Barack Obama, The Original Birther

A grade school classmate of failed President Barack Obama’s remembers to PBS’ Frontline that young Barry used to tell people he was an “Indonesian prince” who would someday return to Indonesia as its ruler.

Others report that he identified himself as “Kenyan royalty.”

Maybe Obama is having second thoughts about his full-throated support of PBS’ taxpayer funding right about now.

PBS’s ‘FRONTLINE’ interviewed former Barack Obama classmate, Kristen Caldwell. She grew up and attended Punahou School with “Barry” Obama. She recalls how as a young child, Obama alternatively told classmates he was an Indonesian prince or Kenyan royalty.


So yeah, I can picture him as this slightly — “chubby” is too strong, but rounded, short little guy, Barry Obama. And he told us that his father was an Indonesian king and that he was a prince, and after he finished school he was going to go back, and he would be a ruler in Indonesia. And I absolutely believed him.

I understand that he told his fifth-grade class that he was Kenyan royalty, but I never heard that story until years later. My sister and I remember very clearly that he was an Indonesian prince and that he would be going back there. So there was some reference to where he had come from, and the understanding was his family was there.