Obama ‘Born In Kenya’: Lit Agent 1991
U.S. President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and not the mainland United States, a promotional booklet written by his literary agent back in 1991 claims.
The pamphlet was produced in 1991 by Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, in anticipation of his forthcoming book, Journeys in Black and White. Obama abandoned the project for his famous autobiography, Dreams of My Father.
In the booklet, Obama is described as being “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” It was distributed to “business colleagues” in the publishing industry. Obama is listed among several dozen authors being promoted by the publishing firm at the time.
Speaking with Brietbart News about the booklet, Edward J. Action, one-half of the literary agency, confirmed precise details of the document and claimed it cost tens of thousands of dollars to produce. While the authors themselves did not write their own biographies for the booklet, they certainly were approached for details about them and were “probably” approved the text before publication, Action said.
Drystel & Goderich continued to use the “Obama born in Kenya” language on its website, Drystel.com, until two months after Obama announced his presidential bid in 2007, Breitbart News also reported. After that point, the bio was changed to say Obama was born in Hawaii.
The news is sure to revive interest in the so-called “birther” movement, which claims President Obama is not qualified to hold office based on his “natural born” status. The White House released an online copy of his long-form birth certificate in April 2011, a week before Al Queda founder Osama bin Laden was killed in a Navy SEAL raid. The alleged hospital record has been blasted as a forgery by several investigations, including one led by Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
UPDATE: Miriam Goderich of the publishing firm Action & Drystel has told Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire that the printing was a “fact checking error.”
“This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time,” Goderich said. “There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.”