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It appears “Barry Soetoro,” the name Barack Obama went by as a child in Indonesia, has surfaced again on the islands – the islands of Cape Verde off the African coast.
The name has been resurrected in the popular TV show “White Collar,” where one of the characters – a con-man and conspiracy theorist who is friend to document forgers, no less – has fled to the islands and is using “Soetoro” as a pseudonym.
“Barry” was introduced last week as the new alias for the character “Mozzie” in “Wanted,” the premiere episode of the show’s fourth season.
“White Collar,” a show nominated at the People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite TV Obsession” and “Favorite Cable TV Drama,” is the ongoing story of a con-man and art thief who teams with the FBI agent who first caught him as a way of commuting a prison sentence. “Mozzie” is the con-man’s friend and partner in nefarious deeds. The show airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on the USA Network, and older episodes can be streamed on Netflix.
And according to clues from the show’s creators, “Barry Soetoro” may make yet more appearances this season.
In a Twitter post earlier this year, the show’s writer, Jeff Eastin, wrote, “White Collar season 4 mini-spoiler quiz: Mozzie will use the alias [blank] Soetoro this year. Fill in the blank.”
After a follower tagged as Shintasuju correctly answered “Barry” and then suggested the show do some filming in Indonesia, Eastin responded, “That’s not quite the reason we chose the name,” but added, “Think conspiracy.”
Though Eastin’s intent is vague and perhaps intentionally teasing, the writer apparently decided to draw some parallels between his character and the current occupant of the White House.
In “Wanted,” the character is introduced by a coffee shop owner complaining that “Barry” has been trying to “unionize my workers,” to which the con-man responds, “Viva health care!”
As WND reported, Obama attended Indonesia’s Fransiskus Assisi school, a Catholic institution, registered under the name “Barry Soetoro” by his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro. A school registration card from 1967 lists Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. His religion was listed as Muslim. Following his enrollment at the private Assisi school, Obama attended public schooling in Indonesia until he returned to Hawaii at age 10.