Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Senator Barack Hussein Obama is the son of Barack Obama, Sr. (born in Kenya) and Ann Dunham (born in Wichita, Kansas). His parents met while both were attending the University of Hawaii, where his father was enrolled as a foreign student. Obama's parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced. Obama Sr. went to Harvard to pursue a Ph.D., then returned to Kenya, where he died in an auto accident. Obama's mother married an Indonesian foreign student and the family moved to Jakarta in 1967. Young Obama later returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents. Obama's mother died a few months after the publication of his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father.
It is uncertain whether Senator Obama will withdraw from the Presidential race now that it is known that he has a foreigner for a father. So far, he has remained in the race despite the suspicious middle name (Hussein) :) and the fact that he lived in Indonesia for a number of years.
We will keep you posted on any developments in this breaking story!
This is part of an occasional series on the family immigration histories of the various Presidential candidates.