This article’s title comes from dialog in the movie, The Hunt for Red October. The article’s subject comes from yet another wrinkle in the alternative history of Barack Obama courtesy of the birthers. This one came in email, although it’s probably on some birther web site too. The writer claims that Barack Obama, Sr. was never in Hawaii, and neither was his mother at the time the President was conceived!
I’ve written before on the fact that various official documents of Barack Obama, Sr. show two different dates of birth, one in 1934 and one in 1936. The latest birther flap relates to an apparent disparity in the spelling of his given name, “Barack” and “Barrack.” (There are other variants in the name in other documents as well.) Based on this, and some assumptions about what “authentic” documents are supposed to look like, the writer of the email comes to the conclusion that Barack Obama, Sr. didn’t attend the University of Hawaii at all, and “probably never set foot on the islands of Hawaii.” The argument takes the “Barrack” spelling as correct (never mind what it says on his tombstone) and then claims all other documents are fake, including the President’s birth certificate, and the newspaper announcements of a son born to “Barack” Obama.
The writer also seems to be unable to understand that some people (e.g. Stanley Ann Dunham) start college before age 18 and so she must have still been in high school in Washington state when the President was conceived. (My son started college at 17 and his mother started at 16.)
Following is the email verbatim:
Doc, we know from the release of UK files listing foreign students from Kenya Colony circa 1960 that the correct spelling of Obama Sr is Barrack. >From the Certificates of Eligibility for 1960 and 1961 for Barrack Obama we know his birthdate is June 18, 1934. Those certificates have been altered where it says Honolulu, Hawaii when it should be Honolulu, Oahu, and "the University of Hawaii" or "University of Hawaii" when it should be University of Hawaii and branch. But not important as those items were made by a different typewriter than the main body and thus ALTERED meaning Barrack Obama never attended the University of Hawaii and probably never stepped foot on the Islands of Hawaii. Same goes for ‘Barack Obama’ who never legally had even the mispelled (sic)Barack name.
The FBI lists records by name and birthdate. Many have the same name but chances of having the same name and birthdate are small1. That would be one chance in 366.
There are no legitimate documents, newspaper articles, photos, birth announcements, birth certificates that place the Obamas in Hawaii in any way, shape, or form. Remember if it doesn’t have Barrack with the double rr and the Birthdate June 18, 1934 or an age calculated to that birthdate it isn’t a legit Obama Sr document. The alleged birthdate of August 4, 1961 is a sure sign that the document is forged. Obama is at least 10 years older than that birthdate implies. But more important Stanley Ann Dunham’s birthdate of November 29, 1942 made her close to age 18 on the alleged conception date November 1960. As her birthstate Kansas has a school attendance cutoff date of August 31th, her high school class was Class of 1961 so she was in attendance at a Washington state high school, Mercer Island High School, on the alleged conception date NOT IN HAWAII.
Furthermore the high school handwriting samples of Stanley Ann Dunham don’t match all of the forged Stanley Ann Dunham signatures on a brace of Obama documents. Google Annwriting1 for the handwriting samples.
1For common names, the same name and birthdate is extremely common. Barack Obama, of course, is not a common name.