‘Born in Kenya’: Obama’s literary agent misidentified his birthplace in 1991

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, May 17, 2012.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/...-misidentified-birthplace-1991-214423507.html

    ‘Born in Kenya’: Obama’s literary agent misidentified his birthplace in 1991

    A possible source of the so-called "birther" issue--or at least a potential cause of the rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama--has been identified.

    Obama's former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991.

    According to a promotional booklet produced by the agency, Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

    Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its current clients.

    "This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me--an agency assistant at the time," Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News. "There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more."

    A copy of the booklet was published on Breitbart.com, under the headline: "Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'"--part of the "vetting" of the president the site's late founder, Andrew Breitbart, had promised.

    The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Breitbart.com published a lengthy disclaimer with the brochure, saying it does not believe Obama was born outside of the United States

    Despite that rationale, the publication will no doubt fuel "birthers" who refuse to believe Obama was born in the United States.

    In a follow-up post, Breitbart.com noted that Obama was listed as being born in Kenya on the Dyster & Goderich website until April 2007, "just two months after then-Senator Obama declared his campaign for the presidency."
  2. Lucrum


    Admittedly Kenya and Hawaii do look and sound a lot alike.
  3. Wallet


    How convenient
  4. Only took 21 years to realize it.
  5. To you everything looks and sounds alike.
  6. 377OHMS


    Obama was born Aug 4, 1961 in Hawaii.

    But why did he allow his publicist to run an erroneous biographic for so many years? Are to to believe he didn't know?

    Seems like Obama was trying to sell books so it seemed sexier to say "born in Kenya, raised in Hawaii and Chicago". Its an Elizabeth Warren type of dishonesty and it means that Obama will say anything that benefits him without regard for basic honesty.

    Don't tell me a bio on the web for many years was unknown to Barrack Obama and went uncorrected. That is BS.
  7. Lucrum


    Most likely you're right.
  8. jem


    Goderich now a partner, just guessed he was from Kenya and put it in an expensive publication.

    Lets see how this works.
    His Dad was from Kenya.
    He must have been born in Kenya!!!!

    That makes his literary agent the first birther.
    What a bunch of b.s.
  9. Agreed. how could he not know. Let's be serious here, he was not in the public eye at this point and they were his agents.. cmon. And this women remembers all of his correspondence perfectly clearly all these years later.. :p
  10. "It was a fact checking error based on . . . no facts? Barack Obama never gave any information . . . suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii? Well where the hell did this very huge extrapolation come from? It’s like the virgin birth of a legend — some lady and God alone were involved."
    #10     May 18, 2012