"An improbable love"
In my previous post I pointed out that Barack Obama Sr. arrived in Hawaii to study economics in 1959. One of the more interesting inconsistencies about Barack Obama Sr. is his age. Everywhere, including Obama's birth certificate and all accounts by Obama and others say that he was 23 when he came to the US and 25 when the President was born. Obviously if his age listed on Barack Obama Jr. birth certificate states his father's age as 25 in August of 1961 it must be correct-right?
Well someone should have told Barack Obama Sr. this, since in every document that he himself filled out prior to attending Harvard including numerous forms for US immigration he listed his birth date as June 18, 1934 which would have made him 25 at the time he arrived in Hawaii and 27 when Obama was born. To show how absurdly inconsistent the reporting on this small detail is, if you go to his Wikipedia page it will list his birth date as June 18, 1936 , yet when you click on the footnote that is the source for this it takes you to his immigration file where he himself wrote his actual birth date of June 18, 1934. A couple of weeks after Obama was born, where his age is listed as 25, Obama Sr. filed for a visa extension and listed his birth date as June 18 1934 which would have made him 27.
One of the great hypocrisies in this campaign so far is how some on the left have tried to smear Mitt Romney's Mormon faith by pointing to his great grandfather's polygamy. The fact that Barack Obama's own father was guilty of the same status when he presumably married Obama's mother is conveniently ignored. When Barack Obama Sr came to attend Hawaii University he left behind his pregnant wife Kezia and infant son.
By the summer of 1959, he was bound for Hawaii, leaving Kezia three months pregnant with Auma.
Kezia said: "I went with him to the airport. He gave me a cuddle and I was crying.
"He said, 'Bye bye, see you later when I come back.'"
Instead, Barack Sr met Barack Jr's mother, Ann, in Honolulu. She was an 18-year-old fellow student from Kansas and within months they were united in what appears to have been a bigamist marriage.
Barack Jnr was born in August, 1961.Actually the 26 year old Obama met the 17 year old Ann at the University of Hawaii where they both were studying Russian for some reason, probably to more deeply explore their ".... shared and abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation.” Most if not all accounts of the relationship imply that Stanley Ann Dunham was 18 without much comment. It is true that when the couple was married she was 18. A marriage even Obama himself is unsure of:
"In fact, how and when the marriage occurred remains a bit murky, a bill of particulars that I’ve never quite had the courage to explore. There’s no record of a real wedding, a cake, a ring, a giving away of the bride. No families were in attendance; it’s not even clear that people back in Kansas were fully informed. Just a small civil ceremony, a justice of the peace. The whole thing seems so fragile... "And when Obama was born his mother was 18, but he was born 8 months 4 days after his mother's 18th birthday. So the math of the situation. for what it is worth, would seem to indicate that the 26 year old married father of two impregnated the 17 year old college student. We're not exactly in Kansas or even Selma anymore are we?
As I have said it is not that Obama is responsible for the actions of his parents, but he is responsible for the truthfulness and accuracy of his biographical details. The narrative of the young African student and the girl from Kansas falling in love, marrying and begetting the future president is to put it mildly, bunk. Obama's narrative about his parents was one of the most powerful tools he used to introduce and ingratiate himself to the American public the fact that it is a myth is totally ignored.
In a televised talk to the nation's school children President Obama said:
"My father left my family when I was 2 years old, and I was raised by a single mom who had to work and who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn't always able to give us the things that other kids had."Well there is pretty much nothing in that statement that is historically true. It is true that Obama's mother divorced his father when he was two years old but the facts are that Barack Obama Sr. never lived with his son and wife after Obama's birth, if Obama Sr ever lived with Ann at all. I mentioned that shortly after Obama's birth his father applied for a visa extension, by the time he did that on August 31, 1961 his wife and newborn son were in Seattle. On page 5 of Dreams from my Father we are told:
"At the time of his death, my father remained a myth to me, both more and less than a man. He had left Hawaii back in 1963, when I was only two years old,..."
But this is not true, Obama Sr. left Hawaii in June of 1962 while Obama and his mother were in Seattle where she had moved. College records, apartment rental records and several eye witness accounts verify that Stanley Ann Dunham and the new born Barack Obama were living in Seattle in August of 1961 within three weeks of his birth. Since Barack Obama Sr. is known to have continued to live in Hawaii until he left for Harvard in June of 1962 not 1963, it would seem that Ann, for whatever reason. left Obama Sr if they were ever truly together, rather than the other way around.
The fact that Ann moved to Seattle virtually days after Obama's birth without any family support is one of those fascinating mysteries that nobody seemed to want to reveal or investigate prior to Obama's election. The revelation would have instantly exposed the narrative of Obama's parents as a complete farce.
To summarize, though it is true that Ann divorced Barack Sr. when Obama was two years old the fact that his parents were not together had absolutely nothing to do with his father leaving them since they were never really together as a family in the first place. In the statement to the school children quoted above, notice the "us" that did not get the things other kids did? The "us" of course includes Obama's sister who was the result of another marriage and divorce which occurred after Obama Sr "left" them. Obama just melds and deletes inconvenient truths in order that he can ingratiate or manipulate his audiences for his own purposes.
I used the picture above of Ann and Barack Sr for a reason, it is the only one that exists! Just as there is no record or witnesses to their wedding, their is no record or witnesses to the existence of an "Obama family" nor could there be, it never was. Not only is the famous picture above the only one that exists, it was taken years later in 1972,. The smiling couple is not that of a family portrait, but rather an airport meeting of two former lovers. They met so that Barack Obama Jr could meet his father for the first and only time when he was ten years old. The result of this single meeting of father and and son resulted in another unique photo the only picture that was ever taken of Barack Obama Sr. and Barack Obama Jr.
Dreams from my father indeed. A meeting at an airport as Senior passes through on his way to more important matters in his life. It is all rather sad really,
Sad too is how Obama has used a false narrative of his parents relationship to promote himself and his political ambitions. The single event which propelled Barack Obama onto the national scene lifting him from an obscure State Senator running for US Senate to national prominence was his speech before the Democratic National Convention in 2004. This is the speech where he comes across as the great unifier, "No red states, no blue states just the United States.." But as important in that speech was his recounting of his personal biography and how he used it to ingratiate himself to the national audience:
“My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation.”Improbable love indeed.