Was President Obama Almost Given Up for Adoption?

July 8, 2011  |  

Not that you were lined up at Barnes & Noble waiting for it, but another book has been penned (and comes out next week) to try and expose the supposed pasts and ugly “truths” of a public official and/or their family. This time around it is the current commander-in-chief’s father.

According to the book, The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father, written by Boston Globe reporter Sally Jacobs, before President Obama was born, his father, then a college student at the University of Hawaii, told an immigration official about the pregnancy of his wife, Ann Dunham. Allegedly, the two weren’t living together at the time the memo was written by the official, and the book claims that Obama Sr. said that he and Dunham were planning to make arrangements with the Salvation Army to give baby Barack up for adoption. According to both the book and The New York Times, it’s not clear if the two truly planned to give the unborn future president up, or if Obama Sr. had only told immigration officials this info to get his Visa extended. Especially since records show that Obama Sr. had lied to officials before about divorcing his wife in Kenya, since having more than one wife was grounds for deportation.

In an interview with an uncle of the late Ann Dunham, the individual said President Barack Obama’s mother was actually excited and optimistic about the birth of her son, and a future with her new husband. According to CBS News, the uncle, Charles Payne, said the following:

“I never heard any talk of adoption whatsoever. Ann decided she had done this and this was her child and she was going to take care of him. From day one, as far as I could tell, she and Madelyn [Dunham] and Stanley [Dunham] were all completely committed to Barack.”

So this information in Jacobs’ book could possibly be false. Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the President was unaware of any adoption questions asked to his father, and believed his mother never “seriously” considered it. But it’s interesting to think where he would have been and who President Obama might have ended up being had he actually been given up for adoption. But first and foremost, do we believe it?

Do you believe that President Obama’s parents actually considered giving him up for adoption?


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