The Expat

The legend is that Stanley Ann Dunham was an anthropologist. Although she earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii in 1992, she wasn't. She was an interpreter at the U. S. Embassy, a program officer for the Ford Foundation and eventually an international banking consultant.

Stanley Ann traveled around Southeast Asia, pursuing a career in international banking and rural development that took her to Ghana, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Being and anthropologist fits the Obama narrative better than her real role as a tool of "fat-cat bankers."

Stanley Ann went to work for the Ford Foundation from 1981 through 1984. She was employed as a program officer for "Women and Employment" at the "Regional Southeast Asia Office of the Ford Foundation in Jakarta.

She lived in Pakistan for the five years beginning in 1987 and ending in 1992, living at the Hilton International Hotel. During this time, Obama visited his mother and stayed for a few months. Stanley Ann was hired as a consultant by the Asian Development Bank for Pakistan Agricultural Development Bank’s Gujranwalla Agricultural Development Program.

In 1986, Stanley Ann worked on a developmental project in Pakistan. Later that year, Stanley Ann and her daughter traveled the Silk Road in China. Stanley Ann monitored the funds received for this program from the Asian Development Bank and trained the Mobile Credit Officers of the Agricultural Bank. This program was controlled from the Gujranwalla Regional Office. She stayed for five years in the Hilton International Hotel (now Avari Hotel), Lahore. She travelled daily from Lahore to Gujranwalla. When Barack Obama visited Pakistan, he stayed in the same hotel. After returning from Pakistan, she died from cancer within three years.

Stanley Ann also worked for the Ford Foundation and Women’s World Bank, establishing micro-credit loans in developing countries. Her antipathy for America and Americans didn't prevent her from funneling its money to third-world countries.

Dunham’s compensation package for her work in Indonesia included $82,500 -- about $132,000 in today’s dollars -- plus a housing allowance and a car, making that amount well within her means.

She worked at Bank Rakyat of Indonesia, where she facilitated the practice of "macrofinancing," making loans to people with poor credit and low incomes. You know the one, exactly what the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac banks were pushing -- loans to people with poor credit and low incomes that created the mortgage meltdown.

Bank Rakyat is 70% government owned (Persero) and has been government owned for the entire period since the war of independence in 1945. It is also part of the "Islamic banking cooperative."

Stanley Ann published her dissertation in 1992. Her dissertation, 'Peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia: Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds,' was 1,067 pages long. In the index section, she signed her work as "Ann Dunham Sutoro."

In 1992, she earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii.

Sometimes, Stanley Ann forgot to pay the tax man.

And based on the passport files (pages 13 and 14) we know Stanley Ann listed herself as "Consultant," and was living at 1512 Spreckels St., Apt. 402, Honolulu, HI, 96822, in April, 1986.

So, Obama went to Pakistan twice. The first time in 1981 while he was at Occidental and the second trip referenced above.

What we know

Stanley Ann arrived in Hawaii in August, 1960.

Stanley Ann arrived began classes at the University of Hawaii on September 19, 1960.

On Sept 26,1960 , Stanley Ann began classes at the University of Hawaii. She began an intimate relationship with Senior almost immediately. Dunham, who hadn't had a boyfriend in high school, was seventeen years old and an anthropology student. They met in a Russian-language course at a time when the Russian language was inextricably mixed up with communism.

She spent weekends in discussions that seemed to be, in part, a logical extension of the long coffeehouse sessions in Seattle and the teachings of Wichterman and Foubert, Stanley Ann's left-wing instructors.

There is conflicting information about this period. Members of the snack bar crowd don't remember the Obama-Dunham relationship. In this report, Hal Abercrombie said he never saw them together. Pake Zane could not recall Ann from those days but had precise memories of Senior.

However, Neil Abercrombie, the Democratic congressman from Hawaii, was part of those regular gatherings and described Stanley Ann as "the original feminist." Abercrombie says he remembered her appearing at some of the weekend gatherings. Obama was such a strong personality, he said, that he could see how the young woman was awed and overwhelmed by him.

"She was a girl, and what I mean by that is she was only 17 and 18, just out of high school. And he brought her at different times. She mostly observed because she was a kid. Everybody there was pretty high-powered grad-student types."

Stanley Ann meets Barack Obama from Kenya in a Russian Language class.

Given that Obama was born on August 4th, 1961, Stanley Ann was pregnant by November or December.

The myth of a marriage is a myth.

The legend is that on February 2, 1961, against Madelyn's hopes, and against the desires of Obama's father back in Kenya, Stanley Ann, three months pregnant, and Senior hopped a plane to Maui and got married.

The wedding had no no minister, rabbi, or imam. There were no bridesmaids, ushers, witnesses, guests -- not even her parents. And no record of the happy event has yet been found. There is no wedding license or marriage certificate in the divorce papers.

The Huffington Post ran a feature, "Michelle Obama Talks About 'Guilt' Women Hold," in which she says that Obama's own mother was "very young and very single when she had him."

The legend is that on February 2, 1961, against Madelyn's hopes, and against the desires of Obama's father back in Kenya, Stanley Ann, three months pregnant, and Senior hopped a plane to Maui and got married.

The wedding had no no minister, rabbi, or imam. There were no bridesmaids, ushers, witnesses, guests -- not even her parents. And no record of the happy event has yet been found. There is no wedding license or marriage certificate in the divorce papers.

The Huffington Post ran a feature, "Michelle Obama Talks About 'Guilt' Women Hold," in which she says that Obama's own mother was "very young and very single when she had him."

Obama, the Kenyan and Stanley Ann never, ever lived together. Ever!

Stanle Ann returned to Hawaii sometime in the Spring of 1963 to contninue her studies at the University of Hawaii.

In 1995, Stanley Ann returned to Hawaii, where she died of ovarian cancer.

Ann Dunham's book, "Surviving Against the Odds," was published after her death. The book, written by Obama’s mother, was set to be published in November, 2008, by Duke University Press, the school announced Monday. "Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia," Dr. Stanley Ann Dunham’s 1992 anthropology dissertation for the University of Hawaii, is the product of 14 years of research on the metalworking industry in a Javanese village.

Dunham died in 1995. Her book, edited by Alice G. Dewey, Dunham’s graduate adviser, and Nancy I. Cooper, a fellow graduate student, will be available in November.

Dunham’s daughter and Obama’s half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, who wrote the book’s foreword, said in a statement she was "delighted that our mother’s book is being published, and I am grateful to Duke University for making this dream of hers come true. My hope is that this book will be read by those who come to love the particularities of its world and who also see the myriad potential application of its ideas and methods to other worlds."