Exactly when did Barack Hussein Obama change his name from Barry Soetero?

Can you help figure out the time-line? Obama (AKA Barry) was in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971. He was in Hawaii until he was 18 that would make it 1979. He was still Barry Soetero then. That's not in dispute. It's recorded. But in September of 1980 he filled out a draft registration under the name of... show more Can you help figure out the time-line?

Obama (AKA Barry) was in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971.

He was in Hawaii until he was 18 that would make it 1979. He was still Barry Soetero then. That's not in dispute. It's recorded. But in September of 1980 he filled out a draft registration under the name of Barack Hussein Obama while at the same time attending Occidental as Barry Sotero?

Something seems fishy!

Let's say he graduated High school in May of 1979. If he went to Occidental as a freshman that would have been from September 1979 to June 1980. If he continued to use the name Barry Sotero, and never legally changed his name to Barack Obama between June 1980 and September 1980, then his draft registration is totally fraudulent.

When did he legally change his name, and did he ever say why (and where)? If not, isn't this really a huge gap in his history? If this question cannot easily be answered, then we don't even know for sure what his LEGAL name is.

Although I welcome all answers, this is a legitimate question and hence Best Answer Preference will be given to (probably) a Liberal response; someone who genuinely tries to explain this paradox.

If you answer this question, please return to it later in case I have questions about your answer
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