In 2007, Obama’s literary agent still says he was born in Kenya

Yesterday, the late Andrew Breitbart’s media organization revealed the explosive find of a brochure from two decades ago in which Barack Obama’s literary agency Acton & Dystel described him as “born in Kenya.”

In 1991, Acton & Dystel was promoting Obama as the author of the never-produced “Journeys in Black and White” by declaring Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” Here’s what the literary agency said in its brochure:

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.”

After this news went viral yesterday, Acton & Dystel came up with the lame excuse that it was a “fact-checking error.”

Well, 16 years later, the agency must still have the same incompetent “fact-checker” because in 2007, a year before the 2008 presidential campaign, Acton & Dystel still described Obama as “born in Kenya” in promoting his autobiography, Dreams From My Father!

I’m a published author, having singly written four university-press books and co-authored six others. I can therefore speak from experience dealing with publishers and agents that they don’t make up stuff about authors. They publish the biographical information that the authors gave them.

Drew Zahn reports for WND, May 18, 2012:

Twelve years later, however, the Dystel of Acton & Dystel was busy promoting Obama’s new book, “Dreams from My Father,” and still touting the author as “born in Kenya.”

Through the Internet archive Wayback Machine, WND found an August 2003 listing of Dystel & Goderich’s author bios, including the following: “Barack Obama was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii and Chicago. His first book is ‘Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance.”

Even if the original 1991 brochure’s listing of Kenya as Obama’s birthplace was in error, as the agency has since claimed, it apparently was an error Obama allowed his publicist to persist in for over a decade, right until after he was running for president.

In April 2007, two months after Obama had launched his presidential bid, Dystel was still touting the then-Democratic senator from Illinois as “born in Kenya.”

Screen capture of Dystel & Goderich author bio, April 3, 2007

Another trip to the Internet’s Wayback Machine shows Dystel & Goderich describing Obama this way: “Barack Obama is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller.”

Dystel & Goderich author bio, April 21, 2007

Only a few weeks later, the Internet archive reveals, the publicist had changed Obama’s birthplace to Hawaii.

Read the rest of Zahn’s article here.

And it’s not just Obama’s literary agent. The Associated Press also said Obama was born in Kenya. (H/t FOTM reader Wade!)

In a syndicated report, published on June 27, 2004, by the Kenyan Standard Times, and which was, as of this report, available at http://web.archive.org/web/20040627142700/eastandard.net/headlines/news26060403.htm, the AP reporter stated the following:

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.

Something stinks, and it sure ain’t my Peekaboo‘s two litter-boxes!

~Eowyn

13 responses to “In 2007, Obama’s literary agent still says he was born in Kenya

  1. My guess is that he’s probably qualified to be President, the problem is that the powers that be don’t want the people to know why. This is another in-your-face thumbing of the nose of the nwo psycho freaks at the American people.

    Rather than me giving up the theory now, are there any people on this forum that could possibly figure out why Obama is probably qualified? Remember,
    I have a very well-educated theory but I’m reluctant to disclose it now, I want to see if anyone else is on the same wave length as me. Just assume
    he’s qualified, and then deduct the reason why. You should come up with the same answer I do.

  2. All of this info. just keeps piling up and up. It’s really starting to drive me CRAZY that no one will cover it, except WND. If you claim to be a birther, you’re classified as a nut! Once again, where are Rush, Hannity, O’Reilly, Beck? It’s now in print form. How much more evidence do they need?

    • I think at this point they are just more concerned with making sure Skippy is not re-elected. That being said, they may have orders from higher ups to not focus on this. Who knows…it’s definitely frustrating!

      • My take on it is that they are essentially on the same side. These talk shows provide like a political pressure relief valve but nothing every changes, in fact it gets worse.

        Think about it. Conservative talk radio is a huge market, yet the liberal socialists are always in power. Why?

        These talk show hosts are probably closet socialists. NAFTA was one issue they showed their socialist side and that helped to destroy our economy.

        These talk show hosts are on a short leash. That’s why nothing improves, it is planned that way. I listened to Limbaugh for about an hour and I never heard a word about this Obama brochure.

        So now you’re left with voting for Socialist #1 or Socialist #2. Once again, choosing between the lessor of two evils is still evil.

  3. well the way they teach geography in public education these days how many people can even locate kenya or hawaii on the globe. they probably think kenya is one of the hawaiian islands. or a city in hawaii how about a nice hawaiian punch

  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this invaluable exposition of the truth that Obama was born in Kenya, not in Hawaii. I completely understand that these book publishers obtained their biographical information from Obama himself, as there would be no need at the times of this disclosure to not set out what Obama provided. Ab Initio, he has never been qualified to serve as President because of this very issue, and Obama knows it and so do his money backers!

  5. I watched the critically acclaimed movie/documentary, “2016, Obama’s America “, with Dinesh D’Souza interviewing people around the globe who knew Barack Obama or knew of his past and present behaviors, beliefs, teachings, and who he surrounded himself with. The only questionable investigation Dinesh showed was that Barack was born in Hawaii at that K’Apoliani, however it’s spelled, hospital. I don’t think Dinesh looked into that as much as he should have, but the movie showed why Barack Obama is doing what he’s doing to America and where he’s getting his ideas from, his book “Dreams From My Father”. Everyone, librerals, conservatives, libertarians, I don’t care, needs to see this movie with intensity before this election to realize why we are voting in the most important election in the history of America!

    • While I’ve read two books about Obama and his past, I still plan to see the movie tomorrow night.

      The movie is number 2 in ticket sales on Fandango…excellent!

  6. did he have a dual citizenship

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