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.
Here's the Obama bio used in the booklet:
Breitbart was never a Birther, nor does this bio contradict Obama's birthplace as being Hawaii. Nevertheless,
the biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama -- or the people representing and supporting him -- manipulate his public persona.
And what's more, the agency used this Obama bio ... until 2007.
UPDATE: Miriam Goderich assumes blame for the mistake:
You're undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me -- an agency assistant at the time. 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. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.
Funny how this "simple mistake" hung around for sixteen years.Posted by Hube at May 17, 2012 05:27 PM | TrackBack