[Update: The ‘Kenyan born’ was apparently added to the AP article by this Kenyan paper, and was apparently not in the original. Perhaps they fell for Barack Obama’s literary bio, which in 2004 still indicated the Kenyan born bit. The rest of this is modified from my original post as indicated.]
Sunday, June 27, 2004
Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate
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.
The allegations that horrified fellow Republicans and caused his once-promising candidacy to implode in four short days have given Obama a clear lead as Republicans struggled to fetch an alternative.
Ryan’s campaign began to crumble on Monday following the release of embarrassing records from his divorce. In the records, his ex-wife, Boston Public actress Jeri Ryan, said her former husband took her to kinky sex clubs in Paris, New York and New Orleans.
* * * — AP
As an aside, the tactic here — exposing Ryan’s divorce records as a form of attack — reminds me a bit of his technique with his previous challenger, his mentor Alice Palmer. To get rid of her, the Black Communist who taught him the ropes of politics, he challenged the petition that put her on the ballot, and got her kicked off too late to solve the petition issue. (He alleged that there were irregularities in the voter-signed documents. Imagine that.)
He’s a piece of work, is our president. Clearly, AP [or the Sunday Standard] had the story from the prior version of Barack Obama, who had evidently been born in Kenya before he was born in the United States [according to his bio]. Or perhaps it was a completely different person — after all, our fellow spells his name with only one “R”.
Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone in the journalism trade actually asked him about these sorts of things? I suspect that Obama knows where he was born — he had his birth certificate in the 1990s when he was writing his book, he said — and has found it convenient to be “flexible” about things like birthplace.
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle