“Born in Kenya” — not a claim from the Birthers, but from Obama’s own literary agents, back in 1991
Breitbart.com dropped a bombshell:
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.
Read the whole Breitbart report (which is very detailed) here, including photos of the entire promotional booklet.
Does this mean Obama was in fact born in Kenya? Who knows. I doubt that the literary agent came up with this biographical data on her own, or that it went by Obama without his approval. Either Obama fed this information to the literary agent, or he happily accepted the statement because it gave him a commercial advantage.
Assuming Obama fed the information to the agent, it still doesn’t answer whether Obama was actually born in Kenya or if he was re-making himself to obtain a monetary advantage (cool internationalist versus garden-variety American guy). The one thing we know with absolute certainty, though, is that Obama lies, and then he lies again, and then he lies about his lies. He’s remade himself so many times that, absent reliable documentation from August 1961, it’s still not possible to separate truth from fiction when it comes to Obama’s personal history.
Hat tip: Everyone! This one went off like a bomb in my in box.