Barry Soetoro

Nov 6th, 2008, in IM Posts, Opinion, by

Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama's Indonesian connection.

Former Menteng student now US President

Obama Barack has been democratically elected President of the US.

Quite an about face for the best democracy money can buy, in view of the Bush presidential se-lection.

But of course, corruption, collusion and nepotism is the sole monopoly of the Third World - or so the deluded denizens of the West repeat to themselves as they hug their knees, rocking back and forth - reminding themselves of how they uphold human rights equally across the board, entirely devoid of double-standards and totally oblivious to race, creed or religion.

Barrak Hussein Obama II was born to a white American Ann Dunham and Kenyan Barrak Hussein Obama Snr, in Nyang'oma Kogelo now in Kenya.

Here the Indonesian link starts.

Ann Dunham married in 1967 Lolo Soetoro, a Javanese, whose own father, in 1946 was killed along with his eldest brother were killed, after which the Dutch army burned down the family's home. Soetoro fled with his mother into the countryside to survive. Incidentally yet more proof of Dutch war crimes - delibrate destruction of civilian property outside the scope of battle.

Pak Lolo Soetoro was an army geologist then later a government relations consultant for Mobil Oil. Obama describes Soetoro as well-mannered, even-tempered, and easy with people.


Barry Soetoro in Indonesia with mother Ann Dunham, step-father Lolo Soetoro, baby-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng.

From age 6 to 10, Obama lived in Jakarta. Age six, Obama attended the Catholic Primary St Francis di Assisi. Much was made of the lie he was educated in a Madrassa - or more accurately a pesantren - this of course was totally untrue. Obama Jnr later attended Model Primary School, Menteng and was registered as a Muslim - as his father was Muslim.

In Obama's own words:

In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell my mother that I made faces during Koranic studies. My mother wasn’t overly concerned. ‘Be respectful,’ she’d say. In the Catholic school, when it came time to pray, I would close my eyes, then peek around the room. Nothing happened. No angels descended. Just a parched old nun and 30 brown children, muttering words.

One of "Berry's" childhood friends was Adi who often visited "Berry's" 16 Jalan Haji Ramli house. Speaking volumes of Dutch "development" at the time the road was of this established middle-class neighbourhood was a dirt lane where Obama used to wile away the hours kicking a soccer ball.

Adi recalled Obama and his friends wore plastic bags over their shoes to walk through the muddy street during the rainy seasons.

Neighborhood Muslims worshiped in a nearby house, which has since been replaced by a larger mosque. Sometimes, when the muezzin sounded the call to prayer, Lolo and Barry would walk to the makeshift mosque together, Adi said.

His mother often went to the church, but Barry was Muslim. He went to the mosque,” Adi said. “I remember him wearing a sarong.”

Obama spent most his spare time hanging out with Adi and other friends at the home of Yunaldi Askiar, a classmate. They used to play a kind of fencing game using sticks, kick a ball up and down the narrow dirt lanes or go swimming in the river behind the school, said Askiar, 42, a car mechanic.

Obama was taller and better dressed than most kids in classes where shoes and socks were still luxuries, so he stood out from the start. As an African American, and the only foreigner, he suffered racial taunts and teasing but never turned to violence.

"At first, everybody felt it was weird to have him here," Israella Dharmawan, his first grade teacher said. "But also they were curious about him, so wherever he went, the kids were following him."

His friends enjoyed playing tricks on Berry: Harmon ASki recalled,

"Sometimes we'd say, 'Barry, do you want a chocolate?’ And we'd give him a chocolate. The next day we'd give him a chocolate again. The third time we'd give him terasi (fermented shrimp paste) wrapped up like chocolate. Obama didn't get mad. He would laugh it off."

Ann Soetoro moved to Yogyakarta, while Obama Jnr studied in Jakarta. She was inspired by Jogja village industries, which became the basis of her 1992 doctoral dissertation.

“She loved living in Java,” said Dr. Dewey, who recalled accompanying Ms. Soetoro to a metalworking village. “People said: ‘Hi! How are you?’ She said: ‘How’s your wife? Did your daughter have the baby?’ They were friends. Then she’d whip out her notebook and she’d say: ‘How many of you have electricity? Are you having trouble getting iron?’ ”

Dunham-Soetoro became a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development on setting up a village credit program, then a Ford Foundation program officer in Jakarta specializing in women’s work. Later, she was a consultant in Pakistan, then joined Indonesia’s oldest bank to work on what is described as the world’s largest sustainable microfinance program, creating services like credit and savings for the poor.


Obama in Hawaii with Maya and Ann and maternal grand-father, shortly after leaving Indonesia.

In his tellingly-titled Memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama describes his Indonesian interlude as "one long adventure, the bounty of a young boy's life". But he also recalls being troubled by the poverty around him: "the empty look on the faces of farmers the year the rains never came," and the desperation of the disabled beggars who came to the family's door.

"The world was violent, I was learning, unpredictable and often cruel," he writes. Obama and his mother thus we were very well acquainted with the harsh realities of indigenous Indonesians.

Fermina Katarina Sinaga, recalled yojhng Obama in her class: in the common task of class to write an essay titled “My dream: What I want to be in the future.” Obama “wrote ‘I want to be a president,’ ” she said. During a later writing assignment on family, he wrote, “My father is my idol.

The Indonesian connection for Obama and all that shaped him proving once again all things Javanese and indigenous Indonesian the bedrock for the towering monuments built on the foundations of a great civilisation.


1,046 Comments on “Barry Soetoro”

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  1. avatar Berlian Biru says:
    November 6th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I note you don’t mention his most obvious Indonesian connection, his little Indonesian sister Maya who is in the picture alongside young Barry.

    What I found most interesting about Obama’s mother is that she seems like a right airhead, flitting around the world picking up one “culture” then dropping and running off to pick up the next one, as if her life was one never ending ethnic smorgasbord.

    It is particularly noticeable that one of the reasons Ann and Lolo broke up was because he, a western educated, intelligent, up and coming modern Indonesian man became more western in his lifestyle and outlook while his wife wanted to live a fantasy life as a Javanese kampung woman.

    Thank goodness Barack had his sensible grandmother to teach him a bit of sense, it is only a pity that the woman would not live long enough to see her beloved protege be elected president.

  2. avatar Lisa says:
    November 6th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Does it mean he can speaks Indonesian ????
    What a proud teacher, being able to say hey one of my students has become a president of US. Hope Obama will nurture great relations with Indonesia.

  3. avatar Burger says:
    November 7th, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Barrak Hussein Obama II was born to a white American Ann Dunham and Kenyan Barrak Hussein Obama Snr, in Nyang’oma Kogelo now in Kenya.

    So Obama was not born in the US?

  4. avatar The last Mardijker says:
    November 7th, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Barry Sutoro was a registered Indonesian of Mohammedan faith

    http://www.clipmarks.com/clipmark/E8F46A47-92D8-4C71-B17F-DCFCC6A7C3CA/

    Sinyo Purba – you could have at least given wiki a reference

    The Last Mardijker

  5. avatar DJ says:
    November 8th, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Barrak Hussein Obama II was born to a white American Ann Dunham and Kenyan Barrak Hussein Obama Snr, in Nyang’oma Kogelo now in Kenya.

    What is your source for his birth being in Kenya?

  6. avatar Gerald Garcia says:
    November 8th, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    It’s interesting that so many Muslims like him a great deal, see as he’s the worst kind of infidel (kafir). A normal run-of-the-mill, lifelong Jew or Buddhist is considered an infidel by Muslims. However, a person who has renounced Islam and converted to another faith — in Obama’s case, Christianity — then that person is the worst kind of sinner/evildoer there is, according to Muslims.

    So then, why do many Muslims like him so much?

  7. avatar Peter Porcupine says:
    November 9th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    Obama’s father was from Kenya, yes, but Barack (Jr.) himself was born in Hawaii (US) in 1961. His family tree is available online.

  8. avatar John says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    No, it looks like he was NOT born in America therefore making his election ILLEGAL.

  9. avatar Laverne Powell says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Why was Barrack Obama Jr. called Barry Soetoro?

  10. avatar Achmad Sudarsono says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Good to see you actually write something, old boy.

  11. avatar janma says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    No, it looks like he was NOT born in America therefore making his election ILLEGAL.

    He was so born in america, and even if he wasn’t, if he’s an american citizen his election would still be LEGAL!

  12. avatar Achmad Sudarsono says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    Halo Seksi Ibu Janmas Yth,

    Doesn’t a U.S. president have to be born in the U.S. ?

  13. avatar ultratupai says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I have had the pleasure of meeting Obama’s sister Maya and she can speak Indonesian quite well.

  14. avatar DJ says:
    November 13th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    He was so born in america, and even if he wasn’t, if he’s an american citizen his election would still be LEGAL

    ***************
    No technically, our Constitution has certain rules and requirements for eligibility to become the President. One must be a natural born citizen of the US. There are some who say the Hawaiin birth certificate posted on Obama’s website is a forgery and have requested that he produce the vault cert. There is a law suit before the supreme court requesting the certificate be produced. There is also the idea that he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro which would have revoked his american citizenship. I don’t know I’m not a lawyer and don’t understand all the legalities. I’m just saying that natural born citizenship is a legal requirement for presidency; one can not be a naturalized citizen, you must be natural born citizen.

  15. avatar John says:
    November 14th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    If Barack Obama’s legal name is Barry Soetoro and as President of the United States he signs bills into laws as Barack Obama. All laws signed by your President would be null and void which could create a constitutional crisis in your country.

  16. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    November 14th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Gerald:
    Because- unlike almost all of your US presidents he has lived some time in our shoes.
    He has seen the horrific impact of US imperialism first hand.

    We Muslims- in this case moderate Sunni (Sugfi to be precise) , will soon be the world’s largest religious group- within 5-10 years overtaking the Catholics and the Hindus.

    Barrack Obama was called Barry Soetoro- as his mother Ann Dunham married Soetoro and Indonesian law requires the existing offspring to take the name of the father.
    Barrack Obama aka Barry Soetoro, was not a Muslim but was registered as a Muslim – following Indonesian regulation of children being registered under the religion of the father, Muslim.

  17. avatar janma says:
    November 14th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    No technically, our Constitution has certain rules and requirements for eligibility to become the President. One must be a natural born citizen of the US.

    but not to be govenor then? Because Schwarzenegger wasn’t born in the US and he’s govenor.

  18. avatar Peter Porcupine says:
    November 14th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    but not to be govenor then? Because Schwarzenegger wasn’t born in the US and he’s govenor.

    That’s right. The US Constitution applies to the federal (national) government only. Each state also has its own constitution, which specifies the requirements for governor of that state. The federal constitution says (in Article II, Section I):

    No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.

    Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, and so can never become president of the US. People who like him joke about passing an “Arnold Amendment” to the US Constitution that would get around the restriction. It’s not something that would ever happen, but it’s an amusing idea.

  19. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    November 16th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    He must be a US born citizen- I read he was actually born in Hawaii, then moved shortly to Kenya following the father. Both mother and father were studying at the University of Hawaii.
    The father and mother had their differences and separated amicably- Ann Dunham moving to Indonesia.

    I am sure the legitimacy of his US birth to be President would have been one of the first questions the Democrat Caucus would have investigated thoroughly- imagine the embarrassment if they screwed that one up.
    Would have McLuna-Caine on our hands.

    I apologize for the error.

  20. avatar Jeanette says:
    November 17th, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Why didn’t he change his name Barry sounds nice.

  21. avatar Ben White says:
    November 22nd, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Barry(Barack) soetoro(Obama), was born in Kenya, witnessed by his own Grandmother and Half Sister. He was taken to the US, Hawai, where he was registered and a COLB, Cert. Of Live Birth, was filed. This in NO way states he was BORN at the hospital, only the VAULTED cert. would show this, which has never been found! He was then taken to Indonesia and adopted by his stepfather. His Indonesian citizenship would void eny others, as they have NO dual citizenships!

    Bottom line…..OBAMA needs to go! One way or the other. He is a typical democrat, telling you what you want to hear, then doing what he wants to do! I SWEAR he said this is going to be a NEW house, with NEW people with OPEN views. BUT then goes and apoints Israeli, Rahm Emanuel, as chief of staff… What? Thought he said NEW! Not OLD set-in-their-ways politicians!

    I won’t even go there with his ties to FELONS and TERRORISTS! There goes the neighborhood, ooh wait, the counrty!

  22. avatar David says:
    November 26th, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Barry, I mean Barack, says he misses nasi goreng, bakso, and rambutan, according to SBY when he talked to him on the phone. Didn’t say whether he could still speak Indonesian though. kompas

  23. avatar JC says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Barack OBAMA is not real. His REAL name is Barry Soetoro. There is proof of this. All of these sinners who voted for a Muslim are going to be in for a big surprise.

  24. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    November 27th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    JC,
    I’m a Muslim, and so are 1 billion peaceful people on the planet. We are all not going to eat your puppy dogs and babies.

    So what if he is Muslim- it still teach respect for Christians.
    Why you Americans love the Jew so much- he gave you credit crisis- not Muslims.

  25. avatar J Buske says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 7:13 am

    The American people need to know who he is. The electoral college meets 15 dec need to know if Barry or what ever is name is is qualified to be president. Very simple to come up with a certified copy of his birth certificate and put this all to rest. Else this will trigger a constitutional issue and a good chance he will be put in jail for fraud. This would be a sad day but the Constitution is till the law of the land and we must enforce it or lose it.

  26. avatar Bill Bordeaux says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    We have the possibility of a constitutional crisis on our hands,

    If this man can not produce a COLB with the doctors name and the seal of Hawaii I would say the supreme court is going to do their job and obama might not be entitled to be in the USA.

    This truly is unbelievable and very sick.
    He must produce the COLB before he enters the white house, this could start a civil war

    I am shocked that states do not have a requirement to show all birth records to hold office in that state and for the president to get the electoral votes from each state.

  27. avatar Henry Bowman says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    “Barrak Hussein Obama II was born to a white American Ann Dunham and Kenyan Barrak Hussein Obama Snr, in Nyang’oma Kogelo now in Kenya.”

    This is very interesting as many Kenyans would be proud to claim barack hussein as their own. Alas, we need proof such as his birth records and the hospital he was born in along with the date. Could you provide such and make the Kenyan people proud?

  28. avatar mario fuentes says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    he is an illegal alien in this United States. He is NOT fit to take office. His mother said she was present in the hospital in Kenya where he was born. The Supreme Court will straighten this mess out and we will have a more suitable president.

  29. avatar Wonder Woman says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Barack Obama is not a NATURAL BORN citizen of the United States.

    The location of his birth doesn’t matter. It does not matter if he was born on the steps of the White House. He is not a Natural Born citizen. What matters is the fact that he was born with dual allegiance to the United States and the United Kingdom. You are not a NATURAL BORN citizen if another nation can lay claim to you. Period.

    http://www.uniset.ca/naty/BNA1948.htm

    Under Part II of the British Nationality Law 1948, Barack Obama Jr. was born a citizen of the United Kingdom by DESCENT because his father was a citizen of the United Kingdom.

    5.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, a person born after the commencement of this Act shall be a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies by descent if his father is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies at the time of the birth:

    If Obama Sr. became a naturalized citizen of the United States then this wouldn’t be an issue.

    People are failing to recognize the difference between a US citizen and a Natural Born citizen. There is a difference. If there weren’t a difference then the Framers of our Constitution never would have used the words. The document is not meant to be repetitive/redundant. All of the words have INTENT.

    The 14th Amendment has no bearing on Article II.

  30. avatar Brian says:
    November 29th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Janma, put down the Kool-aid and the crack pipe and wake the Hell up. Schwarzenegger is a Governor of a state. Do you know the difference between being a Governor of a state and being President of the United States? The natural born citizenship clause of the Constitution doesn’t apply to the state of California.

    Here’s what the natural born citizenship clause of the Constitution says: BOTH parents must be U.S. citizens and the birth MUST be on U.S. soil. Obama’s father is Kenyan (or British since Kenya was under British rule in 1961) so that’s STRIKE ONE. Obama’s own grandmother admitted to watching Obama being born in Kenya. STRIKE TWO! Obama’s mother moved to Indonesia, and Indonesia forbids dual-citizenship laws. STRIKE THREE!

    Obama is NOT qualified to be the President even if he does magically produces an authentic birth certificate. When he moved to Indonesia, that automatically voided his U.S. citizenship. Time for the Supreme Court to do their jobs, and remove the Obamamessiah from reaching the White House.

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