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The Great Barry [Mark Steyn]
National Review ^ | 5/19/2012 | 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; 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: “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-Kenyan’s campaign for the presidency. Fancy that!

When it comes to conspiracies, I’m an Occam’s Razor man.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barry; steyn
He invented himself, just like Gatsby.
1 posted on 05/19/2012 6:53:46 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

This was a brilliant article. Granted, all Steyn’s articles are at least shining, but this one was brilliant.


2 posted on 05/19/2012 6:56:22 PM PDT by livius
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To: JLS

Steyn ping.


3 posted on 05/19/2012 6:59:02 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Tea Party movement: more obstinate, unyielding and hostile to Democrats …)
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To: Servant of the Cross
[Elizabeth Warren]’s the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of Wite-Out.
4 posted on 05/19/2012 7:08:42 PM PDT by The people have spoken
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To: Servant of the Cross

"I wasn't born in Kenya, honest.


(I just pretended to be, to get into Columbia and Harvard.)"



5 posted on 05/19/2012 7:22:25 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Servant of the Cross
When it comes to conspiracies, 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 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.

6 posted on 05/19/2012 7:28:16 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
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...

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.

7 posted on 05/19/2012 7:31:45 PM PDT by pgyanke (Republicans get in trouble when not living up to their principles. Democrats... when they do.)
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To: pgyanke

Indeed. I love Steyn’s work, but his Occam’s razor could use some sharpening.


8 posted on 05/19/2012 7:32:23 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Servant of the Cross

“Mrs. Warren’s fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab. It’s in the state song: “Ooooooklahoma! Where the crabs come sweepin’ down the plain . . . ”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6VDBQZZ5r0&feature=related


9 posted on 05/19/2012 7:32:55 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Travis McGee

“...raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago.” Wait - Raised in Chicago??


10 posted on 05/19/2012 7:40:38 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: Servant of the Cross
obama school Pictures, Images and Photos

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.

11 posted on 05/19/2012 7:44:16 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Servant of the Cross

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!


12 posted on 05/19/2012 8:15:24 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: Servant of the Cross
For the heck of it, I searched for "obama harvard" at the New York Times archives online. The February 6, 1990 story of him being elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review contains this statement:

"His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist now doing fieldwork in Indonesia. Mr. Obama was born in Hawaii."

This is a digital story, not a digitized image of the print version. I'd like to compare it to the microfilm copy at my local library.

I wonder if any scrubbing occurred here. Fwiw.

--twk
13 posted on 05/19/2012 8:22:36 PM PDT by Tawiskaro
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To: Servant of the Cross
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...um - since apparently Obama was asked to provide the info for the original bio, it would seem that the idea that Obama doesn't meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be president of the United States was first advanced by - Obama.......
15 posted on 05/19/2012 9:17:56 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Servant of the Cross
Hmmmm ... tried to read the whole article at NRO .... and keep getting a 404-Error .... Not Found .....looks like it was scrubbed already.

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16 posted on 05/20/2012 1:58:47 AM PDT by Neil E. Wright (An OATH is FOREVER OathKeeper III We are EVERYWHERE)
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