WND has found new evidence that Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama’s mother, was in Seattle in August 1961, within days of her son’s birth, contrary to the accepted narrative.

In a video that has been removed from the Internet since the 2008 presidential campaign, Susan Blake, a high school friend of Obama’s mother, gave an interview in which she discussed seeing Dunham shortly after Barack Obama Jr.’s Aug. 4, 1961, birth.

The video can be seen here:

Blake explains in the video that Dunham visited her in Seattle in a “late August afternoon” when Barack Obama Jr. was only “a few weeks old.”

Blake tells how she showed Dunham, an evidently inexperienced mother, how to change the baby’s diaper.

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The Blake video presents additional evidence that conflicts with the birth story presented by Barack Obama in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father.”

In the book, Obama quotes his mother indicating Barack Obama Sr. decided to abandon them in Hawaii because Harvard University did not provide sufficient funds for him to take his family. Obama’s father began studies in Cambridge, Mass., in September 1962.

On page 126, Obama has his mother saying, “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 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 b——, he had to go to Harvard. How can I refuse the best education? He told me. That’s all he could think about, proving that he was the best. …”

Evidence presented by WND shows Barack Obama Sr. maintained his own apartment in Hawaii, even after Barack Obama Jr. was born, raising doubts that the parents ever lived together as a married couple.

Moreover, documentary evidence establishes Dunham abandoned Barack Obama Sr. in Hawaii and moved to Seattle, where she was enrolled for extension classes at the University of Seattle only 15 days after reportedly delivering her first-born child in Honolulu.

WND has obtained additional documentation from the University of Washington that the summer 1961 schedule ended Aug. 18, 1961, a day before Dunham began extension classes.

University of Washington, Summer Schedule 1961, obtained from University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections

The University of Washington’s 1961 summer schedule coincides with Dunham’s college grade transcript, which indicates she began taking extension courses at the university Aug. 19, 1961.

The University of Washington calendar for the fall quarter 1961, for which Dunham was enrolled, indicates classes at the university began Sept. 25, 1961.

University of Washington, Fall Schedule 1961, obtained from University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections

The University of Washington registrar’s office told WND that the extension courses on Ann Dunham’s transcript most likely involved a combination of self-study and night classes taken on the university campus.

As WND has also reported, the evidence that Dunham was in Seattle in August 1961 comes from three sources:

  1. The public records division of the University of Washington has e-mailed WND that: “Ms. Stanley Ann Dunham was enrolled at the University of Washington for: Autumn 1961, Winter 1962, Spring 1962”

  2. Mary Toutonghi, the babysitter for Barack Obama Jr., told WND that she babysat for Obama when he was 7-months old (around February/March 1962) and Dunham was attending night classes at the University of Washington that started around 4:30 p.m.
  3. The Polk 1961-1962 directory listed Dunham at a Capitol Hill address in Seattle.


Ann Dunham’s residence in Seattle, 1961 (Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch, King County Assessor Property Record Card collection)

Toutonghi babysat for Dunham during the two extension school courses listed on the transcript that began Dec. 27, 1961. It’s likely that all the extension courses were night classes, because the extension classes listed on the transcript that began Aug. 19, 1961, were the same as the winter classes.

Ann Obama residence listing in Polk Directory

A spokesman for Polk City Directories in Livonia, Mich., told WND it was likely the 1961 – 1962 Polk Directory for Seattle was published no later than September 1962, with the exact date Dunham moved into 516 13th Avenue E. impossible to determine from the directory.

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