Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: Eternally shifting sands of Obama's biography
Posted on 05/18/2012 2:28:19 PM PDT by radioone
It used to be a lot simpler. As E.C. Bentley deftly summarized it in 1905:
"Geography is about maps, But Biography is about chaps."
But that was then, and now Biography is also about maps. For example, have you ever thought it would be way cooler to have been born in colonial Kenya?
Whoa, that sounds like crazy Birther talk; don't go there! But Breitbart News did, and it turns out that the earliest recorded example of Birtherism is from the president's own literary agent, way back in 1991, in the official bio of her exciting new author:
"Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."
So the lunatic theory that Barack Obama doesn't meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be president of the United States was first advanced by Barack Obama's official representative. Where did she get that wacky idea from? "This was nothing more than a fact-checking error by me," says Obama's literary agent, Miriam Goderich, a "fact" that went so un-"checked" that it stayed up on her agency's website in the official biography of her by-then-famous client up until 2007:
(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...
I've seen numerous posts about this story, and hundreds (by now ) comments. What I've yet to see is any question about the above date and it's coincidence(?) to the 2008 election.
And all this time I thought, as the reporter said, he was born to a black man from Kenya and a white man from Kansas.
His birthplace evolved.
Nice Mark. But this obscure Brietbart Brochure would never have been looked for, let alone found, were it not for everything fraudulent about Obama's origins. He couldn't even get a Driver's License where I live.
"As The Fordham Law Review reported, "Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995." There is no evidence that Mrs. Warren, now the Democrats' Senate candidate, is anything other than 100 percent white. She walks like a white, quacks like a white, looks whiter than white. She's the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of Wite-Out."
Even Steyn is a sellout on this issue. Sad to say. The possibility that Obama was actually telling the truth about his birthplace way back then isn’t even a consideration.
Whereas Kenya puts you at the heart of what, in an otherwise notably orderly decolonization process by the British, was a bitter and violent struggle against the white man's rule. Cool! The composite chicks dig it, and the literary agents.
I agree with Steyn. I think Obama was lying about where he was born back in 1991 for the very reasons Steyn illustrates above.
I still believe Obama was born in Hawaii. I still believe the Kenyan birth conspiracy was absurd. But I now think that Obama himself was the first "birther" because it just wasn't cool for a revolutionary to have been born in Hawaii.
The absurdity of being called to task for mispronouncing a man’s assumed name.
I thought I read in one of the stories that it came down from the website two months after he’d announced his bid for the Senate.
I don’t know where he was born. I’d guess the Canadian theory is as good as any, particularly given the apparent lack of a record of his birth at any Hawaiian hospitals, including the one he has said he was born at.
Does your Hawaiian theory include specifics as to what if any hospital he was born at?
I couldn't care less what hospital in Hawaii he was born at. I just firmly believe the notion that his teenage mother took a very expensive and arduous journey by herself to a third-world country specifically to have a baby is ridiculous.
But I now think that Obama might've been playing the "Yeah, I was born in Kenya" card in his early adulthood (or, at the very least, not correcting those who referred to him as Kenyan-born) simply because with the image he was trying to project, it was cooler to have been born in Kenya than Hawaii.
Of course, things changed when he decided to enter politics. At this point, he embraced his American birth.
Yes, I believe Obama lied about where he was born. I believe he was telling people he was born in Kenya and this was the lie.
It’s amazing to watch this play out in real time, as the MSM makes a dying effort to embargo the news.
Shades of Monica Lewinsky, Swiftboat Vets, etc.
Eventually, the dam breaks.
Breitbart.com is doing amazing work, among others. David vs. the MSM Goliaths, and Goliath is staggering.
Obama should be more worried about where he’s going than where he came from.
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I think it might not be a bad guess that he used ‘international student’ status to get into Columbia, at least, and probably Occidental, maybe even Harvard Law.
But the lack of hospital records in Hawaii coupled with his mother returning to the Pacific Northwest with a newborn baby within a few weeks does feed into the theory that she indulged in the common practice of that time of crossing the US border for free birth under the nationalized healthcare in Canada.
For most people that wouldn’t have affected a kiddo’s citizenship, but with the claims of a Kenyan father and an 18yo American mother it would have. Conveniently Hawaii let anyone living in Hawaii register any family member as born in Hawaii at the time, so it would all fit together.
I really have no idea what the true story is, but I too am suspicious of the Kenyan birth track. I think it may be a red herring that his team tossed out there in part because he himself had made such claims in years past.
It is a BLUE pamphlet!
“Obama born in Hawaii” will become the joke that “Kerry served in Vietnam” was/is.
MSM is no longer relevent, Internet will determine what is talked about at the local water cooler.
It’s the dam* brakes of the bus that BO is throwing folks under that will come to a stop.....Just as Wright opened up for his interview with AMATEUR author, others will open up once it’s apparent he’s going down.
SO, the question is:
Is he lying now or was he lying then?
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