Skip to comments.Why Barack Obama listed his birthplace as Kenya
Posted on 05/20/2012 5:44:11 AM PDT by pookie18
The biography provided by Barack Obama to his literary agent specified his birthplace as "Kenya". And, over the course of 17 years, despite multiple revisions by Obama, the Kenyan birthplace remained a fundamental part of the bio on the agent's website.
Was Barack actually born in Kenya? I seriously doubt it, even though Michelle Obama has publicly stated that Kenya is her husband's "home country". Contemporary newspaper listings in Honolulu, for example, list the time and place of his birth. While this isn't ironclad proof, to be sure, it's good enough for me.
No, my suspicion is that Mr. Obama manipulated his birthplace intentionally (and cynically) to take advantage of certain benefits unavailable to those born in the United States.
Bookworm Room describes why that might have been. We need to set the Wayback Machine to 1978, when young Obama was seeking admission to college.
1978 isnt just any year. Its a very special year. It was the year that the Supreme Court decided Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) 438 U.S. 265... [and] held that [the] race-based admission process was unconstitutional.
With that decision, Obama, who was a self-confessed slacker in high school, suddenly lost his e-ticket to a good college. He couldnt know then (nor would it have mattered) that the various concurrences in this deeply divided opinion would eventually open the door to colleges and universities making race a factor in admission, so much so that this factor-ness eventually created a whole new quota system.
My best guess is that, denied an opportunity to use quota systems to parlay a lousy academic record into a quality college admission, Obama searched around for other means of bypassing his academic failings. It was this search that led him to announce that he was Kenyan. Im sure that a certain amount of digging will reveal that, just when the Bakke decision came down, American universities were engaged in some sort of pro-active policy involving increasing the number of African nationals on Americas college campuses. Obama was happy to oblige the universities in this effort by co-opting his fathers nationality, and burying the fact that he was a garden-variety American black kid.
Theres the nexus In 1978, Obama, who already then was willing to lie to achieve his goals, created a false identity to deal with the changes the Bakke decision wrought on college admissions.
This appears to be an extremely plausible explanation for Obama's refusal to release any of his college transcripts.
My guess is that this scenario -- or one similar to it -- helps explain why Obama enjoys the company of race-hustlers like Al Sharpton.
And where was the media for lo these many years? Busy investigating Sarah Palin's elementary school chums?
I agree. I never could get past the fact that Obamas birth announcement was in the Honolulu papers in 1961. I see no plausible way that would happen if he was born in Kenya. And I’m not conspiratorial enough to believe that his grandparents put the listings in in the hope that someday that would be an indicator he was born in the US. Thats just too much of a stretch to be believable in my mind.
On the other hand, to get ahead, he NEEDED to be born in Kenya. He made up a lie to advance is career as the “exotic foreigner”. And it took a long time to unravel the lie. This all makes sense to me.
I think this is the real story behind this whole thing. Face it....the minute you raise your hand and note that you are a foreigner and wanting some status or some scholorship deal for an American university, with huge costs....the foreign status will help in some fashion. He was smart enough to figure that out. There are probably several thousand people over the past three decades who have done the same thing.
When it came time to get into Harvard, he pulls out the same bio, and it’s worth a million bucks.
So this entire argument and discussion....in an amusing sort of way, is over the methods that some 18-year old kid dreamed up and used to get his college education, and probably three or four of his first real jobs.
And you have to imagine this....Hillary Clinton at some point, came to grasp the same thing, but it was probably too late in the campaign to change the outcome. So she’s sitting....looking at some guy who did a bogus bio to get where he is today. Of all people....she has to be the one most upset.
You know you can deny the evidence all you want which points to Obama being born in Kenya, but to be a complete idiot about it apparently isn't too much of a stretch for this writer!
Agreement ... makes as much sense as anything else we know and suspect of the one. With the number of layers covering up the one, doubtful the truth will ever be known.
Heck, I know Asians who can barely speak English, who make better Americans than Obama. That's because they get it- America IS a special land, the greatest country in world history (other than maybe Israel).
No they don't . The birth announcement just says there was a birth. It doesn't say where the birth occurred.
It is interesting that this speculation is politically correct while speculation based on much, much more evidence available, that obaba was Kenyan-born is politically correct.
Whichever it is, he is still a freaking liar. Period.
The author is wrong because the same rationale he uses to legitimize the newspaper accounts are used to undermine the Honolulu birth narrative: namely, the validity od each is predicated on the supplying source. The publicist’s bio and the newspaper accounts are both secondary, hearsay source. Whys does he elevate one over the other, especially with since there are verified cases of none Honolulu birth’s listed in the newspapers. Couple this with BHO savage efforts to prevent the release of his original LFBC and I think you have a strong presumption of a non U.S. Birth.
Have you ever seen one?
Bump, bookmark and copy.
Weren’t you supposed to preface your comment with “I am not a birther, but”, or am I thinking of someone else? Whoever it was made me chuckle.
I agree with the writer as well.
After Bakke, universities were looking for all kinds of loopholes to admit minorities on other criteria besides race. This gave a huge advantage to minorities and even whites of African (South Africa, Rhodesia at the time) and South American (Argentina, e.g.) heritage.
A half black man from HI wasn’t going to get special treatment, but mention Kenya and voila, the university has its loophole. Indonesia was probably icing on the cake.
I don’t fault Obama for gaming the system (the system was flawed in the first place), but I do fault the fact that he has never come clean about it. But keeping it all shrouded in mystery and speculation is a political ploy which provides distraction and tinfoil hat theories.
The Clintons had the best investigative team going and if they couldn’t find anything of substance to hang around Obama’s neck, there wasn’t anything to find, IMO.
This is a huge problem, IMHO. The fact that you are welcomed into this country and allowed to compete is enough. There should be no favoritism given because you weren't born here. There is a huge falsehood being perpetuated by the left, the media, the race baiters, and academia, that if you were born here and are white you've had an advantaged and easy life. That's utter and complete b.s. I didn't go to private schools, starting in elementary school, like Obama did. My father didn't finish high school because he had to help support the family. He didn't get a university education like Obama's father. I never got special consideration because I was white. I guarantee he got special consideration in multiple venues because of his background and race. Reverse racism is rampant.
You are right. I thought all comments have to have that lead in “I am not a birther, but” ....
The missing passport records and missing immigration entry records for the week of his alleged birth are the most astonishing and inexplicable events that I can think of in years. Taken together, these missing records clearly shows unprecedented suppression of records of the United States government.
There's nothing inexplicable about the alleged newspaper blurbs. Those could be the result of simply someone, such as Obama's grandmother, completing some vital statistics forms.
Exactly, the premise is wrong and misapplied. Why is the newspaper account receiving greater credibility than the bio, which likely came from BHO himself?
I’ve come to believe he wasn’t “born”. He probably was “hatched” like some sort of reptile.
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