reply to post by jsobecky
So what? His daddy was a drunken whoremonger that deserted his family. Is that Bush's fault?
"Dreams of my father"? How the hell would he know?
It's evident you are shooting your mouth off without the benefit of research. Obama's father was smart and well educated.
Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. (1936 − 24 November 1982) was a Kenyan senior governmental economist, and father of the President of the United States,
Barack Obama. He is a central subject in his son's memoir, Dreams from My Father.
Barack Obama Sr. was born in Kanyadhiang village, Rachuonyo District on the shores of Lake Victoria just outside Kendu Bay, Kenya, at the time a
colony of the British Empire, and raised in the village of Nyang’oma Kogelo, Siaya District, Nyanza Province.
His family are members of the Luo ethnic group. He was the son of Onyango Obama (c. 1895-1979) who had at least three wives; Barack Obama Sr. was the
son of Habiba Akumu Nyanjango of Karabondi, Kenya, the second wife. However, he was raised by Onyango's third wife, Sarah Ogwel of Kogelo, after
Akumu left her family and separated from her husband in 1945.
Before working as a cook for missionaries in Nairobi, Onyango had travelled widely, enlisting in the British colonial forces and visiting Europe,
India, and Zanzibar, where he converted from Roman Catholicism to Islam and took the name Hussein Onyango Obama. Hussein Onyango was jailed by the
British for two years in 1949 due to his involvement in the Kenyan independence movement. According to Sarah Onyango Obama, Onyango was subjected to
Although Obama Sr. was born into a Muslim family, he was an atheist before he came to the United States.
Obama Sr. was married in 1954 at the age of eighteen, in a tribal ceremony to Kezia Aoko, with whom he had four children.
While still living near Kendu Bay, Obama Sr. went to Gendia Primary School and shifted to Ng’iya Intermediate School once his family relocated to
Siaya District. From 1950 to 1953, he studied at Maseno National School, an exclusive Christian boarding school in Maseno that is run by the Anglican
Church of Kenya. (Dreams from my Father, 2004 edition, p. 418). The head teacher, B.L. Bowers, described Obama Sr. in his records as "very keen,
steady, trustworthy and friendly. Concentrates, reliable and out-going."
Obama Sr. received a scholarship in economics through a program organized by nationalist leader Tom Mboya. The program offered Western educational
opportunities to outstanding Kenyan students.
President Obama said of his father's scholarship, "The Kennedys decided: 'We're going to do an airlift. We're going to go to Africa and start
bringing young Africans over to this country and give them scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is. This young man
named Barack Obama [Sr.] got one of those tickets and came over to this country.'
"An article by Michael Dobbs in The Washington Post, however, states that the Kennedy family did not become associated with the educational airlift
until 1960, a year after Obama Sr. was studying in the United States. Initial financial supporters of the program included Harry Belafonte, Sidney
Poitier, Jackie Robinson, and Elizabeth Mooney Kirk, a literacy advocate who provided most of the financial support for Obama Sr.'s early years in
the United States, according to the Tom Mboya archives at Stanford University.
At the age of 23, Obama Sr. enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, leaving behind a pregnant Kezia and their infant son. He had turned away
from Islam and become an atheist by the time he moved to the United States. On 2 February 1961, Obama Sr. married fellow student Ann Dunham in
Maui, Hawaii though she would not find out that her new husband was already married until much later.
Obama Sr.'s and Dunham's son, Barack Obama II, was born on August 4, 1961. Dunham left school to care for the baby, while Obama Sr. completed his
degree. He graduated from the University of Hawaii in June 1962 (and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa), leaving shortly thereafter to travel to
Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he would begin graduate study at Harvard University in the fall.
Later that summer, Dunham and the year-old baby Barack stopped to visit her friends in Mercer Island, Washington, the Seattle suburb where she had
grown up, before joining Obama Sr. in Cambridge. However, mother and son soon returned to Seattle, where she enrolled at the University of Washington.
Dunham, missing her family, then moved back to Hawaii and filed for divorce in Honolulu in January 1964. Obama Sr. did not contest, and the divorce
was granted on March 20, 1964.
He visited his son only once, in 1971, when Barack was 10 years old.
While at Harvard, Obama Sr. met an American-born teacher named Ruth Nidesand. She followed him to Kenya when he returned there after he received a
master's degree (AM) in economics from Harvard in 1965.
Nidesand eventually became his third wife and had two children with him before they divorced.
On his return to Kenya in 1965, Obama Sr. was hired by an oil company and then served as an economist in the Kenyan Ministry of Transport and later
became senior economist in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance.
In 1959 a monograph written by him had been published by the Kenyan Department of Education, entitled Otieno jarieko. Kitabu mar ariyo. 2: Yore mabeyo
mag puro puothe. (English: Otieno, the wise man. Book 2: Wise ways of farming.)
In 1965 Obama Sr. published a paper entitled "Problems Facing Our Socialism" in the East Africa Journal, harshly criticizing the blueprint for
national planning, "African Socialism and Its Applicability to Planning in Kenya", which had been produced by Tom Mboya's Ministry of Economic
Planning and Development. The article was signed "Barak H. Obama." As his son described it in his memoir, Obama Sr.'s conflict with President
Kenyatta destroyed his career. (Dreams from my Father, pp. 214-216.) The decline began after Tom Mboya's assassination in 1969. Obama Sr. was fired
from his job by Jomo Kenyatta, was blacklisted in Kenya, began to drink, had a serious car accident, spent almost a year in the hospital, and by the
time he visited his son in Hawaii in late 1971, he already had a bad leg. (Dreams from My Father, pp. 64-71, 212-219). Obama Sr.'s life fell into
drinking and poverty, from which he never recovered. His friend, the Kenyan journalist Philip Ochieng, has described Obama Sr.'s difficult
personality and drinking problems in the Kenya newspaper The Daily Nation.
Obama Sr. later lost both legs in an automobile collision, and subsequently lost his job. He died in 1982, at the age of 46, in another car crash in
Obama Sr. is buried in at the village of Nyang’oma Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya. His funeral was attended by ministers Robert Ouko, Oloo Aringo and
other prominent political figures.