Birtherism is back! More than a year after Barack Obama definitively settled the question of his birthplace by releasing his Hawaii birth certificate the right-wing blogosphere is focusing in on two typos that, if they were not typos, would suggest that he was born in Kenya. But this time the message is it's all Obama's fault.
On Thursday, Bretibart.com kick-started a Birther Renaissance by reporting that in a 1991 booklet promoting Obama's memoir, his publisher erroneously described him as "Kenyan-born." Like so many semi-mainstream conservative blogs, Breitbart.com said it didn't buy into birtherism, only that it was asking tough questions the media neglected to ask in 2008. Then, as far as we can piece together, conservatives began forwarding around a link to a 2004 Associated Press that was headlined "Kenyan-Born Obama All Set for U.S. Senate." This one is so old, though, that it was debunked way back in 2009 by the Internet's leading email-forward debunker, Snopes.com, as some sloppy headline writing by a Kenyan web site. Still, bigtime bloggers like CNN's Erick Erickson, the Daily Caller's Jim Treacher, Human Events' John Hayward, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, all linked to the story, but with a new twist: they don't believe Obama was really born in Kenya and thus an illegitimate president, but they do think he did something that led to the mistake meaning that he's a liar.
I do not believe Barack Obama was born in Kenya. I don’t think it matters even if he were born overseas because his mother was an American citizen. I’m not going to debate it with the cult of birtherism.
Could this be why the campaign screams bloody murder about racists and birthers every time someone asks about Barack Obama’s college transcripts? This would explain why Obama is so squirrely about the issue and waited until Donald Trump caused him measurable damage in the polls on this issue before responding. He’s not embarrassed that people will find out he lied about being born in Hawaii; he’s embarrassed they’ll find out he lied about being born in Kenya.
Either Obama was born in Kenya or he wasn’t. I remain skeptical that he was. The question is, then: Why did he claim to be? What advantage did he think it gave him at the time? Maybe Elizabeth Warren can tell us…
[T]here must be an explanation for why the court eunuchs of the mainstream media have never bothered even to investigate the scholastic career of the most powerful person in the world.
Because Obama got bad grades? Yawn — so did Bush, Kerry, Biden, Ted Kennedy, and dozens of others who later found themselves making life or death decisions over our lives.
No, it had to be something more significant, more potentially dangerous. What if, we thought, as others have suggested, the reason Obama’s school records have not surfaced is that he enrolled, at one of those institutions at least, as a foreign student — a Kenyan?
But why would he choose to do that? Well, maybe for a grant, a subvention, a scholarship that was available uniquely to students from Africa or similar locales.
On Friday, the Drudge Report linked to a story at World Net Daily showing that in 2003, Obama's bio on Dystel & Goderich's author page said he was born in Kenya:
It also says he was raised in "Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago" -- wait a second! Obama didn't move to Chicago till after college! Why is he trying to deceive people into falsely believing he was raised in Chicago?! Were there more scholarships available to Chicago natives? Perhaps the Chicago machine helped him get his spot at Harvard Law -- taking the spot of a more deserving white person. This raises more questions than it answers, my friends.