One of the interesting features in the international sport called “Guessing Obama’s Real Past” is the ethnic elephant in the room. Few people want to discuss it openly. It’s one thing to question his paternity, as many have, but it’s quite another to question his ethnicity. The racial overtones seem to keep people from commenting much on it, but the fact remains that Barack H. Obama simply doesn’t look like he has much African heritage. This represents, to me, one of the most obvious stumbling blocks to believing anything about Barack Obama’s origin narrative.
Seriously, look at the man President Obama is named after, BHO, Sr., pictured above. He was a very handsome Kenyan with fairly typical southeast African features. Look at anyone in his family, or anyone from sub-Saharan Africa, really. Does BHO, Jr. resemble any of them? Not really. You know who he does resemble quite closely? Ethnic Indonesians, particularly from the island of Java.
Look at the gentleman to the right. Do you recognize him? Neither do I. He’s just some random anonymous guy whose photo I pulled off Google Images, searching for ethnic Indonesians. I don’t even know which island he’s from. But look at his facial features, his mouth, especially his lips, which tend to be a little bluish or purplish. Does that sound familiar?
This has always troubled me. Except for his hair, which is characteristically African, Obama looks very southeast asian. How can this be? He certainly spent a lot of time growing up in Indonesia, but there’s been no evidence that he was actually related to anybody from that part of the world, … until now. Let me explain.
The blogger, The Conservative Wife wrote a fascinating article back in February about the strange coincidence that Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and the recently deceased Hawaiian official connected to the Obama birth certificate verification, Loretta Fuddy, had belonged to the same Indonesian cult. That coincidence gets a lot more interesting when one discovers more about the spiritual leader behind that cult, an Indonesian man named Mohammed Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo, who is pictured at left. He has several “spiritual” names, but he is also referred to as Subud (pronounced Soo-Bood) which is also the name of the cult he founded.
It turns out that Subud, himself, came to the United States in 1958 and had some association with both Stanley Ann and Loretta just prior to Barack’s birth in 1961. That association appears to have been substantial enough to influence Ms. Dunham into having close associations with other Indonesian nationals, like Lolo Soetoro, whom she married in 1965, later moving with him to Indonesia.
Despite the fact of this association and the strangely unexplainable facial similarity between Barack and Subud, illustrated in the comparison at right (from Conservative Wife), Subud does not appear in the official Barack Obama narrative. He does show up in Janny Scott’s book, A singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother.
A number of writers have suggested that BHO, Sr. is not the President’s real father, and many have suggested Frank Marshall Davis as a candidate. But is it possible that there’s another more likely paternity story? An Indonesian connection? If so, it is just another of many ways in which Barack Obama is not the man he says he is.
UPDATE: See WPOTUS’s Those Lying Blue Lips from several years ago.