Rightbloggers Continue Slow Progress Through Dreams from My Father, Are Up to Part about "Composites"

tomt200.jpgDreams from My Father by Barack Obama came out in 1995 and has sold over a million copies, but to rightbloggers it is a constantly fresh source of discovery.

For years, some of them have insisted that Obama didn't really write it. A few weeks back, they made much of the fact that a passage from it revealed as boy in Indonesia he had eaten dog meat.

Last week somebody noticed that some people in the 17-year-old book were described in the introduction as "composites." Rightbloggers were outraged. Whoever heard of such a thing -- besides, that is, the hundreds of thousands of people who read it?

A little background: The introduction to Dreams contains these lines: "For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I've known, and some events appear out of precise chronology," and "With the exception of my family and a handful of public figures, the names of most characters have been changed for the sake of their privacy."

Writer David Marranis went looking for people who might have been the originals of the people in Obama's book. Marranis got some good access -- to an ex-girlfriend of Obama's, Genevieve Cook, and to Obama himself -- and part of his material appeared last week in Vanity Fair in advance of a new book. (Obama affirmed that the girlfriend in the book was, like others, a composite.)

In the normal world, this all makes sense: An ambitious young politician uses, and wisely admits up front to using, plausibly deniable composite characters so he can evade potentially explosive tell-all interviews with named characters later. A writer looks up possible sources, and gets the author, now President, to comment on them.

In rightblogger world, however, this was a major scandal, despite 17 years of advance notification.

To be fair, they had help: Politico ran an item that at first suggested Obama had never noted the composite characters before, then claimed he'd added the note in a late edition, then finally got around to noticing that the info had been there all along.

Nonetheless the original version of the post was hot news to rightbloggers.

"Obama admits lying about girlfriend in book. What else has he lied about???" asked Phoebe's Detention Room.

"Obama admitted he misled readers in his autobiography, The Dreams of My Father," said My Pet Jawa. "The white girlfriend described in Dreams From My Father turns out to be a 'composite' -- i.e., not real," said Moonbattery. "Composites Published And Not Mentioned As Such Are What?" asked Chuck Ring of the Sandia Tea Party, and answered, "Why, they are lies, pure and simple."

"Turns out a character he addressed in his memoir Dreams From My Father wasn't actually one person, as he claimed, but a 'composite' of individuals with which he was associated," breathlessly reported Stephan Tawney of The American Pundit.

"Now that the cat is out of the bag, and everyone knows that Obama lied, and actually made up the 'New York girlfriend', the Obama camp is scrambling to try and spin their lie, and now Obama says that the 'New York girlfriend' is actually a composite character," said USbacklash. "What a crock of shit! Obama is a compulsive liar, who will not stop lying to the American People until we vote his lying ass out of office!"

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That's right, look inside -- for treason!
Etc., etc., etc., over dozens, maybe hundreds of posts. And unlike Politico, none of these guys bothered to correct their items.

Even when reminded of the truth, rightbloggers who weren't still pretending they hadn't heard it found new ways to spin it.

"Dave Weigel reminds us that Obama pointed out his use of 'composites' in the introduction of the book," wrote Jim Geraghty at National Review. "So this isn't really a huge scoop."

Nonetheless, he went on about it as if it were the Watergate break-in for hundreds of words. "Obama's autobiography was a big, big part of his 2008 campaign," wrote Geraghty, "and it was how he introduced himself to the American people. And yet it was . . . by the author's own admission, not accurate... When you think about telling the world your story, and telling the world about the people who shaped you . . . would you use a composite?"

A day later Geraghty was still at it: "What happens when it turns out that the story isn't true?" he wrote. And he wasn't talking about his own story.

"'Composite character' is code for 'lie,'" claimed Hugh Hewitt. "Recall James Frey, author of the non-memoir A Million Little Pieces. He made it up key parts of his 'memoir,' and got slammed by Oprah when this lying was revealed. 'Composite events' like 'composite characters' don't fly when the MSM doesn't want them to take off."

Wait, wasn't the issue with Frey that he substantially fabricated major events in his book, including his criminal record, and didn't admit it till he got caught? Nonetheless Hewitt kept on -- "Now the president is caught in having made up stuff for his memoir... If he was willing to make stuff up in his memoir, what other stuff as he made up along the way?" -- as if it didn't matter. Well, for propaganda purposes, we suppose it didn't.

"I think we need Oprah to get to the bottom of this like she did with my fellow Denison alum James Frey and the falsehoods in his 'A Million Little Pieces,'" said Spencerblog.

"As usual, the leftist media have come to Obama's defense," complained Gary DeMar of Godfather Politics. "'He told us right in the book that some of the events were compressed into "composite" stories. It's no big deal,' media supporters of Obama are telling us." Those bastards!

DeMar had an answer for such people: the James Frey example. But unlike Hewitt, he didn't know when to quit. "The difference, of course," DeMar admits, "is that Frey didn't tell anybody about the fabrications."

We were looking forward to seeing where DeMar would take this next. Disappointingly, it was here: "If [Frey] had, he wouldn't have gotten to sit down with the Queen of daytime talk. The point is, people don't like to be lied to even if they're being told up from that what's coming is not true."

A non-sequitur? What's that? Something like a composite? Hey, Obama ate a dog.

Other just winged it, sometimes spectacularly. The Ulsterman Report asked readers for information on Genevieve Cook. He updated with a report from "reader 'Cindy' and the folks over at Right Entertainment" about "the still mysterious Obama New York girlfriend."

"After they split up," Right Entertainment reported, "Obama's ex-girlfriend married an Egyptian accountant named Mohamed Moustafa and then went by the hyphenated name Genevieve Moustafa-Cook." They also claimed to have found an old cached social networking page on which Moustafa-Cook wrote, "I would like to learn Arabic so that I may read the Quran and pray properly."

Alas, the Ulsterman Report was forced to follow up: "The cached version detailed by Right Entertainment appears to be from an American woman aged 21 -- which would of course indicate she would not be the same Genevieve Cook linked to Barack Obama." But Ulsterman has other theories, which you can go to his site and read if so inclined.

Some of them just said Obama didn't even have a girlfriend because he didn't swing that way, if you know what they meant and unfortunately you do.

"I don't believe Obama had many girlfriends. Personally, I always pegged him to be gay," said Support Your Local Gunfighter. "Obama admits to writing fiction... The only real question here is if, by 'multiple,' he meant 'imaginary,' or if by 'girlfriends,' he actually meant 'boyfriends,'" said Vox Day. "Composite sketch expert renders Obama's 'girlfriend,'" wrote I Own The World, offering a drawing of a guy with a "Ramrod Club" tattoo and "Larry [hearts] Barry" on his shirt.

As Ozymandias of Freeper Madness noticed, this theme was very popular with the denizens of Free Republic, an important section of the Republican base.

Some said the real story was that liberals hadn't read the Obama book as carefully as rightbloggers were belatedly pretending to have done.

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GodofHellfire
GodofHellfire

Obama defeated Federal Inmate Keith Judd 59-to-40 percent in West Virginia's Democratic Primary Tuesday night. Obama's advisors says he won't contest West Virginia in November. West Virginia has a large union-member work force but Obama put many of them on unemployment with his war on coal and other forms of energy needed for our industry.The joke is on you leftists and has been since 2009.

McSalmon
McSalmon

 And yet, he will still beat your waxy daddy surrogate, Mitt 'I Put Thousands Out Of Work For A New Dressage Horse' Romney. So, really, as funny as you think Obama is, it is as nothing to the gigantic belly laugh Mitt Romney generates whenever he tries to emulate genuine human emotions

coozledad
coozledad

A federal inmate would be a perfect president for West Virginia,  But they'd have to find a way to slip his sister, cousin,daughter, mama (or some combination of the above) in every now and then to gratify those West Virginia needs. You don't want West Virginia's president giving non family members that special West Vrginia strain of clap.

Dr. Ron Polland
Dr. Ron Polland

Composite girlfriends are not problematic. A composite mother is.

gorak
gorak

Those stupid people just assumed that the persons mentioned in an autobiography are "real". Such morons. If only they knew that biography is not limited to people who exist. 

Horatius
Horatius

 Calm down Nelly. Don't want to lose the last two brain cells that actually function.

parsec
parsec

All that fury just to say: "We got nuthin'."

Oliver
Oliver

Freepers: We spend all our time thinking about a black man's dog and d***

Glenn
Glenn

the media failed to vet Obama 

Well, it's a good thing all this is coming out now, so that people who base their voting decisions on what a candidate did at age eight can be fully informed.

Atticus Dogsbody
Atticus Dogsbody

 He was nailing composites when he was eight? *terrorist-fist-jab* Impressive.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©
ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©

"The revelations of dog eating and girlfriend compositing come as news to almost everyone is evidence in favor of the conservative claim that the media failed to vet Obama sufficiently," said James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal.

Oooh, that smell!  This is what I expect of Jim Hoft and company.

Stay proud, WSJ!~

KWillow
KWillow

I keep reading "girlfriend compositing" as "girlfriend composting", and now I'm waiting expectantly for a RWer to start screaming "Obama KILLED his girlfriend and mulched her!"

KWillow
KWillow

Well, it IS what Heinlein's Moon-folk did in TMIAHM: composted enemies and plowed them into their vegetable patch. Friends & family were gently deposited in the flower gardens. So ... romantic.

Jaime Oria
Jaime Oria

 The Moon's YOUR harsh mistress, buddy, not mine...

Ellis Weiner
Ellis Weiner

As I recall, the first chapter of Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars is a short, openly frustrated attempt to deal with the lunatic phenomenon that is Ann Coulter.  Franken as much as says, "She's nuts.  Let's just move on."  That's how I feel about these right-bloggers.  Or, to be more charitable, they are to journalistic practice as Puppy Bowl is to the Superbowl.  It's counter-programming, and it's adorable.  But we don't have to take it seriously, do we?

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

They're an essential part of The Rightwing Wurlitzer, so yes, we need to pay attention to what they're spewing.

Tex
Tex

Obama's REAL father not from Kenya!Check out this new DVD "Dreams from My Real Father". It chronicles Obama's life in socialism, and starts with making the case that Communist Frank Marshall Davis was Obama's biological father!!

McSalmon
McSalmon

 Brought to you by the director who asserts that Paul McCartney died in the 60's. Whatever.

The conspiracies of right wingers become more and more elaborate as time moves on. If Obama wins a second term, I'm sure it will be because of the Greys advising him through their cut out, Sasquatch.

ds
ds

I don't get this whole argument.  If Davis is Obama's real father then Obama is without question a US citizen so your whole birther thing is down the tubes.  And if Davis is his father that he never knew then Obama is somehow a communist...genetically?  He inherited it?

This conspiracy theory is probably popular among people who think "they all look the same" if you know what I mean.

coozledad
coozledad

And Brian Eno has chronicled your life in the bush of ghosts! Out Jezebel!

RPorrofatto
RPorrofatto

I look forward to Karl Rove's Unamalgamated Girlfriends for Truth ads where women who may not have been his actual girlfriends but lived in Chicago at the same time not only decry the young Obama's Brut spray deodorant and his deceptive warmth but how, as with girlfriends, Obama could never really love a white, Christian country like America, because he needs to go black. 

roshankar
roshankar

I don't understand how Roy is able to read through this right-wing offal which keeps piling on daily, non stop, and still maintain some degree of saneness.

Glenn
Glenn

 "The revelations of dog eating and girlfriend compositing come as news to almost everyone is evidence in favor of the conservative claim that the media failed to vet Obama sufficiently,"

How dare the media not spoon-feed us information that has been publicly available for years! It's a conspiracy, I tell you! Let the vettering begin!

Horatius
Horatius

 Clearly, you mean vettening. So many wingnut beds have been vettened, that we are running out of disinfectant to clean them with.

Daphne
Daphne

Today I learned that "composite" is a polite term for "isn't real" and "lying." Since my liberal mind simply can't fathom how one gets from point A to point B much less point C, maybe one of the conservative bloggers cited in the story can stop by to explain it all to me.

If, for some reason, they decline, perhaps Jim Treacher Himself - though not mentioned in this particular column -  will do the honors.

Baron Elmo
Baron Elmo

I dreamed I saw Jim Treacher last night,Alive as you and me,Says I, "Say Jim, what brings you here?""Obama eats dogs," said he, "Obama eats dogs," said he.

hells littlest angel
hells littlest angel

Is it true that Tom Six's new movie features  dog eating and girlfriend compositing?

coozledad
coozledad

James Taranto's writing smells of the lamp- as in "fell asleep under the ultraviolet emitting variety".

Leslie Hall
Leslie Hall

How disappointing for the right. There's no evidence Obama cheats on his wife or hits on men in airport bathrooms. Their attempts to paint him as Hitler have failed. The charges of Marxism haven't stuck. He's so courteous that Angry Black Man can only be used ironically. So this is what they got. 

Twitch6636@gmail.com
Twitch6636@gmail.com

Obama is a LIAR and I am not a Republican. Sad America. This is exactly how the Anti-Christ will take over but he will be even better at lying than the raggedy liar we have now.

kevinh
kevinh

And conservative logic comes full circle. Obama is too much of a failure to even be the Anti-Christ.

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