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Maraniss Gets Testy as New Obama Bio Tanks
American Thinker ^ | July 30, 2012 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 07/30/2012 12:08:05 AM PDT by Kukai

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barack Obama: The Story, is getting testy. And it is not hard to understand why. The Washington Post diva spent the last four years on his career book, released it in the heart of a heated re-election season, got the kind of exposure a Kardashian would envy, and now finds the book heading for the remainder racks weeks after its release. Oy vey!

As of this writing, the book ranks 1,696 on Amazon's bestseller list. By contrast, Edward Klein's unfriendly Obama tome, The Amateur, has outsold just every book this summer not centered on female bondage, spent weeks on top of New York Times top-ten list, and now ranks 55 on Amazon despite being out a month longer than The Story.

Rather than assess why his book tanked -- it is too honest for the left and too dishonest for the right -- Maraniss has turned his wrath on the people he seems to hold responsible for the book's failure -- namely, "obsessed conspiratorialists" like me. His pique has found its outlet in a mean-spirited Washington Post op-ed, a minor classic of journalistic myopia. Allow me to address its concerns.

The notion that the president was not born in the United States remains at the epicenter of the anti-Obama mythology.

The fact that Obama sold America a fictional story of his first few years makes his birth a valid subject of interest. That much said, no one at Joseph Farah's WND, the online publication that has driven the "birther" controversy, has ever claimed that Obama was born in Kenya or any other foreign country. Farah and others, myself included, have simply wanted to see the birth certificate and clear up the mystery that shrouds Obama's birth. The most prominent birther, of course, remains Barack...

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: biography; bookreview; booksales; certificategate; davidmaraniss; jackcashill; maraniss; naturalborncitizen; obama; obamabio; obamahistory; theamateur; thestory; vettingobama
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1 posted on 07/30/2012 12:08:15 AM PDT by Kukai
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To: Kukai

Marannis is an egotistical martinet. He’s a legend in his own mind.

If you read the books by the Kleins, Corsi, and others, you will find out about the real Obama, a marxist narcisstic buffoon who hates America, esp. white Americans, and covertly likes Islam.

Marannis likes to leave out information that doesn’t confirm to his liberal/leftist mindset.

I fully intend to read his book because I try to read as much material on a subject as I can (and afford). However, I’ve been involved in exposing Obama as a marxist since 2008 (when I was invited into the research effort), and I can find nothing in the documentation available to disprove that he is anything but a Hugo Chavez wannabe marxist authoritarian, superegotist.


2 posted on 07/30/2012 12:14:57 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Kukai

In listening to the Maraniss interview on C-SPAN this weekend there were many times he showed his bias. Such as saying Obama’s parents met at a Russian class because it was all the rage in 1960 for people to learn Russian. Maybe Barack Sr. and Stanley Ann wanted to learn Russian so they could be better communists.

Maraniss tried to make Obama look as good as possible during the interview.


5 posted on 07/30/2012 12:45:57 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: F15Eagle

Wow!!!!!!!


6 posted on 07/30/2012 12:50:08 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Kukai

I was mildly interested until it was revealed that Maraniss ‘doctored’ some of 0bama’s writings to make him appear more literate than he was. Guess I’ll stick with ‘The Amateur’.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 12:58:58 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Presbyterian Reporter
Maybe Barack Sr. and Stanley Ann wanted to learn Russian so they could be better communists.

No maybe's about it. Our President is a Red Diaper Baby!

The original sperm donor (if indeed he was the father) fled the scene in his quest to be a big fish in a little pond (Kenya) only to be replaced by Frank Marshall Davis, an American commie and libertine, who took over the tutelage of young Barry (and may have been the actual sperm donor — there are some interesting photos on the net).

9 posted on 07/30/2012 12:59:49 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Kukai
"...the president was not born in the United States remains at the epicenter of the anti-Obama mythology. "

Ah yes, mon ami....his Kenyan grand mother says he, Obama, was born in Kenya.

10 posted on 07/30/2012 1:00:37 AM PDT by yoe
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To: F15Eagle
That is one hell of an Amazon review.

I hope that butterdezillion comments on it here.

11 posted on 07/30/2012 1:11:14 AM PDT by TChad
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To: Kukai

Certainly, it did not tank as much as CarvilleIdiot’s “40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation”...../s =.=


13 posted on 07/30/2012 1:15:48 AM PDT by cranked
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
"I fully intend to read his book because I try to read as much material on a subject as I can (and afford)."

Check it out from the library. Why pay for it twice, especially given the recipient of the revenue?

15 posted on 07/30/2012 2:25:37 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If America were a car, the "Check President" light would be on.)
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To: F15Eagle; Fred Nerks; little jeremiah
F15Eagle, thank you for posting Dakkumen's review of David Maraniss, Barack Obama: The Story.

At times the reviewer is almost Charles Laughton in "Witness for the Prosecution"--"Were you lying then, are you lying now, or are you not in fact a chronic and habitual liar!"

It appears as you subsequently note that Obama is a legend not a person.

Maraniss' use of the term "story" is apt--

It continually reminds me of Miriam F. retired from a life in the Foreign Service observing of lunch with the king of Nepal and his brother, "They tell you a beautiful story. It isn't the truth, but it is a beautiful story."

Sherlock Holmes remarks to Watson in The Adventure of the Three Garridebs regarding the recently departed visitor with the fabulous story, "Touch him where we will he is false."

So it is with the performer formerly known as Barry Soetoro who dons more faces than Lon Chaney for the additional four years he needs to terminate America.


16 posted on 07/30/2012 2:49:40 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Kukai

bmfl


17 posted on 07/30/2012 3:25:15 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: PhilDragoo
David Maraniss doesn't start when all began while Obama claims his grandparents were racist

Yet this gentile little couple takes their only child Ann to the only communist school in the US on Mercer Island, Washington.

Off to Hawaii, where things get a little confused for me

Its the most expensive place in America to live.

The Durhams meet Obama sr and Frank Marshall Davis and pimp their daughter off and like any typical Muslim her life is over as far we know.

Marries another Muslim and moves the Sorento family to Indonesia as change Obama name to Barry Sorento and enroll him in a madrassas but we are told mistake it was a catholic school.

Gets a passport to Pakastan when Americans are not allowed there.

Too Many Gaps for poor David to be taken serious

18 posted on 07/30/2012 3:29:25 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: F15Eagle

Wow, that was plucked off of Amazon!

The more I hear about this person in the White House, the more sinister it sounds to me. It is incomprehensible to me that someone with such an unknown, checkered past has become President.

Just amazing.


19 posted on 07/30/2012 3:32:25 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: rlmorel

“Just amazing”.

Yes it is. And it’s amazing that too many Americans didn’t care and don’t care, and that the media wasn’t even remotely curious about all the holes in his biography if for no better reason than that journalists are supposedly innately curious, cynical, and suspicious. But they were the exact opposite-complicit in covering for all the lapses in his “story”.


20 posted on 07/30/2012 3:54:36 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: F15Eagle

OMG!!! THE LIES!!! YOU DID GREAT WORK, THANKS!!


21 posted on 07/30/2012 4:02:30 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: yoe

not only does the Kenyan Grandma say he was born in Kenya.....she says she was THEREvat the birth!!!!!


22 posted on 07/30/2012 4:04:30 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

While not a bio, let me recommend “The Great Destroyer” by David Limbaugh’s. It will make you so angry that you can only read a little at time


23 posted on 07/30/2012 4:09:30 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: scooby321
"Gets a passport to Pakastan when Americans are not allowed there."

It has not been established what nationality's passport he traveled under.

I could be corrected by another FReeper, but I don't think there was an outright ban on travel to Pakistan in 1981. An advisory certainly, but no ban that I'm aware of.

24 posted on 07/30/2012 4:10:28 AM PDT by Flotsam_Jetsome (If America were a car, the "Check President" light would be on.)
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To: F15Eagle

bookmark


25 posted on 07/30/2012 4:53:23 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: Kukai

It’s highly interesting that after more than fifty years of conservative ideology being thrust into the national consciousness (by W.F.Buckley and Barry Goldwater) and four years of having Obama jammed down our throats, these leftist yokels have no better grasp of the ideals of conservatism than before that time. It’s amusing to see liberals shake their heads where their tiny brains lie and wonder why large numbers of people don’t like the most leftist president ever elected.


26 posted on 07/30/2012 4:56:37 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: F15Eagle

And this idiot calls us obsessed w obama hatred? LOL

Maraniss is upset that his book is used to further discredit the lies of the obama narrative.

FUBO - 99 days till you are deposed!


27 posted on 07/30/2012 5:16:17 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Kukai

Fiction about a fictional character portrayed as biographies.


28 posted on 07/30/2012 5:40:15 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: F15Eagle

Just when I thought I had heard it all! I had no idea that we did not have a definitive wedding date for Wookie and Zippo....


29 posted on 07/30/2012 6:34:46 AM PDT by GregNH (If you are unable to fight, please find a good place to hide.)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
Of course Max, Obama stands a very good chance of being re-elected by those who cannot, or don't want to read any bad news about Obama.

In other news: "Dreams of My Father," and "Audacity of Hope," continue churning out royalties for their "author." Every library, every school library, every college or university Library, every jail library, every government office, every reading room across the globe, every barracks day room, and every ship at see continue to order multiple copies in multiple editions in every known language ... paid for with tax dollars.

Latest royalties: reputedly some $72,000/month. Of course Maraniss is pissed. He gets Bupkis. What happened, although the Maraniss is a Liberal Obama Butt Kisser, some factoids inevitably found their way into print in his book that cast less than a glittering light on the Marxist Mulatto from Mombasa and do not agree with the official "autobiography" as penned by Bill Ayers. Uh-Oh ... not good!

Sorry Dave. How about a tell-all on Mamie Eisenhower? A coffee-tabler about the Monkees?

30 posted on 07/30/2012 7:12:37 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Do not listen to Conservative Talk Radio ... until they talk to Sheriff Joe.)
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To: F15Eagle; TheOldLady; WildHighlander57; netmilsmom; tomdavidd; Freeper; Gvl_M3; Flotsam_Jetsome; ...
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Article, and # 4.

Thanks, F1Eagle.

31 posted on 07/30/2012 7:25:12 AM PDT by LucyT (~ Countdown: Ninety-Eight days until November 6. ~)
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7. a) Janny Scott states in her book ‘A Singular Woman’ that Ann Dunham & Lolo Soetoro were married on March 5, 1964. b) Maraniss states in his book that Ann Dunham & Lolo Soetoro were married on March 15, 1965.

I don't have a copy but SAD's passports have different dates of the the marriage to Lolo. One of them was before the divorce from Sr. was filed.

32 posted on 07/30/2012 7:51:42 AM PDT by bgill
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To: F15Eagle; Brown Deer; LucyT; Fred Nerks; hoosiermama

I always found this interesting....

http://iaoj.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/obamas-mother-stayed-in-pakistan-for-5-years/

“Lahore (Pervez Al-Islam): The mother of American Presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, Mrs. Ann Dunham lived in Pakistan for five years. During this time, Barack Obama also visited his mother and stayed for a few months. Mrs. Ann Dunham was hired as a consultant by the Asian Development Bank for Pakistan Agricultural Development Bank’s Gujranwalla Agricultural Development Program. This program began in 1987 and ended in 1992.

....

She stayed for five years in the Hilton International Hotel...

She traveled daily from Lahore to Gujranwalla. When Barack Obama visited Pakistan, he stayed in the same hotel.”

If this is true...where is the ‘mother lives in Pakistan and son visits a lot” story line?


33 posted on 07/30/2012 8:02:16 AM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: F15Eagle
7. a) Janny Scott states in her book ‘A Singular Woman’ that Ann Dunham & Lolo Soetoro were married on March 5, 1964. b) Maraniss states in his book that Ann Dunham & Lolo Soetoro were married on March 15, 1965.

I don't have a copy but SAD's passports have different dates of the the marriage to Lolo. One of them was before the divorce from Sr. was filed.

34 posted on 07/30/2012 8:11:01 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

What I have on divorce/marriage dates of that period:

1/20/1964 Date Stanley Ann signs paper swearing to mistreatment - paper is filed in divorce.
1/23/1964 Filing of Obama Stanley Ann Divorce
1/30/1964 Obama signs postal receipt for divorce papers (note - not papers themselves. I do not believe Obama Sr. ever actually signed the actual divorce papers. Just ignored them apparently.)
3/8/1964 Final divorce Decree for SAD and BHO Sr.

Above from here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/18130289/Obama-1964-Divorce-Papers-13-Pages-Missing-Pg-11

8/4/1964 BHO turns 3. Only 3 years old when marriage to Lolo occurs. Less that 5 years old.
12/24/1964 Obama Senior marries Ruth Beatrice Baker in Kenya
3/15/1965 SAD marries Lolo Soetoro
4/1/1965 Soetoro family is supposed to live at 3326 Oahu Avenue
6/7/1965 Lolo given 1 year extension to remain in US. Extended to June 20, 1966
6/15/1965 Last day Lolo Soetoro is to stay in US under his relationship with UofH.

Lolo was to go back to politically troubled Indonesia 3 months before marrying SAD. Green card marriage? Just a thought.

Some key dates above are from here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/35192432/Lolo-Soetoro-U-S-Records-Allen-v-DHS-State-and-Allen-v-USCIS-FOIA-Releases-Final-7-29-12

10/15/1965 Anti-communist purges and massacares start in Indonesia. Last until early 1966.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_killings_of_1965%E2%80%931966

So no wonder Lolo did not want to go back....

11/30/1965 SADS signs affidavit on hardship. Indicating it would not (repeat - not) be a hardship under the law. Indicates she is living with her parents. Note conflict with above about where family is living.

3/15/1966 Anti-communist purges and massacares start in Indonesia mostly end.
7/20/1966 Lolo S returns to Indonesia
8/4/1966 BHO turns 5. International citizenship transfer under treaty supposedly not possible after this date.
9/1/1966 BHO supposedly attends Noelani School in Hawaii during 66-67 school year

1967 - A common date that is in many MSM and biographies as to the year Lolo and SAD married. Time magazine did a long article with this date. As we know it is untrue. But the 1967 date is so prevalent it is a reasonable question why was this date never researched or documented accurately in 2007 and 2008?


35 posted on 07/30/2012 8:18:27 AM PDT by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: F15Eagle

Impressive research...thanks.


36 posted on 07/30/2012 8:21:15 AM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: bluecat6

Don’t you mean Pok-ee-stan?


37 posted on 07/30/2012 8:24:39 AM PDT by bgill
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
"I can find nothing in the documentation available to disprove that he is anything but a Hugo Chavez wannabe marxist authoritarian, superegotist.

Agreed for the most part..but he does have a little fake Islamic/Christian flavor and a little gay flirting mixed in with a little "where in the world was Obama born" to keep people guessing.

It's all just great fun for a "social organizer" who really just wants to play golf.

What's a bored commie golfer to do in his spare time but mess with people? Commie leaders have to be entertained as well. Messing with his fake image must be a great hobby...most narcissists would approve.

Me..any news or speculation about Obama bores me now. That's why the book tanked.

38 posted on 07/30/2012 8:35:30 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Kukai

“Jack Cashill are making stuff up.” - Barry Soetero


39 posted on 07/30/2012 8:46:54 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: LucyT

Thanks, LucyT. Will read entire piece later. Ya think a FReeper wrote the review?


40 posted on 07/30/2012 8:47:27 AM PDT by azishot
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To: rlmorel

What is amazing is that some, even on this site, are willing to give him a pass for four more years!


41 posted on 07/30/2012 8:52:38 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: Kukai; sickoflibs
Rather than assess why his book tanked -- it is too honest for the left and too dishonest for the right --

Whoa - is that a great line or what??

45 posted on 07/30/2012 9:57:33 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: LucyT; Fred Nerks
Rather than assess why his book tanked -- it is too honest for the left and too dishonest for the right --

Is that a great line or what?? Ping.

46 posted on 07/30/2012 9:58:51 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: Kukai
A professor who wrote a letter of reference for Obama reinforces the point, telling Remnick, "I don't think [Obama] did too well in college." From the existing records, we know that Obama did not graduate from Columbia with honors.

How such an indifferent student got into a law school whose applicants' LSAT scores typically track between the 98th and 99th percentile and whose GPAs range between 3.80 and 4.00 is a subject Maraniss chooses not to explore. Instead of checking his college records, or even asking why they have been sealed, he takes Obama's word on his grade point average. That, my friend, is not journalism.

Washington Post? Why am I NOT surprise...

That, my friend, is not journalism.

That, my friend, is not journalism.

That, my friend, is not journalism.

47 posted on 07/30/2012 10:12:48 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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To: PhilDragoo

It is very difficult to keep even one or two lies straight, over time. What to speak of a huge mythical “life story” based on countless lies.

They cannot keep anything straight.

“Unravelling” is a word that comes to mind.


48 posted on 07/30/2012 10:52:45 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: F15Eagle

I get around...someone posted a link on the current Long Thread of great info!

(In case you haven’t seen it, gets going in the 300’s IIRC)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2908395/posts?page=1168#1113


50 posted on 07/30/2012 11:14:58 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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