Did Obama Write His Own ‘Born In Kenya’ Bio?
U.S. President Barack Obama may have penned the 1991 promotional biography that claims he was born in Kenya, despite claims it was written by an assistant at the literary agency selling his book.
Recalling his experiences at Action & Drystel for Breitbart News, author Steve Bowman claims Jane Drystel, one half of the publishing team, instructed him to write his own biography “in the third person,” which would be used in various promotions.
“All material she used in our proposals came directly from me and my writing partner,” Bowman writes. “She edited our rough-draft proposals and gave us feedback, but the final versions were all ours. Our final versions, bio included, were then simply photo-copied, by us, and distributed to potential publishers.
“This was back in the pre-Google days, recall.”
Additionally, the non-fiction submission requirements found on the Drystel & Action website today call for “a more formal narrative Bio of the author.” [emphasis found on website].
The so-called “birther” movement got a sudden shock of life last Thursday when Breitbart News revealed a 1991 promotional biography about Obama described him as “born in Kenya and raised in Hawaii and Indonesia.”
Miriam Goderich, now a partner at Action & Drystel, immediately issued a statement hours after Breitbart broke the news, claiming the “born in Kenya” line was a fact-checking error on her part, when she was an agency assistant.
Bowman does not contradict Goderich’s claim.
“[W]hen it comes to Obama, I’m not going to speculate who wrote what, when,” Bowman writes.”And I cannot speak specifically to the mechanism of Dystel’s publicity.”
However, Bowman does note that he found Drystel to be “exceptionally thorough and very professional” in their personal working experiences.