Thursday, May 17, 2012

What's That? Something Bad For Obama? Quick, Bury It!


Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." 

The booklet, which was distributed to "business colleagues" in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel. 

It also promotes Obama's anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White--which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Fatherinstead.

Obama's biography in the booklet is as follows (image and text below):

Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.  The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation.   He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago's South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.

The article goes into some depth about attempts to contact the publishers of the booklet and whether or not this information should be taken at face value.  Breitbart's conclusion:

The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, severalcontemporaneous accounts of Obama's background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii.

The biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama--or the people representing and supporting him--manipulate his public persona.

David Maraniss's forthcoming biography of Obama has reportedly confirmed, for example, that a girlfriend Obama described in Dreams from My Father was, in fact, an amalgam of several separate individuals. 

In addition, Obama and his handlers have a history of redefining his identity when expedient. In March 2008, for example, he famously declared: "I can no more disown [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother." 

Several weeks later, Obama left Wright's church--and, according to Edward Klein's new biography, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, allegedly attempted to persuade Wright not to "do any more public speaking until after the November [2008] election" (51).

Obama has been known frequently to fictionalize aspects of his own life. During his 2008 campaign, for instance, Obama claimed that his dying mother had fought with insurance companies over coverage for her cancer treatments. 

That turned out to be untrue, but Obama has repeated the story--which even the Washington Post called "misleading"--in a campaign video for the 2012 election.

I'm sure the 'Birthers' will be out in force over this, but since Breitbart seemed to take particular joy in poking the liberal media in the eye, it seems to me that the intent of this revelation is not so much to reignite the Birthers as to provoke the American public into questioning the validity and motivation of the liberal media (just in time for the biggest ramp-up to the election, mind you...good timing).  I'm sure they're madly spinning this even now, and since the simple act of addressing the topic will raise questions which Obama (and the liberal media) don't want to see reported, they'll probably do their best to either ignore it or conjure up some way of minimizing what it really means a la Bill Clinton: "it all depends on what the meaning of 'born' is..."

I'm not a Birther myself, though I do believe that most of the time where there's smoke there's fire, and the fact that Obama's college and young adult life has been utterly, completely, and totally ignored or obscured at every turn makes me wonder what is being hidden from the American public.  My position on the matter is this: even if it were proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that Barack Obama wasn't born a U.S. citizen and thus his entire Presidency has been illegal and what?  The damage has been done.  The same failed liberal ideology that Obama has employed with brutal success over the past three years existed long before he was elected and will exist long after he exits office.  The key is what do we do now?  Do we continue allowing that same failed liberal ideology to dictate our national policy and culture, or do we turn away from it and go back to what the Founders intended and what made America great in the first place?

If nothing else, one ironclad takeaway from this is that Barack Obama is a fundamentally dishonest person -- and apparently always has been -- willing to bend the truth into whatever kind of pretzel he needs to best benefit himself at the moment.  That same willingness can be seen throughout his Presidency, too, whether by Obamacare, the stimulus, green energy, the economy, Fast and Furious, racial tensions, gay marriage, or pretty much any other issue you want to examine.  Political expediency seems to be all that matters to him.  That fundamental dishonesty alone should be cause enough for the American people to reject him.

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