Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Another Look at Obama's Origins
American Thinker ^ | 2-7-2010 | Jack Cashill - Commentary

Posted on 02/06/2010 10:45:49 PM PST by smoothsailing

Return to the Article

February 07, 2010

Another Look at Obama's Origins

By Jack Cashill

The murky circumstances of Obama's birth invite attempts to make the known facts fit together. This article was prompted by two emails.  The first asked me why I had never weighed in on the birth certificate controversy surrounding President Barack Obama. 

I responded that although I was troubled by the lack of documentation regarding all phases of Obama's history -- I'd be content with his SAT scores -- I could not understand why any pregnant American woman would go anywhere near Kenya.

The second email was more interesting.  It came from a Michigan entrepreneur named Don Wilkie, with whom I had not previously communicated.  Knowing my interest in the authorship questions surrounding Obama's writing, he presumed that I was intrigued as he was by a cryptic poem the 19-year old Obama wrote called "Pop," the best thing that Obama himself has actually written.  He was right.

"Pop" relates an encounter between Obama and a man most reviewers presume to be Obama's maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham.  Dunham would have been in his early 60's at the time.  In the poem, Obama has "Pop" wondering drunkenly about the boy, "What to do with me, a green young man." 

The Obama of the poem is cynical, even a little bitter.  He makes several allusions to the fact that he and the old man look and even smell alike, a fact that strikes Obama as more ironic than reassuring.  The poem ends, however, with reconciliation when Pop stands and asks for a hug.  Writes Obama:

I see my face, framed within

Pop's black-framed glasses

And know he's laughing too.

Wilkie offers a novel interpretation of "Pop." Says Wilkie, "I think the poem zeros in on that poignant moment when Obama was told that his grandfather was in reality his father."

Wilkie concedes his theory is "off-the-wall," but he also offers photographic evidence to show that Obama much more closely resembles Dunham -- especially the telltale ears --than he does Barack Obama, Sr. 

Intriguing as the theory is, I t hought it would be easy to disprove.  I was wrong.  For starters, in his 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father, Obama refers to his grandfather not as "Pop," but as "Gramps." If he were writing about his grandfather in this poem, the title "Pop" may very well be suggestive of a more direct kinship.

For another, there is little known about the marriage between Stanley Ann Dunham, Obama's presumed mother, and Barack Obama Sr.  According to most accounts, Dunham and Barack Sr. were married on the Hawaiian island of Maui -- in some reports on February 2, 1961, in others on February 21.

Obama knows little about the wedding.  He writes in Dreams, "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."

In his fair-minded biography, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, Christopher Andersen concedes, "There were certainly no witnesses -- no family members were present; and none of their friends at the university had the slightest inkling they were even engaged."

Another conflicting bit of evidence is that at the time of his alleged marriage to Ann Dunham, Barack Sr. had a pregnant wife and a son back in Kenya.  There is more.  In July 2008, speaking at a university roundtable, Michelle Obama said of Barack's mother that she was "very young and very single when she had him."  This could well have been a slip of the tongue, but it may not have been.

Obama was reportedly born roughly six months after the February wedding date on August 4, 1961.  Andersen reports that Barack Sr. drove Ann to Honolulu's Kapiloani Hospital for Women and Children to have the baby.

Andersen's account, however, suffers from chronology problems.  He relates that Ann told the Dunhams of her pregnancy in "late October."  Even if she had she been impregnated in early October -- it probably would have been earlier -- Obama's official birth date came ten months later.

In any scenario, Obama had at least one black parent, and if it is not Obama Sr., who then is it?  Obama offers a possible clue in Dreams

I was intrigued by old Frank, with his books and whiskey breath and the hint of hard-earned knowledge behind the hooded eyes. The visits to his house always left me feeling vaguely uncomfortable, though, as if I were witnessing some complicated, unspoken transaction between the two men, a transaction I couldn't fully understand. The same thing I felt whenever Gramps took me downtown to one of his favorite bars, in Honolulu's red-light district.

The "Frank" in question is Frank Marshall Davis, a black communist, pornographer and poet who had abandoned Chicago for Hawaii.  In "Pop," it should be noted, the Pop character "recites an old poem just before the reconciliation and reeks of whiskey.  Davis would have been in his mid-70's at the time.  Some have theorized that Davis, in fact, is Obama's father and the "Pop" of the poem.  This theory, though tenuous, cannot be ruled out.  A grandson can look more like his maternal grandfather than his father. That happens.  And then too there is Davis's Chicago connection.

The "Frank" passage and the ones that follow, however, tell us something suggestive about Stanley Dunham, namely that he frequented otherwise all-black bars in an area rife with prostitution.  That a black woman -- perhaps a friend of Davis's -- gave birth to a child of Dunham's may explain "the complicated, unspoken transaction between the two men."  If this were the case, it would have caused far less societal stress for Ann Dunham to assume maternity of her little brother than for Stanley Dunham to assume paternity of his son. 

We also know that Stanley Dunham so desperately wanted a boy that he named his only child "Stanley Ann." That he chose to raise the young Barack would not have been out of character.

Is it possible that Barack Sr. obliged the Dunhams and went along with the charade?  If so, as Andrew Young attests in The Politician, he would not have been the last good friend to claim false paternity for a larger cause.

As a Kenyan, Barack Sr. would have given the boy more than a name. He would give him a distinctive identity as an "African," a more respected ethnicity in the America of the 1960's than "Negro." Indeed, Obama has built his career around his exotic identity.  Were he named after an American father, say "Darnell Johnson," he may never have been elected president.

This hypothetical extended charade would help explain why Barack Sr. blithely blew off his new family when he headed for Harvard a year later, rejecting a reported opportunity to take both wife and child to New York, and began dating as soon as he arrived at Harvard. It would explain too why Ann Dunham felt free to leave young Barack with her parents for years at a time when her career beckoned.

Barack Sr.'s cooperation would also put Stanley Dunham's fondness for him in perspective.  In Dreams, Gramps speaks so respectfully of his prodigal son-in-law that the whole opening sequence rings false to anyone who knows the larger story.  A man, a black man at that, has knocked up Dunham's daughter.  Ann and Barack Sr. marry despite reported opposition from both families. The man then abandons wife and child, and the grandfather can only sing his praises to the man's son.  This makes no sense at all and would have made even less sense in the racially charged 1960s.

Jerome Corsi of WorldNetDaily has found additional evidence that argues against Obama's birth to Ann Dunham in August 1961.  As the records clearly show, "Stanley Ann Dunham" enrolled for classes at the University of Washington at Seattle on August 19, 1961, fifteen days after Obama's presumed birth. It defies all logic--and logistics as well--that Dunham would have flown her newborn across the Pacific, found an apartment and a job and enrolled at class all within two weeks of the birth.

Most accounts put young Barack with Dunham in Seattle when she was attending college, but the sourcing on these accounts is suspect.  One person cited often is Dunham's good childhood friend, Maxine Box.  In February 2008, Box told the Seattle Times that the last time she saw Dunham was "in 1961," when, says Times reporter Nicole Brodeur, "[Dunham] visited Seattle on her way from Honolulu to Massachusetts, where her then-husband was attending Harvard." 

"She seemed very happy and very proud," Box tells the Times of Dunham." She had this beautiful, healthy baby. I can see them right now."

There are any number of problems with this account beginning with the fact that Barack Sr. did not attend Harvard until the fall of 1962.  Box also gives no sense that Dunham lived in Seattle or attended classes there through the winter and spring sessions of 1962 as records show she did.  Whether Dunham was actually heading for Harvard, we have no real way of knowing. 

A seeming hole in Andersen's account is that he missed the Washington adventure and has Ann remaining in Hawaii through Obama's first few years.  He makes no mention of any trip to Harvard by Ann.

One other scenario makes sense out of a falsely assumed paternity by Barack Sr.  This begins with the abrupt departure of the Dunham family from the Seattle area in the late summer 1960.  In Dreams, Obama tells how pleased the senior Dunhams were with the success of Ann in high school, but Stanley forbade her to go to the University of Chicago, "deciding that she was still too young to be living on her own."

Soon thereafter, however, the family decamped for Hawaii. 

"Something must have still been gnawing at my grandfather's heart," writes Obama.  He attributes the move to his wanderlust and the "limitless" prospects offered by a new furniture store in Honolulu.   Adds Obama, "He would rush home that same day and talk my grandmother into selling their house and packing up yet again."

What Obama does not mention is that even at this time his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, likely earned more than her furniture salesman husband.  To move, she had to give up her job as a bank officer in Seattle.  Arriving in Honolulu, she worked as a by-the-hour bank teller.  This job would, however, have given her the opportunity to tend to the young Barack. 

It seems altogether possible that the progressive and adventurous 17 year-old Dunham was impregnated by a black man while the family was still living in the Seattle area. If so, this pregnancy could have prompted the family to uproot to Hawaii where no one knew them and where mixed-race babies were more accepted.  According to the Andersen account, whose source was Maxine Box, "There were loud arguments between father and daughter -- fights that sometimes turned violent."  Ann did not want to go.

Both the "Dunham as father" and the "anonymous black father" scenarios would make the Obama camp wary of sharing Obama's actual birth certificate, either because Dunham was not Obama's mother or, if she were, because Obama was born much earlier than August 4, 1961. 

If Obama were born, say, in February or March 1961, it would clarify why, as documented, Dunham attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the fall semester of 1960 but not in the spring semester of 1961.  This timetable would have also allowed Dunham enough time to recover and prepare for a return to college in Seattle in August with or without the baby.  Dunham would not return to the University of Hawaii until 1963.  She filed for divorce in 1964, and little was heard from Barack Sr. ever again.

Scientists use the phrase "inference to the best explanation" to illuminate an unproven phenomenon. Given the available evidence, including the fact that some evidence has been strategically withheld, one can infer that Obama likely was born in Hawaii but that Ann Dunham did not give birth to Barack Obama Sr.'s child on August 4, 1961.

So much depends on Obama's fabled "story," however, that the mainstream media have chosen not investigate.  When Christopher Andersen tried, he found himself immersed in a swamp of conflicting and concocted stories that tested the savvy of even a veteran biographer. 

And so Obama's birth remains a mystery a year after his inauguration.  The mainstream media meanwhile have paid more attention to the origins of Trig Palin than to those of the president, and have spent their excess energy mocking those who do the reporting they once did. 

If my humble efforts to clarify matters make me a "birther," so be it.

Page Printed from: at February 07, 2010 - 12:34:58 AM CST

TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: birthcertificate; cashill; certifigate; dunham; february; frankdavis; frankmarshalldavis; jeffcashill; naturalborncitizen; obama; obamafamily; origins; stanleyanndunham; stanleydunham; steve; stevedunham; whosyourdaddy; whosyourmommy
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 401-403 next last
To: smoothsailing

and Aloha Smooth!

He's not local, not kamaaina, not even a malahini. Just a fraud.
41 posted on 02/07/2010 1:42:06 AM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smoothsailing


42 posted on 02/07/2010 1:55:14 AM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'n Commie Basterd!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cheburashka

But it would give a new light to how he threw grandma under the bus during the race speech, and why he waited almost two months to go to Hawaii after she died.

43 posted on 02/07/2010 1:56:16 AM PST by AliVeritas (IStolen from the best site ever:
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: fireman15

Something about this article and the comments kicks in a thought for me....It would have been very Alinskyite: maybe the lefties started in on Sarah/Bristol/Trig Palin to diminish anything that might have been on the verge of breaking about Obama and his birth. You know the trick: “Well, that can’t be true about Barack’s birth. Look at what the conspiracy theorists have been doing to POOR (sarcasm on their part) Sarah Palin, saying she’s really Trig’s mom, and not Bristol.”......Very Alinskyite, to start rumors about a foe dangerous to your plans, rumors which indeed mirror a truth about your own side.

44 posted on 02/07/2010 2:00:59 AM PST by line drive to right
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: smoothsailing

Occam can’t find his razor.

However, I think more plausible is that Ann got knocked up by a black man, maybe in Seattle or Chicago, and they moved to Hawaii because of this racy romance or pregnancy, and then Ann grabbed the first kind black man she met and asked if he would go along with the charade and give her son a name.

This would explain why everything happened so fast with Barack Sr. and also why Barack Junior looks NOTHING like him.

45 posted on 02/07/2010 2:10:31 AM PST by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smoothsailing

Anything new before reading?

46 posted on 02/07/2010 2:11:08 AM PST by bushpilot1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kirkwood

He was adorable. I wish they had given him up for adoption to two loving parents who would NEVER have abandoned him.

47 posted on 02/07/2010 2:13:31 AM PST by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: smoothsailing

my Mom and Dad were stationed in hawaii from about 1960-63. my Mom has a few choice words to describe the type of woman 0bama’s mother would have been considered back then.

after reading this story, it paints 0bama’s mother in a very shady red light

and yes, i’m a ‘birther’... since when did seeing an id turn into something just for the little people?

48 posted on 02/07/2010 2:37:35 AM PST by sten
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: F15Eagle
...I certainly hope by the fourth year of our administration that we'll have dealt with this burgeoning birth controversy.
Gibbs is admitting it's a 'growing' issue and he didn't say how it would be dealt with, just that he hopes that it will be dealt with by the fourth year.
I guess trying to ignore the issue and/or repeated attempts of diversion would be a couple of ways of having 'dealt' with it.

You can't expect it to be handled in a straightforward, transparent manner, ya know. /sarcasm

49 posted on 02/07/2010 2:44:36 AM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: sten

An army priest told me a white woman who dates black guys has a low self esteem.

50 posted on 02/07/2010 2:48:45 AM PST by bushpilot1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: bushpilot1 Obama child pics

51 posted on 02/07/2010 3:13:08 AM PST by bushpilot1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: smoothsailing

Is there anyone in Washington DC that can sneak a glass from a table that O vacates so we can have his DNA on file. Then we can sneak or get others supposedly in the family and compare it. I think that this would be worth the trouble.

52 posted on 02/07/2010 3:22:46 AM PST by Bellflower (If you are left DO NOT take the mark of the beast and be damned forever.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: smoothsailing

Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to the conservative cause to spread the word on the things that ObaMAO has done throughout his life, instead of continuing to harp on where he might have been born?

Or pehaps this birth certificate thing really ISN’T about Obama and his communist connections throughout his life; maybe it’s a on-going “distraction”?

53 posted on 02/07/2010 3:33:53 AM PST by aSeattleConservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DoctorBulldog

The theory is that Pop played around with a black woman, Obama came out of Pop’s need to play. Now doubt, Cashill has some rather complicated theories, but the question that must still be asked is, “WHO IS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA”?

54 posted on 02/07/2010 4:05:16 AM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: DoctorBulldog

You are missing the point of the theory- that Pop Dunham indulged in sex at the black bars he frequented while Madeline worked her butt off supporting the entire clan

and Barry was his bastard with a black hooker - raised by the Dunhams as Ann’s son, not her brother.

This still wouldn’t explain why Barry got a rich Saudi sponsor who paid his tuition ot Harvard

One bet- the Russians know the truth and are using it to get what they want from Barry. Possibly the Chinese and the Saudis, too

55 posted on 02/07/2010 4:11:04 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: aSeattleConservative

If the president of the US is spending almost $2 million to keep his birth certificate a secret, there is no greater threat to national security

He is eminently blackmailable by foreign (or domestic) enemies

Of all the “things he has done throughout his life”, building his current “persona” and political career based on a plausibly fictional autobiography, is the most basic one worth investigating

56 posted on 02/07/2010 4:17:46 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: silverleaf
One bet- the Russians know the truth and are using it to get what they want from Barry.

According to this, you are over the target.

57 posted on 02/07/2010 4:43:36 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: aSeattleConservative
Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to the conservative cause ...

If the constitution is no longer a "conservative" cause, then I may have to rethink the cause.

58 posted on 02/07/2010 4:45:54 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: Paleo Conservative
Also bear in mind that we are looking at an inter-racial impregnation from the viewpoint of 2010, not 1960. That was FIFTY years ago, eons ago in terms of racial relations. Inter-racial marriage was illegal in many states, and even "liberals" of the day used the terms "Negro" or "colored" with a bit of trepidation, as though they were being polite and hiding a larger truth about blacks. The degree of racial separation literally cannot be over stated.

Stanley Ann Dunham would have literally had to be a nut case to have let herself get pregnant by a black man in that era. If she got pregnant by a black man in 1960, her obvious complete unconcern for the morals and norms of contemporary America would mark her as someone completely outside the mainstream of thought, personality, and culture of the era.

It would also explain much of Barack 0bama's psyche. I'll leave that divination to the reader. I have too much else to do on this Sunday morning. A full psycho-history of Barack 0bama, properly performed by a professional, will be, I suspect, a frightening thing for all who care about America.

59 posted on 02/07/2010 5:15:38 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Note to self: Never post in a thread about religion again.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Yaelle

That is plausible. I have known several families in my life who foisted an illegitimate child on one of the daughters after the father had an affair and knocked up his secretary or girlfriend. On the other hand I have also know several where the daughter got knocked up and the child was passed off as a sibling

60 posted on 02/07/2010 5:28:27 AM PST by mad_as_he$$ (
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-4041-6061-80 ... 401-403 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson