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Something’s been bothering me for a while. Remember way back when? When we first heard of Barack Hussein Obama and his audacious bogus biography? When we first began looking into who this person is? Remember the name you first heard for his mother? No, it wasn’t Stanley Ann Dunham. It was SHIRLEY Ann Dunham. So how and why did Shirley become Stanley? If her real name truly was Stanley, how did it ever become proliferated throughout the Web as “Shirley”?
I’s lookin behind us now, into history back. … One look and we knew’d we’d got it straight. … Time counts and keeps countin’ and we knows now, findin’ the trick of what’s been and lost ain’t no easy ride. But that’s our trek. We gotta travel it and there ain’t nobody knows where it’s gonna lead.
Savannah Nix, from Beyond Thunderdome
Let’s do a “tell” of our own, to tease out the history of “Shirley Ann Dunham”, that white girl from Kansas.
On September 11, 2006, this news article by Roland Bankole Marke stated that Barry “is not embarrassed by his father’s goat-herding heritage. … His father also met and married a Caucasian woman, Shirley Ann Dunham, from Kansas, Missouri. Barack Obama, Jr., was born of that union.”
The story was written during Barry’s infamous trip to Africa: “He started in the south, continued through the eastern Horn of Africa, visiting South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Chad, but canceled his trip to Congo and Rwanda on advice he received from the U.S. embassy in Kenya, which warned him of renewed violence in these unstable regions.” Did Mr. Marke interview Barry for his story? Did Barry tell him his mother’s name?
About four years ago, on Yahoo! Answers, circa 2007, one commenter wrote, “This from Wikipedia about an amazing man, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois: Barack Obama was born at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii to Harvard University-educated economist Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a native of Kenya. His mother is Shirley Ann Dunham, of Wichita, Kansas.” This same quote was cited here, in July 2006, and here in December 2006, and here again, also in December 2006. In most cases, Wikipedia has now been “corrected.”
This article at Pam Geller’s Atlas Shrugs linked to and quoted an article by Dr. Jack Wheeler, from January 8, 2007, which stated that Obama “is the product of a black Moslem from Kenya, Barrack Hussein Obama, and a white atheist from Kansas, Shirley Ann Dunham, who met at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.” Though there were few comments on the article, none “corrects” her given name.
On January 15, 2007, a commenter on another blog wrote, “The senior Obama married Shirley Ann (Anna) Dunham of Wichita, Kansas, who was an anthropology student and only eighteen years old. Anna was a self-professed atheist and Obama Jr. was born on August 4th, 1961, in Honolulu.” In 24 blog comments, no “correction” of her given name was made.
A Honolulu Advertiser story from February 10, 2007, said that Obama Sr. “had married Shirley Ann Dunham, a Caucasian whose family had moved here from Kansas, while both were studying at UH.” Four years later, her given name remains “Shirley” in this story (for the time being, until it’s scrubbed).
When I first saved the link, this genealogy record from 2007 read, “Shirley Ann DUNHAM was born on 27 November 1942 in Wichita, Kansas and died in 1995 of ovarian cancer. Barack Hussein OBAMA Sr. and Shirley Ann DUNHAM were married in 1960 in Hawaii …” Her name has since been changed to “Stanley” (by Sept. 2010) Note the comment at this link by an astute person who goes by the handle skeeter. h/t skeeter!
November 14, 2007, this blog post by Kathy Nokes stated about Barry, “Name: Barack Hussein Obama Jr.; Age: 46, born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu to Barack Obama Sr. and Shirley Ann Dunham Obama.”
This story , posted on Ancestry.com on January 31, 2008, begins with a link to the LaTour Genealogical Collection For Obama 2008. If you click that link, it goes to the Obama Organizing for America blog website, which would seem to indicate, at that point in time, that the “official story” for SADOS was that her given name was SHIRLEY (although there’s a disclaimer that the content of these blogs is not “endorsed” by the campaign). In nearly 3 years, nobody has “corrected” this: “Shirley Ann Dunham, born November 27, 1942 was the mother of Barack Hussein Obama Jr., born August 4, 1961. She married Barack Hussein Obama Sr., 1960, in Hawaii, United States. She was the great-great grandaughter of Jacob Mackey Dunham, born May 7, 1824. He was born a Virginian and a long-time Tipton County, Indiana resident who settled in Kansas and then moved and died in Oklahoma.”
A review of his fictional, ghostwritten “auto”biography, which going by associated comments dates to about August 20, 2008, written by Susan D. Minkalis, the “resident scholar,”stated: “Barack Obama wrote this memoir over ten years ago before he became the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois. In candid detail Obama shares his story of being raised by a white mother and grandparents in Hawaii while his father lived in Kenya. At the time of Obama’s birth in 1961, his parents were enrolled at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a native of Kenya had left the states and return to Kenya when Obama was only two years old. Obama’s mother, Shirley Ann Dunham, of Wichita, Kansas stayed in Hawaii for awhile until she married Obama’s stepfather and then was moved to Indonesia until he was ten years old. His mother sent Obama back to Hawaii to live with her parents and it was there under the care of his grandparents his strong character started to form.”
Eighty comments and not one “corrects” her given name. Since this was a book review, was the reviewer working from the 1995 version of his fictional “auto”biography? That version was revised for the second printing, which I believe was in 2004, after his wonderful speech at the Democrat Convention, when he first was “noticed” as a potential POTUS candidate. Scrub-a-dub-dub? Did the first edition give his mother’s name as “Shirley”? Was it changed for the 2004 revised edition?
A story by Riccardo Melito, October 1, 2008, said, “Suo padre, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. era un economista keniota, deceduto in un incidente d‘auto nel 1982 a Nairobi; mentre Shirley Ann Dunham, la madre, era una studente di antropologia.” You don’t need to read Italian to recognize that this story says her name was Shirley.
October 6, 2008, a news article in French stated, “Quant à la mère du Sénateur de l’Illinois, Shirley Ann Dunham , morte en 1995, elle est une descendante de Jefferson Davis , le président des Etats confédérés d’ Amérique . D’origine modeste et chrétienne, elle est néanmoins Agnostique. Elle était d’origine Cherokee par son père. Elle a fait des études en Anthropologie.” You don’t need to read French to understand that this story says her name was Shirley.
November 4, 2008, this blog post contains a photo of SADOS, captioned: “Shirley Ann Dunham as the Wizard of Wichita”.
February 22, 2010, a book review by the Associated Press, published at LongIslandPress.com, read, “Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama will be released April 6. Knopf says Remnick conducted ‘hundreds of on-the-record interviews’ for the book, including of Obama himself, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and former radical Bill Ayers. The Bridge also will include some of Obama’s private correspondence and letters by his mother, Shirley Ann Dunham.” In The Bridge, did Remnick refer to her as Shirley? Did Remnick see these letters from Shirley Ann?
Looking into Wikipedia history back, one discovers an amusing battle over Shirley’s name on the Barack Obama page. On Sept. 1, 2006, at 17:26, the Wikipedia article referred to her as “Stanley Ann Dunham”. At 17:28, someone changed her name BACK to “Shirley Ann Dunham”, explaining thusly, “more unreferenced changes of his mother’s name to ‘Stanley’.” A few minutes later, someone changed her name to simply “Ann Dunham”, explaining that “his website says ‘Ann Dunham’.” The website with this “fact” was Obama’s
“senate.gov/about” webpage that supplied his supposed biography. It seems that Wikipedia editors/correctors are supposed to provide “references” for any changes. It also seems that Shirley kept being changed, without references, to Stanley. Therefore, there must have been no source to which to point to verify that her name was indeed Stanley and not Shirley.
So what WAS the woman’s name? What is the source of this “error,” if it is an error? If the original version of Dreams from My Father referred to her as “Shirley” and if her name was actually “Stanley”, then why didn’t her “son” know it until 2004? It’s easy to grok that a handwritten signature “Stanley” might LOOK LIKE it reads “Shirley”, especially if a person expects to see a woman’s name. But why would someone have to learn (or guess) his mother’s name from a signature on a document, perhaps from a letter or some piece of “private correspondence,” instead of having learned it at his mother’s knee? So that can’t be the explanation. Can it?
How much time did he spend with his “mother” while growing up? Surely most readers by now are aware that nearly every photograph of Barry with his “mother” looks suspiciously photoshopped. We have posts dedicated to these photos. I’ll link some of them at the end. Our other authors are welcome, please, to link their posts, because I don’t have time right now to do a more thorough search.
So that’s our trek. Any ideas about how to explain Shirley? Any other examples of her name being given as Shirley? There must be more; I couldn’t have found all of them. If you have others, especially examples older than 2006, please link them here; but save them first, before they’re “disappeared”.
Not to worry! Obots needn’t bother scrubbing what I’ve linked already. So SAD. I saved them all, already. Open thread!
UPDATE 2/4/2011: This story, by Eliud Miring’uh, now unavailable but excerpted on a Web search, stated, “Aug 25, 2006 – Obama Senior later married Shirley Ann Dunham, and the junior Obama was born on August 4, 1961, although the marriage lasted barely two years. Obama has shown great enthusiasm in tracing his roots, and has visited Siaya twice before.”
Pages 56 and 57 of this Indonesian-language book , published in 2007, refer (twice) to Shirley Ann Dunham; the book includes a photograph of her with Shirley in the caption. The author appears to have obtained some information from this now-defunct website: dems2004.org. The reference section from the book is not available.
An op-ed, by Tanisia Morris, on Feb. 1, 2007, said, “Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are among the candidates that have made a dash for the presidency, but neither has made it to the finish line. Obama is born to a Kenyan father, Barack Hussein Obama, and a Caucasian mother, Shirley Ann Dunham; and not surprisingly many people believe he has the ability to break down the wall that has separated the various ethnic groups in America. But his background might not be enough to help him win the election.”
February 26, 2008, starhelix wrote an article for OpEdNews that began, “A little investigative reporting revealed the following personal profiles: Barack (“blessed” in Swahili) Hussein Obama, Jr., was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Shirley Ann Dunham, a Kansan of English ancestry, and Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a Luo Kenyan. Dunham was part Cherokee Indian and a distant descendant of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy.”
Even the Germans got into the act; one blog commenter, d0bene, on May 1, 2008, said, “Barack Hussein Obama ist kein ganz schwarzer Neger, seine Mutter, Shirley Ann DUNHAM, war weiss. Barack Hussein OBAMA wurde am 4. August 1961 im Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii geboren, zu Barack Hussein OBAMA, Sr. von Nyangoma-Kogelo, Siaya District, Kenya …” Gee, I can understand that, and I don’t even speak German.
October 6, 2008, footnoting the French version of Dreams From My Father, Joseph Hug wrote, “Le mariage de celui-ci avec la fille blanche d’un représentant en meubles et d’une employée de banque originaires de l’Etat du Kansas donna naissance, le 4 août 1961, à Barack junior. Le mariage dura deux ans à Hawaï. La mère, Shirley Ann Dunham-Obama, se remaria avec un jeune étudiant indonésien qui connut une situation matérielle difficile lors de son retour dans le pays, à la chute du président Sukarno.”
January 16, 2009, one Honduran newspaper wrote, “Hijo del señor Barack Obama, economista de Kenia, formado en la Universidad de Harvard, y de la señora Shirley Ann Dunham.”
January 20, 2009, another fawning foreign blog stated, “Politólogo, abogado, activista, autor de ocho libros, senador y deportista, Obama nació el 4 de agosto de 1961 en Hawai, hijo de los universitarios Barack Obama y Shirley Ann Dunham.”
January 22, 2009, this website stated, “Né le 4 août 1961 à Honolulu, capitale de Hawaï, le 50è État des États-Unis, Barack Obama est le fils d’un étudiant kenyan Barack Hussein Obama et d’une Américaine blanche Shirley Ann Dunham.”
On July 23, 2009, a UPI article asked the question, “Did Mormons Baptize Obama’s Parents?” Well, if they did, they baptized the wrong woman! Maybe. A Salt Lake City woman, Helen Radkey “recently found records showing Obama’s mother, Shirley Ann Dunham, was baptized in 2008, 13 years after her death.” And here I thought that the Mormons are always all about accuracy and original records. Hmmm.
August 11, 2009, a Spanish newspaper stated, “Barack Hussein Obama Jr., no tiene precedente. Nacido en la ciudad hawaiana de Honolulu fruto de la unión entre el economista keniata Barack Hussein Obama Sr. y la antropóloga estadounidense Shirley Ann Dunham un 4 de agosto de 1961, el presidente sabe lo que es tener tanto hermanos americano-indonesios (por su madre, quien tras divorciarse cuando Barack tenía dos años, se casó con un indonesio), como hermanos afroamericanos (por su padre, quien volvería a casarse con una mujer americana blanca).” Indeed, he is unprecedented; but not in a good way, imho.
August 21, 2009, this blog stated, “Sa mère, Shirley Ann dunham (1942-1995) est originaire de Kansas, chrétienne mais agnostique.”
Let’s not leave out the Colombians: On October 9, 2009, a Colombian online news service stated, “Barack Obama nació en Honolulu el 4 de agosto de 1961. Hijo de Barack Obama Sr., economista de Kenia formado en la Universidad de Harvard, y Shirley Ann Dunham.”
December 24, 2009, another online biography of Barry said, “Nacque il 4 agosto 1961, a Honolulu, Hawaii. Suo padre, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., era nato in Kenya, e sua madre, Shirley Ann Dunham, era del Kansas.”
March 29, 2010, AOL Noticias published a biography of Barry; it said, “Barack Obama nació en Honolulu el 4 de agosto de 1961. Hijo de Barack Obama Sr., economista de Kenia formado en la Universidad de Harvard, y Shirley Ann Dunham.”
Finally, a Spanish-language database for college students, contains Barry’s biography, which authoritatively informs students that “Barack Obama nació en Honolulu el 4 de agosto de 1961. Hijo de Barack Obama Sr., economista de Kenia formado en la Universidad de Harvard, y Shirley Ann Dunham.”
Again, I ask: What is this woman’s name? What is the ultimate source of these “errors”?
Update 2/7/2011: Intrepid researcher Leza has turned up another permutation, this one from January 20, 2009: “The scholarship that landed Obama Sr. in America and the University of Hawaii, where he met Mary Anne Dunham, future mother of President Obama, was one of many organized by Tom Mboya.” Mary Anne? Now where did that one come from? Out of “left” field? Bwa ha ha. Go here to see what else Leza and Renee have found.
Update 2/28/2014: Two new names for Stanley Ann in this Newsmax article: Sally Ann Dunham (per Mark Ndesandjo, in the first video, about 2:14 into the interview) and Sydney Ann Dunham, in the accompanying article. They know that the “S” in “S. Ann Dunham” must stand for something, so the guesses just keep on coming. Maybe it’s time to ask if there ever was any person by that name or whether she, like many of the other characters in Obama’s bogus biography, is a composite.
Update 3/17/2014: Our friend SEO has found other instances of Obama’s mother being called Shirley. Oddly enough, this “mistake” involves two professionals: one a genealogist and the other a professor emeritus of history. SEO alerted us to this article in the online magazine of the Arkansas Genealogical Society, which says that Professor Michael B. Dougan gave a lecture in August of 2008 about Obama’s “Arkansas roots.” He also mentioned Shirley Dunham in an article he wrote for an online encyclopedia. As a source for his lecture, he apparently relied upon another article, written by genealogist Joy Russell, which detailed Obama’s presumed descent from an Arkansas politician known as Bradley Bunch; the e-zine states:
… Anna Bunch Allred and Bradley Bunch were both children of Nathaniel & Sarah Bunch; Frances Allred was Anna’s daughter; Margaret Bell Wright was Frances’ daughter; Leona McCurry was Margaret’s daughter; Madelyn Lee Payne was Leona’s daughter; Shirley Dunham was Madelyn’s daughter; Barack Obama, Jr., was Shirley’s son.
The following month, the e-zine published a “correction” to the prior article.
Virginia Goeldner thoughtfully sent in a correction about Barack Obama’s mother’s name which should be Stanley Ann Dunham.
Goeldner is Obama’s grandfather Stanley’s half-sister. She is the same woman who was reported to have said that Obama’s mother died in 1970. August of 2008 was right around the time that Obama’s birth certificate became so controversial. But from what records did the professional genealogist derive the name (Shirley), which she originally used in her article of February 2008? Professional genealogists rely upon verifiable documentation and named sources. How could Russell have mistakenly written,
Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Lee Payne, was born to Leona and Rolla in October 1922, and married Stanley Armour Dunham in 1940. Their daughter, Shirley Ann Dunham, married Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., in 1960 but they were divorced in 1963.
By the way, we’ve been told that Shirley married Barack in February 1961, but no documentation to that effect has been found, other than questionable “index data” provided by the Hawaii Dept. of Health. From where did Joy Russell get the year 1960 for their marriage?
Also in August 2008, USA Today ran a story that referred to Obama’s mother as Shirley Ann Dunham, which was based upon information obtained from Professor Dougan, who again referenced Joy Russell. Did the reporter not check or ask for sources? No corrections have been made to that story as of this date.
Update 05/16/2014: Our friend Zenway has found a video wherein Mark Ndesandjo, speaking about his newest memoir, again calls Barry’s mother SALLY Ann Dunham (14:59 into the video). The interview dates to December 2013 or soon thereafter, making Mark’s “mistake” quite recent.
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