Before we start on our journey to understand Obama. Let us review what we do know about him. He was born in Hawaii. He was raised in Indonesia by his step father living under and assumed name, Barry Soetoro. He was educated in a Muslim school through his formative years. His mentor was Frank Davis. His political campaign was started in the house of Bill Ayers. (which he lied about knowing) For 17 years he let the lie stand that he was born in Kenya. (a claim his grandmother said was true). He benefited by a land deal with a convicted felon. So that is true let us learn more. A childhood of privilege, not hardship Chapter I: A childhood of privilege, not hardship | WashingtonExaminer.com First lady Michelle Obama told the Democratic National Convention that "Barack and I were both raised by families who didn't have much in the way of money or material possessions." It is a claim the president has repeated in his books, on the speech-making circuit and in countless media interviews. By his account, he grew up in a broken home with a single mom, struggled for years as a child in an impoverished Third World country and then was raised by his grandparents in difficult circumstances. The facts aren't nearly so clear-cut.