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I have a slight follow-up on “Ringerism“.
I contacted Margot Mifflin, the woman who attended Occidental College with Barack Obama in the early 1980s and who has published a series of photos at The New Yorker of Obama during this era. One of those photos shows Obama with a ring on the finger traditionally used to denote marriage.
Mifflin responded through email, “[Obama] was definitely not married – I don’t know about the ring.” I followed up and asked whether she remembered Obama ever wearing such a ring or if there was ever any discussion surrounding it. She said no. I pressed and asked how she was able to determine that Obama was not married. Had there been a discussion about him not being married. She didn’t respond.
I’d like to make a couple of notes here. Jerome Corsi at WND has done the most work on this. But he basically immediately marginalized the entire question by speculating that Obama wore a ring because he was married to a man. That doesn’t seem like the best starting spot for such a question, especially given the history of the Birther movement.
Second, I know that if I were going through old photos of my parents and saw one of them wearing a wedding ring before my parents had ever met, I’d certainly ask the obvious question. If the Obama girls saw the picture, one would expect them to ask, as any curious child would, “Daddy, were you married or something before you met Mommy?”
Maybe there are other legitimate explanations here. Perhaps it is more common that I thought to wear a ring on that finger without being married. Perhaps that was something people did back in the 1980s.