* Bumped Up From 2011, More Relevant Than Ever *

[UPDATE–This was an issue last year and, because of a recent surge of comments on this particular post, I decided to bump it up and let you have a shot at it in 2012. Let’s see how far back in Romney’s past the Obama team wants to go. I think the issue of Obama’s stepfather, Lolo, is relevant only to the extent that it is a part of his life he has worked hard to cover up.]

While Donald Trump pursues the dead end that Barack Obama was born in Kenya (HE WAS NOT), the actual elephant in the room that most of the media and pundits studiously ignore is the fact that Barack Obama was adopted by Lolo Soetoro and, for most of his life as a child and teenager, Barack was commonly known as Barry Soetoro. The adoption was processed in Indonesia after Barry and his mother moved to Indonesia. The adoption was carried out in Indonesia and not the United States.

Barry Obama’s mom married an Indonesian student named Lolo Soetoro in 1966. The new family moved to Indonesia in 1967 and the six year old Barry was enrolled in school. Barack Obama has not released his adoption records, but the adoption took place in the 1966-67. How do we know?

Look at the enrollment card:

Actually, this document also provides strong circumstantial evidence to buttress the claim that Barry Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii. How?

Obama was enrolled by his parents in a public school, Fransiskus Assisi School, a public school, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The school registration clearly states Obama’s name as “Barry Soetoro,” and lists his citizenship as Indonesian. Obama’s father is listed as Lolo Soetoro. PLEASE NOTE ITEM NUMBER TWO–Obama’s place of birth is Honolulu (Hawaii) and date of birth is 4-8-1961 (the Indonesians put the date, ie “4,” and then the month, ie “8.” He is identified as a Citizen of Indonesia.

So does this mean Barack Obama is ineligible to be President? No. He did not renounce his American citizenship. By virtue of being born in Hawaii to a U.S. citizen, his mother, he is a U.S. citizen.

Now, look at the Hawaiian law governing adoptions. Here are the relevant portions:

Access to Original Birth Certificate
Citation: Rev. Stat. §§ 578-14; 578-15; 338-20

If a new birth certificate is issued, the original birth certificate shall be sealed. The sealed document may be opened by the department only by an order of a court or when requested in accordance with § 578-15.

The birth parent may be provided a copy of the original birth certificate upon request.

Barry Obama’s birth father did not have to consent to the adoption because he had been out of the picture for more than two years. According to Hawaiian law (I have put the relevant paragraphs in bold):

When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-2
Consent is not required from the following:

A parent who has deserted a child for a period of 90 days without affording means of identification
A parent who has voluntarily surrendered the care and custody of the child to another for a period of 2 years
A parent, whose child is in the custody of another, who has failed for a period of at least 1year to communicate with the child or provide for the care and support of the child when able to do so

A natural father who was not married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s conception or birth and has not established paternity
A parent whose parental rights have been judicially terminated
A parent judicially declared mentally ill, mentally retarded, or incapacitated from giving consent
Any legal guardian or custodian who is found by the court to be withholding consent unreasonably
A parent of a child who has been in the custody of a petitioner for at least 1 year and who entered the United States as a consequence of extraordinary circumstances in the child’s country of origin, by reason of which the existence, identity, or whereabouts of the child’s parents is not reasonably ascertainable or there is no reasonable means of obtaining suitable evidence of the child’s identity or availability for adoption
Any parent of the adoptee if the adoptee is an adult eligible for adoption under this section
A parent whose parental and custodial duties and rights have been divested by an award of permanent custody pursuant to § 587-73

Barry Obama was adopted in Indonesia, not the United States. The relevant Hawaiian statute states:

State Recognition of Intercountry Adoptions Finalized Abroad

To better understand this issue and to view it across States, download the PDF (414 KB) of this publication.
Effect and Recognition of a Foreign Adoption Decree
Citation: Rev. Stat. § 578-8(c)

In cases in which a child is adopted from a foreign country and is brought into the State, the court, in its discretion, may dispense with a hearing upon receipt of a sworn affidavit, ex parte, from the adoptive parents requesting that the hearing be dispensed with, and upon a finding that the issues it would have reviewed have received full consideration by the country from which the child was adopted and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

One other piece of circumstantial evidence that Barack Obama was, at one point in his life, legally known as Barry Soetoro comes from the 1980 divorce of Obama’s birth mother and his adopted father, Lolo Soetoro.

You do not stipulate in a divorce decree that a “child” older than 18 but “still dependent on the parties for education” is part of the settlement unless there is a legal tie to the step-father.

This is why the original birth certificate remains such a mystery. The Obama campaign team decided early on that the American people would not understand how a guy could at one time be a citizen of Indonesia and is still eligible to run for President in the United States. I think they underestimated the ability of Americans to understand this point, but such is the nature of politics.

I know this won’t settle anything, but we can at least admit that back in 1967, years before anyone thought Barry Soetoro would run for President, a school enrollment form in Indonesia makes the very simple claim that Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961. Barack’s mom and his step-dad had no reason to lie about that.

If there are any lawyers out there who care to shed more light on this, please weigh in.

Ok ladies and gents, fire away.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
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  • NoBama

    I’m so glad that NoQuarter posted something regarding the “birther” issue.  It’s obvious from the article and comments here that people have been following, reading and researching this topic more than our MSM ever has.  Which leads me to wonder….how is the MSM getting off the “birther” subject by merely saying that if there was something to the whole “birther” issue, McCain or Clinton would have exposed it.  It wasn’t there jobs, that is the job of the 4th estate.  I have my opinions on why this wasn’t pursude further by the Clinton campaign but, as everyone knows, Hillary would not quit—long after her party deserted her.  WHY?  McCain–he was simply a wuss about even things that were well known.

    Thanks to all the commentors here–you all never cease to impress.

  • kinthenorthwest

    Carol you just gave us a very simple answer to a very easy question.
    If this is the case with Obama then why has he spend 2 million to not say just that if that is what is true.
    Why doesn’t Obama just say my stepfather adopted me and I cannot get my original BC….WHY WHY WHY

  • anon

    If you bothered to look at the link, you would notice Factcheck took the information directly from Barack Hussein Obama’s Fight the Smears web site, which recemntly disappeared when Trump began raising the birth certificate issue.  LOL LOL LOL Ironic

  • obama

    Hawaii allowed non-natives to be registered with a standard birth certificate, it was a well know practice that many took advantage of for obvious reasons, i.e. education, social security, passport etc…they do not have the long form b/cert because it does not exist in Hawaii.

    An excellent source to prove Barack was born in Hawaii would have been his hospital birth records which professional bodies have searched for and not found.  There is NO record of his birth at the hospitals.

  • Carol

    Thank God  some one has it right.
    I was adopted when I was 3 years old. My birth certifcate was sealed. Some states seal them some shred them.  My name changed at that time. After my adopted parents passed away. My natural mother and her husband adopted me again when I was 32 years old. That gave me a new birth cerifcate, the other birth cerifcate was shred. I now carry my third birth cerifcate. I know that the people that I have told this to can never understand it. I felt that is why Obama as never try to explain it.
    People do not get it. I think that is why the other party keeps useing it.
    There is 101 reasons to oppose him, but the birther issue is not one of them.   

  • Guest

    This thread contains some very thoughtful discussion.  I agree with Tango and FrenchNail.  The available facts seem to point to Obama being adopted by his stepfather Lolo Soetoro at some point between 1965 and 1969 and naturalized as a Indonesian citizen (at least in the eyes of the Indonesians) to gain access to the Indonesian public school system.  He may have retained Indonesian citizenship (quasi-legal or otherwise) or at least an Indonesian passport, – which he may have used at Occidental College, on his trip to Indonesia and Pakistan in mid-1981 or at other points in his adult life.  I suggest that the next constructive step should be to convince the mainstream media to use their resources to confirm or deny this theory.  I have been pushing FOX News and the WSJ to do just that.  I would ask other like-minded individuals to join me in this effort.

  • Guest

    This thread contains some very thoughtful discussion.  I agree with Tango and FrenchNail.  The available facts seem to point to Obama being adopted by his stepfather Lolo Soetoro at some point between 1965 and 1969 and naturalized as a Indonesian citizen (at least in the eyes of the Indonesians) to gain access to the Indonesian public school system.  He may have retained Indonesian citizenship (quasi-legal or otherwise) or at least an Indonesian passport, – which he may have used at Occidental College, on his trip to Indonesia and Pakistan in mid-1981 or at other points in his adult life.  I suggest that the next constructive step should be to convince the mainstream media to use their resources to confirm or deny this theory.  I have been pushing FOX News and the WSJ to do just that.  I would ask other like-minded individuals to join me in this effort.

  • n0-nonsense-nancy

    Larry, I posted a comment on this thread late last evening and it is not here. Do you know why?

  • FLDemFem

    Over a year?? Try two and a half years.

  • FLDemFem

    “More than one court has said it is improper to embarrass Obama.”

    But it’s fine to let Obama go on embarrassing the USA as long as he wants to. Oh, goody!!!  

  • Geoff C. The Saltine

    Well lets hear them son of Flagher

  • TeakWoodKite

    Factcheck? LOL Ironic.

  • Tex-Mex Soup

    he has a jackal look to me, he looks like some kind of animal.   Okay, okay I’m reaching into the depths of my imagination and the Omen lol but seriously he does look “off” to me personally.

  • TeakWoodKite

    The latter Harp.

  • n0-nonsense-nancy

    Larry, you are all wrong on what natural born citizen means! It means born on American soil with TWO citizen parents. It doesn’t matter where Obama was born. He was born a British subject according to British law at the time since his alleged father was a British subject. His mother was too young to confer American citizenship to him. Go and look at the muslim laws on birth, etc. It doesn’t matter if he was born in HI or the Lincoln bedroom. He is no way a natural born citizen. The founding fathers read and went by the Frenchman Vatell’s book, Natural Law or Natures Law when writing Article11 section 1 Clause 5 of the constitution.
    There is no proof that Obama ever legally changed his name to Barack Obama from Barry Soetoro. He lies so much that we Americans have no idea who this freak really is, anyway. He could have stolen someones’s identity.

    If you want to really know the ins and outs of this issue read Dr. Kate’s blog, http://www.drkatesview.wordpress.com. She is an expert on the issue and has many, many great articles on the subject. You could also go to obamareleaseyourrecords and Mario Apuzzo’s blog. The Post and Email is another good source.You can obtain some true and honest information there. You should stop feeding false information to your readers.

  • TeakWoodKite

     certified Certificate of Live Birth

    Certified by who Larry?

    The fraulent copy on “fight the smears” or “factcheck”?
    By the the HHS dept of Hawaii saying it was real?

    To date no court of law has ruled on the authenticity of any document related to Obama’s origins. That is the biggest issue all the way around the wiskey barrel. Credibility. No one has standing and no one has any discovery granted.

    When someone points to the “natural born” clause, it then is responded to by the 14th amendment arguement.

    For me at this point inspite of my opinion that there is no legal proof as to where the shithead was born, he is President legally or not.

    That alone is a big enough problem to deal with at this late date instead of which rock he crawl out from under.

    You got guts Larry.

  • Kathleen Wynne

    Great points, and I totally agree.  I, too, was a teen during the civil rights movement and I was both an admirer of Dr. King and RFK.  It was a real blow when both of them were assasinated within 2 months of each other.  My gut feeling then was that our country was in deep, deep trouble and that’s when I began to lose my trust in the government.  However, I never dreamed it would come to this!  Ironically, they used a black man to unravel the last vestages of a government run and overseen by the people.

    Oh, the irony!

  • Buzz Latte

    If Barry’s birth certificate problem was finally revealed, how many people would be caught up in the corruption of hiding it?

    Why is ANYONE still protecting Barry’s past?  What is the payoff for all those in collusion with keeping his past hidden?

    What effect would the truth about Barry have on the country?  More so, what effect would the truth have on the Democratic Party?

    The birth certificate is the lightening rod.  But, the storm is far bigger and more destructive.

  • Onofre’s arm

    Thanks ~~JustMe~~, I’m getting tired of digging this stuff up.

  • kinthenorthwest

    I worked the Civil Rights as a white teen….
    I not only saw how the blacks were treated…but man you should have seen how the whites in the movement were treated…

    Everytime Obama and any of his supporters bring up MLK in trying to say that MLK would be proud of Obama Ipuke….

    In the 60s I did dream of the day that we would have a country and a world that it did not mater your skin color, your race, your gender or what, only who you were inside….
    In the 60s I did dream of a the day when I would see president elected on their merits not their skin color, religion, gender, race, or ???

    When I heard that we had a black man running for president I was so glad…I will say his name did throw me  due to 9/11.  I was surprised that it did not throw off others considering we were still in two wars due to radical muslim groups…Yet within just weeks of hearing of this man, something just not strike me right and it was not his name..

    The more I realize what our nation does not know about Obama, and what he Will not answer to, the more I grow suspicious of him…

    Gut instinct tells me that there is just not something right about the way Obama was handled and is being handled by the media, the public and other politicians, especially compared to all other candidates for any offfice in the last few decades.

  • Kathleen Wynne


    The question that keeps going around in my head is when will America recognize and acknowledge the rampant, oppressive, unjust and just plain wrong misogyny/sexism which continues to run unabated in every sector of society?  What’s make this ism so much more difficult to acknowledge than racism?

    When the day comes when men and some women are willing to call it out and assign shame to those who engage in it (and for the sake of our country and the rest of the world, hopefully, sooner rather than latter), I can honestly say without equivication that I would never want it to be used as a tool to silence people from honest disagreement like racism has been used.  I would oppose such use of the word as a cheap (yet costly in the long run) way to silence people from open, honest debate.

    The truly sad thing is that obama and his handlers and those determined to support him no matter what the facts are, have single-handedly made the word “racism” and all the horrible things it represents in how one human treats another, to have far less meaning than it used to have when it should have become a moral battle cry, instead of a political tool, calling people to rise to the “better angels of our nature…” Lincoln

    Maybe, women will be more careful in making certain the term “sexism” is used for the right reasons and for the right causes and actually does raise us up to be better people and will be the one’s who will lead the way to eradicating it AND racism forever from our collective minds and the way we live. 

    If not now, when?