More cracks have appeared in the official story of Barack Obama’s family life, with the revelation in school documentation from the University of Washington that Ann Dunham most likely left her husband, Barack Sr., within weeks of the baby’s birth.
The official story as presented in his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” and in various accounts in newspapers and websites supporting Obama conflicts with the results of a careful analysis of the documentary evidence available.
For example, the official story claims Dunham relocated to Seattle late in 1962, but documentary evidence establishes she left Hawaii when she moved to Seattle in August or September 1961, only a few weeks after the birth of Barack Obama Jr.
Likewise, the official story describes how Dunham and Obama Sr. lived as man-and-wife in Hawaii until he left for Harvard to begin the fall term in September 1962. But the documents establish Dunham abandoned Obama Sr. when she left to begin school at the University of Washington in Seattle for the fall term of 1961, which began in September of that year.
The repositioning of the timeline revealed by the school documents may mask a yet undisclosed secret that lies at the heart of the Obama birth certificate controversy.
The Obama long-form original birth certificate continues to be hidden from the public by Obama despite a multitude of requests to make the document public.
But here are a number of critical dates documenting the birth of Barack Obama Jr. from available public records.
- Ann Dunham was born Nov. 29, 1942, according to her original Social Security Card. This would have made her 18 years old at the time Barack Obama Jr. was born.
- Barack Obama Jr. was born Aug. 4, 1961; this would put his date of conception at the earliest on or around Nov. 4, 1960, assuming there was a full nine months of pregnancy.
- Records provided to WND by Stuart Lau, university registrar in the Office of Admissions and Records at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, document that Ann Dunham’s first day of instruction at the university was Sept. 26, 1960, less than six weeks before the earliest date Barack Obama, Jr. could have been conceived.
- Ann Dunham and Barack H. Obama, Sr.’s divorce decree states they were married Feb. 2, 1961, in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. This would mean Obama’s parents were married approximately three months after Barack Obama, Jr. was conceived, if the baby went full-term.
- Instead of staying in Hawaii with her husband and new baby, Ann Dunham began classes at the University of Washington in Seattle in September 1961 for the autumn semester, less than two months after Obama was born. WND confirmed this date with Madolyne Lawson of the Office of Public Records at the University of Washington.
- Ann Dunham took up residence in Seattle at 516 13th Ave. E., according to the 1961 Seattle Polk directory. This residence was torn down in 1985 and is now replaced by twin Capital Park residential towers; the Seattle Polk Directory listing is for a “Mrs. Anna Obama,” a variant of her name that most researchers have considered to be Ann Dunham.
Ann Dunham’s residence in Seattle, 1961 (Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch, King County Assessor Property Record Card collection)
- At most, Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham lived together for approximately eight months, from Feb. 2, 1961, the date of their marriage, until September 1961 when Ann Dunham began her studies at the University of Washington. But there is nothing on the public record to suggest Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. ever lived together again as man and wife.
- There is nothing on the public record to suggest that Ann Dunham’s mother, Madelyn Dunham, accompanied her daughter to Seattle in September 1961, even though she was 18 years old and responsible for a baby who was less than two months old.
- There is no evidence on the public record that Obama Sr. ever joined his wife in Seattle. Instead, the public evidence is that Obama Sr. remained in Hawaii, while his wife and infant son established their residence in Seattle.
- Obama Sr. began studies at Harvard University in September 1962, which means Dunham did not return to live in Hawaii until after Obama Sr. had left the islands, never to return to Hawaii again as a resident.
- The same records show Dunham did not resume her studies at the University of Hawaii until April 1963 for the spring semester, when Barack Obama was approximately one year and five months old.
- Dunham and Obama Sr. were divorced Jan. 20, 1964.
The dates appear reliable, especially given the limited documentary evidence available about Barack Obama’s birth circumstances.
Timeline of President Obama’s birth
The dates permit the construction of this timeline:
The timeline raises several questions:
- Were Dunham and Obama Sr. ever very much in love, even at the beginning of their relationship, or was the marriage always one of convenience arranged to mask an inconvenient pregnancy?
- Did Dunham and Obama Sr. ever live together as man and wife, and if so, what testimony is there from neighbors at the time that would establish their residence address?
- Was Obama Jr. born in Hawaii, or was he born in Kenya? Could he have been born in Seattle or possibly even in British Columbia?
- What hospital was Obama Jr. born in, and who was the attending physician? What official records establish these facts?
- Who are Obama Jr.’s true birthright parents?
- Why has President Obama prevented the release to the American public of his long-form original birth certificate listing the hospital of his birth, the attending physician and the identity of his parents, as recorded at the time of his birth? What information is on the original, long-form birth certificate that President Obama does not want the American people to see?
Many of these questions should be able to be answered if the American public could authenticate Barack Obama’s original long-form birth certificate listing the hospital where he was born, the date and time of the birth, the attending physician and the names of the parents.
This leads to what is perhaps the key question: What is it the White House is determined to hide by refusing to release the president’s original long-form birth certificate?
Moreover, while President Obama and his supporters have made many photographs available from his childhood, important gaps remain:
- No photographs have yet surfaced showing Ann Dunham pregnant in 1961.
- No photographs have yet surfaced with Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham with Barack Obama Jr. as an infant in the hospital where he was born.
- No photographs have yet surfaced of Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. with Barack Obama Jr. after the newly born infant was taken home from the hospital.
When and why did Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham separate?
In his autobiography, “Dreams from My Father,” Barack Obama Jr. tells the story that his mother and father first separated when Barack Obama Sr. left Hawaii to attend Harvard.
On page 10, Obama presents this version of the story, writing: “He [Barack Obama Sr.] won another scholarship – this time to pursue his Ph.D. at Harvard – but not the money to take his new family with him. A separation occurred, and he returned to Africa to fulfill his promise to the continent. The mother and child stayed behind, but the bond of love survived the distances …” (ellipsis in original)
The Seattle Times, reporting on the Obama family history in April 2008 when Obama was emerging as a frontrunner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, disclosed that the family separated when Ann Dunham left Hawaii to enter the University of Washington in Seattle. But the paper incorrectly pushed Ann Dunham’s relocation to Seattle to 1962.
In the published article, Seattle Times staff reporter Jonathan Martin wrote: “By 1962, Dunham had returned to Seattle as a single mother, enrolling in the UW for spring quarter and living in an apartment on Capital Hill.”
This version allows a few more months for the young mother to care for her infant son while living yet with her husband in Hawaii.
On Oct. 21, 2008, the Seattle Weekly published yet a different version of the story: “But [Ann Dunham] returned to live in Seattle around 1962, after Barack was born in August 1961, leaving her husband, Kenya-born Barack Sr., and his newborn namesake in Hawaii.”
The assumption in the Seattle Weekly story is that Ann Dunham left the baby with her parents, Stanley Armour Dunham and Madelyn Dunham, who ultimately raised the future president.
Nicole Brodeur, a Seattle Times staff columnist, interviewed Ann Dunham’s high school “best friend” Maxine Box in February 2008.
According to this version, Box last saw Ann Dunham in 1961, “when [Ann Dunham] visited Seattle on her way from Honolulu to Massachusetts, where her then-husband was attending Harvard.”
Box also told the Seattle Times that Ann Dunham showed no interest in baby-sitting when they were in college, suggesting she was surprised when Dunham ended up pregnant only a year after graduating from Mercer Island High School.
“[Dunham] felt she didn’t need to date or marry or have children,” Box recalled for the Seattle Times interview published in March 2007.
Then, commenting on the birth of Barack Obama Jr., Box said, “I just couldn’t imagine [Ann Dunham's] life changing so quickly.”.
Unfortunately for Box, Barack Obama Sr. still was in Hawaii; he did not leave for Harvard until the following year.
In an unusual video now removed from the Internet, Ann Dunham’s high school friend Susan Blake also claimed Dunham visited Seattle in August 1961 with her infant son. Blake said she changed the baby’s diapers. The video is still noted and transcribed as footnote No. 21 in Ann Dunham’s Wikipedia entry.
What Ann Dunham was doing in Seattle immediately after her baby was born is unclear, unless she was there to find an apartment so she could start school in September 1961 at the University of Washington.
Others have speculated that perhaps Barack Obama Jr. was born in Seattle, or possibly in Canada, allowing Dunham to be in Seattle immediately after the future president’s birth without having to fly from Hawaii to the mainland sometime between Aug. 4, 1961, when the baby was born, and September 1961 when the fall term began at the University of Washington.
Barack Obama Jr.’s babysitter in Seattle
Mary Toutonghi, according to an interview published in the Seattle Chat Club blog, claimed to have baby-sat for the future president at Dunham’s Seattle apartment in January and February 1962. The Toutonghi interview provides no information about Dunham arriving in Seattle to begin classes in September 1961.
When asked why Dunham left her husband in Hawaii to come to Seattle with her infant son, Toutonghi explained Dunham told her that she and the baby would be going to Kenya when she finished her education, as she had promised her parents when she was married.
Toutonghi also added Dunham’s explanation that her husband had an obligation to his tribe to take another wife that was a full-blooded Kenyan. Toutonghi further commented, “I don’t think I could have been that brave.”
In an interview with WND, Toutonghi said she baby-sat for infant Obama “for two or there months, when he was seven months old,” adding “it was in the spring.”
Given Obama’s birth on Aug. 4, 1961, this would put the dates Toutonghi baby-sat infant Obama in February and March 1962.
“My daughter was 18 months old and she just had her 50th birthday this year,” Toutonghi recalled. “So, that would make the time around February and March 1962.”
“Ann Dunham and the baby moved in while we were there,” she remembered. “We managed the house and they had the rooms on the first floor to the right, immediately above the garage. Each of the rooms on that floor comprised a one-bedroom apartment. I can’t remember when she moved in, but the baby was seven months old.”
“It was kind of weird, but she never told me why she abandoned her husband,” she commented. “I don’t know if the courses she wanted were here. I couldn’t figure out why she was here in Seattle while her husband was in Hawaii.”
Did Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham ever live as man and wife?
WND has previously reported the birth notices for Barack Obama Jr. that were published in the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star-Bulletin in 1961 do not provide solid proof of a birth in Hawaii because of uncertainties over the policies and procedures used by the newspapers at that time.
WND hired a private investigator in Hawaii to seek out neighbors who lived in 1961 adjacent to 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, the address listed in the newspaper published birth notices.
According to an affidavit filed with WND by the private investigator, Beatrice Arakaki was a neighbor who has lived at her current residence of 6075 Kalanianaole Highway from before 1961 to the present.
Arakaki did not recall the Obama family living in the neighborhood, and she was unaware of any young couple living at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway that met the Obama family description.
If Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham lived at this address when Barack Obama Jr. was born, the original long-form birth certificate should confirm this address as the residence of the baby at birth.
The Hawaii short-form Certification of Live Birth lists no residence address information.
Obama’s birth certificate is not the only document at issue. WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records.
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