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A closer look at Obama Sr.

Sally Jacobs’ new book on the president’s father, “The Other Barack,” tells us as much about contemporary journalism as it does Barack Obama Sr. What follows are some observations on both.

In a recent article in the Claremont Review of Books, national-security guru Angelo Codevilla makes a provocative claim.

“Another photo, published in a Honolulu newspaper in 1959,” he writes, “shows [Ann’s father] Stanley Dunham escorted by uniformed U.S. Navy officers, greeting Barack Obama Sr., as he arrived in Hawaii from Kenya.”

In the photo, Dunham stands next to Obama smiling. Codevilla contends that the CIA might well have assigned Dunham to keep an eye on Obama, an unwitting pawn in the agency’s mission to woo the emerging African elite.

If Codevilla is right, then Jacobs’ book is close to all wrong. In her account, Obama arrives alone and friendless in Hawaii, not surrounded by 20 well-wishers, chief among them a future father-in-law who was not yet supposed to be there.

If the date of the photo can be verified as 1959, Codevilla is likely right, and the mystery deepens.