My aunt was here the other day. She is from the north east of the country, where the people have names ending with -ink. Lenferink, Geerdink, Obbelink. If you go a bit further north, all names end with -ma. Burema, Sipkema, Miedema. My aunt told me this: Barack Obama is a descendant of the Fries Jelle Obbema, who went to Africa and had many children by various mothers. One of his sons was Sjoerd-Bark Obbema.
Bark. It's a name.
Barke > Bare (bear)
The fact that my aunt told me this makes me very suspicious. My aunt has always been known among us younger generation as a notorious liar.
"Eating sprouts makes you invisible. Oh look ... I just found this ancient treasure map with burnt edges. That treasure you just found in the hollow tree at the back of the garden is 100 years old. Those are magic cookies, that is why they are still fresh and crispy after sitting a hundred years in a hollow tree. The lemonade too!"
Each summer vacation she wrote us letters on grimy torn paper in weird handwriting, signing them with "Japie Krikkemik, pirate". It took years before we found her out.
Barke Obbema's distant Fries cousin is Lieuwe (from Leeuwe - lion) Obbema, a famous eleven-cities-tour skater, who lived from 1912 to 1999. (Why are there no photos of this person on the internet?) He is also related to a six-fold Frisian champion fierljeppen. They can easily say that, no-one has a clue about those obscure Frisian sports anyway. Besides, Obbema sounds more like from Groningen, the province next to Friesland.
There is a perfectly plausible explanation for the name Bara(c)k.
Obbema/Obma, however... remains a bit of a mystery...
Barke Obma, first Frisian/Grunninger-American President of the United States. That doesn't quite rhyme as well as first African-American President. But one thing is true: he has a great strength in that everybody wants to be part of who he is.