Barak Obama Sr.
And yes the spelling is correct; Obama senior had no C in his first name. Barak Obama Sr. was a graduate student in the economics department at Harvard
He was, in fact, an urbane, Western-oriented intellectual -- of a modestly leftist bent, to be sure, but much like many Indian, Pakistani and other Third World exchange students who studied economic development. Obama was playful, jested a lot and had histrionic gifts that he frequently displayed in his deep voice.
Barak’s father, Hussein Onyango Obama was a prominent and wealthy farmer. Barak was a child of privilege, not poverty. He was an outstanding student, not a herdsman. 'Hussein.' is an Arabic-Muslim, not African, name. Hussein was a devout Muslim and named his son, Barack Senior, 'Baraka.' Baraka is an Arabic word meaning 'blessed.' Baraka comes out of the Koran and Arabic, not Africa.
Obama was part of one of the most corrupt and violent organizations in Africa: the Kenyatta regime. Obama's father ran back to Kenya soon after the British left. It is likely Obama's father had Mau Mau sympathies or connections, or he would not have been welcomed into the murderous inner circle of rapists, murderers, and arsonists.
On his return to Kenya in 1965, Obama Sr. was hired by an US oil company and then served as an economist in the Ministry of Transportation, and later became senior economist in the Kenyan Ministry of Finance. The mass airlifts of Kenyan students to the United States had a "huge" impact on the young African nation, which gained its independence from Britain in 1963. A University of Nairobi study showed that 70 percent of top Kenyan officials after independence, including Obama Sr., were products of the American program. LLI was proud of their part in this social change.
Oginga Odinga was a Luo Chief, who became a prominent figure in Kenya's struggle for independence. He later served as Kenya's first Vice-President, and thereafter as opposition leader. The ‘radical’ wing, represented by Oginga Odinga demanded a more equitable wealth distribution and a policy of nationalization as the best means of achieving this end; but the ‘conservative’ viewpoint, as expressed by Tom Mboya, was that Kenya would be jeopardizing its export capacity and potential by such severe measures.
The ideological debate became first a political rift and then an open clash ending in Mboya’s assassination in 1969. Obama Sr. was near the assassination and testified at the assassin’s trial. Obama Sr’s testimony essentially ended his political career, and caused a hit and run assassination attempt on his life.
Tragically, Barack Hussein Obama Sr risked his life and sacrificed his career to support the memory of his friend Tom Mboya, and then 40 years later Barack Hussein Obama Jr. stomped on his father’s valor by campaigned for Raila Odinga: Oginga Odingo’s son. Raila Odinga wanted to bring the country under Sharia law, kick out the Western investors in the nation that had made it one of the most stable nations in Africa, and supplant those Western investors with wealthy Arab oil money.
In a long-forgotten essay written 43 years ago by Obama’s father the contents reveal much — not only about the senior Obama’s grasp of economic theory but also about his attacking generally accepted beliefs on politics that, his son would later write, sent him into the spiral of career disappointment that concluded with his death in 1982 in his native Kenya.
“Problems Facing Our Socialism,” the scholarly eight-page paper, credited to “Barak H. Obama,” is never mentioned in “Dreams From My Father,” nor has the President discussed it in any of his many public speeches. The paper’s substance, though, offers insight into the mind and the political trajectory of a man described by his son largely through his emotional life, his family and his traditions.
Published in the esoteric East Africa Journal in 1965, the year after Kenyan President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta took power and the country declared independence from British rule, the paper takes a gently mocking tone to the Kenyatta government’s key, controversial statement of economic policy, titled “African Socialism and Its Applicability to Planning in Kenya.”
Obama senior’s journal article repeatedly asks what the Kenyan government means by “African Socialism,” as distinct from Soviet-style communism, and concludes that the new phrase doesn’t mean much.
In his autobiographical book "Dreams from My Father," Barack Obama paints a heroic picture of his father as having emerged from a poor Kenyan village, where he was nothing more than a simple goat herder, to become a Harvard-educated economist, destined to return to Africa to fulfill his promise.
Unfortunately, the reality is much bleaker than the tale Obama tells in his book.
In truth, Barack Obama senior, Obama's father, was a polygamist who had already abandoned one wife and child in Africa when he met Obama's mother in Hawaii.
After being educated at Harvard, Obama senior returned to Africa, abandoning Obama and his mother, to live the life of a chronic alcoholic who ultimately killed himself in his second drink-induced car accident, while driving drunk on the streets of Nairobi.
Obama proudly tells the reader his father joined "the first large wave of Africans to be sent forth to master Western technology and bring it back to forge a new, modern Africa."
Again, Obama carefully omits the underside of the story, that his father at age 23 headed off to a university education in Hawaii, abandoning the Africa girl named Kezia he had married at age 18.
Nor does Obama mention that Kezia was then pregnant with his father's first son.
Obama magnifies his father's time in Hawaii, claiming he arrived at the University of Hawaii as the institution's first African student who "studied econometrics, worked with unsurpassed concentration, and graduated in three years at the top of his class."
Obama notes his father's friends "were legion, and he helped organize the International Students Association, of which he became the first president."
He omits any mention of his father's continued success with women.
The Daily Mail again presented the underside of the story, reporting Obama senior was a "slick womanizer" who persuaded Obama's mother, a "naïve 18-year-old white girl, to marry him, without disclosing to her that he had left behind in Africa a wife he had not divorced."
Obama presents a Hollywood version of his parents' romance, claiming his father met his mother in a Russian-language course at the university, "an awkward, shy American girl, only 18, and they fell in love."
"The girl's parents, wary at first, were won over by his [Obama senior's] charm and intellect," Obama continues his narrative, "the young couple married, and she bore them a son, to whom he bequeathed his name."
Obama explains his father's decision to abandon his mother and him in Hawaii by arguing that the scholarship from Harvard did not include "the money to take his new family with him."
In the next sentence, Obama intentionally skips over several key details.
After noting his father's decision to leave Hawaii for Cambridge, Mass., Obama explains: "A separation occurred, and he returned to Africa to fulfill his promise to the continent. The mother and child stayed behind, but the bond of love survived the distances …"
The fairytale omits the fact that Obama's mother divorced his father when she discovered "his bigamous double life."
While at Harvard, Obama senior had an affair with yet another woman, an American-born teacher named Ruth, whom he met at Harvard while yet married to Obama's mother and to his also-abandoned wife in Africa.
Obama returned to Kenya and fathered two more children by Kezia.
Somewhere in that period, he also married Ruth, who followed him to Africa from Harvard.
A relative of Obama says, "We told him [Obama] how his father would still go to Kezia and it was during these visits that she became pregnant with two more children. He also had two children with Ruth."
Ruth finally left Obama senior "after he repeatedly flew into whiskey-fueled rages, beating her brutally."
"Friends say drinking blighted his [Obama senior's] life," he lost both his legs while driving under the influence and also lost his job.
There ended Obama senior's brilliant civil service career as a top, Harvard-trained econometrician working in the newly independent government of Jomo Kenyatta, on a mission to bring his economically backward country into prosperity.
Even after losing both legs in the car accident, Obama senior fathered yet another son, his eighth child, by yet another woman, and "continued to come home drunk."
Then, on Obama's 21st birthday, Obama senior put an end to the sad drama by killing himself in yet another car crash, once again driving drunk.
Obama senior was excessively fond of Scotch. He had fallen into the habit of going home drunk every night. His boasting proved his undoing and left him without a job, plunged him into prolonged poverty and dangerously wounded his ego.
"He was a menace to life," Ochieng said. "He had many extremely serious accidents. Both his legs had to be amputated. They were replaced with crude false limbs made from iron."
"He was just like Mr. Toad from the "Wind in the Willows" story," wrote Ochieng, "very arrogant on the road, especially when he had whisky inside. I was not surprised when I learned how he died."
Zeituni, Obama seniors sister, explains that "the problem with Obama senior was that his heart was too big."
She also explains that Obama senior was the first to study abroad, the first who had ever ridden in an airplane, and had taken on too large a burden trying to help his family in Africa and to lift Kenya into a modern economic age.
For all Mr. Obama's reputation for straight talking and the compelling narrative of his recollections, they are largely myth.
Obama senior was not just a flawed individual, but an abusive bigamist and an egomaniac, whose life was ruined not by racism or corruption, but by his own weakness. And devastatingly, the testimony has come from Mr. Obama's own relatives and family friends."
Obama chose to present his father in a favorable light as an electoral tactic.
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