The invincible meme – part deux
Continuing in the same theme as yesterday’s post – The meme that will not die, Obama’s allies and friends appear to be digging the hole even deeper.
Via Brietbart.com and IJReview.com we now learn that Dystel & Goderich* edited Obama’s bio to read that he was born in Hawaii just two months after he began his bid for the Presidency. (*Dystel is Jane Dystel – formerly of Acton & Dystel.)
Furthermore, they are now claiming that the “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii” line, which was in their publications from 1991 to 2007, was nothing more than a 16-year long “fact checking error” in the biography of a man whose entire life has been prepared and scripted … sold and marketed … checked and rechecked.
You can’t make this stuff up – it’s keystone cops. And once again, it would be hilarious if it weren’t so potentially damaging to the Presidency.
IJ Review: Breitbart has now reported that Dystel & Goderich, the literary agency that published a biography of Barack Obama saying he was born in Kenya, had used the biography until April of 2007, just two months after Obama announced he would run for president.
Breitbart.com: Archive.org shows that the Dystel website used the following biography for Obama as of April 3, 2007:
BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.
Obama launched his presidential campaign in February 2007.
By April 21, 2007, the Obama bio had been changed to state that Obama was born in Hawaii:
BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Hawaii to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.
The fact that this type of information is being dug up today also demonstrates very clearly the complicity of the mainstream media in covering over Obama’s past. They happily fabricated stories about Mitt Romney’s high school experiences – over 50 years ago, and created “fake but true” documents to impugn GW Bush’s military service. However, they refused (and still refuse) to do even the slightest bit of research into Obama’s history and character.
And once again if Obama had forthrightly and openly addressed this whole birth certificate issue immediately, rather than sitting on it for over two years, there would not even be a birther issue to bring up. Sadly, his own actions and prevarication about his past encouraged, or even ensured, this distraction would happen.
I was considering these two “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii” posts and thought that I had not been sufficiently clear in explaining my thoughts on the issue. To make it very clear, I do not believe that Obama was born in Kenya. I believe that Obama was born in Hawaii but that, as part of his ever-evolving persona, he deliberately allowed Acton, Dystel, and Goderich to present him to the world as being born in Kenya for sixteen years.
I believe that he saw the “born in Kenya” story as a better means of selling his rags-to-riches story. I believe that he felt his life story would be more interesting, that his story was more compelling if people thought he had been born into a colonialist Kenyan society and had still managed to climb to the most powerful of offices in American society. He ran into a problem with that story when he realized that running for President and having portrayed himself as having been foreign-born would necessarily collide.
This is the same sort of trouble that Obama encountered after having argued that he had a “claim” on Selma, Alabama because his mother and father had seen the bravery of the marchers in 1965 and their story had given Dunham and Obama Sr. the courage to go through with their marriage and have a child who would some day grow up to be President of the United States. Of course, Obama then had to backtrack when it was pointed out that he had been born four years before the Selma marches, in 1961.
He is clearly possessed by an overwhelming compulsion to always be the center of every story – thus his office’s downright creepy attempts to edit historical information in several Presidential biographies last week, placing information about Obama throughout the altered text.
I believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, but that he has damaged himself with his egotistical desire to be the most interesting guy in the room. It is his own narcissism and his willingness to create complex narratives about “composite” personalities that is causing this latest birther redux.