A message to Birthers: sorry folks--Breitbart.com's great find, a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, touting the POTUS as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii," is not vindication. All it really does is lend support to what we already knew, this president is a chameleon who constantly changes colors when it suits his objectives. In fact that's what the Breitbart people wrote as an introduction to their exclusive piece.
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.In 2008 Barack Obama said he was a fiscal moderate who would cut the budget gap, and a friend of Israel just to get elected. In 1991 he allowed his literary agent to say he was born in Kenya to just to have a better story and to sell more books (does AFL-CIO Pres. know Obama has capitalist tenancies?).
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.
That is what Breitbart is trying to show, we couldn't trust what he said in 1991, do we really know if he means what he says today?
The other point of the revelation is the reaction of the mainstream media to the story. What reaction you ask? EXACTLY! The Romney bully non-story was spattered on front page headlines across America. This story more recent and more germane to the campaign will be ignored.
Breitbart.com's story is an indictment of the mainstream media as much as it is an indictment of Obama.
As far as the Birther nonsense, it remains nonsense. If if you believe the birth certificate to be suspect you can't get past those the Barack Obama birth announcements that ran in local Hawaiian newspapers the week he was born.
The only way for those published announcements to be fraudulent is if an Obama operative performed one of those Star Trek maneuvers. You know ---when they fly toward the sun to pick up speed, swing around the sun so fast they go back in time. It worked Star Trek IV when they traveled back in to pick up some Whales and save the future world. I will continue to reject the birther movement until someone comes up with convincing evidence of time travel or, of course the Starship Enterprise (I would even accept a Romulan Bird-of-Prey as long as the cloaking device is intact).
If we use this revelation as proof Obama was born in Kenya, it will only make him sympathetic and provide his campaign with another excuse to avoid talking about his record. However combined with his open microphone gaffe with Russian President Medvedev ("I will have more flexibility after the election"), and his recent gay marriage flip-flop (it was supposed to happen after November but the SCHMOTUS let it out of the bag), the promotional booklet helps paints a picture of a man who will say anything to get into a position to achieve his goals.