• November 28, 2022

Letters From Obama’s Father Discovered, You Won’t Believe What He Said About His Son’s Birth!

In New York lies a box of letters written by and about Barack Obama’s father, revealing the hidden history of the man who would father – and then cast aside – the first black President of the USA. And Obama will not touch them until he’s stepped out of the Oval Office for the last time.

So for three years since they were found, those letters have lain in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, their story untold – until The New York Times revealed them Saturday.

Discovered by archivist Christine McKay, the letters include almost two dozen written by Obama’s father as well as transcripts from The University of Hawaii and Harvard, and references from friends and professors.

The letters – many typed, some written – show Barack Hussein Obama Sr as a 22-year-old Kenyan clerk frustrated with his lot in life and a craving to broaden his knowledge in the US. Hoping to become a high-ranking economist in the Kenyan government, his persistent pursuit of financial assistance and studies took him first to the University of Hawaii and then to Harvard.

In letters from his university years, he boasts of a series of A’s (and, he’s disappointed to admit, B’s) and marvels at the cost of living in America. One letter from his time at the University of Hawaii – where he met Ann Dunham, Obama Jr’s mother – show him delighting at the temperate climate. ‘One would not know that it is winter,’ he enthuses.

In another, from 1962 – one year before his son’s birth, he wrote a student assistance program for help funding his Harvard studies: ‘The cost of living is very high in Boston area (sic) here. ‘In fact I am surprised that even a hamburger is 50 cents here, a thing I never experienced before.’

But just as telling are the absences. At no point does he mention marrying Durham, nor the birth of Barack Obama Jr on August 4, 1961. Even in a grant application form written during his time at Harvard in 1963, he leaves a section asking about marital status and number of dependents blank.

That year he returned to Kenya with just a Masters degree and not the PhD he’d hoped for. Barack Obama Jr was just an infant. The pair would meet again just one more time, seven years on.

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