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He was born in Honolulu, but there is great controversy over the authenticity of his birth certificate. He went to school at Occidental, Columbia University, and Harvard; however, hardly anyone has stepped forward with any memories of him.  There is a claim that Barack Obama, Sr. is his father, but many speculate that perhaps this isn’t so-a justification for not revealing his actual birth certificate.  Barack took the name of his step-father and was known as Barry Soetoro for a period of time.  He attended Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School in Jakarta but no former teachers or former classmates have come forward to brag about chumming with the President of the United States during their childhood.

Facebook is a modern marvel.  I grew up in Meadville, a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania but I’ve lived most of my adult life in Columbus, Georgia.  I  attended Neason Hill Elementary School in Meadville 45 years ago.  I remember all of my teacher’s names from first through sixth grade and most of my classmates.  Recently, I logged into the ‘Meadville’ Facebook page and reconnected with many grade school friends.  I wrote to one in particular and began my notification like this, “I know you probably don’t remember me but…”  He wrote back and said, “Oh yes, of course I remember you…” We both had a clear remembrance of each other from 45 years ago.

Why hasn’t anyone from Besuki or St. Francis of Assisi School stepped forward to tell tales of their relationship with Barry Soetoro? Barack attended Punahou School, a college preparatory school in 1971.  No one seems to have remembered him.  Obama openly admits that he used tobacco, alcohol, and cocaine to “push questions of who I was out of my mind” (Boston  Globe, Nov.  2007.)  If Obama took drugs to forget who he was, did all of his friends take drugs to forget who he was also?  No one, NO ONE, remembers him.

We know so much about our presidents. We collect facts and trivia about them. We are fascinated when we find common facts about extraordinary men.  We know that Abraham Lincoln was 6’4”. We know that James Madison was only 5’4”. We know that George Washington wore dentures made of animal teeth.  We know that a 332 pound Howard Taft got stuck in the White House bath tub the first time he used it.  Very few people even know the 21st president named Chester A. Arthur.  He once declared, “I may be President of the United States, but my private life is my own d_____  business.”  This seems to be the ongoing motto of Barack Obama. We know so little about him that it ceases to be simply unusual; it borders on being just plain weird.

If you look hard enough, you will find a picture of Michelle and Barack’s wedding. But you won’t find any male friends accompanying the groom. His best man was Malik Obama, a half-brother from Kenya.  Why are there no pictures or recollections of male buddies at his wedding?  Did he have any friends?

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