OBAMA: The Unauthorized Biography – Part 1
Barack Obama’s first book, “Dreams of My Father” has been discussed at length in the popular press and by the Candidate himself. Unfortunately, the book and the discussions associated with book on broadcast media are short on fact and long on the fiction that the candidate has carefully manufactured about his past.
Obama, himself, gives the readers a “buyers beware” warning in the introduction to the reissued edition of “Dreams”. Obama notes the dangers of writing an autobiography include “the temptation to color events in ways favorable to the writer … [and] selective lapses of memory.” Obama states, “I can’t say that I’ve avoided all, or any, of these hazards successfully.”
My question, did candidate Obama even make an attempt to avoid the temptation? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703250359mar25-archive,0,546290.story
In “Dreams” Obama distorts many of the truths concerning his youth to serve his own self interest. The Chicago Tribune noted, “Still, the story of his early years highlights how politics and autobiography are similar creatures: Each is shaped to serve a purpose.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703250359mar25-archive,0,546290.story I wonder what the Tribune writer meant, in plain words? That Obama shaped his autobiography to serve Obama’s political purpose? Yes, I would agree, if that is what the writer intended to say.
A Washington Post author noted, “Dreams From My Father” is as imprecise as it is insightful about Obama’s early life”. This writer believes the “imprecision” speaks volumes about Obama, the man and the candidate. The Post author goes on to state, “… he readily acknowledged, he rearranged the chronology for his literary purposes and presented a cast of characters made up of composites and pseudonyms” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/23/AR2008082301620_pf.html
In “Dreams” Obama puts words spoken by adult, radical leftists, into the mouths of his classmates who deny ever having had the discussions attributed to them in his book. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703250359mar25-archive,0,546290.story
In “Dreams” Obama paints a portrait of a ”youth living in a distant land searches[ing] and finds new friends, a new language and a heartbreaking lesson about his identity in the pages of an American magazine.” Researchers later determine that this claim is, at a minimum, factually incorrect. Why let a bald face lie get in the way of telling a good story? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703250359mar25-archive,0,546290.story?page=2 Some have suggested that this “lie” is actually a reference to the musician MICHAEL JACKSON.
Obama goes to great length in “Dream’s” to describe himself as “A young black man who struggles for acceptance at an institution of privilege, where he finds himself growing so angry and disillusioned at the world around him that he turned to alcohol and drugs.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703250359mar25-archive,0,546290.story
Obama’s minority and mixed race friends at the Punahou School, an ultra-elite private school in Hawaii, failed to notice Obama’s anger over “race”, “social injustice” or ”acceptance”. The direct quote from the Chicago Tribune writer is, “The handful of black students who attended Punahou School in Hawaii, for instance, say they struggled mightily with issues of race and racism there. But absent from those discussions, they say, was another student then known as Barry Obama.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703250359mar25-archive,0,546290.story?page=4
In “Dream’s” Obama neglects to mention the Bohemian/Marxist lifestyle practiced in his Grandparent’s home. Alcohol and marijuana use were a regular part of the Marxist social gatherings at the Dunham residence. Obama’s first expsoure to ”chooming”, Hawaian slang for smoking pot, was not at school but at home. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0703250359mar25-archive,0,546290.story?page=5
Frank Marshall Davis, a renowned Activist, Poet, Jass Musician, Labor Organizer and member of the Communist Party, United States of America (CPUSA), was a family friend and regular guest of the Dunham/Obama Family.
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama’s half-sister, told the Associated Press recently that her grandfather had seen Mr Davis was “a point of connection, a bridge if you will, to the larger African-American experience for my brother”, Barack Obama.
The record shows that the young Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at the age of 10 in 1971, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his “poetry” and getting advice on his career path. In ”Dreams” , Obama refers to Davis as ”Frank.” http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56859
There is some speculation that Frank Marshall Davis may, in fact, be Barack Obama’s true biological father. http://themountainsage.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/andy-martin-claims-barack-obama-is-son-of-frank-marshall-davis-jr/
At a minimum, Obama obtained a good deal of his ideology from Frank Marshall Davis. In a 2007 speech at the dedication of a Communist Party (CP) archive, “fellow traveler” and historian Gerald Horne, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, clarified the relationship between Obama and Davis, “…… http://www.politicalaffairs.net/article/articleview/5047/1/32/.
In “Dreams” Obama continues his family myth that Barack Obama, Sr, abandoned his family to attend Harvard University. The facts bring into question whether Barack Obama, Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham were ever officially married. The facts also established that Stanley Ann took her infant son and abandoned Obama within weeks of the child’s birth. http://www.christianfaithandreason.com/obama3.html
In “Dreams” Obama claims his maternal grandparents were “conservative” “Methodists” or “Baptists” from Kansas. While this may have been true of his maternal great-grandparents, it is an absolutely false description of the grandparents who raised Obama. The Dunham’s abandoned the faiths of their parents and attended a Marxist Unitarian Church during his mother’s formative years. http://www.christianfaithandreason.com/obama3.html
Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was an avowed Athiest not a Christian as Obama claims. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/23/AR2008082301620_pf.html
Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann was a Marist. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2004334057_obama08m.html
Obama’s grandparents moved their family to Mercer Island in Washington State to join a small but liberal community of Marxists.
Chapter 1 – Obama’s Maternal Grandparents:
Obama writes the following about his Grandfather, “When he was 8 years old, Stanley Armour Dunham found his mother’s body. It was 1926, and Ruth Armour Dunham had committed suicide at the age of 26.” Barack Obama has written that that tragic discovery might have contributed to making his grandfather “a bit wild” as a teenager in Wichita, Kansas. Obama alleges that after his grandfather was kicked out of high school “for punching the principal in the nose.” Obama also claims that the man Obama would later know as “Gramps” hopped freight trains and dabbled in “moonshine, cards and women.”
http://www.redcounty.com/eastwashington/2008/10/obamas-grandfather-and-coincid/ http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/cpproject/gregory.htm This second site, “The Communism in Washington State History and Memory Project” is dedicated to preserving the history of the Communist movement in Washington State. It is not an anti-communist site.
In 1955 the Chairman of the Mercer Island School Board was John Stenhouse, an admitted member of the Communist Party, USA (CPUSA). http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,891423-1,00.html. Mr Stenhouse was a British immigrant who was born (DOB:1908) and raised in China.
Stenhouse’s testimony/confession to being a Communist was featured in the April 15, 1955 issue of Time Magazine. Two months later the Dunham’s enrolled their daughter, Stanley Ann, in the Mercer Island highschool which was under the direction of Stenhouse. Two of Stanley Ann’s teachers at this school were avowed Marxists.
John Stenhouse was also the President of Eastshore Unitarian Church, frequently referred to as the “Little Red Church on the Hill”. The church’s nickname was related to the congregations Marxist/Leninist beliefs. Peter Luton, the church’s current senior minister discussed the church’s Marxist history with the Chicago Tribune.
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CHINA/2000-01/0948080137 http://www.eastshoreunitarian.org/history.htm http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-0703270151mar27-archive,0,2623808.story?page=3
On the campaign trail Obama refers to his maternal grandparents as “conservative Methodists or Baptists from Kansas”, most writers are forced to disagree with that assertion. It simply is not supported by the facts. Even the Chicago Tribune notes the Duham’s had shed their Baptist and Methodist beliefs prior to reaching Mercer Island.
On the campaign trail, Obama describes his mother this way, “My mother was a Christian from Kansas…”, “the only daughter of parents who grew up in the “dab-smack, landlocked center of the country,” in towns “too small to warrant boldface on a roadmap.” …….. Clearly, both of these statements are lies. Even the Chicago Tribune noted, “Implicit in that portrayal is this message: If you have any lingering questions or doubts about the Hawaiian-born presidential candidate with a funny name, just remember that Mom hails from America’s good earth.” The Tribune goes on to note, “That presentation, though, glosses over Stanley Ann Dunham’s formative years, spent not on the Great Plains but more than 1,800 miles away on a small island in the Pacific Northwest.” http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-0703270151mar27-archive,0,2623808.story
In “Dreams” Obama contradicts his campaign speeches when he states, “I was not raised in a religious household… My mother’s own experiences… only reinforced this inherited skepticism. Her memories of the Christians who populated her youth were not fond ones ….” http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1546298,00.html
The truth of the story is something else ……….
Chapter 2: Stanley Ann Dunham – Obama’s mother
Very little has been written about Stanley Ann Dunham prior to her arrival on Mercer Island and the beginnning of her highschool years in 1955.
Articles state that Stanley Ann was born in November 1942, 11 months after the start of WWII, while her father was away serving in the US Army. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-0703270151mar27-archive,0,2623808.story?page=2
Dunham has been described by her friends as “a fellow traveler…” a slang term of the 1950′s used to refer to a communist or communist sympathizer who had not publicly acknowledged their Party membership. The term “fellow traveler” was not a derogatory term nor was it used by anti-communists. http://www.tedmontgomery.com/remarks/ObamaClinton/Barack’smother/index.html http://www.hawaii.edu/uhwo/clear/HonoluluRecord1/frankblog1949.html
One of Stanley Ann’s Mercer Island friends, Susan Botkin. recalled her directness, “in those days she dealt head-on with her uncommon first name. No sense trying to hide it, even though she hated it. “My name is Stanley,” she would say. “My father wanted a boy, and that’s that.” Her mother softened it, calling her Stanny or Stanny Ann, but at school she was Stanley, straight up. “She owned the name,” recalled Susan Botkin, one of her first pals on Mercer Island. “Only once or twice was she teased. She had a sharp tongue, a deep wit, and she could kill. We all called her Stanley.”" http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/23/AR2008082301620_pf.html In a high school culture of brawn and beauty, Stanley was one of the brains. Often struggling with her weight, and wearing braces her junior year, she had the normal teenage anxieties. John W. Hunt said those traits allowed Stanley to become accepted by the predominantly male intellectual crowd, even though she had a soft voice. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/23/AR2008082301620_pf.html
Stanley Ann’s friends remember her fondness for poetry, jass music and the coffee house scene. “Dunham gravitated toward an intellectual clique. According to former classmate Chip Wall, she caught foreign films at Seattle’s only art-house theater, the Ridgemont, and trekked to University District coffee shops like the Encore to talk about jazz, the value of learning from other cultures and the “very dull Eisenhower-ness of our parents.”
Sometime prior to Stanley Ann’s graduation in June 1960, her father Stanley travelled to Hawaii and secured employment at a new funiture store and arranged for living quarters for his family. As graduation neared for the class of 1960, Dunham had hoped to join many of her classmates at the University of Washington, however, Stanley Ann did not know of her father’s plan to move the family. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politics/2004334057_obama08m.html
In ”Dreams” Obama claims his mother was accepted at the University of Chicago, however, there is no documentation to prove this claim. It is an interesting coincidence given the role that the city of Chicago plays both in Obama’s later life and its connection to those who will influence Obama’s life as a young man.
Stanley Ann’s friend’s don’t recall her mentioning the University of Chicago. They recall a desire to stay and attend the University of Washington or U-Dub as they referred to it. Maxine Box told the Chicago tribune, “I remember she didn’t want to go to Hawaii.” None the less, shortly after her graduation in June 1960, Stanley Ann Dunham moved with her parents to Hawaii. Fourteen short months later Barack Hussein Obama would be born. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/obama/chi-0703270151mar27-archive,0,2623808.story?page=3
Part 2 – The Hawaii Years – HERE: http://mcauleysworld.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/barack-obama-the-unauthorized-biography-of-a-marxist-part-2-the-hawaii-years-frank-marshall-davis/
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