He then left to attend graduate school on a scholarship at Harvard University, where he earned an M. The family initially lived in a Menteng Dalam neighborhood in the Tebet subdistrict of south Jakarta.
And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he is African American.
His mother spent most of the next two decades in Indonesia, divorcing Lolo in 1980 and earning a Ph D degree in 1992, before dying in 1995 in Hawaii following unsuccessful treatment for ovarian and uterine cancer.
Obama later reflected on his years in Honolulu and wrote: "The opportunity that Hawaii offered – to experience a variety of cultures in a climate of mutual respect – became an integral part of my world view, and a basis for the values that I hold most dear." After graduating from high school in 1979, Obama moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College.
In late August 1961 (only a few weeks after he was born), Barack and his mother moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, where they lived for a year. After two one-year extensions of his J-1 visa, Lolo returned to Indonesia in 1966.
During that time, the elder Obama completed his undergraduate degree in economics in Hawaii, graduating in June 1962. His wife and stepson followed sixteen months later in 1967.