New controversy rages today over the birth status of US president Barack Obama, after revelations that the aspiring politician evidently described himself as “born in Kenya” in the publicity blurb for a 1991 book project, long before he became famous.
The discovery was initially made by Breitbart.com and picked up by the Telegraph in London, where historian Dr Tim Stanley writes this afternoon:
“The latest find is a fascinating inversion of the birther conspiracy. Breitbart.com has discovered that in 1991 Barack Obama’s literary agent (who also represented New Kids on the Block) published a booklet that included a biography of the future President. The audience was “business colleagues” in the publishing industry and it was designed to promote Obama’s anticipated first book (later abandoned) called Journeys in Black and White. Here’s how it describes the author’s origins.
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. 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.
“The key phrase here is “was born in Kenya” – and this bio line was apparently being used as late as 2007.”