Afterbirthers Assemble! Rightbloggers Accuse Obama of NOT Being Born in Kenya
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.
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?)
See what the bastard did? Is there no end to the lengths Obama will go to convince people he was born in America Kenya?
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!