Saturday, April 30, 2011

Obama's Father Ejected from Harvard

Not exactly tremendously important news today, but Barack Obama's father, Barack Obama Senior was apparently not the great academic once described. He has been described as the earner of a PhD in economics-- but apparently that's not true:

In May 1964, David D. Henry, director of Harvard’s international office, wrote to Obama to say that, while he had completed his formal course work, the economics department and the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences didn’t have the money to support him.

“We have, therefore, come to the conclusion that you should terminate your stay in the United States and return to Kenya to carry on your research and the writing of your thesis,” Henry’s letter stated.

Obama’s request for an extended stay was denied by the INS. He left Harvard and - divorced from president’s mother - returned to his native Kenya in July 1964. He did not complete his Ph.D.


Harvard administrators, the memo stated, “were having difficulty with his financial arrangements and couldn’t seem to figure out how many wives he had.”


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1 comment:

  1. I'm not surprised....

    As interested as some parties are in his birth certificate, I would be more interested in his academic records. I get the feeling those would be much more damning.....