On August 15, 2018 — after 9½ years, tens of thousands of posts, and more than 63 million unique views or hits — WordPress unilaterally and without warning took down this blog, Fellowship of the Minds. WordPress’ takedown is the equivalent of burning not just a book, but an entire library.
WordPress did allow us to “migrate” FOTM to another host-server. But in the course of the migration, most of our already-published posts disappeared from the web, but were deposited as unpublished posts in our “Draft” folder which must be retrieved and republished, one by one.
In the course of the past year, I have been slowly and laboriously restoring the posts. Thus far, I’ve been able to find almost all of our posts, except a handful, among which is my post of June 10, 2017, “Remembering the U.S.S. Liberty — June 8, 1967,” now lost forever.
I discovered that my post of November 29, 2013, titled “Where are Obama’s daughters’ baby pics and birth records?,” is another one of the very few posts that WordPress had deleted entirely from the net, without a trace.
Fortunately, that essay had been reposted by several sites. Below is a reconstruction and re-publish of my 2013 post, “Where are Obama’s daughters’ baby pics and birth records”.
I got an email this morning from FOTM reader Dave McMullen, asking why there aren’t baby pictures of Obama’s two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
Wikipedia says “Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann, born on July 4, 1998, and Natasha (known as Sasha), born on June 10, 2001.“
So I did a Google Image search for Obama’s daughters. I couldn’t find any baby pics of Malia or Sasha; neither could Dave.
The youngest-looking pic of the girls I found (see below) was in an article extolling Michelle Obama, dated August 20, 2007, on the website Afrobella. The pic is undated. If we go by the date of the Afrobella article, Malia would be 9 years old and Sasha would be 6 years old.
In contrast, Dave found a website with a pic of Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, holding their two-month-old twins, Jenna and Barbara.
I have seen pics of Barack and Michelle’s wedding, like this one below, but none of Michelle pregnant with child.
Then I went on the website Ancestry.com, and searched for birth records of Malia Obama, b. 1998, and Natasha Obama, b. 2001. These are the results:
In other words, Ancestry.com has no birth records for Malia or Natasha Obama.
Then I paid $9.95 for a trial membership in GenealogyBank.com so that I can search that website for the Obama girls’ birth records.
Below is a screenshot I took from genealogybank.com of the result of my search for Malia Obama. I’ve circled in red the date and time when I accessed the website.
As you can see above, the only thing genealogybank.com has in its newspaper archives on Malia Obama is an article by Sen. Obama titled “Progress on campaign finance reform,” in the Chicago newspaper Hyde Park Herald of August 26, 1998, in which Obama (presumably) mentioned Malia. Here’s the newspaper clip (the words are rather blurry):
Below is a screenshot I took from genealogybank.com of the result of my search for Natasha Obama. I’ve circled in red the date and time when I accessed the website. Click the image below to enlarge.
The only thing genealogybank.com has on Natasha Obama is an article in Hyde Park Herald of July 4, 2001, again by Sen. Obama titled “Tallying wins and losses in Springfield Springfield report,” in which he wrote “The newest addition to the Obama family — Natasha — was born on June 10th, and Michelle and I have been busy changing diapers.” Click image below to enlarge.
In other words, I couldn’t find any birth records of either Malia Obama or Natasha Obama on either ancestry.com or genealogybank.com.
The same Wikipedia entry I had referenced at the beginning of this post states that Malia and Natasha Obama “were both delivered by their parents’ friend Dr. Anita Blanchard at University of Chicago Medical Center.”
Wikipedia’s source of that assertion is an article of Jodi Kantor titled “Obama’s Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close,” in The New York Times of December 13, 2008. The article is about a group of Obama’s closest friends in Chicago, among whom are Valerie Jarrett (now Obama’s senior White House adviser) and a black man named Martin Nesbitt who is now a real estate investory. Nesbitt’s wife is Dr. Anita Blanchard.
But the NYT article does NOT say that Dr. Blanchard had delivered Obama’s daughters. Instead, what the article says is “Mr. Nesbitt’s wife, Dr. Anita Blanchard, delivered nearly all the children [of Obama and his closest friends in Chicago], and the adults became their godparents.”
If anyone can find baby pictures and birth records of Malia Obama and/or Natasha Obama, please let me know!
UPDATE (Nov. 29, 2013):
Reader scannersliveinvain found this pic of Barack and Michelle with an infant Malia (source):
UPDATE (Dec.1, 2013):
Here’s another pic of young Malia and Sasha (source). Whose hairy arm is that behind the girls? (h/t FOTM reader JS):
UPDATE (Dec. 3, 2013):
Attorney Orly Taitz is wondering if Natasha Obama had been adopted from Morocco, and has issued a call for help, Dec. 1, 2013:
I am looking for any and all information in regards to Michelle and Barack Obama travelling to Morocco in 2000-2001, one way trip for Natasha (Sasha) Obama from Morocco in and around 2000, possibly 2001, If you have such info, please, forward it to Orly.Taitz@hushmail.com
Responding to a comment from a reader accusing her of “going after” Obama’s daughters — just as commenters here on FOTM similarly have accused me of “going after” the girls when all Taitz and I are doing is simply to ask questions — Taitz wrote this comment:
December 2nd, 2013 @ 7:15 am
Nobody is going after the children. It is a legitimate question: why there are no birth certificates and birth records for Malia and Sasha Obama, while there such records for children of other presidents? For example, media questioned, whether Sarah Palin’s youngest child is actually her daughter’s child, Sarah Palin produced his hospital birth certificate. Media reported on adoption of McCain’s second daughter Bridget, on adoption of Romney’s grand children, on birth of two of Romney’s grand children by a surrogate, why not provide an explanation, why there are no birth records of Malia and Sasha Obama in national databases, while all the other records are there. This is particularly of interest, as it was shown that Barack Obama is using a stolen Connecticut Social Security number of Harrison Bounel, which failed both e-verify and SSNVS and fabricated IDs. What is going on?
Update (June 23, 2014):
In an email, Dr. Taitz wrote, “one of my supporters claimed that she worked in the US embassy in Morocco when Sasha (Natasha ) Obama was adopted from Morocco,” but Taitz is still trying to confirm this claim.
Orly Taitz posted this on Novembr 30, 2013:
In the article a researcher was surprised by the fact that ancestry.com or other databases did not have birth records for Obama’s children, she also was questioning why there are no baby pictures of Obama’s children available. One of the readers found two baby pictures and I posted them, however nobody found the birth records yet. I decided to verify what this reader was saying and went on Ancestry.com. Just as a test I easily found all of my family’s records. I thought maybe there are no records for children of all of the US Presidents. So, as a test, I entered Jenna Bush and I found her birth record and her marriage record. So the vital statistics of children of the U.S. Presidents are not sealed. I have no explanation, why there are no birth records for Obama’s children in ancestry.com.
See also “Michelle Obama admits daughters Malia and Sasha were conceived by IVF,” Dec. 31, 2019.