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Barack Obama: The original birther
Renew America ^ | May 19, 2012 | Monte Kuligowski

Posted on 05/18/2012 8:45:42 PM PDT by robowombat

Monte Kuligowski column Barack Obama: The original birther

Monte Kuligowski May 19, 2012

We've always known that the original birthers were Democrats. Phillip Berg, a disgruntled Hillary supporter filed the first lawsuit demanding that Obama produce his mysterious birth certificate. And now with the blockbuster news from we learn that Mr. Obama was the very first Obama birther.

It turns out that Obama claimed he was Kenya-born before he claimed he was Hawaii-born.

"The great thing about irony," writes David Foster Wallace, "is that it splits things apart, gets up above them so we can see the flaws and hypocrisies[.]"

Breitbart News obtained a 1991 promotional booklet put together by Obama's literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which lists the then-Harvard Law grad as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

The promotional booklet continues with Obama's biography: Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago's South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White [the title was changed]. Former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, Ralph Nader, sports stars Joe Montana and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 89 other clients also appear with their respective biographies in the 36 page booklet.

Breitbart News spoke with Edward Acton of Acton & Dystel who indicated that the non-athletes were "probably" approached "to approve the text as presented." Acton admits that the agency felt the need to at least get the approval of its more scholarly clients. Obama, of course, was president of the Harvard Law Review. Translation: Obama either wrote or approved his write up.

In the publishing world it's common practice for authors to control their own bios. In the unlikely scenario that Obama didn't approve the text, would the agency have continued to list Obama as Kenya-born until 2007 on its website? Well, it did just that and no one corrected the record until Obama's presidential aspirations became apparent.

Interestingly, Breitbart News reports its big story as a misprint with no implications beyond unexplained pragmatics: The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama's background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii.

The biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama — or the people representing and supporting him — manipulate his public persona. Before condemning the Breitbart editors as spineless cowards, it's possible that they are goading the "mainstream" press to report the issue.

American Thinker editor Thomas Lifson suggested just that. Joel, and the senior management of carefully distance themselves from claiming that Obama was born in Kenya, and that this proves anything more than that Barack Obama is willing to massage the details of his biography when he thinks it might be to his advantage. That is certainly an easier sell with the public, and it offers the possibility that this item might be commented upon by elements of the mainstream media, who would absolutely shun it if it were claimed to show Obama was born in Kenya. And shortly after publishing the words above, the mainstream press ran the story as the "mistake" that might have "sparked" the birther issue. Yahoo! News reports that, "Obama's former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991."

Miriam Goderich, a partner at Dystel & Godrich edited the text of Obama's biography: "This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time," Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to 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. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more." If Obama didn't provide the birth information the question then becomes: where did the information come from in 1991? How did Goderich misidentify Obama's birthplace? Did she take a wild guess that Kenya was Obama's place of birth?

The breaking news from adds yet another oddity to the mountain of existing Obama oddities.

Writing for The Ticket, Dylan Stableford claims that Obama's bio in the 1991 booklet is a "possible source of the so-called "birther" issue — or at least a potential cause of the rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama[.]" But how can a breaking discovery be the source or cause of a four-year old controversy?

No, it's not the source or the cause of rumors. The source or cause had to exist in 1991 to allow for the "misidentification" of Kenya as Obama's birthplace. The naming of Kenya as Obama's birthplace in 1991, of course, does not prove the source or cause of the rumors. The bio proves no more than such information was somehow available.

The most likely source is Obama himself.

Only one thing is for certain. It is high time to put the rumors to rest. And there is only one way to put them behind us: Simple compliance with the legal standard for the production of documents.

It would be no great distraction or burden for Obama to produce certified paper copies of his birth certificate for interested state election officials and make the original available for onsite corroboration and authentication.

Clerks at the Hawaii Department of Health could send certified copies out in a week and the original could be inspected by state officials shortly thereafter.

In the interest of restoring national trust Obama should want to produce his birth certificate and other relevant records, including education, Selective Service and passport.

I understand that most establishment-type conservative pundits made the calculated decision years ago that the "birther" issue "is not a winning issue." And hence reporting of the explosive news from Breitbart is prefaced with statements like, "I believe Obama was born in Hawaii, but ..." With all due respect, who cares what pundits "believe" about Obama's birthplace? Obama's place of birth should not be an article of faith. No one should have to "believe."

It is time for everyone to demand that Obama immediately produce (not post images on the internet) all relevant documents to end the unnecessary vote of no confidence. Let the burden be on Obama to end all doubt once and for all.

You don't have to be a "birther" to demand that Obama end the controversy that he started.

A shorter version of this piece first appeared at

Monte Kuligowski is an attorney and writer whose legal scholarship, including "Does the Declaration of Independence Pass the Lemon Test?" (Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy), has been published in several law journals.

His opinion commentary has been published by the Washington Times, Virginian Pilot, Pajamas Media, American Thinker and other venues.

His commentary has been quoted by Rush Limbaugh and is widely posted and cited by diverse media outlets.

He can be contacted at

© Copyright 2012 by Monte Kuligowski

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: actonanddystel; actondystel; article2section1; birthcertificate; birthers; certifigate; citizenship; eligibility; ineligible; kenya; kenyan; naturalborn; naturalborncitizen; obama; usurper
An extended version of the American Thinker article.
1 posted on 05/18/2012 8:45:50 PM PDT by robowombat
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To: robowombat

The American people are so dumb that they will believe that Obama was born wherever he tells them, even if he must contradict himself.

2 posted on 05/18/2012 8:52:32 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: robowombat
A very astute observation

"If Obama didn't provide the birth information the question then becomes: where did the information come from in 1991? How did Goderich misidentify Obama's birthplace? Did she take a wild guess that Kenya was Obama's place of birth?"

3 posted on 05/18/2012 8:56:21 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: robowombat

IIRC, during the Obama-Keyes debate in ILL-ANNOY, didn’t keyes bring up the Kenyan origin thing, and Barry basically (allegedly) said something to the effect that “sure, but I am running for Senator not President” na-na-na-na....? Where is the transcript/audio/video of that little tidbit?

4 posted on 05/18/2012 8:58:21 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: robowombat

At the end of his term, I look for Obama himself to announce he’s not a citizen. By that time it won’t mater, and the Rats will have negated one more part of the constitution.

5 posted on 05/18/2012 9:03:33 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: robowombat
"I wasn't born in Kenya, honest.

But I pretended to be, to get into Columbia and Harvard."

(That's my story and I'm sticking to it until I evolve further.)

6 posted on 05/18/2012 9:13:32 PM PDT by Travis McGee (
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To: robowombat

The 0bama stories have disappeared off Drudge.

7 posted on 05/18/2012 9:17:42 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: robowombat


It didn’t go into the fact that Obama posted 2 forgered BC’s claiming a Hawaii birth or that his draft registration was forged - both according to law enforcement. Nor did it report that his social security number failed e-verify and originated from Connecticut where Obama never lived, or that Obama’s passport file had been breached 3 times (and sources close to the investigation said the breaches were to sanitize the record). IOW, every vital record or citizenship record that is known to exist for Obama has been manipulated.

According to the recommendations of an HHS inspector general’s report on birth certificate fraud, it’s going to take a heckuva lot more than just a birth certificate - certified or not - to clear up this mess. A complete audit of all those records has to be done before we can have any certainty of which of those records - if any - are genuine and based on accurate claims.

And even beyond the question of Obama’s eligibility is the question of what involvement he had in the fraud, forgery, perjury, obstruction of justice, and bribery that are already known to surround the cover-up of whatever records Obama does or doesn’t have. The question at this point isn’t whether he can occupy the White House; the question is whether he must occupy a jail cell.

At least, if we are governed by the rule of law...

8 posted on 05/18/2012 9:24:07 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: Travis McGee

The similarities in Obama’s bios are striking. Obviously he supplied one master copy for each publication. Obviously, that is what was used each time, even though the information was edited to fit the space. Anyone who has to put together biographical information on a person relies on what has been provided by the subject. Thus, the content was basically the same, and his birthplace must have been a “mistake” someone made each time, LOL!

9 posted on 05/18/2012 9:36:46 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: robowombat
A loud crash in the forest of news.. If a tree falls in the forest of news and the MSM run away holding their ears will the apolitical voters hear it?

Apolitical citizens are the majority.

Apolitical citizens don't use the Internet or anything else for politics-related news and most current events.

Apolitical citizens favor "nonpartisan" media of all sorts and IMO nine times out of ten the "nonpartisan" media of all sorts favor Obama.

Apolitical citizens vote.

10 posted on 05/18/2012 9:48:41 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: robowombat


11 posted on 05/18/2012 9:55:02 PM PDT by Dajjal ("I'm not concerned about the very poor." -- severely conservative Mitt 'Etch-A-Sketch' Rmoney)
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To: robowombat
The Diversion Continues.

Even if Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama had been birthed in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House Obama is NOT a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.

12 posted on 05/18/2012 11:29:53 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: CitizenM

The “bio” I what he generally used for scholarship applications after high school. Every three or four years, he’d update it slightly. You have to remember, this was all before computers came along, so you’d type up a twenty-line piece of text to get you in the front door. When the book company asked for something...he gave them his regular “bio”...which had worked well for Occidental, Columbia and Harvard.

No one the universities or the book publishing company....questioned the bio. This was all brilliant back when he was eighteen...getting scholarships and avoiding tuition costs. I would strongly recommend to every kid in America who can’t afford his tuition....just make up some bio where you are the son of some foreigner with a bunch of woes in your life history. The odds are that some idiots at the university will give you scholarship money and everything will be just fine.

13 posted on 05/19/2012 1:05:16 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: ASA Vet; Fred Nerks
All that we can know about obama is that his mother was Stanley Ann. Even that's up for grabs.
14 posted on 05/19/2012 1:51:00 AM PDT by BIGLOOK (<)
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To: Theodore R.

“I was for being born in Kenya before I was against it”.

15 posted on 05/19/2012 2:56:45 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: robowombat

The Question should not be, Hey Obama when are you going to release all your records from College,Draft registration and Birth etc,But why did you feel you had to Sign an Executive Order Sealing all of them from Public View in the First Place? Im sure Inquiring Journalists would Have extended the same Courtesy to George Bush by Not asking him that question if he had sealed His National Guard and College records. This is all so Freakin Obvious,it defies all common sense not to ask this Obvious Fraud wht dont you show your records. United Staes of America HOME OF THE BRAVE? For Crying out Loud we are Afraid to ask an Obvious enemy of the Country serving as its President To PROVE WHO THE HELL YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU CAME FROM? My GOD WE ARE SCREWED

16 posted on 05/19/2012 4:54:49 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: CitizenM

Exactly. Their excuses are as lame as “the dog ate my homework.”

17 posted on 05/19/2012 5:17:29 AM PDT by Travis McGee (
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To: robowombat

Everyone seems to forget that the Clerk of the Court in Hawaii said he would produce the birth certificate. He later came back and said he couldn’t find it. The MSM just yawned at that revelation.

18 posted on 05/22/2012 2:13:51 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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