Much of his convention speech, and the subject of his 1995 memoir â€œDreams From My Father,â€ focused on his diverse family. Born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961, Obama was the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya who left to study economics at Harvard, and then returned to Kenya, seeing his son just once afterwards. Obama was raised by his motherâ€™s parents. In 2006, he visited his fatherâ€™s mother in Kenya.
Since Team Obama hounded Cindy McCain to release her tax returns at the very least Team Obama should be willing to release Barackâ€™s Hawaii birth certificate. They are not public in Hawaii.
And, he could place these rumors to rest:
- Obama was born in Kenya and not a â€œnatural born citizenâ€ as the US. Constitution requires for the Presidency
- Obamaâ€™s middle name is not â€œHusseinâ€ but â€œMuhammadâ€
- Is his REAL name Barack or Barry?
Yesterday, Jim Geraghty debunked most of the internet and blog rumors regarding what was hidden in the birth certificate.
The only scenarios that could really be damaging to Obama himself were if he was born overseas (again, pretty darn implausible) or if he legally changed his name sometime in young adulthood. The idea that he was given some other name at birth and chose to rename himself after his father doesn’t seem unthinkable, considering his complicated relationship with his father and sense of identity…
However, Geraghty did raise some interesting possibilities about Obama’s name.
And a reader brought up a surprisingly plausible scenario. We know that by high school, Obama was identified in yearbooks, etc., as “Barry Obama.” But we know the relationship between Obama’s parents was rocky at times (Obama describes a short article about his father, profiling the Kenyan foreign exchange student, in the Honolulu Advertiser that doesn’t mention his wife or newborn child). What if on his birth certificate he was identified by his mother’s maiden name… Barack Dunham?
Or Barry Dunham?
It is increasingly apparent that Barack or Barry Obama’s parents were NOT married at the time of his birth since his father was NOT divorced from his first wife at the time. So, did his mother (Ann Dunham) name him after herself?
Is Obama’s real name: Barack Dunham? Or Barry Dunham?
Or is it the religion card?
In any case, the intrigue continues until the birth certificate is released.
Why doesn’t Team Obama release the document and be done with it?