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Thomas: Obama turns out to be the original birther
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Well, it looks like Barack Obama was born in Kenya. At least that’s what a booklet produced by his former literary agency said in 1991.

Distributed throughout the publishing industry, and touting Obama’s first book, “Journeys in Black and White,” which was later abandoned, the brief biography claims that, “Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

The agency continued to tout Obama’s Kenyan birth until April 2007, just after he announced his bid for president.
While distancing itself from the “birther” narrative, Breitbart News, which obtained the booklet, declared that it was rehashing Obama’s birth past due to the “complicit mainstream media (refusing) to examine President Obama’s ideological past, or the carefully crafted persona he and his advisers had constructed for him. ... (the pamphlet) is evidence — not of the president’s foreign origin, but that Barack Obama’s public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.”

In other words, who knew: Barack Obama was the original “birther!”

Whether Obama was born in Kenya, the U.S. or the Cherokee nation, the promotional booklet is more evidence for all too common an occurrence that Breitbart also points out: Whether the president himself, his handlers, or his supporters, Obama’s public persona is manipulated whenever it’s expedient.

With his cloudy birth records, composite girlfriend, dying mother, bombastic former pastor, gay marriage revolution (he has not “evolved” on the issue, but rather “revolved,” as in full circle), and so on, the president has often presented convenient narratives for the betterment of his political future.

Speaking of convenient narratives, it seems that editing Obama’s past to further his political future isn’t enough. The Obama administration has now taken to editing the official online White House biographies of nearly every U.S. president within the last 100 years.

According to Fox News, each edit (which provides a link) finds a way to tout “a host of Obama administration initiatives, ranging from the health care overhaul to the so-called ‘Buffett Rule’ to his green-energy policies.”

Speaking of the Cherokee nation, composite women and political expediency, Elizabeth Warren appears to have caught on to Obama’s methods. For decades now the Massachusetts senate candidate has claimed to be 1/32 Cherokee to further (or attempt to further) her career. As recently as late April of this year, Ms. Warren said, “I’m very proud of my Native American Heritage.”

For nearly a decade prior to receiving a job as a Harvard Professor, Warren listed herself as a Native American in a directory of law professors. Her Senate race opponent, GOP Sen. Scott Brown, has accused her of “participating in Harvard’s diversity sham.”

In spite of Brown’s calls for her to “come clean,” Warren doubled down and declared, “Being Native American is part of who our family is and I’m glad to tell anyone about that.”

Warren also noted that her aunt often remarked that Warren’s grandfather “had high cheekbones like all of the Indians do.” Warren concluded that “Being Native American has been part of my story, I guess, since the day I was born.”

A Cherokee genealogist has recently blasted Warren saying, “Ms. Warren, some of us have independently done our own research and we know you have no documentation supporting your claim of Cherokee ancestry. ... You have claimed something you had no right to claim — our history and our heritage and our identity. ... These are not things we choose to embrace when they benefit us and then cast aside when we no longer need them, but that is what you seem to have done.”

The mainstream media are all too eager, even yearning, to play up these narratives, whether accurate or not, because it fits with their radical liberal worldview. Just as Bill Clinton was the “first black president,” Barack Obama, with his recent statement in support of same-sex marriage, has been anointed the “first gay president.” (Never mind that he was for it before he was against it before he was for it — I told you it was a circle!)

Though they can find a near 50-year-old tale of a Mitt Romney prank (which is full of holes), mainstream media virtually ignore Obama’s past, even when it is in print. Thus we are left with the alternative media to get to the truth in these matters.

Oh, well, at least that makes for more interesting political game. I just hope the country is not the loser in the end.

Trevor Thomas is a Gainesville resident and regular columnist.