President Obama’s father never was able to finish is PhD at Harvard University because Harvard forced him out before he could finish his degree in economics. His finances as well as his personal life played a crucial role in their decision, based on his immigration records that have recently been made public.
According to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Harvard had requested them to put a hold on Obama Sr.’s extended stay in the United States “until they decided what action they could take in order to get rid of him,” an immigration official named McKeon noted in a 1964 memo.
Harvard administrators also stated that they “were having difficulty with his financial arrangements and couldn’t seem to figure out how many wives he had.”
Other memos had stated that Obama Sr. had performed exceptionally on all exams and based on his academia alone he was entitled to finish his thesis, the school still wanted to find a way to “cook something up to ease him out.”
According to the same memo, “They are planning on telling him that they will not give him any money, and that he better return to Kenya and prepare his thesis at home.”
David Henry who was then the director of the international office of Harvard University sent Obama Sr. a letter that stated that even though he had completed all of his course work that the economics department did not have the money to continue to support him financially. He went on to tell Obama Sr. that his stay in the U.S. would be terminated and he would have to complete his thesis in Kenya.
The INS denied Obama Sr.’s request to extend his stay in the United States. After he left Harvard he divorced the president’s mother and went back to Kenya in July of 1964 and never completed his PhD.
The INS documents stated that there were specific concerns regarding his financial and personal life.
The documents also stated that Obama Sr. had been “running around with several girls since he first arrived here and last summer she cautioned him about his playboy ways.”
Obama Sr. ended up working for an oil company when he went home to Africa but never did overcome his past mistakes. He was killed in a car crash in 1982 when the president was only 21 years old.