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Did Maraniss Commit Fraud to Protect Obama?
American Thinker ^ | June 23, 2012 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 06/23/2012 6:18:03 AM PDT by Smokeyblue

I was sitting out at lunch the other day reading David Maraniss's new book, Barack Obama: The Story, when I came across a passage that gave me pause. Maraniss excerpted the passage from an article, "Breaking the War Mentality," that Obama had written in 1983 for a Columbia University publication called the Sundial. What caught my attention was that the passage in question read better than I remembered.

I returned to my office after lunch, checked a digitized copy of the article, and then double-checked a PDF of the original print edition. I was right. The passage had been edited to fix one of Obama's signature errors, his chronic failure to get nouns and verbs to agree.

Here is how the offending sentence appears in the Maraniss book: "But the states of war -- the sounds and chill, the dead bodies -- are remote and far removed." (Italics mine.)

Here is how the sentence appears in the original text: "But the taste of war -- the sounds and chill, the dead bodies -- are remote and far removed." The sentence, of course, should read, "the taste ... is." This is one of an appalling five sentences in Obama's 1,800-word essay in which the noun and verb do not agree.

SNIP

Let me explain why this matters. Obama wrote this article in the same school year he sent long-distance girlfriend Alex McNear a series of quasi-love letters, one of which was prominently excerpted in a Maraniss piece in the May issue of Vanity Fair.

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


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Two years earlier, McNear, then the editor of the Occidental literary magazine, had rejected a piece of short fiction he had submitted. In the Maraniss book, this is one of the few times the reader sees Obama truly angry. "The rejection infuriated Obama," he writes. The would-be writer reportedly told the managing editor, "You just don't get it. You're stupid."
1 posted on 06/23/2012 6:18:10 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: LucyT; Brown Deer; null and void; melancholy

Ping


2 posted on 06/23/2012 6:20:37 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: Smokeyblue

Isn’t the xubject the whole list? (Taste, chill, dead bodies.)

I’s a lousy sentence, but I tig the subjjeand predcate agree.


3 posted on 06/23/2012 6:29:12 AM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: Smokeyblue
The Sundial article is Obama's defining piece, his Rosetta Stone. The mistakes he makes -- the random use of commas, the tortured sentence structure, the awkward participles, the inept word selection, and especially the misaligned nouns and verbs -- reappear in his 1988 essay "Why Organize" and in a lengthy 1990 letter he wrote to the Harvard Law Record, the only other prose pieces before his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, that bear his name.

The guy isn't an intellectual or literary genius. The truth about the empty-suit, fraud in the WH is gradually 'drip-dripping' out.

4 posted on 06/23/2012 6:29:19 AM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Smokeyblue

If there be fraud on the part of Maraniss, it is relatively insignificant compared to the fraud perpetuated by Barack Hussein Obama himself.

While there is a duty of any biographer, if he is to be taken seriously, to document to the extent possible any statements attributed to the subject, occasional lapses are to be expected, if not always accepted. In an imperfect world, we are not always afforded the opportunity to double-check every fact, but neither are we bound to accept the conclusions and determinations of others. Therein lies paranoia and conspiracy theories, as there are always multiple conjectures or alternate explanations in absence of evidence to the contrary.


5 posted on 06/23/2012 6:34:54 AM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: Smokeyblue
"Maraniss has the maddening habit, however, of documenting some letters and not documenting others...There is no citation. The average reader would presume that Maraniss had been given a copy of the letter by Obama. I found it in Dreams. In context, knowing Obama's tendency to improvise, I thought it likely a fake."
6 posted on 06/23/2012 6:36:34 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: Smokeyblue

The incompetent one is not that bright. A 49 year old who pronounces the word corpsman as corpse man isn’t very sharp.

Makes you wonder if he even knows what a corpsman does.


7 posted on 06/23/2012 6:39:19 AM PDT by Marathoner 244
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To: Marathoner 244
Makes you wonder if he even knows what a corpsman does.

He knows, and his pronunciation is merely an expression of his disdain for the military. It's what he wishes him to be.

8 posted on 06/23/2012 6:44:31 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Scott Walker, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Reince Preibus. The Cheesehead Revolution to save America.)
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To: Smokeyblue
"The rejection infuriated Obama," he writes. The would-be writer reportedly told the managing editor, "You just don't get it. You're stupid."

Obama is a deeply narcissistic personality. He reacts badly to lack of admiration.

As the election season progresses, look for him to get increasingly brittle and dangerous. If he ever gets widely booed in a public venue, look for him to have a very public psychotic break.

9 posted on 06/23/2012 6:46:48 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Smokeyblue

how about when the commie wrote “your” instead of “you’re” in a letter to some supporter. It was posted here before but I cant find it.


10 posted on 06/23/2012 6:56:30 AM PDT by biggredd1
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To: Gil4
Isn’t the xubject the whole list? (Taste, chill, dead bodies.)

No, the subject is "taste." The words between the hyphens are amplifying that subject.


11 posted on 06/23/2012 6:57:10 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Cinnamontea
Sorry, I mean dashes, not hyphens.


12 posted on 06/23/2012 6:58:03 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: Smokeyblue; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy; repubmom; HANG THE EXPENSE; Nepeta; ...

13 posted on 06/23/2012 6:58:58 AM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Smokeyblue; LucyT; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy; repubmom; HANG THE EXPENSE; ...
0b0z0's literacy w/communist assists Ping...........

Two years earlier, McNear, then the editor of the Occidental literary magazine, had rejected a piece of short fiction he had submitted. In the Maraniss book, this is one of the few times the reader sees Obama truly angry. "The rejection infuriated Obama," he writes. The would-be writer reportedly told the managing editor, "You just don't get it. You're stupid."

Thank you, smokeyblue.

14 posted on 06/23/2012 7:01:58 AM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D in L0w and H0lder)
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To: All

I wonder if the photo of Genevieve Cook and Obama with his giant photoshopped head is published in Maraniss’s book?


15 posted on 06/23/2012 7:02:18 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: Cinnamontea
No, the subject is "taste." The words between the hyphens are amplifying that subject.

You are 100% keeeeerect.

16 posted on 06/23/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: Gil4
You are using Barrack Nixon Obama Kenyan English. The subject is “taste” thus the verb is “is” the words “ of war” is a descriptive preposition phase. Now you have to understand Kenyan English to correctly understand what to do with “—the sounds and chill, the dead bodies”. What BNO is trying to do is used a noun as an adjective. This is acceptable however the noun should be before not after the noun is describes like “school teacher” The sentence structure is horrible, somewhat like his presidency.
17 posted on 06/23/2012 7:04:14 AM PDT by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: Smokeyblue

Maraniss may not have had an original copy of the essay.

He might have had an edited version and only thought he had Obama’s actual words.

Although he should have paid more attention to the details in his research, such as the proving for himself that the phrase had been written that way by Obama.

If he actually gave credit to Obama for the choice of words then he was careless in his sourcing, and should have taken the time to be more familiar with his subject matter.

It seems he may have quoting examples of the early writing of Obama without concerning himself with the meaning or reason for their existance.

Whether or not he did the editing is uncertain.

After all who would think that a Harvard Law School graduate might have be limited in his ability to write proper English during his early college years?

If this is the case in the Maraniss book, how common is that occurance?


18 posted on 06/23/2012 7:06:31 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Smokeyblue
I wonder if the photo of Genevieve Cook and Obama with his giant photoshopped head is published in Maraniss’s book?

I don't know. Probably it didn't fit.

19 posted on 06/23/2012 7:11:42 AM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D in L0w and H0lder)
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To: Smokeyblue

Every miniscule blot of anything and everything surrounding this Obama...person is fraudulant and smells like festering excrement in and on rotting flesh.


20 posted on 06/23/2012 7:19:11 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Gil4

‘Tatse’ is singular, thus the third person singular ‘is’ should be used. Try the sentence with a tree and the inserted as a description of the tree, with green leaves, flowing limbs, etc. Still ‘the tree’ is a singular noun thus third person singular verb form.


21 posted on 06/23/2012 7:21:22 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: onedoug
Every miniscule blot of anything and everything surrounding this Obama...person is fraudulant and smells like festering excrement in and on rotting flesh.

You have a way with words...

22 posted on 06/23/2012 7:26:35 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Smokeyblue

January cannot come fast enough.


23 posted on 06/23/2012 7:30:37 AM PDT by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - Socrates)
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To: melancholy

You just don’t get it. You’re stupid.”


Typical Obama response to shield his high self-esteem and self-importance fueled by his having had taken advantage of affirmative action policies that were designed to assist those previously disadvantaged, not some white Kenyan/Indonesian that went to the most expensive private school in the United States (Punahou).

If you recall there was a tenured professor at the Univ of Chicago that recalls trying to engage in conversation and debate with Obama and he would just walk away saying “oh you’re the gun guy”. Typical liberal extremists...if they aren’t screaming obscenities and lies at you they just walk away.


24 posted on 06/23/2012 7:32:07 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: PapaBear3625

As the election season progresses, look for him to get increasingly brittle and dangerous. If he ever gets widely booed in a public venue, look for him to have a very public psychotic break.


I agree.

An Alynsky theme is to make it personal. Attack him, not his ideas.

“There’s no hope-he’s just a dope”

“Stupid is as stupid does”

“My dog is smarter than your president”

“Biden’s new T shirt-I’m with stupid”

He’ll blow in no time


25 posted on 06/23/2012 7:32:42 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: PapaBear3625

‘Very public psychotic break’ - one can only hope.


26 posted on 06/23/2012 7:32:53 AM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: Smokeyblue

‘When David Weigel of Slate posed my suspicion to Maraniss, he responded with the contempt he has lately been showering on us “strange armies of ideological pseudo-historians [that] roam the biographical fields in search of stray information.” Wrote Maraniss, “It is preposterous on its face, utterly made of whole cloth.” ‘

The question should have been simple enough: did you quote 1) from “Dreams” or 2) from an original or true copy of the actual letter you, yourself, have seen? If this article is accurate, Maraniss answered a question that goes to the heart of his intellectual credibility by dodging it.


27 posted on 06/23/2012 7:47:11 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: Smokeyblue
THERE IS A WHOLE LOT OF FRAUD BEING PERPETRATED BY A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROTECTING THIS FRAUD IN THE WH.
28 posted on 06/23/2012 7:50:19 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Smokeyblue

The Democrats way, lie, cheat, spin ....................


29 posted on 06/23/2012 7:52:44 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Smokeyblue

He has Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder. One might ask if all this will push him to the brink, possibly suicide. But narcissists don’t kill themselves, they kill others who don’t recognize their obvious superiority.


30 posted on 06/23/2012 7:54:40 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Gil4

That makes no sense.... /s


31 posted on 06/23/2012 7:59:51 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live thnrough it anyway)
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To: Marathoner 244

I thought they were company men....


32 posted on 06/23/2012 8:03:40 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live thnrough it anyway)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

After all what the country did for the 0b0z0, including electing him POTUS, he hates it and seeks its destruction with a passion!

Mind you, I said “the” country, NOT “his” country, for obvious reasons.


33 posted on 06/23/2012 8:07:12 AM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D in L0w and H0lder)
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To: PapaBear3625
Obama is a deeply narcissistic personality. He reacts badly to lack of admiration.

IF there were "love" letters to this editor who rejected him, they probably weren't written out of love but out of the need of proving he was as grandiose as he thinks he is. If someone were to write such creepy dribble to me, I'd be warding them off with the full arsenal of a vampire slayer kit.

34 posted on 06/23/2012 8:08:13 AM PDT by bgill
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To: PapaBear3625; Smokeyblue
"The rejection infuriated Obama," he writes.

More evidence of Obama's narcissism (as if we needed anymore). Agree with your point that as the election season progresses he may well crack under the strains of the of prospect of national rejection. I've always thought he would eventually have a Captain Queeg moment a la Humphrey Bogart in the classic movie The Caine Mutiny. There were in fact two recent public venues where he was showing real signs of edging ever closer to an emotional outburst. Narcissists don't deal well with rejection.

35 posted on 06/23/2012 8:08:48 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Cinnamontea

Well, he does seem to enjoy the taste of dead puppies.


36 posted on 06/23/2012 8:10:10 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Mygirlsmom; Marathoner 244

“pronounces the word corpsman as corpse man isn’t very sharp.”

I will not disagree that Obama is stupid, however I think his pronunciation is a product of his decision to identify with a certain culture....that is stupid.

According to Rev. Wright he is not a “church person” so he only hooked up with the church (and culture) for political purposes.
He never associated with the eeevil military but always gravitated toward the anti-military. So he probably never even heard or read the word to even know what it meant.

He is stupid but he is more evil than stupid.


37 posted on 06/23/2012 8:14:49 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: Starboard

With the campaign in full swing, the lack of money, adulation, some dem support and foreign leaders’ dissing will get to the cokehead.

Even coke won’t be enough to prop him up. A padded room is his destination.


38 posted on 06/23/2012 8:18:09 AM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D in L0w and H0lder)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Maraniss’s mistake was in totally changing the word from taste to states. Many people who cite other works silently correct obvious errors instead of putting (sic) next to the offensive item. There’s no way to explain changing the word unless he was doing more than simple editorial correction. He changed the entire “flavor” of the sentence.


39 posted on 06/23/2012 8:28:22 AM PDT by Greenperson
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To: vanilla swirl; Mygirlsmom; Marathoner 244
"pronounces the word corpsman as corpse man isn't very sharp."

I will not disagree that Obama is stupid, however I think his pronunciation is a product of his decision to identify with a certain culture....that is stupid.

Funny thing about that mispronounciation of Naval 'corpsman', as far as I've found he's only done that during the award ceremony. Search out earlier videos and you'll hear him refer to the press corps as press 'core' and Marine Corps as Marine 'Core'.

Odd isn't it? Almost as if he were insulting on the sly, like his middle finger nose rub at odd moments.

40 posted on 06/23/2012 8:30:18 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: melancholy

Not to worry, with time his legacy will be one of deceit, lies, corruption, scandal and failure. The thin veneer of the “likeable” Obama will make way to the evil, deceitful Obama.


41 posted on 06/23/2012 8:47:25 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Vendome

I definitely butchered that - typing fast on a new wireless keyboard that was dropping letters.

I did misread the sentence, too, and I see the grammar mistake now. Never correct grammar before 9 a.m. on a Saturday.


42 posted on 06/23/2012 8:50:39 AM PDT by Gil4 (Sometimes it's not low self-esteem - it's just accurate self-assessment.)
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To: melancholy
New article from The Daily Mail with the photo in black and white.

Obama's giant head is pasted to some other guy's body. I wonder who the real guy is?

The white girlfriends Obama erased from his past: How the President airbrushed his romantic history to burnish his credentials as a black leader

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2163468/Barack-Obama-The-white-girlfriends-US-President-erased-past.html


43 posted on 06/23/2012 8:54:58 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: Covenantor

“He is stupid but he is more evil than stupid.”

bears repeating


44 posted on 06/23/2012 8:58:44 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: Smokeyblue

45 posted on 06/23/2012 8:58:57 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Smokeyblue
Obama's Harvard pictures have a similar big-headedness.

Even guys who never have actual wives or girlfriends have a woman somewhere in their background who they took out a few times or wrote letters to.

If there's fakery here, it's not in pretending Obama and the woman knew each other when they actually didn't, but rather in making more out of the relationship than it actually was.

Unless, of course, Obama was training in Cuba or the Soviet Union or Afghanistan during these years.

46 posted on 06/23/2012 9:01:21 AM PDT by x
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To: nascarnation

You win! LOL


47 posted on 06/23/2012 9:02:28 AM PDT by Smokeyblue
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To: Smokeyblue

I searched on “giant head” and that popped up, LMAO.


48 posted on 06/23/2012 9:04:10 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Smokeyblue
his head looks huge in that picture...
49 posted on 06/23/2012 9:04:54 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Gil4

LOL

I gave the insider joke sign “/S”


50 posted on 06/23/2012 9:08:26 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live thnrough it anyway)
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