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Jakarta school record reemerges to cause Barack Obama problems

August 14, 2008

Andy Martin on the reappearance of an old Obama document. If the reappearing Obama school report from Jakarta is authentic, Obama faces major problems, serious questions about adoption, loss of citizenship and more.

Reemerged document may upset Obama’s applecart on American citizenship
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(NEW YORK)[August 14, 2008)]When I prepared my new bestselling book “Obama: The Man Behind the Mask” ( I made clear on the back cover that the book was a “work-in-progress.” received a mysterious document from various sources this morning, August 14th. The document purports to be an Associated Press photograph of Barack Obama’s school register at the Assisi School in Jakarta. In some iterations, the document comes with a translation.

If the document is authentic, and there are reasons to believe that it may not be, the Jakarta school report could torpedo Senator Barack Obama’s quest for the presidency by raising questions about his constitutional eligibility to serve as president. At a minimum, Obama could face challenges and even lawsuits questioning his constitutional eligibility to serve as president. has been working on a major story about Obama’s constitutional eligibility; this is not that story. Rather, the sudden and unexplained—and very belated—appearance or reappearance of the Associated Press document raises questions as to why the AP never covered the document extensively in 2007.

There is some evidence the document was available in 2007, and that the Chicago Tribune and possibly other media wrote about the school record at that time, see e.g.,0,4122936.story

Nevertheless, even an old document can acquire new meaning if the text is reviewed and reinterpreted in light of what is now known about Obama’s murky family history.

A simple search indicates the school record is spreading like wildfire across the Internet. By the 14th (later today) or 15th, mainstream media may even be asking questions of the Associated Press or the Obama campaign. (Note: The mainstream print media collectively and substantially own the Associated Press as a “cooperative.” See:

Here are the obvious questions. Is the “AP photo” genuine? When did it come into AP’s possession? Did the AP write a story at the time, in 2007? Why has the document surfaced or resurfaced at this time in 2008? Who released it or re-released it and when? Where?

Here is the stinker: if the AP photograph is genuine, in light of what we have learned since 2007 it is likely that Obama’s step-father Lolo Soetero indeed adopted the young Obama and made him an Indonesian citizen. That seems to be what the document says. The Tribune story (above) seems to blindly assume the document is ineffective and inaccurate. Not so fast.

From what we now know of the extensive “family” arrangements between Soetero and Mrs. Soetero-Dunham-Obama, if Soetero actually adopted Barack Obama, then the fact of his birth in Hawaii is meaningless or irrelevant. He would have had to apply to become a naturalized citizen after being adopted.

A great deal has been made in the past about Obama’s religion and whether his parents “chose” Islam for him as a child. These questions can be debated insofar as religion is concerned. In that respect I have no quarrel with either the Tribune story or questions about the reemerged school record.

But there is no question that parents can change a child’s citizenship, and allow him to be adopted by a foreign individual. Once a child is adopted, the old citizenship is terminated and the adoptee becomes a citizen of his or her new country. Thus, in a practical sense, a mother or father can “choose” their child’s citizenship if they permit an adoption by a non-U.S. citizen.

The Tribune and other media at the time appear to have simply rejected or ignored the possibility that there had been an adoption, and that the school document was indeed accurate.

If the document is genuine, and if the Associated Press’ photographer vouches for the document as to its origins, or renews vouching for the authenticity of the document, then the school record raises a rebuttable presumption that Obama was adopted by Soetero and became a citizen of Indonesia. Obama is therefore not eligible under the U. S. Constitution to be a candidate or hold the office of president.

The confusion over Obama’s adoption may also explain his reluctance to either probe his mother about his origins, or to disclose the result of any such conversations in his two books. Rather, he suggests in “Dreams From My Father” that his mother died before he could ask her difficult questions. That is a peculiar stance for a 34 year-old man.

Finally, even if the “AP Photo” is a forgery or a photoshopped confection, there will still be an Internet fever and a new round of paranoia about the school record and its origins, even if the document’s significance was partially ignored or obscured in 2007.

Stay tuned.

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I want to acknowledge the assistance of my Internet research assistants in preparing this story on very short notice. We have research assistance from the “sandbox” (“Iraq”) to the sandlots, to the sandy beaches, and they are an invaluable part or Thanks team.
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin comments on regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. His columns are also posted at; Andy is the author of Obama: The Man Behind The Mask, published in July 2008, see MEDIA CONTACT: (866) 706-2639 E-MAIL: [NOTE: We frequently correct typographical errors and additions/subtractions on our blogs, where you can find the latest edition of this release.]


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One Comment
  1. Philip J. Berg filed a suit alledging Obama was born in Kenya, and his mother flew to Hawaii to register the birth. No one seems to be commenting on this. Do you have any further information?

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