Where was Obama when in the Third Grade?

091229 at 1:22 pm 9 comments

-by Pat Gee, Honolulu Star Bulletin

A former Manoa resident sent President Barack Obama an old photo of the two of them taken while they were third-grade classmates at Noelani Elementary School, requesting an autograph more than six months ago. He recently received the autographed picture back, as well as a personally signed thank-you note.

“Scott & Barry 3rd grade 1969.”
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Scott Inoue, now a chiropractor in Stockton, Calif., said the small, black-and-white photo had been stashed away for almost 40 years at his childhood home in Manoa. For some reason, Inoue said, as he was growing up he always remembered that photo and wondered what became of “Barry.”

The picture — with the words “Scott & Barry 3rd grade 1969” scribbled at the bottom by Inoue’s mother — shows Obama almost a head taller than Inoue, with their arms around each other. Against a background of Christmas tree drawings, Obama is smiling more broadly than the shyer-looking Inoue.

“He was a lot taller than me; he towered above most of us. I don’t know why I remember that photo, but maybe it’s because he had one of those personalities. Possibly because he was the only African-American” in a school predominantly attended by Japanese, Inoue said.

Widely published biographies say Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 through 1971, and none mention his third-grade year at Noelani, Inoue acknowledges. But he said Obama attended at least part of his third-grade year at Noelani in 1969, perhaps during a visit back to Hawaii, and moved away.

When Obama decided to run for president, Inoue had his mother dig up the photo and sent an enlarged copy to Obama’s senatorial office in Illinois with a request for his autograph. There was no response. He tried again after the inauguration, and several months later an envelope from the White House arrived.

He was surprised by the warm note — typewritten, but personally signed by Obama — that accompanied the photo. Dated Nov. 6, 2009, the note said:

“Dear Scott:

“This is just a quick note to thank you for your kind letter. It is good to hear from you. … I am pleased to enclose your signed photograph. Thank you again for your thoughtful note, and I wish you all the best.

“Sincerely, Barack Obama”

Inoue, 48, said it was a student teacher’s idea to have everyone pick someone to partner with for picture-taking.

“I don’t remember why we picked each other. I don’t remember too much about him or about that time of my life” when both were 8 years old, he said.

He had even forgotten they attended kindergarten together until he saw a 1967 class photo in Hawaii Business magazine last year.

Inoue first picked up the president’s trail after Noelani when he heard the name “Barry Obama” on a radio broadcast of a Punahou basketball game. When Obama became a U.S. senator, Inoue researched his background online to confirm that “Barack” was indeed his old classmate.

Inoue said he and his wife, Faye, are avid fans of Obama and have read his two books.

“He is such a great speaker. He has a way of just connecting with people. It’s just so inspiring. Sometimes I’m moved to tears; my wife as well,” he said.

A copy of the photo hangs in his office, and people “think it’s the coolest thing,” he said.


“Scott & Barry 3rd grade 1969.”


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. 1dragon  |  091229 at 6:59 pm

    Okay, I hate to say this and I know what everyone will think but if you take a picture of a black kid next to an Asian kid from years ago, then all you have to do is say that the black kid was obama. So my question is, why is it that no one from Harvard remembers obama and yet some kid remembers him from the 3rd grade?

    • 2. hepsy  |  091229 at 7:05 pm

      Had a similar discussion with someone else.
      There’s evidence he was here, but only a couple of people seem to actually remember him. People talk about what they were doing at such-n-such time when he was supposedly here but it’s like he didn’t really exist. Like this is some twilight zone episode where a non-person is created, a few planted facts messed up. You can make a better list than I can of the inconsistencies along the way. Where was he when in the third grade?
      What part of him is real?

      • 3. 1dragon  |  091230 at 9:02 am

        This guys past is like one that is made up with every passing day. Like someone who wants to fit in with everybody, but yet there is no proof. If there is no proof then did it happen? And why is it that no one in DC is questioning any of this?

    • 4. dancingczars  |  091230 at 1:18 pm

      Nobody from Columbia remembers him either. He was supposed to be a scholar at both places. Why can we not find his writings in law reviews etc. Is he into burning books as well as sealing all documents that prove he is a total fraud.

      • 5. hepsy  |  091230 at 7:03 pm

        Maybe all the lack is Transparency.

  • 6. dancingczars  |  091230 at 1:16 pm

    Widely published biographies say Obama lived in Indonesia from 1967 through 1971, and none mention his third-grade year at Noelani, So what’s up with that? Maybe it’s not really Obama, are there records of him attending school at that time, there are in Indonesia.

    • 7. 1dragon  |  091230 at 6:40 pm

      I think the guy is a fraud, a Muslim and an illegal alien. I’ll prove it as soon as he shows his past. Until then I don’t have to prove anything because he hasn’t either.

      • 8. hepsy  |  091230 at 7:07 pm

        @ dancingczars: the plot thickens!
        1dragon: what we really know about him is that he is a community organizer.
        That is exactly what he’s doing, organizing the community of the world, at the expense US.
        mahalo for your input!
        xoxo aloha
        and Happy New Year!

        • 9. 1dragon  |  091230 at 7:12 pm

          For me it is now New Years Eve, so Happy New Year to you and all who visit your site.


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