Afterbirthers Assemble! Rightbloggers Accuse Obama of NOT Being Born in Kenya

tomt200.jpgRemember the birther craze, based on the notion that Barack Obama was really born in Africa, and was therefore ineligible for the Presidency? Well, it's back, baby -- in mutant form.

Someone found an old agency promo booklet for Obama's first, never-published book. The bio described him as "born in Kenya."

As most non-insane articles that refer to Obama's birthplace -- including the first New York Times story on him, written in 1990 -- say it's Hawaii, you'd imagine normal people would find this just an amusing birther-ific coincidence.

But our subjects, the rightbloggers, are not like normal people. Their reaction has spawned afterbirtherism -- in which Obama is attacked, not for pretending to be from America, but for pretending to be from Kenya.

Old-school birtherism, which for a time had most Republicans believing the President was foreign born, was dampened somewhat by Obama's public release of his birth certificate in April 2011 -- though some of the brethren still couldn't let it go, and the legend persists in birther redoubts nationwide, such as the Arizona Secretary of State's office.

But last week Joel B. Pollak of Bretbart's Big Government revealed agency press materials from 1991 that said Obama was "born in Kenya."

"The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate," allowed Pollak. "...the biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama -- or the people representing and supporting him --manipulate his public persona."

And suddenly this brief, 21-year-old reference became the hottest subject in rightbloggerdom.

"So it looks like the main source of the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya was: Barack Obama?" asked Yes But However. "So the source of the confusion is Obama and his promoters themselves," declared My Pet Jawa. "Oh what a tangled web we weave," poeticized The Camp of the Saints. "HOLY CRAP!" observed The Right Scoop.

"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," said Mark Steyn at National Review.

Clayton Cramer ran in with more proof: He'd found "a number of items that refer to Obama as born in Kenya," he announced: "Press releases from the Kenyan government; Kenyan Parliamentary debates; [Kenyan] newspaper accounts from when he was assured of election to the U.S. Senate (and having an African-born U.S. Senator was a big deal) and after he was elected President." That the Obama propaganda machine managed to get these stories planted in Africa just shows how wide the conspiracy spreads.

Some of the brethren simultaneously shook their fists at the derelict media, who had not previously uncovered this bombshell.

"One of the great oddnesses of the 2008 campaign was the code of omerta enforced by the the legacy media about anything having to do with Obama's past," claimed Roger Kimball. "Where was he born? Don't know, don't care." And look at the result -- America wound up electing a man who was actually born in Hawaii!

"I'd bet cash money," said Allahpundit at Hot Air, "that some reporter somewhere stumbled upon this booklet in years past and politely suppressed the info rather than do the journalist's job of asking questions and finding out why the mistake in the booklet was made."

One might just as well ask why the conservative media, which despises Obama, couldn't stir itself to find this important evidence any sooner than last week. Maybe they were too busy looking for people whose dogs had been eaten by Obama.

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See what the bastard did? Is there no end to the lengths Obama will go to convince people he was born in America Kenya?
Eventually the assistant publicist who wrote the item in 1991 emerged to explain that she had made a "fact checking error." Rightbloggers were dismissive. "Not good enough," snorted The Right Sphere. "Who gave her the 'fact' she failed to check? There was no google or wikipedia back in 1991." (Say, that reminds us -- where did people get bullshit from before the internet?)

But Steve Boman of Breitbart's Big Government had a better answer: "DYSTEL & GODERICH ASK WRITERS TO SUBMIT THEIR OWN BIOS." As such an iron-clad system admits no errors, clearly the publicist was lying; maybe Obama has her kids tied up somewhere.

Also, Drew Zahn of WorldNetDaily learned via the Wayback Machine that the erroneous attribution remained among the agency's active web files until 2007 -- which he interpreted as "SHOCKER! OBAMA STILL 'KENYAN-BORN' IN 2007."

Keep in mind that in 2007 Obama had been a U.S. Senator for two years, and was actively running for President -- which office he would have been ineligible to assume if he were really a Kenyan, making the idea that he was purposely allowing himself to be portrayed that way even more absurd.

Yet Michael Laprarie of Wizbang found this story persuasive. "So for sixteen years he was comfortable with his former literary agent proudly showcasing his Kenyan ancestry, " said Laprarie, "fudged by a false claim to native Kenyan birth, as part of their commitment to diversity."

"We also now know that for sixteen years, [Obama's] literary agent circulated a bio that said he was born in Kenya," agreed John Hinderaker of Power Line. "That statement must have come from Obama himself; or, at a bare minimum, it certainly was known to him."

"It apparently was an error Obama allowed his publicist to persist in for over a decade, right until after he was running for president," said Israpundit.

Maybe we're missing the big picture here. Maybe Obama kept up the born-in-Kenya story until his Presidential campaign team polled it and found it was a loser in swing states, whereupon he abandoned it. That's how devious he is!

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Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Breitbart = still dead.

Good riddance !  

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

 Every man's death diminishes us.  Some perhaps less than others, and saying bad things about the dead is perfectly appropriate if they deserve it, but still...

Staten Island Bob
Staten Island Bob

The Republican Koch machine is up and running, and it's "the real thing". Smokescreens of obfuscation, like the "Birther" issue, will be shielding us from the fact that the right-wing really has nothing to offer, except more budget-cutting pain. At a time when we should be focusing on the major issues that are driving people into the streets we have to again go over old ground. I just hope that Obama capitalizes on this ignorance and stays with his newly reinvigorated populist program, particularly after his election, (if he makes it). This is shaping up to be a low and dirty campaign. Stay on the high ground and remain focused.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

and stays with his newly reinvigorated populist program, particularly after his election

I always hope Charlie Brown gets to kick the football before Lucy pulls it away, too.

Let's not get crazy, here.  Obama is a right-wing corporatist who wants to cut Social Security and has protected and enriched the banksters since he was sworn in.

If he were an old white Republican, the tea-birchers would be clamoring to carve his likeness into Mount Rushmore (having forgotten that old liberal, Ronald Reagan).~

Staten Island Bob
Staten Island Bob

I realize that we are being put on here a bit, and I don't really expect Obama to pull through for us. I guess you could say it is wishful thinking, because that is all we get to do in this country, wish and dream. We will probably never see a true progressive in the White House because there are too many red state butts to kiss in order to get elected, and our own "liberal" Democrats are kowtowing for contributions to the same corporations as the Republicans. So where do we go from here?  Maybe Wisconsin will give us a shot in the arm next Tuesday with a recall of Scott Walker. At least it will be something to rally around. 

Really?
Really?

Best, I can say is CRIKEY!

Atticus Dogsbody
Atticus Dogsbody

"The statement that it was a 'fact-checking error' begs the question,"

- My irony-sense is tingling, MJ.

- Oh, for fuck's sake, Peter! I'll get the mop - CLANG, CRAASH - I told you not to fucking read wingnuts!

- Sorry.

LibsSuck
LibsSuck

I read this nonsense knowing its coming from the village voice, expecting it to be the typical liberal BS attitude poking fun at people who actually take this seriously. Why, why do you liberals just dismiss this? There is a legitimate publication, from before he was the prezzie of the united steezie saying he was born in Kenya. His Birth cert is layered in photoshop. He was extremely reluctant to give this BC up. "oh this is nonsense" he'd say. No, it's not. If this was a republican, you morons would be eating it up. Its amazing. He could come out and say, yeah so what? I was born in Kenya. No doubt you liberal morons would think that's "refreshing" and "cool".

Glenn
Glenn

"There is a legitimate publication, from before he was the prezzie of the united steezie saying he was born in Kenya."

If, by "legitimate publication" you mean a throwaway piece of marketing. Jeez, some people are so stupid it's hard to understand how they manage to exist.

Vv
Vv

It was written by his current publisher. She's been questioned on it. So yes, if he continues to use her 3.5 yrs into his disastrous presidency, then I consider this source as legitimate. It wasn't something written by some nobody without his consent.

Guest
Guest

Exactly. Just like when the plumber accidentally left a wrench at my house, I decided to never hire him again. Anyone who makes a mistake ever has no business working for me again, or else I am personally responsible for their mistakes.

euphgeek
euphgeek

Dear birther,Your voice is not getting through to the GOP Establishment.  Keep at it.  Force them to make this an important part of Mitt's campaign.

Sincerely....

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

 Oh come on folks , the time for the vetting was before the election.............

Besides that there are plenty of legitimate grounds at this point for impeachment,indictment, arrest conviction and eventually sentencing. Obamas place of birth is and always was a dead horse. The NDAA was a crime and the one for next year is even worse. NDAA 2013 they unleash the full force of our DOD propaganda machine on the US population ( no, stop laughing , the propaganda we get now is nothing compared to what they do over seas to win the hearts and minds ) 

Guest
Guest

Are you suggesting that Congress should impeach Obama for signing legislation they passed?

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

I am suggesting him and the majority of congress should be jailed no matter how it is accomplished........ They all knew that authorizing the detention of us citizens with out charges was in direct violation of the constitution , a document they all took a oath to protect.

gocart mozart
gocart mozart

shouldn't the Republican congress be impeached first?  

Horatius
Horatius

 Dr. Paul. Is that you?

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

how about republican AND democrat the tyranny does not just flow from one side.........

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

I wouldnt give a shit if he was born on the Moon. You right wing fuckheads are beyond the pale and I would vote against you no matter who was running even if they were born in fucking Iran. 

Now, do you want to whine about Bill Ayers and Rev Wright again too?

LibsSuck
LibsSuck

Why don't you do yourself and our country a favor and move to such places if you are so dissatisfied with the US. Go have fun in Iran. They have it all figured out over there, right? Or maybe France, they just elected a new socialist, I've heard their way of life is great. We don't want that here though, dick.

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

You see, the difference between Liberals and right-wingers like you is that Liberals want to fix their country when it's broken, not just turn tail and run back home to the Confederacy or kick out people they don't like (though some liberals would also like to kick you out, it appears.)

Besides, you don't get to say "Love it or leave it" and then also get mad at the people who leave, the way your ilk did during the Vietnam War years.

jnbstraight
jnbstraight

Who said anything about wanting to leave? I want you vile, racist, fucking assholes to leave and never come back. And who gives a fuck about wgat you want? I DONT CARE. Fuck you and your retrograde ideas asshead.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 We are not dissatisfied with the US. We're dissatisfied with the faux-patriotism of the right, wrapping themselves in the flag with one hand, while trying to strip rights away from everyone else with the other. We don't want to leave, we just want you to accept that we are Americans.

Baron Elmo
Baron Elmo

You sound waaaaaayyy more "dissatisfied with the US" than most of the commenters here... why don't YOU move?

Oh, damn, I forgot: wingnut complaints are patriotic, while liberal gripes are treasonous. Must've slipped my mind.  

Daphne
Daphne

 "Love it or leave it." It always devolves to that sentiment.

Guest
Guest

Because it's our country too, shit-ass.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 We are dismissing this because it doesn't matter. Ann Durham, his mom, is an American citizen, thus Obama is an American citizen as well. Birthers are fully capable of learning this fact, and should have come across it at some point. And yet, they are still doggedly trying to unseat a president on the basis of a conspiracy theory that they maintain, in spite of the evidence to the contrary. Why do you think this is?

LibsSuck
LibsSuck

Just bc his mother is an American citizen makes him a citizen? Where do you get your fantasy facts from? That's not true. If he was not born here, he would most definitely be thrown out immediately. To the country's benefit.

McSalmon
McSalmon

Thanks, Djur. But, that seemed so obvious, I'm surprised it even had to be brought up. What does it say about birthers who are so ignorant of the Constitution and the law and yet proclaim themselves as their defenders?

Daphne
Daphne

 this one must be filling in for Christopher. There has to be at least one troller on the thread at all times.

Guest
Guest

I think McSalmon gets those fantasy facts from 8 USC § 1401, actually.

EDIT: Also, you're really gung-ho about having Joe Biden for president, huh?

euphgeek
euphgeek

Dear birther,Your voice is not getting through to the GOP Establishment.  Keep at it.  Force them to make this an important part of Mitt's campaign.

Sincerely....

euphgeek
euphgeek

Dear birther,Your voice is not getting through to the GOP Establishment.  Keep at it.  Force them to make this an important part of Mitt's campaign.

Sincerely....

Guest
Guest

"prezzie of the united steezie"

That's an awfully disrespectful way to talk about the freest country in the world. The shining city on the hill. What are you, a commie?

LibsSuck
LibsSuck

It's a reference to his stupid appearance on jimmy Fallon where he was referred to as such. You're an idiot.

Guest
Guest

Why would you refer to the office of the presidency in such a demeaning way? If Jimmy Fallon jumped off a cliff would you, too? :(

JSG
JSG

Dopes get roped, then claim fault lies with person doing roping.

Curse that evil Obama for being so much smarter than the Teaklan!

Timmy
Timmy

Today marks the day in American history when the term "Birther" switched from someone who believed President Obama was born in Kenya to someone who does not.

euphgeek
euphgeek

 Only in the minds (and I use that term loosely) of birthers.

KenyanBornObamAcorn
KenyanBornObamAcorn

Learn the facts and get educated! Obama literary agent claims Obama was Kenyan-born ~ Now DOZENS more articles confirm the same! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 2012 Vetting Obama: 100% proof Obama is a USURPER ~ 100% sourced w/govt documents http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 2012 Vetting Obama ~ Kenyan Parliament ADMITS Obama is NOT a Native American http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 2012 Vetting Obama NEW EVIDENCE on Obama's Birth Place ~ Is this the REAL Certificate? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 2012 Vetting Obama: BARRY SOETORO ILLEGAL PRESIDENT ~100% SOURCED W/ GOVT DOCUMENTS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 2012 Vetting Obama ~ Kenyan Parliament ADMITS Obama is NOT a Native American http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 2012 Vetting Obama NEW EVIDENCE on Obama's Birth Place ~ Is this the REAL Certificate? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 2012 Vetting Obama: BARRY SOETORO ILLEGAL PRESIDENT ~100% SOURCED W/ GOVT DOCUMENTS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

it is real simple , he used a Kenyan birth when it worked to his advantage , like say scholarships and  affirmative action type scenarios when being a poor immigrant got him the perks and discounts...................then when he learned it would cost him the big prize he ditched the African immigrant  connection.  No big deal anyone reading this rag would have done the same thing to save a few K on tuition .  But then none of us think we should be president or rule the world ether.

rdmcis
rdmcis

then when he learned it would cost him the big prize he ditched the African immigrant  connection...

Yes. Despite having graduated from Harvard Law and having taught Constitutional law at U of Chicago, he finally learned the implications of Article 2 Section 1 the same year he announced his candidacy for President.

It's all starting to come together...

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

It really makes sense when you realize this same constitutional expert is the same fascist that thinks American citizens can be detained and held indefinitely with out charges with nothing more than a accusation or thinks he has the authority to order the assassination of US citizens with out trial by using the magic word "terrorist" with no evidence necessary.

pull your head out your fascist hero is a war criminal zero making Bush look competent by comparison.

Horatius
Horatius

 Didn't C+ Augustus first come with that idea? And you had no problems sucking his dick then?

edroso
edroso

"scenarios when being a poor immigrant got him the perks and discounts..." So that's why all these immigrants are over here -- the perks and discounts! Or are they just faking it, too?

SickOfTheStupid
SickOfTheStupid

do not play the fool you know has well has I do when it comes to education there are certain discounts perks and scholarships available for foreign nationals, combined with affirmative action measures that dictated ethnicity ratios to receive funding that make it advantages in higher education to be a minority.

not every discussion or comment on the web is racist anti immigration ranting or jab , but a true racist can always imagine one in any sentence

BillStewart2012
BillStewart2012

 Like that big perk foreign nationals get at most state universities - the "You're paying cash for out-of-state tuition instead of discounted in-state rates, so we're happy to admit you with less strict standards in return for your money."  It's there, but it's not all it's cracked up to be, unless you're rich and can't get in otherwise, and even then it doesn't keep you in school past freshman year if you can't keep your grades up, unless you're really paying a lot extra.  And if you can keep your grades up, then you were obviously qualified to be there - admissions standards are at best a guess at who's going to succeed in school anyway.

Also, you don't get to rant about US education unless you can use English grammar correctly, or unless you're comparing US education to your own country's.

Baron Elmo
Baron Elmo

Oh, that's rich.

"How much did you pay for tuition?"

"Fee for attend university ten thousand dollar, but I get for EIGHT thousand with Immigrant Discount, ya!"

"Dang. I only got five hundred lousy bucks knocked off the top with my Affirmative Action Perk. Maybe if I put on a dashiki and told 'em I was really from Morocco..."

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

not every discussion or comment on the web is racist anti immigration ranting or jab 

But everyone you see from "SickOfTheStupid" is.~

Daphne
Daphne

 that first sentence-paragraph's a real keeper. It confirms what you already suspected about the mind that produced it.

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