Barack Obama Sr.
Barack Obama introduced himself to the world via a memoir entitled Dreams From My Father, so he can only blame himself for the public’s obsession with his many-branched family tree.
In his book, Obama portrayed his namesake, Barack Obama Sr., as an absent but nonetheless dominating presence in his life. Since his election as president, other works have filled in tragic, often damning, details about the late Kenyan economist and his treatment of his many far-flung offspring.(3)
This morning, the Arizona Independent, a weekly paper, published the file kept by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (as the agency was then called) on a Kenyan student by the name of Barack Hussein Obama Sr. So far, the file, obtained via FOIA, has mostly gotten attention for further substantiating the obvious: that Obama Sr. fathered a son who was born in Hawaii.(12)