In newly discovered letters, President Obama’s Kenyan father made no mention of his son, raising further doubt about the personal narrative that helped put Obama on a rapid path to the White House.
The New York Times published six letters from a collection of 24 written by Barack Hussein Obama Sr. that were discovered recently in an archives box at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem.
The letters dated after Feb. 2, 1961 – the earliest date attributed to the Kenyan’s marriage to Ann Dunham – made no mention of Dunham or their son, the future president, which would have been to his advantage in his desperate effort, as the letters show, to obtain funding for his studies.
Barack Obama Jr.’s path to the White House began when he famously introduced himself to the world at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 as the product of an “improbable love” between a Kansas girl and a Kenyan goat herder.
Elsewhere, Obama has insisted that the love endured even when his father had to leave a wife and a 2-year-old child behind to pursue dreams at Harvard. In his autobiography, Obama indicated that if only Harvard would have offered enough money to support all three of them, as another school did, they could have stayed together.
But the newly discovered letters confirm WND’s reporting that Obama Sr. never lived with Dunham and she left Hawaii with her son only weeks after he was born.
Barack Obama Sr. addressed most of the six letters to his primary financial benefactor in the United States, John Livingstone, a staff assistant at the Washington-based Institute of American-African Relations.
In a May 18, 1959, “Application for Financial Assistance” produced by African-American Institute Inc. – a group with the same address listed for John Livingstone – the Kenyan indicated he was married, naming as his wife Kesia Aoko.
Obama Sr. abandoned Aoko in Kenya when he left for Hawaii in 1959.
On June 13, 1962, when his son Barack Obama would have been some eight months old, the Kenyan penned a handwritten letter to Robert L. Sherman, a staff associate of the African American Institute in New York City.
In that letter, Obama Sr. makes it clear he had been accepted at Harvard Education, but he had no means to pay for the transportation to get there.
“I am graduating here [in Hawaii] on the 17th of this month,” Obama wrote. “I am intending to leave here on the 21st of this month, which means that I have only one week in which to find the money for travel. I am desperate and I shall, therefore, be most obliged if you will let me know what became of the application and whether I am going to get any assistance.”
He continued, again without mentioning Dunham or the possibility he might get a transportation loan from Dunham’s parents, both of whom were supposedly gainfully employed at that time.
“I am desperate and I have no transportation money,” Obama continued, repeating the urgency of his request. “Unless I get some assistance I will be stranded here. Please let me know about this before the 20th of this month if you can. The fare from here to Harvard is about $400.”
Then, on Nov. 28, 1962, when his son in Hawaii would have been 15 months old, Obama Sr. typed a letter to Robert Sherman, addressed as the director of the Student Assistance Program at the Phelps Stokes Fund in New York City. The letter was sent from Obama’s address on Irving Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“The Spring term ends on the 4th of February,” Obama wrote. “So far my funds have been running very fast since I have to buy winter clothings (sic). Also rents are very high here. I am therefore counting on your assistance for the Spring term.”
The rest of the letter continues with Obama expressing how desperately low he was on money to live in Cambridge and continue his studies, again without any mention of his wife and son left behind in Hawaii or any hint of a suggestion that Obama might have some continuing financial obligations to his abandoned Hawaiian family.
WND reportedl in 2010 the flight manifest found in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., debunked President Obama’s claim that his Kenyan father had come to the United States as part of airlift of 81 Kenyan students backed by baseball player Jackie Robinson, which arrived in New York on Sept. 9, 1959.
The New York Times article published Saturday corroborates WND’s previous reporting that he set off for the U.S. on an initial flight from Nairobi to Rome.
WND also reported in 2010 that Obama’s flight to the United States in 1959 was paid for by Mrs. Helen Roberts and Mrs. Elizabeth Mooney Kirk, “an international literary agent,” a co-author with Charles Laubach, the founder of the Laubach Literary Institute.