Obama is Cherokee now..............
President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate
Elizabeth Warren have more in common than just their liberal political
ideology, Harvard Law pedigree, and Democratic Party affiliation. Both
claim Cherokee ancestry, and neither can prove it.
Ms. Warren's claims are current and well known, but President Obama's claims were made back in 1995, when his memoir, Dreams from My Father, was published. On pages 12 and 13 of the 2004 paperback edition, the President unequivocally asserts his Cherokee ancestry:
If asked, Toot [Obama’s maternal grandmother, Madelyne Payne Dunham]
would turn her head in profile to show off her beaked nose, which, along
with a pair of jet-black eyes, was offered as proof of Cherokee blood.
But an old, sepia toned photograph on the bookshelf spoke most
eloquently of their [grandparents Stanley and Madelyne Dunham’s] roots.
It showed Toot’s grandparents, of Scottish and English stock, standing
in front of a ramshackle homestead, unsmiling and dressed in coarse
wool, their eyes squinting at the sun baked flinty life that stretched
before them…in their eyes one could see truths that I would have to
learn later as facts…that while one of my great-great grandfathers,
Christopher Columbus Clark, had been a decorated Union soldier, his
wife’s mother was rumored to have been a second cousin of Jefferson
Davis…that although another distant ancestor had indeed been a
full-blooded Cherokee, such lineage was a source of shame to Toot’s
mother [Leona McCurry Payne] who blanched whenever someone mentioned the
subject and hoped to carry the secret to her grave.
Unlike Ms. Warren, no one has ever alleged that President Obama may
have secured employment due to his claim of Native American ancestry.
Like Ms. Warren, however, the President puts forth his claim with
emphatic certitude, although until now no one has sought to ask him to
provide evidence to prove it.
Like Ms. Warren, the proof the President has offered to date does not
go beyond "family lore"--though he, at least, has not yet offered the Pow Wow Chow cookbook as evidence of his Cherokee ancestry.
Unlike Ms. Warren, the President has a family member who, though
strongly opposed to the President’s political philosophies, firmly
believes the family lore of Cherokee heritage--though he quickly
acknowledges that he, like the President, has no concrete evidence to
support that belief.
Dr. Milton Wolf is a Kansas radiologist and a vocal critic of Obamacare.
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