In the last few days there is a video called "Dreams from My Real Father". The video claims that Barack Obama's mother posed for erotic/pornographic pictures for a pornographic magazine, and provide pictures of a woman that they claim is his mother.

  • Is it indeed Barack Obama's mother in those pictures?
  • And if yes, were they indeed taken for commercial purpose, or were they private photos that leaked out somehow?

The pictures: (NSFW): pic1 , pic 2, pic 3.

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    What are the chances that it's some pathetic muck-raking exercise do you think?
    – Alan B
    Oct 4, 2012 at 13:12
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    @AlanB, I'm certain that the video is a smear attempt at Obama, however, they do present those photos that in my opinion resemble her very much. While I'm not a US citizen, and even If I was, I believe that whether or not someone's mother was an erotic model shouldn't prohibit him from any public office, there is a notable claim here that I want to know if true, mainly, for pure curiosity.
    – SIMEL
    Oct 4, 2012 at 13:27
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    > someone's mother was an erotic model
    – Alan B
    Oct 4, 2012 at 14:16
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    @matt_black, I'm not asking about the whole movie, I haven't even seen it. I just heard about the pictures, and I'm asking only about them, actually I'm looking for a proof that it isn't she.
    – SIMEL
    Oct 4, 2012 at 19:39
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    @matt_black isn't refuting (or confirming) claims, bizarre or otherwise, what the site is about? (with a proviso on how widely held the beliefs are) meta.skeptics.stackexchange.com/a/1155/104
    – Golden Cuy
    Oct 5, 2012 at 9:10

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The racy photos are from "Bizarre Life" Magazine #9, the Spring 1969 Edition. It would have been quite a feat for her to appear in the magazine, as - to quote the "About the Author" section from the book "Pendekar-pendekar besi Nusantara: kajian antropologi tentang pandai besi tradisional di Indonesia (Peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia: surviving and thriving against all odds).":

From January 1968 to December 1969, Dunham taught English and was an assistant director of the Lembaga Persahabatan Indonesia Amerika (LIA)–the Indonesia-America Friendship Institute at 9 Teuku Umar Street in the Gondangdia administrative village of the Menteng subdistrict in Central Jakarta–which was subsidized by U.S. government.

Also very noteworthy is that the image on the right below, who is purported to be "Ann Dunham" - isn't actually in the magazine, which you can find high res images for via the link above.

Purported image of Ann Dunahm

Who's on the right (and isn't actually clad in leather)? Whoever the person below is: enter image description here

If you're still iffy, here's another comparison between the only character dressed like the mysterious woman above and Ann Dunham herself (taken at a US Embassy):

Close-upAnn Dunham at the United Sates Embassy

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    The pictures could have been taken in an earlier time and published only in 1969, or, they could have been taken in Indonesia.
    – SIMEL
    Oct 4, 2012 at 16:28
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    @Ilya Melamed - What reasons do you have for believing either of those are probable?
    – MCM
    Oct 4, 2012 at 17:56
  • @SIMEL - flying monkeys COULD emerge from your anus each time you sneeze. I COULD have an invisible elephant living in my kitchen. Would my claiming it was so be a credible claim? Feb 28, 2017 at 21:54
  • @PoloHoleSet, I don't get it, what is your complaint, is it about the question or the note about the possibility of the pictures to be from an earlier date?
    – SIMEL
    Feb 28, 2017 at 22:03
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    @SIMEL - we're dealing with whether a claim has any credibility. Since almost nothing is COMPLETELY impossible that's not a statement that actually gives any kind of support to the claim. It's pretty clear you've crossed a line into looking for excuses to believe a fabricated smear campaign. Feb 28, 2017 at 22:06

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