Letters from Obama’s Muslim communist father unearthed, how the president reacts speaks volumes

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Dreams From My Father

President Obama still has not read letters written by his father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr..

One would think with as big of a hit as his book “Dreams From My Father” was, he’d be rushing to read them so he could pen his next bestseller.

Perhaps he could do a better job telling the story of his Muslim father, who he barely knew, than he did the first time.

He could even mention an article his father wrote in 1965 where it is obvious he is a socialist with quasi-communist leanings.

Something he carefully hid from readers in “Dreams.”

Maybe that’s why he is in no hurry to read these letters.

The letters were found at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture among a trove of papers from a foundation that gave scholarships to African students to study in the U.S., the New York Times reported.

Although the Center invited the president to come view the documents in 2013, he has yet to accept the invitation, according to the Times.

The trove of documents, described publicly here for the first time, renders a portrait of Barack Obama Sr. in his own words, sometimes in his own handwriting, as he describes his studies in the United States. But it also lays bare the beginnings of the fractured relationship between father and son.


“The papers are rich; they tell a fascinating, traditional, self-made man’s story,” Schomburg Center director Khalil Gibran Muhammad told the Times. “There’s a reason to bear witness to the personal legacy that is here.”

These were the letters that helped Obama obtain the financial aid he needed to come to the United States and eventually meet and marry President Obama’s mother Ann Dunham while leaving behind a wife and two kids in his native Kenya.

In one of the letters, written in 1958, the senior Obama wrote “It has been my long cherished ambition to further my studies in America, but due to financial inability, I have not been able to do this.”

According to the Times, the materials lay “bare the beginnings of the fractured relationship between father and son.”

A senior White House official told the Times that the president would likely want to see the letters after he leaves office but gave no indication why “administration officials had not responded to the letter or to follow-up correspondence.”

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