In this article, you will read true statements about certain writings on official documents.  You will then read possible meanings and explanations that may or may not have happened.  What you will read will lead you to have new questions but possibly no new answers.  Or will it?

When Thomas Alva Edison was looking for the right filament for his light bulb, one of his employees remarked that it was such a shame that Edison should try 9,000 types of filaments without learning a thing.  Edison countered that statement by saying, “On the contrary, I have learned what 9,000 elements won’t work.”  Piecing together Obama’s early life is like that.  We have problems uncovering what is true but end up only eliminating that which is not true.

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Nick Chase, a writer for the American Thinker posted an article, making the case that Obama’s birth certificate is fake.  Now this is a subject people spend way too much time on.  What would happen if tomorrow, Obama would call a press conference and announce that his birth certificate is a total photo shop fake?  Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  As a matter of law, Obama does not have to prove where he was born.  His accusers have the burden of proof.  They must prove he was born elsewhere.

However, Chase did find something interesting about a passport renewal made by Obama’s mother:

Finally, we have Stanley Ann Soetoro’s 1968 application to extend her 1965 passport (now destroyed) for an additional two years, as shown in Figure PPA.

On the second page of the application, Ann moved to exclude her son Barack Hussein Obama (Soebarkah) from her passport, but the item has been crossed out — perhaps on the advice of the consulate in Jakarta, as this would have left seven-year-old Barry passportless — so it didn’t happen.

The appendage “(Soebarkah)” has never been satisfactorily explained by anyone, and I certainly don’t know what “Soebarkah” means, but it does seem to indicate a name change or change in citizenship status for the boy.

While Chase is right , the name change could reflect either a name change or a change in passport status, it could also have to do with the Subud cult.  Obama’s mother was a member of the cult, which originated in Indonesia by a Muslim named Muhammed Subuh.  There are several coincidences that might point to this as the real reason for the name.  Subud is found in only three main places in the world.  Indonesia, Hawaii, and….drum roll, please, Chicago.

Another interesting coincident with a Subud connection is the death of Loretta Fuddy.

Regional helper and member of the Subud faith Deliana Fuddy, right, meditates at one of the group’s meetings at Richards Street YWCA. Meditation is followed by spiritual exercises. 

Notice that the article calls her Deliana Fuddy instead of Loretta.  That’s because in Subud, it is common to change your name to a Subud name. Soebarkah could have been Obama’s Subud name.  

SubudVoice in 2011 did an article on one of their former members, Ann Soetoro, Obama’s mother.  Some of the material came from a biography on Obama’s mother by NYT reporter, Janny Scott:

Obama’s mother and Subud

By Staff Reporter…

A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother,a biography of the mother of US President Obama, Ann DunhamSutoro, contains several references to Subud. As is generally known Obama lived with his mother in Jakarta for some years…

Arianne (no second name) wrote to me to say, “Talked to Irin Poellot who is reading the book about Obama’s mother and has already run into several literal mentions of Subud!!! I remember the late Mansur Madeiros mentioning he knew her in Indonesia and he is mentioned in the book! I can’t help wondering if we will get inquiries about Subud since it is mentioned often in a book which probably will be widely read. It also is a delicious fact that our Subud sister, Ms Fuddy, just was appointed to her post in the Health Dept in Hawaii in time to be involved in the documentation of fact that Obama was born there.”

I wrote back asking for more specific information and Arianne replied, “Irin kindly supplied some quotes:In chapter 4 “Initiation in Java” the Subud members are quoted. And then (on page 116): “…she (Ann) was hired to start an English-language, business-communications department in one of the few private non profit management-training schools in the country.”

Ann “found a group of young Americans and Britons enrolled in an intensive course in Bahasa Indonesia, the national language, at the University of Indonesia recalled Irwan Holmes, (a member of the original group). She was looking for teachers. A half dozen of them accepted her invitation, many of them members of an international spiritual organization, Subud, with a residential compound in a suburb of Jakarta..”

And ……Mohammad Mansur Madeiros, a reclusive and scholarly Subud member from Fall River, Massachusetts, and Harvard, whom Ann hired as a teacher, had immersed himself so deeply in Javanese culture, language and religion that friends nicknamed him Mansur Java. When he died in 2007, friends recalled his preference for the company of ordinary Indonesians –street vendors and becak drivers — over that of other Subud members and expatriates.”

Now, this leaves us with one last question.  Was it really a coincidence that Fuddy, a leader of an obscure cult, with ties to Obama’s mother was appointed to office just in time to release the controversial birth certificate?

So, did we really learn anything here?  Yes, we have.  And let that great detective Sherlock Holmes explain: “When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, HOWEVER IMPROBABLE, must be the truth.”

Steven Ahle is the Editor of Red Statements.