We know his childhood nickname in Hawaii and later in California was "Barry" (as was his father’s nickname) - that is not at issue, he was called Barry. Until he decided to start using his formal first name in California and then New York, continuing that usage from there.
But where in his life in the United States is it shown that he ever used the surname of his stepfather?
The claim I've seen most often is that Obama went to Occidental College under the name of "Barry Soetoro."
What is your evidence it is the case, if this is what you believe?
Please refrain from posting links to blogs that make this claim with no evidence linking back to another blog with no evidence.
As an example of what we don’t need to see:
On April 11, 2008, on a blog called Abagond:
"But then one day he met Regina.
She accepted Obama the way he was. He did not have to put on an act for her. She was one of the first to call him Barack instead of Barry. She said Barack was a beautiful name."
On January 29, 2009, on Orly Taitz's blog:
"There is a biography of Barry Soetoro 's Occidental College days. It states that when Barry Soetoro was 18-19 he attended school as BARRY SOETORO. And it wasn't until he met a girl by the name of REGINA that was the first to start calling him Barack. See:
The importance of this is that it clearly shows that Barry was using his Indonesian name, and of course, his Indonesian passport."
This travels to The Betrayal blog as: "Proof Obama went by Barry Soetoro at Occidental"
Until the original blogger Abagond has to say:
"My post says he went by the name of Barry at Occidental, but says nothing about the name Soetero. That was his stepfather’s name in Indonesia. I do not know if Barack ever went by that name and if so for how long." ... On God’s green earth, is there any shred of evidence that Obama ever went by the name of Soetoro? People link to this post as proof that he did even though I say absolutely nothing about it. All I said is that he went by the name of Barry. That is well documented in his book “Dreams of My Father”.
I know about the April Fools' Day hoax, where a fake Associated Press article in a chain letter claimed Occidental’s records had been released in the name of “Barry Soetoro.”
So let’s not go there, either.
I’m willing to believe Barack Obama attended Occidental College as ”Barry Soetoro“ - but not without proof. I see it posted here all the time, though, so I decided to ask.
If you’ve got it, please show it. Not your opinions on the matter, please, but links to actual proof.
Thank you to anyone who takes this request seriously.
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