In 1970 Lolo Soetero, Barack Obama’s Indonesian stepfather, was hired by Union Oil to work in the company’s government relations division. He was asked occasionally to go to dinner parties with visiting Union Oil executives and American engineers working in Jakarta. It was naturally expected that his wife would accompany him, but Ann Soetero refused to go. Lolo was baffled and angry. Lying in his bedroom, Barry would listen to his parents argue. “These are your people,” his stepfather would plead.
“They are not my people!” Ann would shout back.