Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Indonesian prince? Kenyan royalty?

As a child, young Barry Obama seemed to indulge in some high fantasy as he described himself to  classmates in Hawaii. One of his former classmates, Kristen Caldwell, was recently interviewed by the PBS news show Frontline:
So yeah, I can picture him as this slightly -- "chubby" is too strong, but rounded, short little guy, Barry Obama. And he told us that his father was an Indonesian king and that he was a prince, and after he finished school he was going to go back, and he would be a ruler in Indonesia. And I absolutely believed him. 
I understand that he told his fifth-grade class that he was Kenyan royalty, but I never heard that story until years later. My sister and I remember very clearly that he was an Indonesian prince and that he would be going back there. So there was some reference to where he had come from, and the understanding was his family was there.
How much of today's known Obama narrative continues to be fantasy based? Why not cut some records loose that might help us sort fact from fantasy?

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