School's Out

Stanley Ann was still 17 years old when she began her studies at the University of Hawaii. According to this letter from the Registrar of the University of Hawaii, she began classes at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on September 26, 1960, the beginning of the fall semester.

Stanley Ann never had a boyfriend in high school and thought Harry Belafonte was the handsomest man on the planet. She was easy pickin' for the 25-year-old predatory Kenyan she met in a Russian Language class. Within weeks of starting school, Stanley Ann was "with child."

Stanley Ann's pregnancy began shortly after -- or shortly before -- her 18th birthday on November 29, 1960. What Stanley Ann does between her birthday and the birth of her son is clouded in mystery. She drops out of school and disappears. No one, and that includes Obama, knows where Stanley Ann was or what she did or with whom. That secret was buried with Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.

In any case, there was no whirlwind romance. It was a brief fling -- more like a one or two-night stand. The myth of a marriage and the myth of the happy couple setting up housekeeping are just myths. Those things never happened.

There is a mystery here and the mystery is where did Stanley Ann go when she dropped out of school? If we knew where Stanley Ann was in the weeks leading up to August 4th, 1961 there never would have been any questions about Obama. There never would have been any "Birthers." So, why the mystery?

It is easy to demonstrate that Stanley Ann was not in Hawaii during the first part of 1961. She stopped attending classes at the University. According to the records of the University of Hawaii, Stanley Ann dropped out at the end of the fall semester.

We know the Dunhams were still living at 2277 Kamehameha Avenue, a few blocks from the university. If Stanley Ann was in Hawaii and living with her parents it would be reasonable to conclude she would have continued with her studies. She would have completed the spring semester around her sixth month. Even pregnant, she could have easily finished her freshman year at thte university. So where was she?

It's my belief that the stunned Dunham's shuttled Stanley Ann off to relaives in Vancouver shortly after they discovered they were about to be the proud grandparents of a little African. Remember, this was 1960 and even liberals weren't THAT liberal! There were still plenty of "whites only" signs in many parts of America.

When it comes to the circumstances of Barack Obama's birth, the only thing that we can be absolutely sure of is that Stanley Ann Dunham gave birth to a mixed-race boy -- most likely on August 4, 1961 -- everything that actually happened in the previous 6 to 8 months and a whole lot that happened after that is wide-open to speculation.