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Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/17/The-Vetting-Barack-Obama-Literary-Agent-1991-Born-in-Kenya-Raised-Indonesia-Hawaii

Note from Senior Management:

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.

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.

It is for that reason that we launched "The Vetting," an ongoing series in which we explore the ideological background of President Obama (and other presidential candidates)--not to re-litigate 2008, but because ideas and actions have consequences.

It is also in that spirit that we discovered, and now present, the booklet described below--one that includes a marketing pitch for a forthcoming book by a then-young, otherwise unknown former president of the Harvard Law Review.

It is evidence--not of the President's foreign origin, but that Barack Obama's public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.

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Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

The booklet, which was distributed to "business colleagues" in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.

It also promotes Obama's anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White--which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.

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. 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.The booklet, which is thirty-six pages long, is printed in blue ink (and, on the cover, silver/grey ink), using offset lithography. It purports to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Acton & Dystel, which was founded in 1976.

Jay Acton no longer represents Obama. However, Jane Dystel still lists Obama as a client on her agency's website.

According to the booklet itself, the text was edited by Miriam Goderich, who has since become Dystel's partner at Dystel & Goderich, an agency founded in 1994. Breitbart News attempted to reach Goderich by telephone several times over several days. Her calls are screened by an automated service that requires callers to state their name and company, which we did. She never answered.

The design of the booklet was undertaken by Richard Bellsey, who has since closed his business. Bellsey, reached by telephone, could not recall the exact details of the booklet, but told Breitbart News that it "sounds like one of our jobs, like I did for [Acton & Dystel] twenty years ago or more."

The parade of authors alongside Obama in the booklet includes politicians, such as former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill; sports legends, such as Joe Montana and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and numerous Hollywood celebrities.

The reverse side of the page that features Barack Obama includes former Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader and early-1990s "boy band" pop sensation New Kids On the Block.

Acton, who spoke to Breitbart News by telephone, confirmed precise details of the booklet and said that it cost the agency tens of thousands of dollars to produce.

He indicated that while "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.

Dystel did not respond to numerous requests for comment, via email and telephone. Her assistant told Breitbart News that Dystel "does not answer questions about Obama."

The errant Obama biography in the Acton & Dystel booklet does not contradict the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate. Moreover, several contemporaneous accounts of Obama’s background describe Obama as having been born in Hawaii.

The biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama--or the people representing and supporting him--manipulate his public persona.

David Maraniss's forthcoming biography of Obama has reportedly confirmed, for example, that a girlfriend Obama described in Dreams from My Father was, in fact, an amalgam of several separate individuals.

In addition, Obama and his handlers have a history of redefining his identity when expedient. In March 2008, for example, he famously declared: "I can no more disown [Jeremiah Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."

Several weeks later, Obama left Wright's church--and, according to Edward Klein's new biography, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, allegedly attempted to persuade Wright not to "do any more public speaking until after the November [2008] election" (51).

Obama has been known frequently to fictionalize aspects of his own life. During his 2008 campaign, for instance, Obama claimed that his dying mother had fought with insurance companies over coverage for her cancer treatments.

That turned out to be untrue, but Obama has repeated the story--which even the Washington Post called "misleading"--in a campaign video for the 2012 election.

The Acton & Dystel biography could also reflect how Obama was seen by his associates, or transitions in his own identity. He is said, for instance, to have cultivated an "international" identity until well into his adulthood, according to Maraniss.


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.


Larry O'Connor contributed to this report.


Added: May-17-2012 Occurred On: May-17-2012
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  • This hurts Obama either way. If he says the agent was wrong, he has to explain where the agent got the info. My guess is that the agent got the info from his school records (which are sealed). It is my guess the the school records show that Obama attended Harvard using Foreign Student Loans/Grants. So Obama lied either way. Obviously, lying about being a foreign student isn't as bad for Obama as being born in Kenya ( which I really don't know or care at this point), so he will go with the l More..

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    • @menderman I THINK YOU'RE SPOT ON ABOUT THE FOREIGN STUDENT LOANS/GRANTS. HIS SCHOOL RECORDS ARE SEALED.

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    • @DFTERC

      Thanks, but don't get excited about this. Here is my prediction:

      The message will be that Obama had to lie about being a foreign student because he was black, and in the racist USA it was the only way he could get into Harvard with his crappy choomed up grades. (the msm won’t mention the “crappy choomed up grades) Obama will say how much it hurt him to lie, but he just had the desire to improve himself so he could help feed the hungry children, and it was he only option. He will More..

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    • @DFTERC

      I should add, that it won't make a difference to the left...the 10% that are truly in the middle will care greatly.

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    • @menderman I TOTALLY AGREE THAT IT WON'T MATTER TO THE LEFT AT ALL. PRETTY SAD HOW THEY THINK AND OR DON'T THINK FOR THEMSELVES.I DO HAVE TO SAY YOUR PREDICTION IS MY EXACT SAME THOUGHT. YOU MUST BE A REALLY SMART GUY ;)

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    • @menderman I SHOULD ALSO ADD, THAT SAYING YOU ARE FROM KENYA, RAISED IN INDINESIA AND HAWAII SOUNDS A WHOLE LOT COOLER AND HIP THAN BEING BORN IN HAWAII. WHICH WOULD BE DIRECTED TOWARD THE YOUNGER LIBERAL/SOCIALIST CROWD.

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  • CAN ANY OBAMA SUPPORTER TELL ME WHY HIS LIFE HAS BEEN SEALED AND KEPT A SECRET?

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  • Treason he needs impeached, then arrested and thrown into prison!

    Traitorous ursurper destroying America on purpose

    Wake up people, before it's too late

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    • @XyBerFuNK Lol. I love you morons that say hes destroying America on purpose. That would have taken decades of planning which resulted perfectly in him somehow fooling the majority of Americans into believing he wasn't trying to purposely destroy it, and he gets elected president. Or... is it more logical to just assume you dont like Obama or his policies, and love crying? Your choice.

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    • @stevecore US politics affects me very little, but I click on this kind of threads to laugh at comments like xyberfunks. Thoroughly entertaining.

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    • @stevecore ignorant fool, it's not about one man, the POTUS...it's the tens of thousands like hime in seats of power in every institution of this nation now given the authority the office of the President has power to give.

      it has been decades of planning by the institutional Social Left, they finally got one of their guys in and now they aren't wreaking America, they are dismantling it so they can rebuild ii in their image not the Constitutions.

      i don't like his policies, i don't like his rac More..

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    • @stevecore He damn sure is

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  • So if this isn't true,.these people are completely nuts and didn't do any research before publishing this,because of coarse they had no idea Obama would run for President one day,.zing!

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  • I wonder if this will get any traction....

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  • obombo is a fraud. He rode in on a unicorn fabricated by white guilt and black hope. He simply capitalized on the American psyche which clung to the hope that by making him the president that would put an end to the whole racist black wash that keeps being perpetuated by the race machine. He was simply the Great Black Hope. Instead, the people got a megalomaniac who is divisive, devious, and hell bent on socializing the country regardless of the cost or consequence. Now that he is part of the cl More..

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    • @Fukmup DERP!

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    • @Fukmup You got it! The US put a black man in office and he starts a fucking race war,what happened to his team claiming he would bring us all together? The media is powerful and tricks lot's of dip shits by repeating lies and the ignorant fools simply believe it because they heard it on CNN,MSNBC,etc..

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  • I believe he was probably born in the US, but if that is the case he is a liar using this at one time to make himself look special. This guy is a pathological liar.

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  • We all knew it. The press ignored it as they were sucking his cokc

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  • Ah, we posted this story at the same time. Good job.

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  • Yea. we all already knew he is lying.

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  • ~"...booshes fault."

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  • Where the fuck is this in the MSM? And why the fuck is he still in the office?

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  • Obama is the original birther.

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    • @teotwawki

      There are several legal theories. One is that everything he signed would be invalid and would have to be voted on again and all his appointees would be disqualified (SCOTUS included) The legal battles would go on for years, maybe decades.

      This is untested waters. It would be better for him, and his legacy, to just lose or resign before any "proof" came out

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    • @teotwawki Exactly

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    • @teotwawki How cool would this be? LMAO Blackman con's the USA into being president! WOW think about that shit!!

      If proven real I would say that he would be charge with a slue of charges knowing the law that qualifies you to run for the presidency! Charges: imposter along with moneys charged to the taxpayer of the USA and ON and ON! All of his vacations! Golf outings!

      His wife knew about this so I'm guessing she would be charged also...

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  • ouch. this looks like we got us a usurper in the white house. i mean wft if this isnt true?

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  • Either a resumee enhancer, or the truth....

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  • Must be just a typo. Considering how thoroughly the liberal MSM scrutinized and vetted the man.

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  • oh snap! shut the doors, hide yo asses

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  • Mommy, why are those men wearing black suits putting on their sunglasses and holding up that shiny thing?

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  • Hhmmm...no way to spin this...

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  • Oh my...

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  • Along with New Kids on the Block and Tip O'Neil? Lol!!!

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