The author of a new book on President Barack Obama's father cites a document that indicates he once considered putting young Barack up for adoption.
According to biographer Sally Jacobs, a Boston Globe reporter:
In the spring of 1961, President Obama's father revealed a plan for his unborn son that might have changed the course of American political history.
The elder Barack H. Obama, a sophomore at the University of Hawaii, had come under scrutiny by federal immigration officials who were concerned that he had more than one wife. When he was questioned by the school's foreign student adviser, the 24-year-old Obama insisted that he had divorced his wife in his native Kenya. Although his new wife, Ann Dunham, was five months pregnant with their child -- who would be called Barack Obama II -- Obama declared that they intended to put their child up for adoption.
"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,'' according to a memo describing the conversation with Obama written by Lyle H. Dahling, an administrator in the Honolulu office of what was then called the US Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Jacobs' book -- The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama's Father -- is scheduled to be published on July 12.