Editor That Claims Obama’s Kenyan Bio Was an Editorial Oversight, Apparently Oversought that Fact For 17 Years

May 21, 2012 at 9:00 am (Acton and Dystel, Barack Obama, Birther, Breitbart, Doug Ross, Harvard Law Review, Hawaii, Indonesia, Kenya, Literary Agent, Miriam Goderich, Mitt Romney, President, Tommy Christopher)

Last week we addressed a report that was sure to bring a little heat to this site – the fact that a promotional booklet produced in the ’90s had claimed that President Obama was “born in Kenya”.

Breitbart News, who ran the first report on the booklet, had actively sought comment from the publishers who were unavailable – until that is, news of the controversy starting receiving widespread coverage.

At that point, Miriam Goderich, who works at the same literary agency, decided to dive on the grenade by issuing this statement to Political Wire:

“You’re undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.  This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time.  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.”

Fact-checking error.  Editorial oversight.  Who knows?

Liberal hacks pounced.  Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, as he so often does, jumped the gun a bit early using the statement as a way to ridicule the Breitbart site:

Pollak went on to claim that the error in that trade pamphlet was part of a grand design by Obama to reshape his image.  Yes, because the best way to catapult the Obamaganda is in a one-paragraph bio in the middle of 89 other bios that will be distributed via publishing industry junk-mail. Genius.

And yet, Doug Ross has proven that the short biography itself was consistently manipulated over the years, as significant details had been modified with one notable exception; the phrase “born in Kenya” remained intact for 17 years, and was only changed when it actually mattered –  in the spring of 2007 when Obama declared his run for the presidency.

After several revisions, the Obama biography still read this way on April 3rd, 2007 (emphasis mine):

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.

Within less than three weeks, the biography had been changed to read:

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.

Read the rest here, as Ross has thoroughly documented the transformation of Obama’s biography over two decades.

He adds:

Old media’s feeble handling of this issue — parroting the laughable assertion that clerical errors caused Obama’s birthplace to be incorrectly listed, when former clients and the agency’s policy itself states that authors provide the biographical briefs — is pathetic.

The PJ Tatler sums up the controversy rather well, citing a theory that the President may have been using an alleged Kenyan birth to take advantage of Affirmative Action policies early in his college career:

The scandal is not that Obama was actually born in Kenya, but rather that he lied for his entire adult life about being born in Kenya, for personal gain.

The other scandal here is that the media can turn up a bullying incident involving Mitt Romney from 46 years ago, but can’t find this kind of information four years into the Obama presidency.


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Breaking: Rick Santorum Suspends Campaign

April 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm (2012 Election, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, President, Republican, Rick Santorum)

After a string of recent primary defeats, and the hospitalization of his daughter with a rare genetic disorder, Rick Santorum will be announcing shortly that he is dropping out of the Presidential race.

Via the Washington Post:

Rick Santorum will announce Tuesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, all but bringing to a close the 2012 GOP presidential contest and formally handing the nomination to Mitt Romney, according to an official close to the campaign.

Santorum is set to announce his withdrawal at a campaign event happening shortly in Gettysburg, Pa. — the site of the historic and pivotal Civil War battle.

The former Pennsylvania senator had been Romney’s top opponent, but he suffered a trio of defeats last week in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and over the weekend his daughter, Bella, was hospitalized for the second time this campaign due to complications from a rare genetic disorder.

Yahoo! is reporting that Santorum has called Mitt Romney to concede.

They also rehashed just how unlikely it was for Santorum to have come as far as he did:

The former Pennsylvania senator spent most of 2011 on a grueling and often lonely campaign tour through Iowa. His strenuous underdog campaign was organized by a skeleton staff and run the old fashioned way: By methodically speaking with voters face-to-face, town by town. Candidates like Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain rose and fell throughout 2011, while Santorum spent the year mostly relegated to the far end of the debate stage. He was a long-dormant volcano due for a surprise eruption.

In the final days before the first Republican caucuses in Iowa–a contest on which Santorum rested his entire strategy–it appeared that his campaign would be laid to rest in the state where it was born. Iowa Republicans did not turn their eyes to the man who had spent more time in their state than any other candidate until the very end, but they ultimately awarded him with a surprise, hair’s-breadth victory–not formally confirmed until weeks after the vote–that helped keep his fledgling campaign afloat into the spring.

From there, he became the clear number two candidate, and the conservative answer to Mitt Romney, the GOP favorite. 

The Hill adds:

“While this presidential race is over for me, and we will suspend our campaign today, we are not done fighting,” he said from Gettysburg, Pa., flanked by his family.

The former senator thanked his supporters for what he called the campaign’s “improbable” success. 

The question now becomes, does Newt continue the fight and hope to garner the conservative votes that were going to Santorum, or does this signal the eventual Romney win that most expect?

Prayers for Mr. Santorum’s family, and especially his little girl, Bella.

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Video – Collection of President Obama’s Most Unpresidential Moments

March 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm (Dalai Llama, Presidency, President, President Obama, Rude, United States, White House)

Hey, when people say that President Obama doesn’t act presidential, it’s not because of the color of his skin.  It’s because he does not act with the same sense of respect towards others as is worthy of the highest office in the United States.

Watch the video below from Granny Jan Jihad Kitty…

Gateway Pundit adds another instance of rude behavior – when the Dalai Llama was escorted out the White House back door amidst the trash:

And now, President Obama’s other rudest moments…

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Santorum Takes 12 Point Lead Over Romney in National Poll

February 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm (2012, Election, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Poll, President, Rasmussen, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul)

The plot thickens…

Via Rasmussen Reports:

Follow the bouncing ball. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum has now bounced to a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Santorum with 39% support to the former Massachusetts governor’s 27%. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows from a distance with 15% of the vote, and Texas Congressman Ron Paul runs last with 10%. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.

Just over a week ago, it was Romney leading the pack with 34% after his win in the Florida Primary, followed by Gingrich 27%, Santorum 18% and Paul 11%. But then last week Santorum swept GOP caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a non-binding primary in Missouri as Gingrich continues to stumble in the race to be the conservative alternative to Romney.

I’m still trying to figure out how Romney won the CPAC straw poll this weekend.  He is ‘severely’ behind Gingrich in conservative values, who in turn ranks behind Santorum.

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Breaking: Santorum Scores Big With Three State Sweep

February 8, 2012 at 2:12 am (Barack Obama, Colorado, Conservative, GOP, Minnesota, Missouri, Mitt Romney, President, Presidential Campaign, Republican, Rick Santorum)

Rick Santorum has slowed the Mitt Romney streak in GOP primaries with a surge of his own tonight, scoring victories in both Minnesota and Missouri.  He also leads in Colorado, but the contest is currently too close to call.

Is this a game-changer, or simply a bump in the road for Romney?


Fox News is reporting that Rick Santorum has also won in Colorado.  From their breaking news ticker:

“Colorado Republican Party Says Rick Santorum Wins Colorado Caucuses”

From MSNBC (updated):

Rick Santorum scored victories in the Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado nominating contests Tuesday night, winning him no actual delegates, but nonetheless blocking Mitt Romney’s bid to keep alive a streak of victories in the Republican presidential primary.

NBC News declared Santorum the projected winner of the Missouri primary, the Minnesota caucus, and the Colorado caucus. NBC will not be allocating any delegates from Missouri, Minnesota, or Colorado to Santorum in its projected count.

Romney finished third in Minnesota, a state where he won its 2008 caucuses, and where a key campaign surrogate, Tim Pawlenty, served two terms as governor.

CNN adds:

Rick Santorum won the Missouri primary and Minnesota caucuses Tuesday in results that reshaped the Republican presidential race by raising questions about frontrunner Mitt Romney’s ability to attract broad conservative support.

The former Pennsylvania senator was also leading in the Colorado caucuses, and would score a major upset over the front-running Romney if the trend held.


The victory in a state Romney won in his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid was a strong statement by Santorum that he represents a major conservative challenge to the former Massachusetts governor and Gingrich, the former House speaker.

And from Fox News:

Romney is still ahead in the delegate count, despite Santorum’s big night. But Santorum’s victories disrupt the narrative that the GOP presidential contest had become a two-person race between Gingrich and Romney.

In his victory speech, Santorum said “Conservatism is alive and well in Missouri and Minnesota.”

Question is, is it alive and well in the rest of the country?

“I don’t stand here and claim to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” Santorum declared. “I stand here to be the conservative alternative to Barack Obama.”

Michelle Malkin makes two great points:

If Santorum sweeps these critical battleground states tonight, he will have won more states than “frontrunner” Mitt Romney (he has snagged three states).
Nothing is inevitable in politics.
Also noteworthy: Santorum is doing this with just a fraction of Mitt Romney’s money.
Money can take you far, but just like Mitt Romney learned in 2008 and is learning again, it can’t seal the deal

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Obama Press Secretary: 1.2 Million People Dropping Out of the Work Force is "Economic Positive"

February 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm (Economy, Jay Carney, Jobs, Labor, Obama, President, Press Secretary, Report)

I’d like to know what parallel universe you have to be in for this to make sens.

Via Washington Examiner:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained that the number of people dropping out of the work force, which artificially depresses the unemployment rate, can be regarded as an “economic positive.”
“A large percentage of that is due to younger people getting more education, which in the end is an economic positive,” Carney said. “This increase in the number of people leaving the work force has been a trend and a fact since 2000, because of an aging population, which is not to say this is wholly — that’s not to say that I would wholly disregard as an issue.” Carney had been asked about the 19 million underemployed or unemployed Americans, and about people who had left the work force.
“I think some of those who, I suppose, don’t wish us well politically have tried to make a point about this,” he also said. “The facts are that in these most recent numbers, this is not an issue of people leaving the work force; the numbers are positive across the board.”

The increase in number may be a trend since 2000, but the labor force participation rate rose steadily between 1984 and 2000.  While it did drop slightly between 2000 and 2007, an extreme drop off occurred beginning in 2008 – when Obama took the reigns on the economy.  Here is a graph from Zerohedge:

And of course, we discussed it here last week. The 1.2 million worker drop off in one month was far and away a record number.

The President continues his record-setting ways, and his Press Secretary spins it as a positive.

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Video: Marco Rubio – President Didn’t Talk About His Successes Because There Aren’t Any

January 25, 2012 at 11:01 am (Administraion, Economy, Failure, Marco Rubio, Obama, President, SOTU, State of the Union)

Yet another bit of awesome delivered by Senator Marco Rubio on Fox & Friends this morning…

Via Mediaite:

“What you didn’t hear last night from the President — he didn’t talk about the successes of this administration enough. Because there [aren’t] any. The fact of the matter is — you know, usually at this point in a Presidential career, you’re talking about some of your accomplishments and how your ideas and plans have worked. He touched on it briefly but he really didn’t delve into it, because after three years, he has very little he can point to and, in fact, all these factors we’re talking about are worse than they were three years ago.”

He also added, quite correctly, that the willingness of this President to engage in class warfare is astounding.

Steve Doocy brought up the President’s point last night of having to toy with taxes in the interest of fairness. Rubio said that the tax issue was an important one, because, “I have never seen a President pit Americans against each other like this one does.”

Read more here…

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