A photograph circulating on the Internet has raised new questions about the officially accepted account of President Obama’s birth and early childhood.
The photo shows Barack Obama Sr. at a dock, apparently arriving in Hawaii in 1959, welcomed by Stanley Dunham without his daughter, Ann Dunham.
The photo raises the question whether Barack Obama Sr. had a connection to Stanley Dunham before Ann Dunham supposedly met him in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii.
Undated photo shows Barack Obama Sr., with leis, and Stanley Dunham, immediate right, President Obama’s grandfather
Barack Obama Jr. admitted in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father” that his grandfather, Stanley Dunham, introduced him to Frank Marshall Davis, the well-known communist author and journalist from Chicago. The introduction suggested Stanley Dunham was comfortable with close ties to well-known leftists in Hawaii.
On pages 76-77 of “Dreams from My Father,” Barack Obama Jr. said Davis “would read us his poetry whenever we stopped by his house, sharing whiskey with Gramps out of an emptied jelly jar.”
In the photograph, Barack Obama Sr. is seen surrounded by well wishers, wearing an ample supply of traditional Hawaiian leis.
Stanley Dunham is seen in the photograph standing casually to the immediate left of Barack Obama Sr. with his hands in his pants pockets.
In the photograph are what appear to be two seamen in naval uniforms, one of whom is wearing an officer’s cap.
The occasion of the photograph and the others in the photograph are so far unidentified.
Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of the future president, is not in the group photograph.
The occasion could be the departure of Barack Obama Sr. from Harvard to the mainland where in 1962 he travelled to Cambridge, Mass., to begin graduate studies at Harvard.
But Stanley Dunham’s presence at the departure of Barack Obama, Sr. would not likely be such a cordial event, given that even the official Obama narrative maintains that by leaving Hawaii for Cambridge, Mass., Barack Obama Sr. was leaving behind his wife, Ann Dunham, and his son.
WND has reported that contrary to President Obama’s statement, his father did not abandon the family in Hawaii when he accepted an invitation to study at Harvard in 1962.
Instead, his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, abandoned Barack Obama Sr., when she moved from Hawaii to Seattle where she was enrolled in extension courses beginning Aug. 19, 1961, only 15 days after Barack Obama Jr. was born, according to Dunham’s grade transcript that WND obtained from the University of Washington.
The Polk city street directory for Seattle in 1961-1962 has Obama’s mother listed as a student living at 516 13th Ave. E., apartment 2, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area, where babysitter Mary Toutonghi reported Obama’s mother attended night classes at the university that began at 4:30 p.m., as part of her extension school curriculum.
Documents uncovered by WND have raised questions whether President Obama’s parents ever lived together as husband and wife, despite Obama’s repeated assertions his parents lived together in Hawaii during the first two years of his life.
WND further reported the Polk city street directory for Honolulu for 1961-1962 indicates Obama’s grandparents, Madelyn and Stanley Dunham, lived at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, the address listed for Obama’s birth in the announcement published in the Hawaiian newspaper at the time. Barack Obama Sr., meanwhile, maintained a separate bachelor pad at an 11th Avenue address, closer to the University of Hawaii.
Still, the nativity birth myth that Barack Obama, Sr. abandoned Ann Dunham when he left for Hawaii matches the nativity story he told on page 126 of Dreams from My Father.
There, Obama related a story his mother allegedly told him, writing: “When your father graduated from UH (University of Hawaii), he received two scholarship offers. One was to the New School, here in New York. The other one was to Harvard. The New School agreed to pay for everything – room and board, a job on campus, enough to support all three of us. Harvard just agreed to pay tuition. But Barack was such a stubborn bastard, he had to go to Harvard. How could I refuse the best education? he told me. That’s all he could think about, proving that he was the best. …”
WND can find no indication if Ann Dunham worked while she continued attending the University of Washington, where she was enrolled in the Spring 1962 term as a full-time student taking courses at the campus.
WND can find no documentary evidence indicating how Ann Dunham paid her tuition at the University of Washington or where she got sufficient funds to pay rent and living expenses for herself and her infant son while she was living in Seattle from Aug. 1961 until she returned to Hawaii, after Barack Obama Sr. had left for Harvard.
WND also can find no documentary evidence that Ann Dunham ever returned to Hawaii to visit Barack Obama Sr. while he continued his studies at the University of Hawaii in her absence; nor can WND find any evidence Barack Obama Sr. ever traveled from Hawaii to visit Ann Dunham while she lived in Seattle.
The newly discovered photograph of Barack Obama Sr. at the dock without Ann Dunham joins a group of photos of Obama’s father at the University of Hawaii, where WND reported Barack Obama Sr. was photographed again without Ann Dunham.
WND has previously reported three photos of Barack Obama Sr. attending a University of Hawaii party in the early 1960s surfaced on the Internet, showing the president’s father enjoying the company of his fellow university students without the presence of Ann Dunham.
Barack Obama Sr.’s evident demeanor from the three photographs suggests a familiarity with women and an ease as a single man that would give no indication he was regarded as engaged to be married or already wed to Ann Dunham.
While the possibility remains the photographs were taken prior to the time Obama Sr. met Ann Dunham, the testimony from Obama’s fellow students at the University of Hawaii that accompany the photographs makes no mention whatsoever that Barack Obama Sr. was ever associated with Ann Dunham, at the time the photographs were taken, or later.
A reasonable interpretation of the photographs and accompanying testimony would be that at the time of the party in Hawaii, Barack Obama Sr. was a bachelor enjoying the free and easy company of his peers, unencumbered by a fiancée or a wife.
WND has previously reported Michelle Obama stated at a public event that her husband’s mother, Ann Dunham, was “very young and very single” when she gave birth to the future U.S. president.
WND has reported the only documentation for Ann Dunham’s marriage to Barack Obama Sr. comes from their divorce documents that list the marriage date as Feb. 2, 1961.
In actuality, it isn’t clear Obama’s parents were married, since official records have never been produced showing a legal ceremony took place. No wedding certificate or photograph of a ceremony for Dunham and Obama Sr. has ever been found or published.
In his book “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage,” former Time magazine contributing editor Christopher Anderson elaborates: “There were certainly no witnesses (to the alleged civil marriage ceremony on Maui in 1961 between Obama’s parents) – no family members were present, and none of their friends at the university had the slightest inkling that they were even engaged.”
Anderson further quoted Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, a self-described friend of Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham in 1961, as saying that “nobody” was invited to the wedding ceremony.
Obama himself, on page 22 of his autobiography, wrote of his parents wedding: “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 in retrospect, so haphazard.”
WND’s search for documentary evidence has established the following timeline for his mother:
The timeline indicates, contrary to President Obama’s contentions that his parents lived together in Hawaii for two years after he was born and that the father abandoned the family when he went to Harvard toward the end of 1962, that his mother, Ann Dunham, abandoned the family in the month of Obama’s birth, with the parents never again living together in Hawaii or anywhere else.