Stanley Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother, was registered for college classes in Seattle only 15 days after reportedly delivering her first-born child in Honolulu, according to school records obtained by WND.
How Dunham was able to travel the 2,680 air miles from Honolulu to Seattle only a few days after the birth of her baby is not disclosed in the currently available public record concerning President Obama’s birth.
Nor is there anything on the public record to explain how Dunham managed to find an apartment and relocate with her infant son so she could begin taking university classes within 15 days of the baby’s birth.
There is also nothing on the public record to suggest Madelyn Dunham, Ann Dunham’s mother, or any other family member preceded or accompanied Dunham to Seattle in August 1961 to help the new mother and infant son find appropriate living arrangements and complete the university’s enrollment process prior to beginning classes.
Documentation for these timeline conclusions come from records recently provided WND by the University of Washington at Seattle.
On July 29, the University of Washington e-mailed WND Dunham’s complete grade transcript covering her attendance at the university. The university confirmed Dunham’s classes starting in the fall of 1961 were night classes.
The transcript clearly documents that Dunham was enrolled at the University of Washington for two classes that began on Aug. 19, 1961: Anthropology 100, “Introduction to the Study of Man” and Political Science 201, “Modern Government.”
President Obama celebrated his 48th birthday today, Aug. 4; on Aug. 19, 1961, Barack Obama Jr. was 15 days old.
Part of the University of Washington’s records regarding Ann Dunham
The transcript also shows Dunham was enrolled at the University of Washington as a “nonresident citizen,” which meant she would not be able to take advantages of the tuition breaks she should have been able to receive if she had continued her studies as a resident student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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 the autumn of 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 three months, when he was seven months old,” adding “it was in the spring.”
Given Obama’s birth 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.”
Ann Dunham’s residence in Seattle, 1961 (Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch, King County Assessor Property Record Card collection)
Barack Jr. apparently was only a few days old for the travel from Hawaii to Seattle.
In deciding to take her child and move to Seattle, Ann Dunham abandoned her husband, Barack Obama, who stayed behind in Hawaii, evidently to continue his studies at the University of Hawaii.
This now-documented account of President Obama’s birth timeline differs dramatically from the narrative the president told in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father.”
In that book, Obama claimed his mother remained with him in Hawaii until 1962 when supposedly Barack Obama Sr. made the decision to abandon Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Jr. in Hawaii because Harvard did not provide sufficient funds for him to take his family with him to Cambridge, Mass., to begin his studies in September 1962.
Ann Dunham’s transcript from the University of Washington shows she continued to take classes there through the spring term 1962, which suggests she not only abandoned Barack Obama Sr. in Hawaii, but also that she remained in Seattle to continue her studies there well into 1962.
More of the University of Washington’s records regarding Ann Dunham
Stuart Lau, registrar at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, confirmed to WND that Dunham attended the fall term 1960 and did not resume studies at that university until the spring term 1963.
Lau also confirmed to WND that Barack Obama Sr. attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa from the fall term 1959 through the spring term 1962.
This confirms the conclusion that Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. never lived together as man and wife after the birth of Barack Obama Jr..
Dunham’s University of Washington timeline permits WND to refine President Obama’s birth timeline as follows:
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