The Boston Globe reported Thursday that US President Barack Obama's parents may have planned to give him up for adoption prior to his birth, but then changed their minds.
The report cites a conversation between the Kenyan-born Obama Sr. and an Immigration official that took place on April 12, 1961.
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According to a record of the conversation, Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, was "making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away", the Globe reported.
"Subject got his USC wife 'Hapai' (Hawaiian for pregnant) and although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away," the quoted memo says.
It remains unclear why the couple told the official they wanted to give up their son, but the report says Obama Sr. may have been trying to assuage officials, who were wary of him for having been married to a number of women in Kenya.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told the Globe that he was certain Dunham had no plans of giving her son up.
The mother's friends also rejected the report. "She was wildly in love with Barack Obama, her husband, and very excited about her future with him,'' Susan Botkin Blake, a friend of Dunham's, was quoted as saying.
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