Finally Proof?

The Vetting – Exclusive – Obama’s Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: ‘Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii’

Note from Senior Management:

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.

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.

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.

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 Harvard Law Review

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.

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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, Journeys in Black and White–which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.

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

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 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.

Front cover (outside) – note Barack Obama listed in alphabetical order


Front cover (inside)

Jay Acton no longer represents Obama. However, Jane Dystel still lists 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 Dystel & Goderich, 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.”

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.

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 contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii.

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 confirmed, for example, that a girlfriend Obama described in Dreams from My Father 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 declared: “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 left Wright’s church–and, according to Edward Klein’s new biography, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, 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 repeated the story–which even the Washington Post 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 “international” 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.

Larry O’Connor contributed to this report.

Posted by Tom in NC

29 responses to “Finally Proof?

  1. I find this interesting……one could easily look at it and decide that here is “proof” of his Kenyan origins as there were no “birthers in 1991 and that Breitbart is simply covering their behinds or…as Breitbart seems to infer that Obama is a chimera…anything to anyone….using anything when it suits so that as a bisexual he can be “gay” or “straight”, he can be Indonesian to go to Pakistan, Kenyan to write about international blackness and colonialism/marxism etc etc…Christian in 2008 to Pastor Warren to get elected, gay now to get gays to open their wallets… whatever you want him to be…. I do wonder about the actual paternity…Frank Marshal…Malcolm X…maybe just some guy in a bar….who knows
    SOMETHING real, clues to the truth” are hidden in all those sealed records……the more that is revealed with him….it is like layers of a large onion, beneath the layer are more layers until one arrives at…….nothing. But somewhere…he was born somewhere and someone fathered him, it;s like the X Files…”the truth is out there”.

  2. This — and myriad of other pieces of evidence, including Michelle saying in a speech that her husband’s native country is Kenya; the Kenya government’s pride that a POTUS of the USA was born in Kenya; Obama’s continuing refusal to show America his original birth certificate (not an online image, which turns out to be fake anyway) — is the final nail in the coffin. But the MSM will, as usual, just ignore this.

    • Ignore or flat out declare a lie.

    • Sadly, you are too, too correct, as my friend Judy would say.

      This is what I sent to rense.com: “‘The Vetting – Exclusive – Obama’s Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: ‘Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'”

      “Well, it’s blown wide open now, but the barn doors were closed long ago on the issue. It’s time to sell the US Constitution to the highest bidder, as we did w/everything else.” J

  3. catscanner150

    Yeah I know, I rushed to get it posted and should change the title.

  4. There’s just too much going on with this guy. Some of it has to be true.

  5. Arrest the bogus POTUS.

    -Dave

  6. Agent assistant now claims it was a “fact-checking error”. Like how did she remember what she did all those years ago in just a matter of hours since this was released. Complete lie.

  7. This was a “fact checking error” is the quick response to this? Bullshit. Where in hell did the “assistant” even get the idea that he was born there in the first place? Just a guess? Just a hunch?

    “Oops, I inadvertantly typed ‘Kenya’ as his birthplace. Just a youthful indescretion.’

    Sorry folks, but this is not a detail that one glosses over when writing a bio on another. The place of one’s origin is basic to their identity in such a case. You don’t GUESS at this.

    There are only two possibilities –
    1. Obama was, in fact, Kenyan-born, and the “assistant” got that info from Barak himself or the school records office.
    2.Barak is really born on American soil but only claimed to be born in Kenya to fashion an identity to achieve certain ends.

    Regardless of which of the above you choose, still two things are now true –
    1. The “assistant” is lying.
    2. Barak Obama is lying.

  8. I know. I caught a little of Hannity’s radio interview with the Breitbart guys – who seemed very hesitant to take a clear stand on this. Hannity asked them do they see any “evidence” here of anything. Their response was incredible as they seemed to have no clear answer.

    Is there any “EVIDENCE?” You mean other than the bio says Obama was born in Kenya?

    The Breitbart guys are playing it safe and, for now, I am giving them the benefit of the doubt. I think they have a larger strategy here. As far as Hannity and others, I am just about done with all of them. I can’t even watch television anymore and no longer get any news from the visually-based MFD (Media For Dummies).

    • Heard that interview on my way home tonight. If I worked for Breitbart, I’d be a little leary of getting on the wrong side of Skippy. Chicago politics can be deadly.

  9. Mr. soetero is not having a good week. Reverend Wright revealed he was paid to be quiet. He said soetero was a muslim participating in Christiainity for political associations. Breitbart and Co are playing down this publisher’s booklet while it is getting quite abit of publicity. Mr. soetero was born in Kenya or he is a serial liar or maybe both!

  10. Very disappointed in Hannity. He seems to be doing very selective vetting!

  11. Come on guys…there are BOOKS written on this subject! The first is THE OBAMA ERROR by Stephen Pidgeon; a fully referenced anthology of opinions reported by reliable sources, drawing the conclusion that our Manchurian president is a lawless agent of foreign powers bent on overthrowing America from within using economic weapons of destruction to create chaos. The purpose being to usher in a totalitarian Caliphate under Islam of which he fancies himself the dictator. Don’t be surprised if he creates some crisis resulting in race riots to give him the opportunity to declare marshal law and postpone all elections indefinitely.
    The second book is OH REALLY, O’REILLY! by T.M. Ballantyne Jr which explores the deception that has permeated our formerly trusted conservative heroes and “fair and balanced” network. I haven’t read this one yet. And there are many more, but there’s only so much of this crap that I can digest at one time.
    If only part of this is true, we are in deep shit and there is nothing we can do about it. Why do you suppose he gets away with his lies and transgressions of the Constitution while our elected congressmen (read Boehner) are afraid to call him on them? Or, are they all actors and complicit in the act? The forces behind this are too big and the fix is in. One way or another, this coming election is moot.

  12. As for Andrew not being a birther, I say bullsh*t.

    If I hear one more conservative publicly say they are willing to take Obama at his word on this issue, or any other, I am going to positively hurl chunks.

    Are you listening John Bonehead?

    -Dave

  13. Terry, I was hopping mad when I wrote this blog in February 2011; probably my favorite person in this crowd was Michelle Malkin who amazed me by joining the other courtiers:

    “Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, et al who have never seen Barry Soetoro’s original long form birth certificate, which is the only document that would identify the hospital and attending physician at the time of Barry’s birth, should be ashamed of themselves. Like the courtiers in “The Emperor’s New Clothes” they sit in their ivory towers preening themselves at just how superior they are in the “knowledge” that they can clearly see the Emperor’s new clothes, “Oh what a wonderful shade of green” etc. Sorry Lt. Col. Lakin, you cannot depend on any of these individuals to come to your defense; they are far too clever, by half, and far more concerned about selling their books.
    May God continue to bless you and give you the strength to stand up against the collusive corruption that has forced you to your court-martial and incarceration. Thank you for standing up for our Constitution. There is no doubt in my mind that Barry Soetoro is ineligible to be the POTUS and at some point the truth will be revealed that will finally set you (and the American people) free”.

  14. It’s my opinion that we are now in the portion of the presidential campaign that will determine whether Republicans, particularly the most conservative ones, have the self-discipline to stick together with the laser vision of defeating Obama, no matter what has to be done. I’ve noticed ALOT of improved campaign cunning from the GOP this go around, for instance, the speed of rebuttal, the message discipline, and these are not merely nice, but completely necessary and more will be required.

    Team Obama is running their side of the campaign like they are making kitchen sink spagetti and throwing whatever in the heck they can grab against the wall to see what sticks. Another analogy would be that they are lobbing their attacks like a pitching machine lobs out the balls. Every week there is a new contrived controversy planted solely to inflame the base and sympathic fringes, AND to inflame the opponent and hope they fall into a kneejerk emotional trap.

    Over time, the danger is that Team O begins to look like the Wizard behind the curtain, but also a constant danger to Team R requiring every volleyed be returned perfectly. This kind of constant alertness and discipline required can extend to allies in media as well, especially if said media considers themselves to be ‘indispensable’. I’m wondering if perhaps what you all are noticing is the Fox crew coordinating a solid front for the duration of the campaign. Discussing anything Birther is not helpful. WHY? Whoever wins this election has to win enough independents, and Birthers turn them off bigtime. The polling is overwhelming on this.

    Last time out, I noticed that Hannity and Rush had two very different strategies during the Dem primary. I’ve a few ideas as to why, but Hannity sat on that Wright tape for over six months, having interviewed him in 2007. I personally blame him for giving us Obama, because had he began his 20 years rant around the time of the NH primary, Hillary would have become the nominee. Now Rush famously took the other tack and preferred running against Hillary. Hannity has a hard time giving up his harranguing on Wright, though. Just tonight he was grousing about leaving the Wright thing alone. This has the added benefit of appeasing Malkin now, doesn’t it?

    Something about all this makes me think it’s posturing and following a script, kind of like that sad acting job Biden shouted out yesterday, also a choreographed ploy to rev up the audience. Create chaos. If you have read Rules for Radicals, you’d realize that chaos is Obama’s constant friend.

    But I do not mean to imply I’m complaining about the GOP’s unified discipline (if they can keep it). It’s a good thing. It’s required. It’s gonna be Chaos versus Order. What I worry about is, will you all be able to remain unified even if Romney is forced to do the unthinkable in order to win? Like…. taking Ron Paul as his running mate? Not Rand. RON. The combined forces of Axelrod, Soros, the media and the economy may converge to make that be the only way Romney can find enough “new” votes to win with. Politico has already covered Breibart’s discovery as “that old crazy brither thing again”, and the rest of the media will follow with this. Continuing to work yourselves up over this is not the required behavior. We are fighting a compulsive liar and a ruthless competitor. Will you have the discipline to defeat him?

  15. I have the sickening feeling that EVERYBODY in Congress, the Senate & elsewhere, all know the truth about the man placed in the White House. Yes, I do mean “placed”. And there’s very likely going to be a repeat. I don’t even think our votes will count–I think there is a massive conspirancy like none our Country has ever seen. Just look at the way “he” and Holder & the “gang” are operating. Dear God in Heaven, it’s looking more like a dictatorship every day.
    As for the “why”, I think it may very well be that our Government is being held hostage -something very BIG and of most serious consequence is being held over our heads. Somethng so grave that nobody dare speak out. I don’t think this is merely out of fear for personal safety, as that factor has always been present for public officials and the media.
    It has to be something of enough unprecidented magnitude to cause the deafening silence that exists. But I feel we are in a hostage situation as a Nation.

  16. I’m beginning to think Obama was dropped as a seed from another planet. He seems to have come from NOWHERE! Who is this guy???

  17. GF:

    Years ago, I had asked God “What would you have me do to help turn America around?” — homebound as I was/am with a husband in frail health and many critters and plants solely dependent on my care.

    And the answer is FOTM.

    While the work (and the constant ceaseless skirmishes with evil trolls) is wearying, never for a second have I been fearful. For I have the Armor of God and the Shield of my Faith and the protection of the Braveheart of Angels, St. Michael, whose image is on FOTM’s masthead.

  18. i think the point is not where Barrack was born …
    but that his father was a Kenyan and therefore a British subject
    DNA would be conclusive proof

  19. Those were fascinating articles Dr. Eowyn. Thanks

  20. Yes, Dr. Eowyn-FOTM has been excellent in providing all the latest information. I think this is a wonderful site–so much variety to read, and, also to see in the videos. Thanks so much to all of you for your dedication!

    • Thank you for thanking us, Lilly! You are a rare person. We hardly ever get thanks; instead, we get insults and death threats. LOL

      If no one has yet welcomed you, a VERY warm “Welcome” to FOTM!!!!!! ♥

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