Orly's Recent Post by "Linda O" Proclaims Proof that Obama used the name Barry Soetoro at Occidental.
|There is a biography of Barry Soetoro’s Occidental College days. It states that when Barry Soetoro was 18-19 he attended school as BARRY SOETORO. And it wasn’t until he met a girl by the name of REGINA that was the first to start calling him Barack. See: http://abagond.wordpress.com/2008/04/11/obama-at-occidental-college/ |
The importance of this is that it clearly shows that Barry was using his Indonesian name, and of course, his Indonesian passport.
FALSE. The biography makes no mention of his last name or any alleged use of the Soetoro name. The biography simply states
"She accepted Obama the way he was. He did not have to put on an act for her. She was one of the first to call him Barack instead of Barry. She said Barack was a beautiful name."
Obama, per reports, was called Barry by his friends and family from infancy - before he moved to Indonesia - and until, at Occidental, he made the decision to go by his birth name.
FALSE. The biography also makes no mention of any use of an Indonesian passport and, in the fact that people began to call him Barack rather than the nickname Barry has no relevance whatsoever to what passport Obama may have used.
|The International Herald Tribute (The Global issue of the New York Times) also states: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/02/08/america/obama.php |
“Nearly three decades ago, Barack Obama stood out on the small campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles for his eloquence, intellect and activism against apartheid in South Africa. But Obama, then known as Barry, also joined in the party scene.”
MISLEADING. The International Herald Tribu*n*e article merely stated the well-known and undisputed fact that friends and family called Obama "Barry" rather than "Barack" from early childhood until, at Occidental, he made the decision to go by his birth name. It makes no mention whatsoever of any last name used.
|The LA Times also claims below that Barry was the choice of names that Barry Soetoro used when he first arrived from Hawaii to Occidental: |
“Memories of 1980 at Occidental College’s Haines Hall have the standard fragments of the era: stereos blasting the B-52’s through the dorm, pot-fueled bull sessions about the revival of draft registration, late-night cramming for economics exams.
“That otherwise private nostalgia took on public significance this month when a former Haines Hall resident from Hawaii known at the time as Barry announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to run for president of the United States.”
FALSE. The LA Times Article merely stated the well-known and undisputed fact that friends and family called Obama "Barry" rather than "Barack" from early childhood until, at Occidental, he made the decision to go by his birth name. It makes no mention whatsoever of any last name used.
|Even Occidental College states that Newsweek reported that Barry entered their college as BARRY SOETORO under his Indonesian passport and NOT as Barack Obama. |
It was at Occidental where he stopped being called “Barry” and became Barack Obama, Newsweek pointed out in its account of Obama’s formative years that featured his black-and-white freshman photo on the cover. “It was when I made a conscious decision: I want to grow up,” he told the magazine.
FALSE. The Occidental College article merely stated the well-known and undisputed fact that friends and family called Obama "Barry" rather than "Barack" from early childhood until, at Occidental, he made the decision to go by his birth name. It makes no mention whatsoever of any last name used.
|One of Barry Soetoro’s college buddies says this of our Indonesian student: |
“Tom Moyes remembers the first time he heard the name Barack Obama. It was in the fall of 2004, after the electrifying speech Obama delivered at the 2004 Democratic Convention. That was the oration, of course, which introduced the young would-be Illinois Senator to America and inspired an instant following not only in the U.S. but around the world. Moyes had missed the speech because he was on an extended vacation in New Zealand at the time. “So I pick up this newspaper,” says Moyes, who grew up in San Gabriel and graduated from Occidental College in Eagle Rock, “and it has this huge article about this guy Barack Obama. And it says he had gone to Occidental at the same time I was there. And I said to myself, ‘There’s no way.’ I’d never heard the name Barack; I’m thinking it must be a mistake. “So I call a friend I went to Oxy with, Ken Sulzer, and I say, ‘Ken, I’m down here in New Zealand and there’s this article about some guy named Barack that went to college with us. Who is that?!’” “I said, ‘That’s Barry, man,’” says Sulzer, using the nickname Obama went by during his youth, “the guy with the big afro who lived across the hall from me in the dorm.’
MISLEADING. According to the Verdugo Monthly article, Tom Moyers was just recalling the well-known and undisputed fact that friends and family called Obama "Barry" rather than "Barack" from early childhood until, at Occidental, he made the decision to go by his birth name. It makes no mention whatsoever of any last name used.
|It is clear that the students at Occidental did not know Barry Soetoro by the name of OBAMA. Instead he was using his Indonesian name and passport. This story cleverly hides the fact that the confusion came not from the first name Barry or Barack, but because of the LAST NAME Soetoro vs. Obama.|
FALSE/UNSUBSTANTIATED. Not a single person of the many interviewed, as reported in the links above, recalled Obama using the name "Barry Soetoro." Every person recalled him being called "Barry." If any had recalled him using a different last name, it is unreasonable to say that they failed to mention that aspect entirely.
There is no credible information whatsoever that Obama ever used and Indonesian passport. The law - of both Indonesia and the US - at the time precluded him from becoming an Indonesian citizen and from losing his US citizenship and the allegation that a US travel ban re: Pakistan has been thorougly debunked by reference to official US State Department records.
|Okay so why did Barry suddenly change his name from Barry Soetoro to Barack Obama a year after he entered school? (I don’t believe that REGINA story above.) It was simple. His mother and adopted dad got divorced in August of 1980. So naturally, when he entered Occidental in 1979 he used his Indonesian name…then immediately after his mom’s divorce he desired to revert back to his birth name of Barack Obama.|
HILARIOUS. After citing the "Regina story" as "proof" that Obama was called "Barry," she now says that she doesn't believe the story. This is not unexpected. She and others selectively quote from the AP photo of Obama's Indonesian School Records, which indicates that his mother or step-father listed his citizenship as Indonsian -- while rejecting the statement a few lines away that indicates that he was born in Hawaii.