Obama's dad was 'forced out of US in 1960s' over his 'playboy ways'



London, April 29: US President Barack Obama's father was forced out of the US in the 1960s amid concerns about his "playboy ways", according to a government file.


The government record on Barack Obama Sr. said that Harvard University, where he was studying, told immigration officials it would "cook something up" to force him to return to Kenya in 1964.

The immigration file, which was released under freedom of information laws, contains records of Obama Sr.'s time as a student at the universities of Hawaii and Harvard between 1959 and 1964.

An April 1961 memo said that a University of Hawaii employee called to report that Obama Sr. had married Ann Dunham, the future president's mother.

She warned that he was already married to a woman in Kenya and had been "running around with several girls" since arriving and that he had been warned to curb his "playboy ways".

Obama Sr. and Dunham divorced in January 1964, by which time he had left Hawaii and was studying for a PhD in Economics at Harvard.

The file said two months later, concerns were raised over Obama Sr.'s relationship with a Kenyan high-school student on an exchange scheme in nearby Boston, who abruptly traveled to England.

"The suspicion exists that she may have gone to London for [redacted]," the Telegraph quoted the March 1964 document as saying.

It is unclear what the next word is. At the time, abortions were illegal in the US.

Harvard was contacted by May 1964, and while Obama Sr. had passed his exams, the university agreed it would "try to cook something up to ease him out".

Obama Sr., also described as a "slippery character", was told that funding for his studies had run out and that he must complete his thesis in Kenya.

The file said officials then received a call in July 1964 from a mother distressed that her 27-year-old daughter had agreed to marry Obama Sr.

The woman is presumed to be Ruth Nidesand, who became Obama Sr.'s third wife and was white, like Dunham.

At the time several US states still had laws banning inter-racial marriage. Nidesand left the US to be with Obama Sr. the following month.

However, a spokesman for Harvard University did not return a request for comment.


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