In a photo on Barack Obama's Facebook page, his mother Ann Dunham stands with her father in what looks like the Honolulu Airport. Between them are a chubby Barry and his half-sister Maya. Tucked under Barry's arm is a hand. It is not Ann's hand. It appears to be that of a black male. There is additional evidence that someone was airbrushed out and replaced by Ann.
Who's the missing African-American male?
It's the same guy, Joel Gilbert believes, who is MIA in the audio version of Dreams from My Father recorded by Barack Obama himself in 2005. The man is Frank Marshall Davis, Communist (card number 47544), journalist, poet, and pornographer. "Frank" is mentioned twenty-two times in Dreams. Some 2,500 words are devoted to him. All were expunged by O in his reading.
Davis was the single most important influence in shaping the political beliefs of the young Obama, as Paul Kengor has documented at length. But the Stalinist was also, Gilbert believes, the president's real father.
Gilbert's long journey to this conclusion began, he says, while viewing endless clips of Obama's speeches for his earlier documentary, Atomic Jihad: Ahmadinejad's Coming War and Obama's Politics of Defeat (2010).
The producer noticed how animated the future president became when he discussed class warfare. Sometimes the transformation was quite startling.