Frank Marshall Davis
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The late Marxist activist Frank Marshall Davis, frequently accompanied by young Barack Obama and his grandfather Stanley Armour Dunham, sold marijuana and cocaine from a “Chicago style” hot dog cart Davis operated near his home on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki in the early 1970s, WND has established.
A credible source, a well-known resident of Honolulu who spoke at length with WND on condition he not be named, disclosed that Davis was the source of drugs consumed by Obama. Davis was also the author of an autobiographical novel boasting of “swinging” and sex with minors, a copy of which WND obtained from Andrew Walden, a resident of Hilo on the island of Hawaii and publisher of the Hawaii Free Press.
Obama, in his autobiographical book “Dreams from My Father,” discloses that he used both marijuana and cocaine as a high school student living with his grandparents in their Honolulu apartment.
The source said that on more than a dozen occasions he purchased “8-balls” consisting of approximately 3.6 grams of cocaine from Davis at the hot dog stand when Obama was present.
“Obama was a young kid, about 14 or 15 years old,” the source told WND. “I was told his name was Barry, and there was no doubt Barry knew Davis was selling marijuana and cocaine as well as hot dogs from the stand.”
“Barry was also there with an older white gentleman I’m told was Stanley,” the source said. “I thought Stanley was Barry’s father.”
WND has established that Stanley was Stanley Armour Dunham, Obama’s grandfather.
“I bought cocaine from Davis at the hot dog stand,” the source said. “The first purchase I made was in 1975. In total, I bought 14 purchases of cocaine from Davis. I bought what Davis called an ’8-ball’ that consisted of about 3.6 grams of cocaine. An ’8-ball’ cost $300.”
As was established in “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” Obama lived with his mother and his Indonesian Muslim stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, in Jakarta from 1967 to 1970, when Obama was approximately 6 to 10 years old.
Obama’s mother sent him back to Hawaii alone in 1970 to live with his grandparents while she and Obama’s sister, Maya, remained in Indonesia to continue living with Soetoro.
Ann Dunham subsequently divorced Soetoro and returned to Hawaii to continue pursuing a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Hawaii.
For a period of three years, Obama lived in what he described as “a small apartment a block away from Punahou,” his high school.
Obama’s mother returned with Maya to Indonesia to complete her anthropology field work in Indonesia.
Obama reports in his autobiography that he refused to go back to Indonesia to attend the international school there, preferring instead to remain in Hawaii and live with his grandparents in their apartment.
Obama reported that his grandfather at this time had a number of black male friends who “were mostly poker and bridge partners,” describing them as “neatly dressed men with hoarse voices and clothes that smelled of cigars, the kind of men for whom everything has its place and who figure they’ve seen enough not to waste a lot of time talking about it.”
Obama then reports that an exception was “a poet named Frank who lived in a dilapidated house in a run-down section of Waikiki.”
The WND source confirmed this description matched Frank Marshall Davis’ residence on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki.
In “Unfit for Publication,” the 40-page rebuttal the Obama campaign submitted to “The Obama Nation,” the Obama campaign admitted for the first time, on page 9, that Frank Marshall Davis was the man Obama had identified in his autobiography as “Frank.”
“Unfit for Publication” says under the heading “Reality” that Obama’s memoir characterized Davis as a figure from his youth who “fell short” and whose view of race was “incurable,” attempting to rebut the charge in “The Obama Nation” that Davis was a mentor to Obama during Obama’s teenage years at Punahou.
In “Dreams from My Father,” Obama admits his grandfather drank alcohol with Davis, “sharing whiskey with Gramps out of an emptied jelly jar.”
Obama also admits in the autobiography that his grandfather took him “downtown to one of his favorite bars, in Honolulu’s red-light district.”
Both Walden and the WND source on Davis’ drug-selling both affirmed that the bar involved was one of several then located in the largely black red-light district on Smith Street, at that time located near Honolulu’s Chinatown.
Obama also admits drinking whiskey with Davis, describing in his autobiography that he drove to Waikiki to visit Davis and drink whiskey with him out of plastic cups. On that evening Obama had become upset learning that a black panhandler had approached his grandmother and scared her at a bus stop while she was waiting to go to work.
In the incident, Obama reports “reaching for the bottle, this time pouring my own,” while listening to Davis explain that Obama’s grandmother was “right to be scared.”
Davis told Obama, “She understands that black people have a reason to hate.”
In response, Obama said, “The earth shook under my feet, ready to crack open at any moment. I stopped, trying to steady myself, and knew for the first time that I was utterly alone.”
Obama also admitted in his autobiography that in his first two years in college at Occidental he was involved with drugs: “I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”
Obama has never disclosed his source for purchasing drugs.
The Telegraph of London reported in August that Davis and Stanley Dunham smoked marijuana together and that Obama was first introduced to Davis by Dunham in 1970, when Obama returned from Indonesia.
The Telegraph also documented that Davis was the author of “the hard-core pornographic autobiography published in San Diego in 1968 by Greenleaf Classics under the pseudonym Bob Green.”
WND received independent confirmation that Davis was the author of “Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gash Gourmet), from an established academic expert on Davis, who wished to remain anonymous.
In a forward to “Sex Rebel,” Davis openly discussed that he lived the life of a sexual swinger, writing: “I admit, however, that my sex syndrome may be more complex than that of many swingers and swappers.”
He continued to disclose, “Under certain circumstances I am bi-sexual.” After enumerating various unusual and scatological sexual techniques he liked, Davis added: “I’m also a voyeur and exhibitionist. Occasionally I am mildly interested in sado-masochism.”
Writing as Green, Davis admitted in the foreword that he “often wished” he had two male sex organs to double his sexual pleasure: “As you see, I partake of many of the variations that our Puritans label ‘perversions’ – a term which to me carries moral judgment and therefore has no place in my erotic vocabulary.”
According to Walden, a typical passage beginning on page 274 of “Sex Rebel” describes Davis in November 1958 stalking Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Davis, writing as Greene, “soon encounters two tourists – a Seattle couple he calls ‘Dot’ and ‘Lloyd.’”
“Lloyd brags to the complete stranger [Davis] about Dot’s figure,” Walden explained. “After a few minutes of small talk to establish their mutual interest in ‘swinging’ … Davis then devotes almost all of Chapter 27 to a graphic and detailed description of their three-way sexual encounters over the next few days.”
Although “Sex Rebels” is openly discussed as autobiography, Walden notes Davis/Greene frequently changes names and identities, even though Davis/Greene confirms that “all incidents I have described here have been taken from actual experiences.”
Madelyn and Stanley Dunham came to Hawaii from Seattle, but there is no way in what is admittedly a fictional book to establish that “Dot” and “Lloyd” from Seattle were the Dunhams.
“Sex Rebels” also describes sexual encounters the fictional Greene and his wife had with underage children of both sexes, again without any possibility of reliably identifying the children who may have been involved.
On Dec. 5, 1956, Davis appeared in executive session before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee investigating “the scope of Soviet activity in the United States,” one of the McCarthy-era committees seeking to expose communists considered to be a security threat.
Invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Davis refused to answer a direct question asking if he was then a communist. A year earlier, in 1955, a Commission on Subversive Activities organized by the government of the Territory of Hawaii identified Davis as a member of the Communist Party USA. The committee singled out for criticism several articles Davis published in the “Communist Honolulu Record” that were critical of the commission.
The commission also found objectionable a 1951 story Davis published, entitled “Hawaii’s Plain People Fight White Supremacy,” in the November 1951 issue of a New York City communist tabloid.
The two African-American writers Obama mentions to give “Frank” some context both had communist connections as well. Langston Hughes and Richard Wright were the two African-American writers most identified with the Communist Party USA in the 1930s.
Hughes, a prolific writer who was best known for his 1921 poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in 1953 that he had been a communist sympathizer.
Hughes further testified there was a period of his life when he believed in the Soviet Union’s form of government and that books he authored were written to follow the communist line. Wright, best known for his 1940 novel “Native Son,” was the Harlem editor of the communist newspaper Daily Worker in 1937.
John Edgar Tidwell, a professor of English at the University of Kansas who produced an anthology of Davis’ poems also confirms Davis joined the Communist Party. Tidwell argued Davis’ radical poetry and newspaper articles “put him on a collision course” with the House Un-American Activities Committee and the FBI.
In his autobiography, “Livin’ the Blues,” Davis himself tells of being pursued by the U.S. government, saying it did not bother him.
Openly, he wrote, “I knew I would be described as a Communist, but frankly I had reached the stage where I didn’t give a damn. Too many people I respected as Freedom Fighters were listed as Red for me to fear name calling.”
Davis wrote, “The genuine Communists I knew as well as others so labeled had one principle in common: to use any and every means to abolish racism.” Davis said he wrote to give “the widest possible publicity to the many instances of racism and the dissatisfaction of Afro-American with the status quo.”