The issue of Barack Obama’s birthplace has been simmering for a long time. It has been ridiculed by the left incessantly, as well as by some on the right. The seemingly sensible course is to deny that Obama was born anywhere else but in Hawaii, but as is typical of Obama, nothing is as it initially appears. There are questions that need answers.
Breitbart has disclosed that Obama’s literary agent published a booklet that describes a young Barack Obama as being born in Kenya:
Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
The booklet, which was distributed to “business colleagues” in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.
It also promotes Obama’s anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White–which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.
All too predictably, the media immediately leaped to defend Obama, asserting this was some sort of oversight:
Barack Obama birth certificate conspiracy theorists have been foiled again.
Conservative-leaning Breitbart.com on Tuesday published a copy of a promotional booklet from Obama’s former literary agency. According to a brief biography in the 1991 booklet, Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii,” fueling fire to the idea that the president is not a natural-born American citizen.
As New York magazine noted, the article caused a stir in conservative circles, drawing commentary from the Drudge Report and other popular websites.
However, the woman who wrote Obama’s biography in the pamphlet said Thursday that she had misidentified Obama’s place of birth.
“This was nothing more than a fact-checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time,” Miriam Goderich, who worked for the literary agency Acton & Dystel, told Yahoo News. “There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.”
So the left would have us believe that this woman allowed this error to fester for 20 plus years. Saner heads might question why this remained uncorrected all this time. Maybe she didn’t know Obama had been elected President? From where did she get the notion that Obama could have been born in Kenya?
But then another “Born in Kenya” account emerges- this one from the AP in 2004.
Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate
Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.
The allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his once-promising candidacy to implode in four short days have given Obama a clear lead as Republicans struggled to fetch an alternative.
Ryan’s campaign began to crumble on Monday following the release of embarrassing records from his divorce. In the records, his ex-wife, Boston Public actress Jeri Ryan, said her former husband took her to kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans.
OK, that was from 2004- a long time ago. Another mistake, no doubt. But then here it is again. Dystel and Goederich, the successor literary agent to the original Acton and Dystel, listed Barack Obama as born in Kenya until April of 2007.
“BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.”
And it turns out that bio’s are submitted by the authors themselves:
Finally, there should be a more formal narrative Bio of the author.
It strains credulity to think that Obama was entirely unaware of these things- he is aware of absolutely everything that concerns him.
After reading the excerpt from Maraniss’ book Barack Obama: The Story a couple of things stand out. Being a narcissist is nothing new for Obama:
Obama was the central character in his letters, in a self-conscious way, with variations on the theme of his search for purpose and self-identity.
His characters are designed for a specific purpose:
Like many characters in the memoir, he introduced her to advance a theme, another thread of thought in his musings about race.
And there are at least three pronunciations of “Barack”:
She called him Bahr-ruck, with the accent on the first syllable, and a trill of the r’s. Not Bear-ick, as the Anglophile Kenyans pronounced it, and not Buh-rock, as he would later be called, but Bahr-ruck. She said that is how he pronounced it himself, at least when talking to her.
“Dreams” is not really a memoir, but is largely a fiction. It is David Maraniss’ opinion that Obama’s book Dreams from my Father “should not be read as rigorous factual history.”
It’s all very peculiar. We have learned that Obama’s description of his former girlfriend Genevieve Cook is not real but a composite of women he knew. It seems that we know little of the real Barack Obama. People are composites. Everything is “compressed.” Obama claimed to have been born in Kenya. Why?
Clearly, being seen as Kenyan-born because it offered him some advantage. The media has had zero interest in why. Obama got a full scholarship to Occidental College in LA but Obama had steadfastly refused to release his college records. Was his scholarship awarded on the basis of Obama being born in Kenya? Was that the same vehicle he used to gain admission to Columbia and then to Harvard? Obama has freely mixed fantasy with fact his entire life. Was he born in Kenya or was he a fraud? This would be a compelling reason to secret those college records.