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Book Pamphlet Says Obama Born in Kenya

Critics say the pamphlet shows Obama has no apprehensions about lying about his background. The publisher says it was a simple slip-up.

A book pamphlet that says Obama was born in Kenya was a mistake, the publisher said, but critics are unconvinced.

The pamphlet advertises a book by Obama. It was published and circulated by his then-literary agent, Acton & Dystel, to publishers in hopes of selling what was to be his first book, "Journeys in Black and White."

The President abandoned the book, later publishing "Dreams of My Father" instead.

The pamphlet states:

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 pamphlet was uncovered by www.breitbart.com and kicked off controversy about how this discrepancy occurred.

Obama was born in Hawaii and, despite the claims of conservative "birthers" who believe he was born abroad, few critics argued the pamphlet proved the President's foreign origin.

"It is evidence--not of the President's foreign origin, but that Barack Obama's public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times," an editor's note stated on breitbart.com.

Rush Limbaugh speculated on his radio talk show on May 17 that Obama lied to his agent to make himself sound more interesting. "It's just an effort to make himself sound more exotic, and what it really indicates is that the guy will lie. He will exaggerate," Limbaugh said.

The author of the pamphlet denounced the speculations, saying the slip-up was hers. "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," she told Political Wire.


SPB May 23, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Oh no, not this nonsense again... The zombie issue that will never die.
Popeye May 23, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Teabagger babble!!!!
LBV Collins May 23, 2012 at 02:47 AM
No kidding, SPB. But I have to admit, now even Rush "You're all sluts!" Limbaugh has the common sense to accept that Obama was born in Hawaii. (The really surprising twist is that Rush is now saying, not only was Obama born in Hawaii, but that Obama lied about being born in Kenya! ...which proves that Obama is a liar.)
V.W.D.S. May 23, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Excuse me, but this would not even be an issue if Obama didn't have a sketchy birth record in the first place. You can blame everyone else for the 'controversy' or you can look at the facts : lots of discrepancies exist. Personally this is disgusting and I hope they remove him from office. Either he is a manipulating liar ( as so many politicians are) born in Hawaii , (and we are supposed to brush this off???) or he was born in Kenya and an even worse liar faking a Hawaiian birth. Either way = LIAR.
Jamie Henson May 23, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Ya if we don't remember our last "honorable" president that went AWOL for a year while in the national guard.... But shhhh can't talk about that.. But apparently a birth certificate, newspaper announcement aren't good enough for you people..... GET OVER IT! WE HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT AND HE'S NOT A COMPLETE TOOL!
Paul Jacobs May 23, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Using the departed Breitbart to further a lie even Breitbart knew to BS is a new low in GOP tactics. A researcher for the publisher admitted she made the mistake, but that won't stop those so entrenched in hate and false beliefs from rejecting facts. Using the back of a dead man to perpetrate lies has to be a sign of despicable desperation.
V.W.D.S. May 23, 2012 at 06:32 AM
really annoying that ANYONE refers to Obama as a 'black president' because for many his race is not an issue, nor should it be. I think folks that look at him as 'black' are bigger racists than anyone who might oppose his politics. I think the RACE of a man is irrelevant. Yet, those that keep thinking those against him are racist? Why don't they 'GET OVER IT'?
Stanley May 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
That's right, you're quite a deep thinker VWDS. President Obama should have - as a newborn baby - demanded that his birth certificate be published in the local newspaper along with the birth announcement.
V.W.D.S. May 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
@ Stanley unfortunately none of this would have been an issue had our officials completed their due diligence in clearing any discrepancies .AS a nation we need to question EVERYTHING. It is more intelligent to question than to roll over and accept what you are being fed. Only an idiot would believe 100% of what they are told by our officials.
Jamie Henson May 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
@VWDS no one believes everything officials say at this point a worth this much controversy back and forth how could they. The fact is that this guy is our president and has not implemented Sharia law or its in WW3. He has stopped the war in Iraq. What do you think this is some big conspiracy, too what end? War? The GOP is WAY more pro war right now. Please enlighten me why the president is l lying to everyone.
Stanley May 23, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It's only an issue because of American racists who can't accept a well-educated half-black man in the White House and phoney right-wing 'Patriots' who have tried everything to hurt the president which in turn hurts the country.
Lee May 23, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Its such an absurd concept. The Hawaii officials have verified his birth. The newspapers at the time of his birth ran a birth announcement. Now unless you believe that the Hawaiian state officials are corrupt and all involved in a conspiracy AND that the conspiracy started a half a century ago plotting to make Baby Obama President and the idea for the conspiracy started at the time of his birth then any intelligent person would reject these absurd ideas! This is simply about the mindset that some people have that they cannot accept the idea that a black man is the legitimate President of the United States. And we all know that is called. Its bigotry! And by the way, why do we call a man whose mother is white a black man? He is as much white as he is black.
SPB May 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Obama = the first halfie president! Mixed race Americans unite and take over!!
Whogoesthere May 29, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Simple question here: If everything about Obama's birthplace is above board, why not just produce the birth certificate 3+ years ago and dispel any myths? Any of you worshipers have an answer for me? I would love to hear it.

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