In a memo from an interview to renew his visa, Barack Obama’s father told an immigration official he planned to give his then unborn son up for adoption.
‘Subject got his USC [U.S. 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.’
Barack Obama Sr. was still married to another woman whom he had two children with when he married Obama’s mother Ann Dunham in the 1960’s.
The president claims he didn’t know that his parents were considering putting him up for adoption, but speculated about it in his autobiography Dreams From My Father.
The memo was written in April 1961 by Lyle H. Dahling, an administrator in the Honolulu office of the then-U.S. Immigration and Naturalisation Service.
The information was released after a Freedom of Information request from an author writing about Obama’s father.
From other documents, immigration officials wrote that Obama’s father was a playboy:
The memo reads: ‘Mrs McCabe [the university’s foreign student adviser] further states that [Obama] has been running around with several girls since he first arrived here and last summer she cautioned him about his playboy ways.
‘[Obama] replied that he would “try” to stay away from the girls.’
Just two years after his son was born, Mr Obama left the family in Hawaii and moved to Harvard and got married again for the third time.