Obama, version 2004

[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.]

The Associated Press [or in this case the Sunday Standard of Kenya] seems to have been confused in 2004:

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

  • Hah. I did not see this earlier.

    I am not giving “a smattering of doubt” to the Kenya birthplace, though being of scientific bent there are few things which I hold with absolute certainty. I was simply pointing out that Obama was perhaps a “birther” before it became trendy to be one.

    “Sure Obama was lazy enough not to check the publicist’s crap.” Perhaps, and it’s a likely hypothesis, but far from certain. Obama seems the sort of person to have obsessed over representations of him in the press, and particularly his own, as he suggests in his book.

    It seems at least as likely to me that, so long as it furthered his ambition, he was content to be seen as “Kenyan-born.” He’s admitted the same pragmatic attitude in The Audacity of Hope toward being Christian. They didn’t ask much of him, and it was good politically.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • NoNeedForAName

    A fine example of Did Not Do The Research.

    Got tinfoil?

  • Ehancock

    Hawaii gave a birth certificate to Sun Yat Sen in 1904. The difference between 1904 and 1961 is more than 50 years. Things do change, you know.

    Which is more likely to have made a mistake, an unknown publicity writer, or the combination of these facts: (1) It was highly expensive, risky and rare for a woman in late pregnancy to go to Kenya in 1961 (only 63 Americans went to Kenya in fiscal 1961, and only 21 people returned); (2) There is absolutely no proof in Kenya that she was there in 1961 or in US INS files (which by the way would have been in New York and which have not been lost) that she left the USA for Kenya in 1961, or that she returned or that Obama was entered; (3) AND a Hawaii birth certificate, signed by a doctor, confirmed by the officials in Hawaii and by the birth notices in the Hawaii newspapers all showing that he was born in Hawaii? Which is more likely?

    Sure, the X%$#@*% publicist got it wrong. That is where the whole Kenya crap started. Sure Obama was lazy enough not to check the publicist’s crap–that in itself is good reason to vote against him, if you want to. But the fact that the publicist got it wrong (probably from reading the bio of Obama’s father who actually was born in Kenya and had the same name) does not make a fact that Obama was born in Kenya. You are right to believe that Obama was born in Hawaii. Where you are wrong is to give even a smattering of doubt to that belief.

  • Thanks. Indeed, this was apparently edited from the AP original version.

    They could indeed have obtained the information from Obama himself, apparently, since his official bio in 2004 indicated Kenya as his birthplace.

    It would be hard to credit the notion that the narcissistic Obama did not look at his own bio for sixteen years, and even if that is true it still begs the question of where his publicists, who were pushing hard to promote him, got his birthplace from. (They’d obtained a $100k advance, then when Obama failed to deliver on that were able to get a $40k advance from somewhere else.)

    I personally believe that Obama was likely born in Hawaii, though I am not as impressed by the records. Hawaii has a very long history of granting birth certificates to foreign born persons. Perhaps the most famous earlier case is that of this person.

    But it seems to have suited Obama to portray himself as Kenyan-born when he could use this to advantage. That’s a character problem, not a legal one precisely, though there could be old fraud issues associated with it. I expect that statutes of limitations would have expired on those issues by now, anyway.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • Ehancock

    The AP did not write the article that you quote. That was an edited version of an AP article done by a Kenyan newspaper, which inserted the words “Kenyan born.” The AP has denied writing it. So, the question is, do Kenyan newspapers ever make mistakes? And the answer is YES.

    The proof that Obama’s birth certificate is in the DOH files in Hawaii has been available for years. All the Sec of State has to do is send someone to Hawaii, send that person to the DOH, have her or him ask for the volumes of “Index Data” for births in 1961–and, guess what, the record that Obama’s birth certificate is in the file is PUBLIC information. It is public information that has been available for years.