By Jack Cashill
Posted: February 11, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern
Until last week, I had avoided the swamplands of Barack Obama's origins, a place from which reputations rarely return.
What prompted my interest was a reader inquiry into a poem by then 19-year-old Obama called "Pop," a cynical bit of work almost assuredly written about his maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, or "Gramps."
In researching the meaning of the poem – Obama's oeuvre being my own personal swamp – I came to a conclusion I had not anticipated, namely that there is a full year missing from Obama's biography, his first year.
According to the standard Obama biography, Barack Obama was born to the 18-year-old Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. on Aug. 4, 1961.
The accepted story line is that the brilliant, charismatic Barack Sr. had swept the quiet Ann off her feet, impregnated her, married her and left reluctantly for Harvard after a year of nurturing the baby Obama in Hawaii.
As I discovered, some of this story is fully false, and all of it is suspect. The false part involves the year after Obama's birth, 1961-1962.
As Jerome Corsi first revealed in these pages, "Stanley Ann Dunham" enrolled for classes at the University of Washington at Seattle on Aug. 19, 1961, 15 days after Obama's presumed birth.
As is clearly documented, Ann attended class at the university through the spring semester with baby Obama in tow for at least some large part of this adventure.
The apolitical Washington state historical blog, HistoryLink, confirms Ann's arrival in August 1961, identifies her Capitol Hill apartment in Seattle, names the courses she took and documents an extended stay by Ann and little Obama into the summer of 1962.
WND readers may already know much of this information, but somehow it escaped the four book-length biographies I consulted (including one by the New York Times), the several long-form magazine and newspaper bios I researched, the official campaign biography and Obama himself in his 1995 memoir "Dreams From My Father."
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