough without all that excess baggage."
Asked last week whether he was quoted accurately in the book, Ndesandjo
did not respond.
Obama wrote that on parting, "we exchanged addresses and promised to
write, with a dishonesty that made my heart ache."
Two decades after that encounter, the extended and complex Obama family
is bound to come under further scrutiny as the US election enters its
final months after the Democratic and Republican party conventions.
"That not enough has been written about his family is strange," wrote
columnist Roger Cohen in the New York Times last March, "If nominated,
Obama's family baggage will be pored over."
|The deceased David Obama is a brother of Mark
Ndesandjo. Both Mark and David are the sons of Ruth and Obama Sr.,
and half-brothers of Obama. When she remarried the boys took
their step-father's name but when David became a teen he rebelled
against his mother's American ways and renamed himself David Obama.
He eventually ran away from home and was found wandering the streets
of Nairobi by Roy aka Abongo Malik. Roy took him in and one night
the two went out on Roy's motorcycle, ending up in a bar. Roy got
into a fight at the bar and was arrested. He gave David the keys
to his motorcycle before he was taken to jail. David, having been
drinking as well, got into a crash on Roy's motorcycle and died as a
There have been bad feelings between Ruth's and Kezia's
families ever since. By all indications I have researched David
was born in 1969 and died in 1987 before Jr visited Kenya.
George's mother, Jael (or something similar) was a woman Obama Sr.
hooked up with after his divorce from Ruth, stories say he planned on
marrying her before he died in a car accident. Jael now lives in
Source: Chief Engineer
|The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had
found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle
town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.
George Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate's
half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not
be more different than that of the Democratic contender.
"No-one knows who I am," he told the magazine, before claiming: "I live
here on less than a dollar a month."
According to Italy's Vanity Fair his two meter by three meter shack is
decorated with football posters of the Italian football giants AC Milan
and Inter, as well as a calendar showing exotic beaches of the world.
Vanity Fair also noted that he had a front page newspaper picture of his
famous brother -- born of the same father as him, Barack Hussein Obama,
but to a different mother, named only as Jael.
He told the magazine: "I live like a recluse, no-one knows I exist."
Related: the Evening Standard recently
the fact that Obama also failed to honor the pledges of
assistance that he made to a school in his father's village, named in his honor, when he visited
here amid great fanfare two years ago.
Also related: according to Obama's tax returns from 2000-2006, in all but the
two most recent years reported, the Obamas gave around 1% or less of
their income to charity. Their contributions increased in 2005 and 2006
to 4.7% and 6.1% respectively --
Obama frequently mentions his relatives in
Kenya when he needs the political relationship, but this millionaire
hasn't done a damned thing to help them. He won't go into his
But he'll tax Americans into the next century in order to send them our
tax money, while he keeps his book-millions safe in a tax-exempt trust.
Obama is tight with his and loose with yours.
Jael, George's mother, is a new name. Perhaps the mistress
mentioned on the Family page.
It was only a matter of time: A
website has been created
to provide donations to Obama's half brother, who lives on $12 a year in
a shack in Kenya. Called "Help Obama's Brother", the site
draws attention to George Hussein Onyango Obama, living in a hut in the
"tough" town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.
"If Barack Obama won't send his brother a few bucks for rent, we can
step up and help a brother out," headlines the site.
|This is a follow-up about the guy living in Third World
poverty and his half-brother, who is the leading candidate to become the
next president of the United States.
He's in his twenties. He lives in a slum in a hut. He wants
to become a mechanic but doesn't have the money. He reports that
he gets by on a dollar a month. He met Barack Obama in 2006 for a
few minutes and said it was like talking to a "total stranger." He
said when people notice he has the same name as Barack Obama, he denies
they are related because he is "ashamed." The Democratic
presidential candidate, who made $4 million last year, hasn't lifted a
finger to help his half-brother.
Dinesh D'Souza's modest campaign to assist George Obama has been
progressing nicely. So far D'Souza has received more than $1,000
in small contributions. With his kickoff contribution of $1,000,
that's upwards of $2,000 for George Obama.
The poverty line in Kenya, according to United Nations estimates, is
around $100 a year. By this measure, D'Souza's little fund has
provided for George for 20 years. Alternatively, George can move
out of his 6 foot-by-10-foot hut and into a more comfortable dwelling.
He can also get the training he needs to become a mechanic.
A reporter for "The Nation" asked D'Souza, "Are you doing this to
embarrass Barack Obama?" To which D'Souza answered, "Absolutely.
He deserves to be embarrassed."
Read the whole thing
here . . .
Obama won't go into his pocket for family, but
will go into yours via the "Global
The bill, sponsored by Obama, would result in the imposition of a $845
billion global tax on the United States. The bill makes levels of U.S.
foreign aid spending subservient to the dictates of the United Nations.
Obama is all about income redistribution -- at home and abroad -- a true
|When Barack Obama
first met him during a visit to Kenya in 1987, his half-brother Abo
Obama was visibly disappointed that the portable tape recorder his
Chicago relative brought him as a gift wasn't a Sony.
at him, trying not to get angry," Barack Obama wrote in Dreams From My
The future presidential hopeful wrote that he noticed
something in his half-brother's eyes -- "something that reminded me of
young men back in Chicago. An element of guardedness, perhaps, and
calculation. The look of someone who realizes early in life that
he has been wronged."
Abu is the guy on
the right, in the argyle sweater, in the family portrait (above).
|Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been
living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States
illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum
four years ago.
Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama's memoir,
was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge
who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told
the AP late Friday.
Onyango's refusal to leave the country would represent an
administrative, non-criminal violation of U.S. immigration law, meaning
such cases are handled outside the criminal court system.
Speaking outside her home in Flaherty Way, South Boston, on Tuesday, Ms.
Onyango, 56, confirmed she was the "Auntie Zeituni" in Mr Obama's
memoir. She declined to answer most other questions about her
relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4
election. "I can't talk about it, I just pray for him, that's
all," she said, adding: "After the 4th, I can talk to anyone."
recently made a $260 campaign contribution to her nephew's presidential
bid from a work address in the city. This contribution, like
millions of others from foreigners is, of course, illegal. The
Obama Campaign accepted it anyway, like all the others.
Obama's illegal alien aunt has
enlisted the help of an immigration lawyer to help her win asylum
and stay in the United States.
Margaret Wong and Associates is
representing Zeituni Onyango, the 56-year-old Kenyan half-sister of
Obama's deceased father, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Onyango and
her lawyer are scheduled to attend an immigration hearing in Boston on
"The judge will be looking at evidence that they may
not have been aware of four years ago," Michael Rogers, spokesman for
Wong, told the newspaper. "Wong is optimistic. We would have preferred
to not conduct this case in the media spotlight, but that's not going to
Onyango, revealed in November to be dwelling on
Flaherty Way in a South Boston slum, has been living in the United
States illegally, refusing to leave the U.S. for her Kenyan homeland
after a judge rejected her request for asylum in 2004.
|Uncle Omar, whi is described in Obama's book, is
living in Boston. He was recently beaten by armed robbers with
a "sawed-off rifle" while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester
area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat
for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston
|Ian Manners, Barack's former
brother-in-law, divorced from Barack's sister Auma, is writing a
book about his in-laws.
Barack attended Ian's 1996 wedding to Auma and famously ran out of a pub
in Wokingham, Berks, during Ian's stag bash when a raunchy dancer took
to the stage.
Businessman Ian said: "We were having a few drinks, then a stripper
dressed as a St. Trinian' schoolgirl appeared.
"She was no Miss World and it was the last thing I wanted. As soon
as Barack saw what was about to happen he made a hasty retreat.
"He was in politics already and left the pub immediately."
Ian added: "I played a couple of rounds of golf with him in 1997.
"We had to go to a municipal course because golf clubs wouldn't have
been keen on a black man playing on their course back then."
"He is very competitive and beat me both times. It was obvious
Barack was going to get to the top."
Bernard agreed, saying: "Barack is going to win the election,
definitely, and I want to be in the US for his inauguration.
"He will be a breath of fresh air for the world."
||So far, Jael is a mystery woman. She is
only mentioned as the mother of Obama's half-brother, George.
Jael, was Senior's mistress. Obama Sr. hooked up with her after
his divorce from Ruth. Stories say he planned on marrying her
before he died in a car accident.
Jael now lives in
|Of course, stuff
like this only adds more confusion to the question, "Who are you?
-- 8,000 Beduins stake their claim as the lost tribe of Barack Obama (video)
A sheikh in Galilee says he has evidence that he and his family are
linked by blood to Obama, who has a host of relatives in exotic
locations from Hawaii, Kenya and China and even an aunt living in Boston
(she's in Cleveland now).
Now Barack Obama is being claimed by not one but as many as 8,000 Beduin
tribesmen in northern Israel.
Although the spokesman for the lost tribe of Obama has yet to reveal the
documentary evidence that he says he possesses to support his claim,
people are flocking from across the region to pay their respects to the
"Beduin Obama", whose social standing has gone through the roof.
"We knew about it years ago but we were afraid to talk about it because
we didn't want to influence the election," Abdul Rahman Sheikh Abdullah,
a 53-year-old local council member, told The Times in the small Beduin
village of Bir al-Maksour in the Israeli region of Galilee. "We
wrote a letter to him explaining the family connection."
It was his 95-year-old mother who first spotted the connection, he says.
Seeing the charismatic senator on television, she noted a striking
resemblance to one of the African migrant workers who used to be
employed by rich sheikhs in the fertile north of British Mandate
Palestine in the 1930s.
The Africans would sometimes marry local Beduin girls and start
families, though, like many migrant workers, would just as frequently
return home after several years.
One of those men was a relative of Barack Obama's Kenyan grandmother,
Sheikh Abdullah maintains.
Sheikh Abdullah swears that he has papers and pictures to back up his
claim but has promised his mother not to divulge them until he has
presented them to Mr Obama.
Take with a grain of salt, but one more reason
for Obama to put his
bona fides on the table.
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