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Obama was almost put up for adoption

entertainment Updated: Jul 08, 2011 17:48 IST

An immigration document has revealed that the parents of US President Barack Obama had plans to put their unborn child for adoption to the Salvation Army.

Just a few months before Obama was born, his father Barack Obama Sr was under inspection from immigration officials who suspected him of bigamy.

During an interview in Hawaii in 1961, the then 24-year-old revealed that he had divorced his first wife in Kenya and that his new wife Ann Dunham was five months’ pregnant.

ObamaIn fact, Lyle H. Dahling, an administrator in the Honolulu immigration office, wrote in 1961 that Dunham was actually planning to give away the baby to the army.

"Subject got his USC [United States citizen] wife Hapai [Hawaiian for pregnant] and although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away,’’ the Telegraph quoted Dahling as saying.

Though most of the memo had been published earlier, the passage regarding adoption had been snipped off. But now the memo is entire obtained, thanks to Sally Jacob’s request under Right to Information.

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told Jacobs that Obama, who was completely unaware of his mother’s plan of putting him up for adoption, was ‘absolutely convinced that she did not’.

Jacobs’ book about Obama’s father, The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father, is all set to be published next week.