Barack Obama also had the advantage of knowing that he was a bigamist and that under U.S. law, the second marriage would not be legal.
Personally, I think the preponderance of evidence shows that Obama's marriage to Ann Dunham was a legal contrivance that suited both their purposes -- Obama's as a means to maintain residency in the U.S. until he completed his studies, and Ann's (and maybe also her parents') to provide legitimacy to the baby's birth. In no way was this a meaningful marital relationship.
So were they really married? Yes, they went through the legal steps to become married. But because Obama the father was already married, the marriage wasn't legal -- and it certainly wasn't functional -- so they weren't really married in the way we understand marriage.
I know that my conclusion -- that Ann likely signed her maiden name to baby Barack's birth certificate because her marriage wasn't a real one, and that that's what's being hidden by the release of the "birth certificate" forgery -- is a huge disappointment to people who think that the president is hiding something much bigger -- like being born in Kenya. (Understandably, since releasing the digital PDF fake is a pretty big scam to cover up a pretty unimportant detail.)
If you believe that the president was born in Kenya, then you also would have to believe:
1. The real birth certificate that Hawaii has on file for Barack Hussein Obama, II contains within it evidence (or at least suspicion) that Obama was born overseas.
My answer: Get real. A Hawaiian birth certificate would show that the baby was born in Hawaii, even if he were born on the moon.
2. Ann and Barack the father were a loving couple anticipating their firstborn, and they decided to travel to Kenya so Ann could meet her Kenyan in-laws and extended family.
My answer: Highly unlikely. Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii in 1959 and never returned to Kenya until he was deported in July 1964, so Ann would have had to travel to Kenya alone. Pregnant. And on her parents' dime. To meet her Kenyan relatives, including first wife Kezia, whom Barack never divorced, and Kezia's two young children by Barack. Fat chance.
3. Ann gave birth in Kenya, then flew back to Hawaii in the first week of August 1961.
My answer: Since Ann subsequently popped up in Seattle for night courses beginning August 19, that's a lot of overseas travel in a very short period of time for an 18-year-old mother with an infant. Unlikely.
What is the source for this Kenyan myth? Probably the president himself,
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