Lolo Soetoro, also known as Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo or Mangundikardjo was the Indonesian stepfather of Barack Obama Jr.
Officially, Soetoro earned his bachelor’s degree in geography from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. In 1962, Soetoro, then a civilian employee of the Indonesian Army Topographic Service, obtained an East-West Center grant for graduate study in geography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He arrived in Honolulu in September 1962 and graduated from the university with a M.A. in geography in June 1964.
Lolo Soetoro and Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother met at the East-West Center while both were students at the University of Hawaii. Soetoro and Dunham married in Hawaii in 1965. Soetoro, a geographer, returned to Indonesia in 1966, to help map Western New Guinea for the Indonesian government, while Dunham and her son moved into her parents’ house in Honolulu to complete her studies at the University of Hawaii.
In 1967, Dunham and Barak Jr. moved to Jakarta to rejoin Soetoro. The reunited family initially lived in a new modest stucco and red tile house at 16 Kyai Haji Ramli Tengah Street in a newly-built neighborhood in the Menteng Dalam administrative village of the Tebet sub-district in South Jakarta for two and a half years.
The real ‘low-down’ as they say, is that Lolo Soetoro was a colonel in the Indonesian armed forces and worked for the CIA-installed dictator, General Suharto, from 1965, after returning to Indonesia from Hawaii, to 1970, when he joined Exxon. Obama’s mother arrived in Indonesia to join Lolo Soetoro with young Barack Obama, Jr. in October1967, while the CIA’s anti-PKI and anti-Sukarno “mopping up” operations were still on-going. The death toll of Indonesians killed ranged from 250,000 to 1 million.
After Suharto’s “New Order” government came to power, key Indonesian assets of the CIA were placed into top positions in Indonesia’s mining,oil, and timber industries. One was Lolo Soetoro who went to work for Exxon.
The CIA’s role in the Indonesian coup d’etat and subsequent purge is found in a 1990 article written by Ralph McGehee, a CIA veteran from 1952 until 1977 of the agency’s International Communism Branch of the Counterintelligence Staff. and now writes about intelligence matters.