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Literary agent's bio says Obama was born in Kenya

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smallpotatoes, May 19, 2012.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member


    In all likelihood, this was a mistake made by the intern or whoever wrote the bio, nothing more, nothing less. In fact, the person who wrote bio said that's all it was.
    Of course, to some people this is the smoking gun and somehow more credible than a certified birth certificate from the Hawaii DOH.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Nope, trumps the birth certificate. Impeach him.
  3. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Covered here:


    But if I had to bet on anyone starting a thread based on a Breitbart or World Net Daily story, it would be smallpotatoes.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member


    end of thread

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  5. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    In all likelihood!
  6. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    In all likelihood. ... we have someone who has created different narratives throughout his lifetime to suit whatever his purposes were at that moment.

    It sucks now that he's president and he has a spotlight on him all the time, and every so often those reminders of the narrative he painted while chasing past ambitions pop up inconveniently.

    I think we all have kind of done it to one degree or another. He's always been really ambitious; he's probably done it to a great degree. The difference is that his ambition carried him to the presidency of the U.S. And that is a huge spotlight to have following you.
  7. waterytart

    waterytart Active Member

    Ragu, are you saying Obama has claimed to have been born in Kenya at some time when that would have been an advantage?
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Not saying it. Because I don't know.

    I have no idea for sure if he ever overtly claimed it, if he let others believe something without claiming it, whether he let something like that get mistakenly written without correcting it, or whether things like this are just some kind of inconvenient coincidence. I can only guess.

    While I can't say fore sure, though, I don't believe the conflicting info -- some of which goes back to when Obama was in law school, so before he had any reason to think about what would trail him around when he decided to be president -- came out of nowhere.

    We have there a relatively unknown Obama, trying to peddle a book called "Journeys in Black and White," in which his "commitment to social and racial issues" would be evident.

    What is more likely? That someone wrote that bio of him without ANY input from Obama -- just made up a background about him; decided to place his birth in Kenya without Obama ever having said it or given the impression? Or that Obama might have been complicit -- in either a small way or maybe a very big way -- in creating the narrative he wanted of himself at that time in his life?

    He wouldn't be the first person to embellish on a background, and if anything, we have a bunch of instances that we know of with him in which he seems to have done that a lot as he has chased his ambitions.
  9. Zeke12

    Zeke12 Guest

    Except, you know, the woman who wrote the blurb, who said she screwed it up.

    As was covered on the other thread.
  10. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    With her total recall from 1991 when she was a "literary agent assistant," it would be interesting to see her explanation in 2012 for who decided to make up that he was born in Kenya in the first place, and why they made that up without knowing it.

    Either way, I guess it's swell of her to come clean about her fact checking error 21 years later. I wouldn't imagine she might have a personal agenda in putting the blame squarely on herself.
  11. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    And maybe Obama figured to himself, "Ah, fuck it, it's not that big a deal. I mean, it's not like I'm ever going to run for president or something."
  12. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    What the fuck are you talking about?
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