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Report Says that Obama’s Father Was Forced Out of Harvard University



BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s father was forced to leave Harvard University before completing his Ph.D. in economics because the school was concerned about his personal life and finances, according to newly public immigration records.

Harvard had asked the Immigration and Naturalization Service to delay a request by Barack Hussein Obama Sr. to extend his stay in the U.S., "until they decided what action they could take in order to get rid of him," immigration official M.F. McKeon wrote in a June 1964 memo.

Harvard administrators, the memo stated, "were having difficulty with his financial arrangements and couldn’t seem to figure out how many wives he had."

An earlier INS memo from McKeon said that while the elder Obama had passed his exams and was entitled on academic grounds to stay and complete his thesis, the school was going to try and "cook something up to ease him out."

"They are planning on telling him that they will not give him any money, and that he had better return to Kenya and prepare his thesis at home," the memo stated.

In May 1964, David D. Henry, director of Harvard’s international office, wrote to Obama to say that, while he had completed his formal course work, the economics department and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences didn’t have the money to support him.

"We have, therefore, come to the conclusion that you should terminate your stay in the United States and return to Kenya to carry on your research and the writing of your thesis," Henry’s letter stated.

Obama’s request for an extended stay was denied by the INS. He left Harvard and — divorced from the president’s mother — returned to his native Kenya in July 1964. He did not complete his Ph.D.

The immigration memos, contained in the elder Obama’s Immigration and Naturalization file, were given to a Boston Globe reporter in 2009 through a Freedom of Information request. The papers were first made public Wednesday by The Arizona Independent, a weekly newspaper. The Associated Press obtained copies of them on Friday.

Harvard issued a statement Friday saying that it could not find in its own records anything to support the accounts given in the INS memos.

"While we cannot verify accounts of conversations that occurred nearly 50 years ago, a review of our existing files did not find any support for either the language or the implied intent described by the U.S. government official in the government documents," the statement read.

When Obama was attending Harvard, the school faced serious constraints in financing research by international graduate students, the university also said.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler declined to comment Friday, saying the department does not comment on specific immigration cases.

Concerns about Obama’s personal life while he had been studying in the U.S. had been raised previously, according to the INS documents.

In 1961, while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii, the school’s foreign student adviser called an immigration official and said Obama had recently married Stanley Ann Dunham — the president’s mother — despite already having a wife in Kenya.

According to a memo written by an INS official in Honolulu, the adviser said Obama had been "running around with several girls since he first arrived here and last summer she cautioned him about his playboy ways."

Obama told the adviser that he had divorced his wife in Kenya. He told the president’s mother the same thing, though she would later learn it was a lie.

Obama worked for an oil company and as a government economist after returning to Africa, but his personal and professional life would later deteriorate. He died in a car crash in 1982, when the future president was 21 and a student at Columbia University.

Associated Press writer Alicia Caldwell in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

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  1. DrEnergy
    April 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Pursuant to my analysis, according to the contents of this piece, Obama Sr. was systemically targeted based solely on skin color. In 1964 Jim Crow laws were still eminent therefore, I believe, the Harvard University administration was wrestling with the foregoing fact & subconsciously connecting Obama Sr. to those laws when in reality he was not a naturalized citizen, being born in Kenya. However, on the strength that he looked like a “negro” he was treated as such. The lesson here is that skin color has always been an issue in this part of God’s world, unfortunately, it continues to be an issue.

  2. Benjamin
    April 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    DrEnergy, you are so right. Racism has always been and will always an issue in this country and throughout the entire western world. Like you, we all need to speak the truth.

  3. mentalwings
    May 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Do you hear laughter in Heaven? Just listen carefully and you’ll hear
    Barack Hussein Obama I, laughing is ass off!

  4. Attorney D. Tondelayo Watkins
    May 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    History continues to repeat itself. Now why is it that Black folk suspect racist motives whenever a rational conclusion is lacking ? Oh well…..history repeats it’s nasty self over and over again. We as a people, continue to exhibit a resilience like no other. People of color throughout the world experience this dastardly behavior on a daily basis………..yet we continue to rise. Laugh on Baba Obama..what occurred in the dark finally came to light.

  5. yvette
    May 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    And we need to know this because…

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