‘Born in Kenya’: President Obama’s Literary Agent Misidentified His Birthplace in 1991

According to a biography prepared by Barack Obama’s literary agents back in 1991, the future U.S. President was born not in Hawaii but in Kenya.

Last year Barack Obama released his birth certificate and proved he is American born. But some people still doubt it. Photo: The White House

Conservative-leaning website Breitbart.com published on Tuesday a copy of a promotional booklet from Barack Obama’s former literary agency.

According to a brief biography in the 1991 booklet  by Acton & Dystel “Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

The biography says: “The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation.”

“He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.”

However, according to The Huff Post, the woman who wrote Obama’s biography in the booklet said Thursday that she had misidentified Obama’s place of birth.

“This was nothing more than a fact-checking error by me – an agency assistant at the time,” Miriam Goderich, who worked for the literary agency Acton & Dystel.

“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.”

However, the website Breitbart.com included a disclaimer, which states that the site’s founder Andrew Breitbart, who died earlier this year, never subscribed to birther theories.

“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,” the statement before the article reads.

“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.”

Another agent, Jay Acton, who no longer represents Obama, told Breitbart News that  “almost nobody” wrote his or her own biography, the non-athletes in the booklet, whom “the agents deal[t] with on a daily basis,” were “probably” approached to approve the text as presented.”

According to The Blaze, Acton’s former partner Jane Dystel still lists Obama as a literary client, but did not respond to Breitbart’s requests for comment.

Herald Sun cites a 1990 article in the New York Times on Mr Obama’s election as the first black president to The Harvard Law Review, which states: “His late father, Barack Obama, was a finance minister in Kenya and his mother, Ann Dunham, is an American anthropologist now doing fieldwork in Indonesia. Mr Obama was born in Hawaii.”

All this adds to controversy Barack Obama thought he had killed off last year when he released his birth certificate and proved he is American born. That move came after months of clamouring by conservative politicians, with Donald Trump and the Tea Party leading the attacks.

At the end of the article  Breitbart.com states: “Regardless of the reason for Obama’s odd biography, the Acton & Dystel booklet raises new questions as part of ongoing efforts to understand Barack Obama, who, despite four years in office remains a mystery to many Americans, thanks to the mainstream media.”

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