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.
Mark Steyn ping.
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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?
Obama's official bio, 1998:
Obama's official bio, 2007:
Make sure all of these Dystel Agency images are copied and pasted ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE. They are tiny image files that can be stuck anywhere.
Let the MSM continue their "American Pravda" blackout and coverup.
New Media is going to crush them in the end.
Larry would know.
I find it incredible, myself, that so many people without knowledge or skills survived to (chronological) adulthood. Natural selection FAIL.
So Mark Steyn says:
“I’m an Occam’s Razor man. The more obvious explanation of the variable first line in the eternally shifting sands of Obama’s biography is that, rather than pretending to have been born in Hawaii, he’s spent much of his life pretending to have been born in Kenya.”
I’m disappointed in Mark Steyn’s “reasoning”.
So the fact that Obama had posted to his website a purported “certified Hawaii birth certificate” that turned out (upon examination by expert document examiners) to be a not particularly well done forgery must have been done solely so folks might think he was born in Kenya. Yeah, that’s by far the most logical explanation of Obama’s operatives manufacturing and posting that forgery—so it MUST be true using Steyn’s Occam’s Razor methodology. A contrary explanation that perhaps they wanted to set up “support” for the supposition that Obama was born in Hawaii is ridiculous on its face and therefore not likely to be true using Occam’s Razor rule. To have just a little credence in this latter explanation must mean such a person is simply a crazed “birther”.
There are numerous other little similar indicators—the “most obvious” explanation of their existence certainly must be a life-long (well, maybe only until 2007 when the possibility of the Presidency occurred to him and/or his handlers) pretension by Obama to have been born in Kenya.
Yes, very logical Mr. Steyn. And very courageous of you to step forward with this latest “obvious” explanation. Yes folks, pay no attention to all this smoke seeping out in different places—there’s no fire; just perhaps someone trying to make you believe in an imaginary fire! Isn’t that just so obvious?
Another thing I am curious about, is whether or not Obama enrolled in college and took scholarship money as a “foreign student.” That would be fraud, but no big surprise in Obama’s case.
I also find it amusing that we know more about Romney 40-50 years ago than do about Obama, period. Great work, MSM and Secretaries of State of the Several States.
Like his "composite" girlfriend, he was lying then.
I am shocked that this only now surfaced. To me it tells more about the rich, often fictitious fantasy life Obama lived as a young adult than evidence of any conspiracy. And this is far more damning.
So, how do the obammy supporters explain this one away? Typo? BS.
I surmise that in 91, Obama had no such visions of being president so he could be honest about being born in Kenya. But later, he had to lie. Seems his sanitation crew missed this little gem.
But who is going to confront him and have him explain it?
That he indeed did claim to be born in Africa and used that premise to fraudulently get ahead.
Listening to Hannity using the tape of his book, in his own words, to VET Obama.
Hannity using his own words, Brietbart using documentation of his faux ID....
Freepers doing their part to support them both and spread the word.
Got dad the “AMATEUR” book yesterday. He stayed up all night reading it and started it for the second time this evening......I'll get a turn soon.
Simple spelling error - Kenya is so very close to Hawaii - heck, they even almost sound the same. And it’s not like someone would notice the fine print on a man’s nationality. It’s an honest mistake by the lit. agent. Can’t we move on?
Erosion journalism - a steady trickle eventually wears away all obstacles.
Well, according to Obama, Hawaii is in Asia... so I could see how he could be confused.
Got them. Thanks.
Part of the problem is that being born in Kenya further removes Obama from being an “African-American” ... he wasn’t born to African-Americans and didn’t grow up in an African-American household. Being born in Kenya makes him African, but not American, so his only “Journeys” are in black.
Obama would have run for Senate in 2004 and been seated in 2005. The website wasn’t changed until 2007, two months after announcing his bid for Senate. He also held an Illinois senate seat from 1997 until 2004. Funny how that birth in Kenya wasn’t a problem with his political career until he decided to run for president.
I;m sorry, I meant announced his run for president.
Sunday AM bump ...
Soviet historians could confidently predict the ineclutable future, but could never explain the ever changing past.
Ok then, if after all this you now conclude that he was in fact born in Hawaii and later claimed his Kenyan birth to gain educational funding as a foreign student or some ivy league admission advantage, why would he later spend such a massive amount of money to prevent the release of his genuine long form Hawaiian birth certificate? AND then when forced, disclosed such a poorly forged document? My hunch is this..... He was first truthful about his birth place in Kenya and then years later, in order to appear eligible as a candidate for president, created a lie about being born Hawaii. But I could be wrong.... It is only a hunch.
Occam’s Razor: In my opinion you’re asking the relevant questions and pointing out the most likely “explanation”. So one would think that Mark Steyn’s Occan Razor approach would go with what you’re suggesting.
But, basically, what just about everyone (including “mainstream” conservatives [e.g., Mark Steyn] who want not to stray beyond the outer limits of the politically correct reservation) WANTS TO BELIEVE is that Obama (in the present) tells the truth about “things”. Any discrepancy with things he said in the past MUST BE that he was LYING PREVIOUSLY. There can be no other accepted explanation.
Oh my, the madness of crowds.
Thanks for the ping - Steyn is once again spot-on and hilarious. I know the LOL thing is overused, but I actually did that while reading the article.
“”””””(including mainstream conservatives [e.g., Mark Steyn] who want not to stray beyond the outer limits of the politically correct reservation)...... Any discrepancy with things he said in the past MUST BE that he was LYING PREVIOUSLY. There can be no other accepted explanation.”””””
Interesting..... You seem to process this like a psychological profile to explain a flaw of in Mark Steyns Occan Razor logic. Maybe you are right.
BUT, I look at it as my humble contribution to a body of ideas. My input is what I see as most likely closer to the truth.
Maybe I am wrong but I am happy to speculate.
You see, because the obummer is such a liar, those of us conservatives who seek and understand original intent, are forced to speculate. But this makes me happy because I know by posting on this forum, we peel back the layers and slowly reveal the truth. It must be driving them crazy.....
I still enjoy Steyn on a lot of topics but I've thought less favorably of him ever since he went on a tear on a caller who brought up the eligibility issue when Mark was subbing for Rush. His arguments were absurd and revealed almost willful ignorance.
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.
You forget, the people are nuts.
I am completely and thoroughly **P***** that you and other so-called “conservatives” so casually dismissed the Article 2 defenders claiming is was a “technicality”. Yes, I happened to be listening the very day that you called Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution a “technicality”.
SHAME on you for taking this long to pay attention.
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