Many of us have wondered how Obama rose to the top as he did. The connections below could show a glimpse of his grooming.
Although FDR may or may not have said "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens you can bet it was planned that way.", I think it still applies.
Photo: Stanley Dunham with his daughter Ann and his grandchildren Barack Obama and Maya Soetoro during Ann's brief stay with her family in Hawaii during the mid-1970s.
With American money, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. (1936–1982) was brought to the USA to study.
He studied at Harvard and later became a senior governmental economist in the government of Kenya.
How close was Obama Sr. to the US government?
It was in 1961 that Obama Sr. married a fellow student, Ann Dunham in Hawaii. They divorced in 1963.
Ann Dunham was born in 1942 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas while her father was doing military service. Reportedly she is a distant cousin of Dick Cheney.
In 1965, President Sukarno of Indonesia was toppled by the CIA and its friends.
In 1967, Ann Dunham married Lolo Soetoro and went to live in Indonesia.
In Indonesia, Ann Dunham worked for USAID, believed by some to be a front organisation for the CIA.
(Obama as we knew him, man and boy) (USAID, the CIA, and the Coup in Haiti)
In 1969, Obama Jr., aged 7, was attending a posh school in Jakarta, Indonesia.
On his first day at school, 'Barry Soetoro' arrived with his Indonesian stepfather (Lolo Soetoro), who was wearing a military outfit. (The Observer, 26 October 2008, Obama as we knew him, man and boy)
Soetoro worked for the Indonesian army as a geologist and then took a job as a government relations consultant with Mobil Oil.
Ann Dunham, Obama's mother, left Soetoro in 1972, returning to Hawaii and reuniting with her son, who had returned from Indonesia in 1971 to attend school.
One of Obama's Indonesian school mates is quoted as saying (Obama as we knew him, man and boy):
"My father and President Sukarno were the only people in the country with Cadillacs, and both were presents from my grandpa, who was the richest man in Indonesia."