Malik Obama, son of the Kenyan Barack H. Obama, appeared on Fox News after Wednesday night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas. Fox’s Sean Hannity asked Obama, a naturalized U.S. citizen, who he was voting for on November 8.
“Donald Trump,” said Obama, without the slightest hesitation, expressing admiration for Trump’s business empire. The pending vote for Donald Trump, however, was not the only enlightenment to emerge from the interview.
Hannity introduced Malik Obama as the president’s brother, which is inaccurate. Malik Obama is not the son of Ann Dunham, the president’s white American mother from the Kansas heartland. Malik Obama is the president’s half-brother, but only if the president’s official story is true. On that theme, the Kenyan Malik Obama has betrayed some doubts.
In 2015, filmmaker Joel Gilbert asked Malik Obama if he saw any resemblance between the president and Frank Marshall Davis, the African-American Stalinist Gilbert contends is the president’s real biological father.
“There’s a great resemblance,” Malik Obama said. “I think Frank Marshall Davis and Barack, they look alike. Some kind of moles I see on his face and Frank, he has those too. There’s a resemblance.” Malik Obama even said he was willing to take a DNA test.
In the interview with Sean Hannity, Malik Obama said the president showed little interest in him, and the Kenyan had a hard time even making contact. As it happens, the current President of the United States has also shunned other alleged family members.
Last Father’s Day, the Harlem-based Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invited the president to review a cache of documents from the Kenyan Barack H. Obama dating from 1958 to 1964, the most crucial period of his life. This material had first been made available in 2013 but the president declined an invitation to review it. On Father’s Day, 2016, he declined again, with good reason.
In not a single document, including more than 20 letters, did the Kenyan Barack H. Obama mention anything about his new American wife and Hawaiian-born American son. That had been the core of the president’s official story, as he proclaimed to the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
“My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya,” he said. “He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.”
That’s a great story, as Michael Corleone said in The Godfather, and the old-line establishment media certainly liked a story like that. On the other hand, those who pay careful attention to Dreams from My Father, the president’s Dead Sea Scrolls, might wonder if the story is true.
The author tells us that the Kenyan of the Luo tribe, “bequeathed his name” to the Hawaiian-born American. But the Kenyan, a brilliant student of “unsurpassed concentration” also emerges as a “prop in someone else’s narrative,” and “an image I could alter on a whim or ignore when convenient.” The book also refers to a “useful fiction” in connection with the Kenyan. He becomes simply the “Old Man,” and the author the sole owner of his name.
Frank Marshall Davis appears in the Dreams book only as “Frank,” a poet, happy-drunk, and professional ethnic who explains that “black people have a reason to hate.” Frank gets 2,500 words in the Dreams but disappears entirely in The Audacity of Hope. In that 2006 book, the author explains, “I am a prisoner of my own biography,” but the Kenyan Barack Obama gets little ink.
In The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father, Boston Globe reporter Sally Jacobs notes that the president’s mother tried to give him up for adoption. The Kenyan “told none of his friends that he had gotten married or was expecting a baby.” She wonders whether the Kenyan “simply lied” but does not speculate whether the president and his handlers may have lied at any point.
“The family myth contained a kind of truth,” explains New York Times reporter Janny Scott in A Singular Woman, about the president’s mother Ann Dunham. Her main source is
“President Obama’s sweet and lyrical Dreams from My Father, woven from tales he was told as a child.” She also finds that the president got parts of the story wrong. His mother, for example, was not born at Fort Leavenworth. In 1961, Ann Dunham showed up in Seattle happy and proud of her baby but “saying nothing about marriage.”
In 2012, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis: the Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor, by Grove City College political science professor Paul Kengor, found “remarkable similarities” in the writings of Davis and the policies of President Obama. That same year, Joel Gilbert released Dreams from My Real Father, which revealed the remarkable physical similarities between the president and Davis, who spent his life shilling for white Stalinist dictators. The old-line establishment media ignored or mocked the book and documentary, and the community organizer president was duly reelected.
In 2015 David Axelrod, proclaimed Obama’s “narrator” and “protector” by the New York Times, released the massive Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Axelrod, who sat closer to the president than any adviser and signed off on his every word, ignored The Communist and Dreams from My Real Father. In similar style, Believer makes no mention of Frank Marshall Davis, Ann Dunham, or the Kenyan Barack Obama, the “Old Man,” of Dreams from My Father. But “Axelfraud,” as a heckler dubbed him in a scene from the book, the believer, tips his hand on the identity of the narrator.
Axelrod left journalism because he “felt more comfortable, and proficient at, telling stories.” The president, who had no record of publication, is the believer’s “dream client,” and Dreams from My Father was “a powerful and poignant work.” The stories in The Audacity of Hope were “written with the narrative skill of a gifted novelist,” so the comfortable, proficient storyteller remembers to pay homage to himself, like Sidney Greenstreet in Casablanca.
That same year, future Donald Trump voter Malik Obama, son of the Kenyan Barack H. Obama, saw a strong resemblance between the president and Frank Marshall Davis. No DNA test took place, unfortunately, and Malik Obama told Joel Gilbert, “I don’t know how I’d deal with it, if it really came out that he really is a fraud or a con.”
Like Obama, many see the physical and political resemblance but, as prisoners of the president’s biography, they don’t know how to deal with it. Truth to tell, it’s a simple matter. Let the stitching unravel and the pants fall.