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    The Vetting - Exclusive - Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya..

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    [B]The Vetting - Exclusive - Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'[/B]


    [I]Note from Senior Management:[/I]

    [I]Andrew Breitbart was never a "Birther," and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of "Birtherism." In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.[/I]

    [I]Yet Andrew also believed that the complicit mainstream media had refused to examine President Obama's ideological past, or the carefully crafted persona he and his advisers had constructed for him.[/I]

    [I]It is for that reason that we launched "The Vetting," an ongoing series in which we explore the ideological background of President Obama (and other presidential candidates)--not to re-litigate 2008, but because ideas and actions have consequences.[/I]

    [I]It is also in that spirit that we discovered, and now present, the booklet described below--one that includes a marketing pitch for a forthcoming book by a then-young, otherwise unknown former president of the [/I]Harvard Law Review[I]. [/I]

    [I]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.[/I]

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    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.

    It also promotes Obama's anticipated first book, [I]Journeys in Black and White[/I]--which [URL="http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/200911/barack-obama-writing-books-writer-robert-draper?printable=true"]Obama abandoned[/URL], later publishing [I]Dreams from My Father [/I]instead.

    Obama’s biography in the booklet is as follows (image and text below):

    [IMG]http://www.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/05/09/Obama-Column.png[/IMG]

    [INDENT]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, [I]Journeys in Black and White[/I].[/INDENT]
    The booklet, which is thirty-six pages long, is printed in blue ink (and, on the cover, silver/grey ink), using offset lithography. It purports to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Acton & Dystel, which was founded in 1976.

    [IMG]http://www.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/05/09/Obama-Cover.png?h=463&w=600[/IMG]

    [CENTER][I]Front cover (outside) - note Barack Obama listed in alphabetical order[/I]

    [I][IMG]http://www.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/05/16/Agent-Inside.jpg?h=467&w=600[/IMG]
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    [I]Front cover (inside)[/I][/CENTER]

    Jay Acton no longer represents Obama. However, Jane Dystel still [URL="http://www.dystel.com/client-list/#o"]lists[/URL] Obama as a client on her agency's website.

    According to the booklet itself, the text was edited by Miriam Goderich, who has since become Dystel's partner at [URL="http://www.dystel.com/about/"]Dystel & Goderich[/URL], an agency founded in 1994. Breitbart News attempted to reach Goderich by telephone several times over several days. Her calls are screened by an automated service that requires callers to state their name and company, which we did. She never answered.

    The design of the booklet was undertaken by Richard Bellsey, who has since closed his business. Bellsey, reached by telephone, could not recall the exact details of the booklet, but told Breitbart News that it "sounds like one of our jobs, like I did for [Acton & Dystel] twenty years ago or more."

    [IMG]http://www.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/05/09/Obama-Agents.png?h=456&w=600[/IMG]

    The parade of authors alongside Obama in the booklet includes politicians, such as former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill; sports legends, such as Joe Montana and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and numerous Hollywood celebrities.

    The reverse side of the page that features Barack Obama includes former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader and early-1990s "boy band" pop sensation New Kids On the Block.

    [IMG]http://www.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/05/09/Obama-Page.png?h=464&w=600[/IMG]
    [IMG]http://www.breitbart.com/mediaserver/Breitbart/Big-Government/2012/05/16/Agent-Before_2%20copy.jpg?h=454&w=600[/IMG]

    Acton, who spoke to Breitbart News by telephone, confirmed precise details of the booklet and said that it cost the agency tens of thousands of dollars to produce.

    He indicated that while "almost nobody" wrote his or her own biography, the non-athletes in the booklet, whom "the agents deal[t] with on a daily basis," were "probably" approached to approve the text as presented.

    Dystel did not respond to numerous requests for comment, via email and telephone. Her assistant told Breitbart News that Dystel "does not answer questions about Obama."

    The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, several [URL="http://ironicsurrealism.com/2012/03/14/obama-1990-interview-were-going-to-reshape-mean-spirited-america/"]contemporaneous accounts[/URL] of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/06/us/first-black-elected-to-head-harvard-s-law-review.html"]born in Hawaii[/URL].

    The biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama--or the people representing and supporting him--manipulate his public persona.

    David Maraniss's forthcoming biography of Obama has reportedly [URL="http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/06/young-barack-obama-in-love-david-maraniss"]confirmed[/URL], for example, that a girlfriend Obama described in [I]Dreams from My Father[/I] was, in fact, an amalgam of several separate individuals.

    In addition, Obama and his handlers have a history of redefining his identity when expedient. In March 2008, for example, he famously [URL="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/18/obama-race-speech-read-th_n_92077.html"]declared[/URL]: "I can no more disown [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."

    Several weeks later, Obama [URL="http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/01/nation/na-obama1"]left[/URL] Wright's church--and, according to Edward Klein's new biography, [I][URL="http://www.amazon.com/The-Amateur-Barack-Obama-White/dp/1455134767"]The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House[/URL][/I], allegedly attempted to persuade Wright not to "do any more public speaking until after the November [2008] election" (51).

    Obama has been known frequently to fictionalize aspects of his own life. During his 2008 campaign, for instance, Obama claimed that his dying mother had fought with insurance companies over coverage for her cancer treatments.

    That turned out to be untrue, but Obama has [URL="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/the-road-weve-traveled-a-misleading-account-of-obamas-mother-and-her-insurance-dispute/2012/03/18/gIQAdDd4KS_blog.html"]repeated[/URL] the story--which even the [I]Washington Post[/I] called "misleading"--in a campaign video for the 2012 election.

    The Acton & Dystel biography could also reflect how Obama was seen by his associates, or transitions in his own identity. He is said, for instance, to have cultivated an "[URL="http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/06/young-barack-obama-in-love-david-maraniss"]international[/URL]" identity until well into his adulthood, according to Maraniss.


    Regardless of the reason for Obama's odd biography, the Acton & Dystel booklet raises new questions as part of ongoing efforts to understand Barack Obama--who, despite four years in office remains a mystery to many Americans, thanks to the mainstream media.
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    [URL]http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/17/The-Vetting-Barack-Obama-Literary-Agent-1991-Born-in-Kenya-Raised-Indonesia-Hawaii[/URL]

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    Buried in middle of text:

    [B]"The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii."[/B]

    Ok then!

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;4471359]Buried in middle of text:

    [B]"The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii."[/B]

    Ok then![/QUOTE]

    Buried right at the beggining of the text:

    "[I]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."[/I]

    [I]Ok then?[/I]

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    Burried right at the end of the text:

    "The Acton & Dystel biography could also reflect how Obama was seen by his associates, or transitions in his own identity. He is said, for instance, to have [B]cultivated an "[/B][URL="http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2012/06/young-barack-obama-in-love-david-maraniss"][B]international[/B][/URL][B]" identity[/B] until well into his adulthood, according to Maraniss.


    Regardless of the reason for Obama's odd biography, the Acton & Dystel booklet raises new questions as part of ongoing efforts to understand Barack Obama--who, despite four years in office remains a mystery to many Americans, thanks to the mainstream media."

    Ok then.

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    Where were you born?

    Kealakakua.

    Whut? Can ya repeat that?

    Can ya repeat whut?

    Why dintja say Kenya in the 1st place!
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    I'm not a birther, I don't believe in the birther movement, I think the whole thing is ridiculous and counter-productive...

    That being said, this is some strange business. The 'born in Kenya' line was used on that firm's website until 2007. From 1991 to 2007, you mean to tell me Obama never noticed the mistake and tried to have it rectified? Or was it even a mistake at all?

    I don't know. This whole thing is just so strange.

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    Well la de da.

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    Listen, his birthplace is evolving. He should be lauded for his courage.

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    [QUOTE=shakin318;4471680]Listen, his birthplace is evolving. He should be lauded for his courage.[/QUOTE]

    ok, that was pretty good

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    The printer claims it was an error and was never fixed because the book never was completed. So far I am concerned he was born in Hawaii.

    Just Say No to O

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    and how about this?!?!?!?!? I never bought into this before but holy crap!!!

    [QUOTE][B]AP declared Obama “Kenyan-Born”[/B]
    [URL="http://thepostnemail.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/ap-declares-obama-kenyan-born/"][B]John Charlton[/B][/URL]
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    What most people know is that the Associated Press (AP) is one of the largest, internationally recognized, syndicated news services. What most people don’t know that is in 2004, the AP was a “birther” news organization.


    How so? Because in a syndicated report, published Sunday, June 27, 2004, by the Kenyan Standard Times, and which was, as of this report, available at


    [URL]http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm[/URL]
    The AP reporter stated the following:
    [INDENT][B]Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid sex club allegations.[/B][/INDENT]This report explains the context of the oft cited debate, between Obama and Keyes in the following Fall, in which Keyes faulted Obama for not being a “natural born citizen”, and in which [SIZE=3][I][B]Obama, by his quick retort, “So what? I am running for Illinois Senator, not the presidency”, self-admitted that he was not eligible for the office.[/B][/I][/SIZE] [B]Seeing that an AP reporter is too professional to submit a story which was not based on confirmed sources (ostensibly the Obama campaign in this case), the inference seems inescapable: Obama himself was putting out in 2004, that he was born in Kenya.[/B]
    The difficulty in finding this gem of a story is hampered by Google, which is running flak for Obama: because if you search for “Kenyan-born US Senate” you wont find it, but if you search for the phrase without quotes you will find links which talk about it.
    For those who believe what they see, here is the screen capture of the page from the Kenyan Sunday Standard, electronic edition, of June 27, 2004 — Just in case that page is scrubbed from the Web Archive:
    [IMG]http://www.infowars.com/images/kenyan.jpg[/IMG]
    Readers should take note that this AP story, was syndicated world-wide, so you should be able to find it in major newspapers, archived in libraries world-wide. If any reader does this, please let [B]The Post & Email [/B]know, so that we can publish a follow up-story. You can scrub the net, but scrubbing libraries world-wide is not so easy.


    [efoods]Hanen of [B]Sentinel Blog Radio[/B] [URL="http://sentinelradio.wordpress.com/2009/10/14/article-from-2004-says-kenyan-born-barack-obama-running-for-us-senate/"]broke[/URL] the public news of the existence of this AP story at on October 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm. However, [B]The Post & Email[/B] can confirm that a professional investigator had uncovered this story months ago, and that certified and authenticated copies of this report, meeting Federal Rules of evidence, have already been prepared and archived at many locations nationwide.


    It should be noted that on January 8, 2006, the [B]Honolulu Advertiser[/B] also reported that Barack Hussein Obama was born outside the United States.
    [URL]http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Jan/08/ln/FP601080334.html[/URL]
    [B] A Chronology of Deceit[/B]

    One can now ask an important question which has not yet been emphasized enough: “[I]Just when did Obama begin to publically claim he was born in Hawaii?” [/I] This question is distinct from the question, [I]“Just where in fact was Obama born?”[/I], and from the other question, [I]“What do official documents say about where he was born?”[/I]

    Regarding his claims, we can summarize what is known:
    1. As of Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, Obama’s Campaign was putting out that he was born in Hawaii. This is known from the [URL="http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/management/speeches/Obamaspeech.pdf"]introductory speech[/URL] given by Prof. George A. O. Magoha, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, on the occasion of a speech given there by Senator Obama that day. [I](One presumes that the Vice-Chancellor was given notes from the Obama campaign, as is customary on such occasions)[/I]

    2. From the newspaper reports above, it is clear that the Obama campaign was putting out that he was born in Kenya, or overseas, during the period of June 27, 2004, until January 8, 2006.


    3. In October of 2004, during the ABC Chicago Affiliate’s broadcast of the Obama-Keyes debates, Obama openly admitted — he conceded — that he was not a natural born citizen. [I](C-Span aired the uncut version of the debates, which contained this exchange, in the second half of April, 2005)[/I]

    4. It is known from a classmate of Obama at Harvard University, that while at Harvard, Obama at least on one occasion admitted that he was born in Kenya. [I](This friend went on record on a call in radio program in Idaho in early July, 2009)[/I]

    If any reader can find a link which documents a claim to a birth location before Aug. 28th, 2006, which differs from this timeline or which supports it; please let [B]The Post & Email[/B] know of it, by posting it in the comment section below.


    In a follow up report, [B]The Post & Email[/B] has published [URL="http://thepostnemail.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/googles-archive-shows-obama-birth-story-has-changed/"]a brief analysis[/URL] of the Google Newspaper archive, which shows that Obama’s story changed after June 27, 2004.


    [B]Finally, that the AP did cover this story,[/B] reprinted by the East African Standard, [B]can be seen from the citation made to AP stories about it [/B](Jack Ryan dropping out of the race), in the following contemporary news articles, which however are incomplete:


    June 25, 2004 — [URL]http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,123716,00.html[/URL]
    June 26, 2004 — [URL="http://go2.wordpress.com/?id=725X1342&site=thepostnemail.wordpress.com&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnl.newsbank.com%2Fnl-search%2Fwe%2FArchives%3Fp_product%3DND%26s_site%3Dbelleville%26p_multi%3DND%26p_theme%3Drealcities%26p_action%3Dsearch%26p_maxdocs%3D200%26p_topdoc%3D1%26p_text_direct-0%3D103841D7EE731618%26p_field_direct-0%3Ddocument_id%26p_perpage%3D10%26p_sort%3DYMD_date%3AD%26s_trackval%3DGooglePM"]Bellview News Democrat[/URL]
    June 26, 2004 — [URL="http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-21764114_ITM"]AP Online Story by Michael Tarm[/URL]
    June 25, 2004 — [URL="http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-95861063.html"]AP Syndicated Story by Maura Kelly Lannan[/URL]
    (Second [URL="http://www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2004/06/26/news/anews01.txt"]Source[/URL] on June 26, 2009, which cites Associated Press Special Correspondent David Espo and reporter Dennis Conrad as contributors to this report)
    (Third [URL="http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6vESAAAAIBAJ&sjid=y_0DAAAAIBAJ&pg=672,2328768&dq=jack-ryan+drops+out+of+the+race+obama"]Source[/URL], The Ledger, print edition of June 26, 2009: partial republication)

    Article printed from Infowars: [B][url]http://www.infowars.com[/url][/B]
    URL to article: [B][url]http://www.infowars.com/ap-declared-obama-kenyan-born/[/url][/B]
    [/QUOTE]

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    The best way to lose the center, and the election, is to rehash birther tactics with a new twist.
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    [QUOTE=SafetyBlitz;4472083]The best way to lose the center, and the election, is to rehash birther tactics with a new twist.[/QUOTE]

    So Obama himself previously claiming to be born in Kenya is not a story?!? That will not lose the center, nice try though.

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    [QUOTE=Trades;4472089]So Obama himself previously claiming to be born in Kenya is not a story?!? That will not lose the center, nice try though.[/QUOTE]

    It will. It causes voter fatigue.

    If the GOP focuses its message on policy and the economy, they have a shot to win. If the conversation of this campaign is unprovable conjecture on silly stuff like this, they have no shot.

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    [QUOTE=SafetyBlitz;4472083]The best way to lose the center, and the election, is to rehash birther tactics with a new twist.[/QUOTE]

    I agree.

    Personally, I continue to think Obama is hiding....something.....in regards to his birth and birth documentation. What that something is....no clue. Could be something totally minor, or something big-ish, but something.

    But with that said, it's a 100% total dead issue of fail for (R). It will not win a single Independant, Moderate or Undecided voter. Not one.

    And it will not make a single Loyal (R) Voter vote who was not already going to vote. Not one.

    Policy and the Issues. Win (or lose) on that.

    This? Interesting in a tin-foil-hat kinda way, but not a winning election tactic, IMO.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish;4472164]I agree.

    Personally, I continue to think Obama is hiding....something.....in regards to his birth and birth documentation. What that something is....no clue. Could be something totally minor, or something big-ish, but something.

    But with that said, it's a 100% total dead issue of fail for (R). It will not win a single Independant, Moderate or Undecided voter. Not one.

    And it will not make a single Loyal (R) Voter vote who was not already going to vote. Not one.

    Policy and the Issues. Win (or lose) on that.

    This? Interesting in a tin-foil-hat kinda way, but not a winning election tactic, IMO.[/QUOTE]

    +1

    But forget about winning anyone over. This kind of stuff can actually turn votes in O's favor. Some people just don't want to be associated with the conspiracy theorists at all, some loose patience over the lack of real policy discussion, and some more will actually start to feel sympathy for this guy for being the subject of these witch hunts.

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    [QUOTE=JetPotato;4472140]It will. It causes voter fatigue.

    If the GOP focuses its message on policy and the economy, they have a shot to win. If the conversation of this campaign is unprovable conjecture on silly stuff like this, they have no shot.[/QUOTE]

    +1.

    The guy has served 3.5 years. Either you want him again or you don't based on these 3.5 years vs. what you think you'll get with Romney.

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    What effect if any, if the Romney campaign, and the obviously joined at the hip super PAC leave this alone totally, but R leaning media hammer it?

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    [QUOTE=brady's a catcher;4472175]What effect if any, if the Romney campaign, and the obviously joined at the hip super PAC leave this alone totally, but R leaning media hammer it?[/QUOTE]

    No difference. The average Joe low IQ voter can't discern the difference. And the other side of the media will make sure of it too. The Foxies should probably just drop it ... then again, they actually get higher ratings with O in office.
    Last edited by JetPotato; 05-18-2012 at 03:33 PM.

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    This stuff would have been useful in 2008. At this point Obama has performed so poorly at his job that the only line of attack should be to point out his record. 1 trillion wasted on porkulous, a year spend cramming obamacare down our throats while the country was financially burning. A tepid recovery so weak that we are on the precipus of a double dip recssion and a President that has pivoted to the left (if thats even possible) in his reelection campaign.

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