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Head line at the Drudge Report under the link "Born in Kenya"

Channeling a Briebart Story:

The whole piece is, as one can imagine is a hit piece on the President WITH a disclaimer that while the Site's owners (and the deceased Andrew Brietbart) believe that the President was born in Hawaii... They are just informing us of this. Stating:

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.

But Drudge of course, can't even print this nonsense and merely prints the headline on his page "BORN IN KENYA"

Here is supposedly what they dug up from an old press release:

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.
Welcome to the campaign of -2008- 2012. The Republicans are going to throw everything and anything at the President and they have the $$$ to back it up thanks to Citizens United.

This was one of my few trips to crazyland and looking at Drudge's website it seems a mixture of the "National Enquirer", "the Globe", Ron Paul's racist newsletter, and other supermarket/lunatic tabloids. I thought Fox News was bad but this.... this is like the prototype for crappy journalism. I wonder - is there no depth these folks won't go to get Republicans into the White House?

Anyway, I was blown away that this is still even out there. Are the Repubs. really going to go with this as a message for the upcoming election? UGH!

UPDATE: Hat tip to TexasAlien for this Link to a comment from Political Wire

Literary Agent Says 1991 Booklet was a Mistake

Breitbart News reports on a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency which describes the author as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

Miriam Goderich issued the following statement to Political Wire:

"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."

Full disclosure: I am a client of the same literary agency.

Drudge STILL has this as a headline even after this came out. And people take him seriously????? What's next for Drudge... Obama is a time traveling chrononaut that visited Mars???

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  •  Maybe After November or Next March or so Our (1+ / 0-)
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    side will get a clue what they're doing.

    I feel more like I'm in reality when I visit the other side any more, as long as I look at their tactics and don't listen to their words.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:18:12 PM PDT

  •  The writer of the article has admitted his mistake (7+ / 0-)
    •  Thanks - I am putting that in the diary (2+ / 0-)
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      MartyM, livosh1

      It just goes to show Drudges mendacity further that he printed this article.

    •  doubt this revelation will end the birthers (2+ / 0-)
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      G2geek, mumtaznepal

      Born in Kenya’: Obama’s literary agent misidentified his birthplace in 1991

      >>According to a promotional booklet produced by the agency, Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

      Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its current clients.

      "This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me--an agency assistant at the time
      ," Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News. "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."

      "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:31:13 PM PDT

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  •  Well, in this case they actually (3+ / 0-)
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    got something interesting. Not in that it proves that Obama was born in Kenya. But it shows that Obama was sloppy about editing his own bios with his agency. Given the committed nature of birthers, this is going to fuel their fire for years to come. It fits their narrative so well. IMO it's actually kinda funny, as if the 1991 Barack Obama put it in there just to drive these idiots crazy.  

  •  how many points before you can take someone's (7+ / 0-)

    poetic license away?

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:29:18 PM PDT

  •  Playing the old game (5+ / 0-)

    of are they stupid or evil?

    In this case I'd put my money on stupid. Birtherism appeals to the nutjob faithful, not the swing voters.

    This does not help Romney (or hurt him for that matter) unless it's intended to distract from something else, and AFAIK there's nothing like that in the current news cycle.

    A definition is the enclosing of a wilderness of ideas within a wall of words -- Samuel Butler

    by A Mad Mad World on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:30:49 PM PDT

  •  I Don't Read Drudge (5+ / 0-)

    I haven't read Drudge since 2007 when he put up an article about some young AA children dancing and singing songs about President Obama.  He called these young people the equivalent of nazi children and then listed their names in the article.  That was it for me.

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:37:39 PM PDT

  •  Barack Obama was, in fact, born in Kenya... (6+ / 0-)
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    aaraujo, Pluto, G2geek, 88kathy, antirove, Rooe

    if you're referring to Barack Obama, Sr.  His son, Barack Jr., the President of the United States, was born in Hawaii.  In the twisted minds of some RWNJs, this is enough to disqualify Barack Jr. from the presidency.

    Dogs are people, but corporations aren't.

    by Greasy Grant on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:41:26 PM PDT

  •  Conspiracy theorists need something to believe (3+ / 0-)
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    volleyboy1, dougymi, G2geek

    in.  If it wasn't the birther issue, they would have to invent something else.

    I say let 'em at it.  It keeps them busy and provides entertainment for the rest of us.

    "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

    by Susan Grigsby on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:41:38 PM PDT

  •  Drudge hasn't always been a birther? (2+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, aaraujo

    I kinda assumed he would be, reading second hand reports about his website.  

    Just goes to shows the less Drudge you read, the more you know.

    Proud to be a Truth Vigilante

    by Calvino Partigiani on Thu May 17, 2012 at 04:43:39 PM PDT

  •  just helps Obama (1+ / 0-)
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    The only people who care about this is the right wing crazies. The people in the middle could care less about this crap.

  •  I think it is going to take a lot of energy (1+ / 0-)
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    and sophistication to refute this and keep refuting it.

    Most people have no idea how literary agencies and publishing in general operates.  Most people will assume the bio was provided by Obama.

    The Breitbart people, it seems to me, are clever the way they have packaged this, with thoughtful faux disclaimers and so forth.

    This is the most dangerous birther attack I've seen.  

    I have no idea what might be the best response from the White House.  But I hope they take this seriously.

  •  Has Matt Drudge come out of the closet yet? (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, valerie wonder

    That'll be worth a headline

  •  How odd, the only ones that seem to be wanting to (0+ / 0-)

    How odd, the only ones that seem to be wanting to "morph his public persona" are the birthers.

  •  If this is the best they can do (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm feeling very confident in the President's reelection.

  •  There's nothing good about this one (2+ / 1-)
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    Timaeus, annecros
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    There is no way to spin this one in a way that won't fuel the fire.    You can check my uid here and my very liberal history here and support of BO - very strong as a candidate, frustrated along the way but never once a birther or even remotely close.  If you flame me on this then you are in denial.

    There's a piece missing from this diary - that's the other bad looking item that is on the web in the -  from 2007 when his management firm again has him listed as follows -- it's been updated and edited from the pamphlet and still has that info  - that's pretty hard to explain against a single persons fact checking and again - I want you to try to go balls out defending this - it's years later - what - they never fact check anything like this????  

    "BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, has been a long time New York Times bestseller. "

    What I am saying is this doesn't look good - period.   I don't know what I think - I always thought the birthers were freaks but how the hell do you explain this - I've been around publishing and I have a lot of trouble seeing the multiple errors.

    This is hard to explain to ME - a man who does at least still like the pres - again - I have been frustrated but I have every intention of supporting him 100% but I can see how these multiple items - one that I can see on the web look BAD.

    FYI - the bluedog thing is about my dog ... I'm a liberal left winger and proud of it.

    by bluedogsd on Thu May 17, 2012 at 05:24:33 PM PDT

    • are a birther right? (3+ / 0-)
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      kat68, cville townie, nupstateny

      Obama's defining political trait is the belief that conciliatory rhetoric is a ruthless strategy

      by AAMOM on Thu May 17, 2012 at 05:47:25 PM PDT

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      •  I am annoyed by the existence of crap that looks - (2+ / 0-)
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        Timaeus, annecros

        bad.    That's not something I like to feel and to think.

        If you look my last journal about him was that I was disappointed but I am not looking for a stupid excuse.

        I think on the other hand - it's a hard sell - it's hard that the website exists and that the pamphlet exists.  If you argue this you aren't looking at it clearly.  

        Just the pamphlet?   A lot easier.

        The website of the people who represent him says the same thing in 2007 - no one ever once rechecked that?   When they were adding the piece about him being a Senator?

        I know media/publishing/etc - it's hard for me to get my head around this type of error - people scrutinize the crap out of things like this.

        I don't get it and I don't think it deserves an outright flame/HR and what I am really at the root of it saying is - it looks bad and it should be pretty freaking easy to see that.


        FYI - the bluedog thing is about my dog ... I'm a liberal left winger and proud of it.

        by bluedogsd on Thu May 17, 2012 at 06:08:19 PM PDT

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        •  What is your publishing experience? (2+ / 0-)
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          mumtaznepal, Lost and Found

          I've been a writer or an editor for 20 years--newspapers and magazines--and copy and paste errors are depressingly common,

          Really, what is your experience? And have you worked in the prestigious pamplent/booklet industry? They are not known for their accuracy, FYI.

          •  For what it's worth (0+ / 0-)

            My experience is 15 years in close proximity to "mini-celebraties" and their media portrayal of themselves.   I have been on this path first with designing internet vanity sites for B-rate models and actresses working for an agency that promoted them, then into the world of local (but some large market) radio talk show personalities who labored over the messaging of their vanity sites and finally upward to a couple of mediocre national celebs that you would know the names who again - were personally involved in making the message right.

            I've been involved in their web projects which are an extension of their entire branding packages.   What my experience has been with 100% of these people (though most are admittedly small fry) is their close involvement in their own imaging.

            Fast forward to why I don't like this story.   First, I admit - I have never worked in the world of literary/book celebs but I will tell you that this isn't just a pamphlet - it's like a yearbook - that should be very clear - and it's a yearbook for the clients of a literary agent.    As I talked about the "bio" websites that I have worked on - the celeb or someone close double checks the content on the proof.

            Important note - this isn't just some random pamphlet - it's an agent publishing about their roster.    So - let's just say it happened - went to print - the proof was wrong in the print piece - the 1991 piece.    When the book came out it's very hard for me to think no one read it and no one noticed it.   This is about people promoting their talent - it's not a manual for a washing machine that is never going to get read.  So - in my experience - let's say someone makes an error on the website - maybe it takes 2 months - but - they pound down the door and a change is made.

            1991 - firm cover book - no retractions possible - but - internally the fix is made - when they make the website in 1997 even if they copy that book - after a relatviely short time someone sees it and say - "oh - wait - you screwed it up again" and it gets changed.  How the HELL is it still on the website in 2007???? How does that happen?

            So, as I said, I've had trouble with BO's policies - I wanted him to be more the liberal than he was but I'm not choosing to strike back by putting out comments which express that this seems like a hard thing to swallow for me.    It simply does - and - although I do really truly have more insight into why it seems really hard to imagine, it's very easy to see why this could be taken and run with by just about anyone being told that for 15 years his literary agent had him listed with a different birthplace and then changed the website in 2008 and that is without question what happened.

            The very last thing I want - the very, very, very, very last thing I want is Romney and what I don't like is what looks like ammo.

            I understand you disagreeing but I hope I sound sincere.  Not a troll, here since '06.  Digesting.

            FYI - the bluedog thing is about my dog ... I'm a liberal left winger and proud of it.

            by bluedogsd on Thu May 17, 2012 at 11:17:03 PM PDT

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            •  wow lots of words (1+ / 0-)
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              my head is spinning. If you doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawaii then basically I just say to you sir - GTH.

              Obama's defining political trait is the belief that conciliatory rhetoric is a ruthless strategy

              by AAMOM on Fri May 18, 2012 at 04:26:03 AM PDT

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            •  It's a story that has ZERO legs (1+ / 0-)
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              Lost and Found

              A. There is a Birth Certificate

              B. There is a Birth Announcement.

              Just keep saying this. There is NOTHING to this. Don't even humor it. Just tell people: "Repeat after me"

              A. There is a Birth Certificate

              B. There is a Birth Announcement.

              Now go worry about something that actually is an issue.

    •  Oh spare me (1+ / 1-)
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      This is hard to explain to ME - a man who does at least still like the pres - again - I have been frustrated but I have every intention of supporting him 100% but I can see how these multiple items - one that I can see on the web look BAD.
      HR for stupidity, if not outright birtherism. I'm on my iphone and unable to peruse your self-professed liberal bona fides, but you smell pretty trollish from here.
      •  So explain it - do it - tell me about publishers (1+ / 0-)
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        Tell me, tell me, tell me - about publishers posting on their websites bios of senators they represent and screwing it up.

        Really, flame me, call me names - then explain it to someone who doesn't have any skin in any game.

        Tell them - multiple times a publishing house which represents an incredibly powerful person and has a list of who is who on their website screws it up for years and no one cares.

        So, birther, flame me, HR me - never once have I gotten an HR (pretty sure) mojo of 4 here.

        It doesn't look good - give me your explanation aside from a flame and a claim - how the HELL does it get explained for the YEARS of it existing???  Huh?

        FYI - the bluedog thing is about my dog ... I'm a liberal left winger and proud of it.

        by bluedogsd on Thu May 17, 2012 at 06:00:03 PM PDT

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        •  Obama was born in Hawaii (1+ / 0-)
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          I have no doubts about that.

          But i would like to understand how this fact checking error occurred. Since she apparently can recall errors from 2 decades ago, maybe she remember how the error was made.

          Where did the misinformation come from?

      •  HR for personal attack, unfounded attack, (0+ / 0-)

        smug mocking tone, and general dickishness.

        •  So we support birtherism lite on this site now? (1+ / 0-)
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          Lost and Found

          This poster didn't just raise questions, he suggested he was persuaded by this flimsy evidence that something was amiss.

          I don't know what I think - I always thought the birthers were freaks but how the hell do you explain this - I've been around publishing and I have a lot of trouble seeing the multiple errors.
          I've been in publishing for 20 years and these kinds of errors are COMMON. Copy and paste, especially in bios, ESPECIALLY when no one raises an alarm or corrects errors, are common. Are you in the industry?

          I was not being dickish in the least. That this piece of crap evidence causes the poster to claim to rethink all he knows, to question whether birthers might have a point, is definitely HRable and you are committing ratings abuse.

          I will be sending this to through the proper channels, Timaeus. Birtherism is not tolerated on this site and I would remove that HR if I were you.

          I will be sending this to

    •  Uprated to counter bad HR. (0+ / 0-)

      It's just not an HRable comment.

      He's not acting like a birther!  He's stating honestly that this damn detail is a problem, and he's right.

      Nobody in this thread--and not even the Breitbart people--are seriously claiming that Obama was not born in Hawaii.

      But this is DAMAGING.

      I understand how it could happen.  But it's still very surprising that Obama himself and his big staff did not notice for 16 years (from 1991 to 2007) that his agent was claiming he was born in Kenya.

      He made his fortune off his books.  Did he never inquire into the marketing?  He and his staff never googled his name in all that time and noticed this error?

      I'm not a birther, of course.  I support Obama for reelection.  But I'm kind of alarmed at this particular attack.

      •  Excuse me, but that was never public. That was (3+ / 0-)

        an intra-industry pamphlet, background, that was never publicized.

        2012: the Year of the Voting Woman. And by the way, Republicans ... we're pretty pissed about what you've done to our country. Republican Party Motto: "Tax the poor, gift the rich"

        by mumtaznepal on Thu May 17, 2012 at 10:53:08 PM PDT

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        •  And I doubt it ever went to Obama. (4+ / 0-)

          They're not meant to go to the authors. I got a review copy of a book a few years ago where they'd accidentally left the intra-industry promotional materials in. (It's normal to get a little promotional sheet with a review copy, but this was much more in-depth and jargony.) In it the publicist crowed about how this book would sell because the author was young and beautiful. Yeah. Doubt that was run by the author.

    •  Easy to explain (6+ / 0-)

      It's lifted word-for-word from the earlier bio with the mistake.  Laziness, compounding earlier laziness.

      •  Exactly. (3+ / 0-)

        Yet there are people on this site seemingly thinking this is some smoking gun. And they have defenders!

      •  Yup. (2+ / 0-)
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        There is a certain inertia to inaccurate info. It just keeps popping back up. Again. And again. Where I work, the PR department had a misleading promotional brochure for my department that popped up again and again for years, despite our continually telling them to please, please use the accurate info instead and sending them reams of info to use. Either they just really loved the brochure they'd created--even though it was based on inaccurate perceptions of what we did--or else they were being lazy and just used what they already had at hand.

  •  A Large Newspaper Identified Me As A Physician (5+ / 0-)

    My mother was so proud.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Thu May 17, 2012 at 05:25:53 PM PDT

  •  First the birther BS is dragged out again and (2+ / 0-)
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    apparently we will be treated to Rev. Wright once again.  Don't they get it - it did NOT work last time, they have played that game for the last 3+ years - why do they think it will work this time.  Besides, Obama has one huge whopping weapon at his disposal this time that he didn't last time and that weapon is Bill Clinton.

    Barack, Biden & Bubba, a winning combination

  •  Birtherism is defeatism (0+ / 0-)

    I'm only worried when we don't see birtherism, because it means Republicans have some confidence in their ability to actually win the 2012 election.  Birtherism is the onanistic fallback of a political party that can't get a date.

    Romney '12: The Power of Crass Commands You!

    by Rich in PA on Thu May 17, 2012 at 07:05:44 PM PDT

  •  This is creepy. (0+ / 0-)

    I don't care where President Obama was born. I believe he was born in Hawaii. Regardless, his mother was an Amwrican and that's good enough for me. But this mistake is just weird. How does a publisher make such a mistake?

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

    by HairyTrueMan on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:02:07 PM PDT

  •  Rush limbaugh (1+ / 0-)
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    Ended his program today by exhorting his listeners to go  and look at the lead story on Drudge.

    He didn't  say what the story was, thereby allowing himself to claim that he is not directly spouting birtherism.  He just told all his listeners to view the story.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:10:17 PM PDT

    •  Oh my Right Wing Boss called me about it (1+ / 0-)
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      after work to tell me about it.

      I just told him it was an error, that it was an obvious political hit AND didn't the actual Birth Certificate prove it was a lie..... and it is a total lie. The President was born in Hawaii and last I checked Hawaii is a state in the U.S. therefore, President Obama is an American. There is nothing else to this.

      Then I hung up.

  •  Can you imagine how repressed Drudge is? (1+ / 0-)
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    Too scared to satisfy his own DNA because to be caught is to reveal his life lie.

  •  RedState went there too. (1+ / 0-)
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    Barack Obama: A Composite Kenyan

    He’s not embarrassed that people will find out he lied about being born in Hawaii; he’s embarrassed they’ll find out he lied about being born in Kenya.
    He says this while at the same time denying he's a birther
    They are not peddling Birtherism. The Breitbart Crew are kind of like illegal immigrants — doing reporting Columbia journalism grads won’t do.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Fri May 18, 2012 at 04:37:40 AM PDT

  •  Which part of Mars? US territory? (1+ / 0-)
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    That's the key here. Did Obama come from a part of Mars that will be US territory? Even if the USA no longer exists in the future time Obama was born, I think you can make a legal argument that he would be a natural-born American if that part of Mars ever was US territory. Kinda like the Panama Canal zone. Or that Mormon colony in Mexico.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Fri May 18, 2012 at 08:46:32 AM PDT

    •  HA... I think really, he is hiding his tracks (0+ / 0-)

      in time and that he is really from a far future in Galaxy X and the time travel docs. from Mars (and his birth certificate are forgeries).

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