Skip to comments.The Great Barry [Mark Steyn]
Posted on 05/19/2012 6:53:41 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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; dont go there! But Breitbart News did, and it turns out that the earliest recorded example of Birtherism is from the presidents 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 doesnt meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be president of the United States was first advanced by Barack Obamas official representative. Where did she get that wacky idea from? This was nothing more than a fact-checking error by me, says Obamas literary agent Miriam Goderich, a fact that went so un-checked that it stayed up on her agencys website in the official biography of her by-then-famous client up until 2007: He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister.
And then in April 2007, someone belatedly decided to check the 16-year-old fact and revised the biography, a few weeks into the now non-Kenyans campaign for the presidency. Fancy that!
When it comes to conspiracies, Im an Occams Razor man.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
This was a brilliant article. Granted, all Steyn’s articles are at least shining, but this one was brilliant.
(I just pretended to be, to get into Columbia and Harvard.)"
I'm an Occam's Razor man myself. I think the far more obvious explanation is that Obama WAS born in Kenya (as all of his Kenyan relatives--including his grandmother--agree) and only recently expunged this history in his run for office. Until he spoke to the Dem convention in 2004, he wasn't on the radar... and his biography was Kenyan. When he was touted as a "clean, articulate black man" to carry the banners of socialism, his biography needed a rewrite.
Except, as has been noted, this information has always been submitted by the aspiring author. She may not have "fact-checked" but she was not the originator of the information... "Barry" was.
Indeed. I love Steyn’s work, but his Occam’s razor could use some sharpening.
“Mrs. Warrens fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab. Its in the state song: Ooooooklahoma! Where the crabs come sweepin down the plain . . .
“...raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago.” Wait - Raised in Chicago??
Growing up attending the very exclusive and expensive Punahau school in Hawaii with a bunch of honkies doesn't exactly put you as down for the struggle as being born in Kenya.
I hate to say this, but I wait for Mark Steyn to take over from Rush, as Mark is so lighthearted and funny, yet he get’s his points across wonderfully.
His written words are treasures!
Where liberty dwells, there is my country." Benjamin Franklin
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