Friday, April 22, 2016


A family together: Barack Obama (back row, second left) with Granny Sarah (front, second right) in 1988 
A family together: Barack Obama (back row, second left) with Granny Sarah (front, second right) in 1988 


Barack Obama's giant family stretched across America, Europe and Africa, in large part because of his father. 
Barack Obama Sr married at least three times - four according to some people - and had at least seven children.
And he was such a brazen womaniser he even bought mistresses home when his latest wife was asleep, loudly demanding the marital bed for his conquests.
Little wonder he turned out such a disappointment to the boy who, against all odds, went on to become President of the United States.
But one became leader of the free world, the other ended up crippled in car accidents caused by drink-driving and corroded by jealousy.
Obama senior married Stanley Ann Dunham, a white student from Kansas and the president's late mother, at a time when interracial marriages were still illegal in many parts of the U.S.
President Obama's mother met his father at a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii in 1960. At the time he was the first and only African student at the university.
When they married, she did not realise that he had a wife and child in Kenya. He married Kezia Aoko in a tribal ceremony and had two children, Malik and Auma.
Barack Sr and Ms Dunham divorced in 1963 and Ann Dunham struggled as a single mother to bring up her child, just as her estranged husband was at studying at Harvard and reportedly carousing after women.
At the university he met Ruth Bake and they married in 1964 and had two sons, Mark and David. But seven years later they split up and divorced.
He then reconnected with his first wife Kezia and they are believed to have had two more sons.
The President was raised with help from his grandfather, a soldier, and grandmother who worked in a bank.
The last time he saw his father was in 1971 when he was ten years old. Obama Sr was killed 11 years later in a car accident in 1982.
Of his early childhood, President Obama has said: 'That my father looked nothing like the people around me - that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk - barely registered in my mind.' 

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