Media Springs Into Action – Defends Obama For His ‘Born in Kenya’ Lie

Barack Obama was either born in Kenya or he lied about it for years. published a 1991 booklet by Barack Obama’s literary agent today that says Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

Here’s the clip from the booklet:

Well, the Breitbart report must have stunned the media because it took them several hours to jump to Obama’s defense.
The media blamed the publisher, not Obama for giving the publisher the information.

The Ticket reported:

A possible source of the so-called “birther” issue–or at least a potential cause of the rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama–has been identified.

Obama’s former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991.

According to a promotional booklet produced by the agency, Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its current clients.

“This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me–an agency assistant at the time,” Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News. “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. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.”

A copy of the booklet was published on, under the headline: “Obama’s Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: ‘Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'”–part of the “vetting” of the president the site’s late founder, Andrew Breitbart, had promised.

The publisher was using the bio for years. Obama never had the publisher correct the information.
It must have served him at the time.

More… The New York Times sprung into action on Friday morning with their attempt to make this latest devastating news all about “racial politics”:
Racial Politics, 2012-Style

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  • Granny

    “The publisher misidentified his birthplace” . .. . HAHAHAHA! PUH-LEASE! That isn’t even rational! And just NOW somebody is mentioning that they have their facts wrong? Twenty YEARS later – after this thing has been in use for years? (And what about that other publisher in 2004?)

    SURE – and the moon is made of green cream cheeses too!

  • Aggie95

    well if obama didn’t tell him about Kenya how did the publisher know about obama’s Kenya conections

  • IOpian

    If this was a mistake then why did Obama go along with it until it became inconvenient?

  • jennifer

    We are so afraid, so politically correct that everyone is stepping on eggshells on this. Michelle Obama said he was born in Kenya, Obama did, his relatives did, the Kenyan newspaper did, and when anyone suggest it here, they are called birthers. Breibart site is cautious to say that they are not birthers, nor was Andrew Briebart-why? I do believe that a bit of pc caution in play.

    Folks if the media is so in the tank-why can’t this be possible? The birth certificate is questioned, the twins born after Obama have birth certificates with lower numbers than his…

    Make no mistake about this, the Left has serious radicals that HATE our country and would love a coup that would spit on the Constitution.

  • Christopher Taylor

    It was in his bio until 2007, clearly he liked it there and left it in place on purpose because it served him well. Its not the only place he claimed to have been born in Kenya either. Do I think he really was born there? Nah, but he wanted people to think so, because it made him seem more exotice and “authentic.” Like Warren’s faux Cherokee blood, Harvard liked it too.

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  • CR

    That happens right:? My publisher keeps saying I was born on Uranus and I have to keep correcting them. It’s so hard to keep track of a birthplace these days.

  • Tom

    News flash?

  • RKae

    This is laughable. Why would a literary agent guess at his client’s birthplace? And why would he guess Kenya?

  • bg


    what about this, or this, or any and all of these?? /s/


  • Bill Mitchell

    To believe this literary agent we need to believe a few hard to believe things:

    1. She just randomly said Obama was born in Kenya without asking anyone – and odd thing to do since publishing false information could damage a client.
    2. Obama was never consulted about this and never read it himself after it was released because he never requested it be changed. So Obama is a new author but doesn’t even read his own press release?

    Both of these are utterly implausible. When will we stop accepting the word of Obama’s apologists when we all the facts tell us they are lying? Like with the birth certificate. One MSM outlet gave it a cursory glance and declared it authentic and all further studies which were far more in depth are considered wrong?

    I can’t wait till this man loses in November.

  •!/BoldFreshJew BoldFreshJew

    Miriam Goderich started working for Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency in 1995. The Obama ‘born in Kenya bio’ is dated 1991. Cuban-born Goderich [whose personal blog lists Joan Walsh as her favorite & whose FB page screams Leftist] claims responsibility for the Obama bio ‘mistake.’ But how could that even be possible when in ’91, Goderich didn’t work for D&G? Wonder how much $ this chosen ‘fall-girl’ is being paid?

  • wtd

    If the “Kenyan-born” feature is/was a (mis)characterization, what, pray tell, was the significant achievement requirning the use of a ‘literary agent’.

    What audience would/could this ‘literary agent’ target without the exotic “Kenyan-born” characterisation?

    Remember this is 1991. He was an unknown. He was an unknown up until his run for Senate.

    What made him stand out? Was he the first negro graduate from Harvard? Columbia?

    Without the exotic “Kenyan-born” characterization, does anyone believe he would have gained entry to such prestigious universities as Columbia and/or Harvard on his own merit . . .without affirmative actiion?

    It appears there was/is a great deal of ‘fact checking errors’ and no end in sight.

  • bg


    why would Michelle Obama state his own mother was very young
    and very single when she had him
    (and he was right there in the
    audience, even added his own two cents)??

    [KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day after the revelation of Jesse Jackson’s crude criticism of Barack Obama’s speeches on fatherhood and faith-based initiatives, this morning Michelle Obama was talking about fatherhood, responsibility and accountability.

    “There’s government responsibility and accountability, and then there’s individual responsibility and accountability,” she said in response to a young woman’s reference to the Democratic nominee’s emphasis on fatherhood. “One never cancels out the other.”


    His own mother, she said at the beginning of her remarks, was “very young and very single when she had him.” And, Obama added, he has observed his wife’s attempts to reconcile motherhood with her career aspirations.]


  • BurmaShave

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave,
    when first we practice to deceive.

    Now the professional liars in the DNC media are about to have a field day.

  • What!

    You can’t let this go can you. You are all obsessed.

  • USMC Thomas

    No surprise, SØBama just practicing good mooselimb Taqiyya.

  • bg



    May 17, 2012

    Obama citizen-detention plan in trouble

    [A district-court judge has suspended enforcement of a law that could
    strip U.S. citizens of their civil rights and allow indefinite detention of
    individuals President Obama believes to be in support of terror.

    The Obama administration has refused to ensure that the First Amendment
    rights of authors and writers who express contrary positions or report on
    terror group activities are protected under his new National Defense
    Authorization Act.]

    there is a God, and we are the people, Amen..


  • Stonedome

    Miriam was just another good comrade using the race bat of the left to promote the future fraud of a leader named Barack Hussein Obama