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The Point Is: The Man’s a Liar

Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.  Arthur Conan Doyle Sr. featured several interesting articles last week, complete with documentation, which have gone decisively unreported by the MSM.  The first of these articles is prefaced with the following:

Bio Excerpt from 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.

As for WWTFT, we’ve never taken a position one way or another on where Obama was born.  To us, it seemed a distraction and a sideshow, at best another symptom of the MSM’s stolid determination to avoid even the pretense of vetting Obama.

Ironically, at about the same time broke the story of Obama’s literary bio, likely approved or even submitted by Obama himself, depicting him as having been “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii,” Yahoo! was firing it’s latest CEO – for fudging his resume by claiming a degree in Computer Science, which in fact, he did not have.  Like Scott Thompson, the president’s minions are trying to spin the story as a “fact checking error.”  Which is the only thing they can do, because there are only three alternatives:

  1. Obama constructed a fictional biography and is a self-serving liar, who will construct whatever narrative he needs in a given situation – i.e. he was lying then but not now – at least about this
  2. Obama was telling the truth then, and is lying now
  3. It’s someone else’s fault for concocting this biography, which he let stand for 16 years, unaddressed.

Obama’s narcissism is well-documented.  The idea that he would not have read the biography published about him, in order to sell his book, is about as believable as Scott Thompson’s claims.

The ex-Yahoo! CEO is just the latest in a series of individuals found guilty of manipulating their bios to advance their careers, or gain political advantage. Elizabeth Warren’s 1/12,000th American Indian claim, comes to mind.  Going back a few years, a well-known newspaper publisher (Duke Tully) fell from grace when it was discovered that his military career was fabricated.  Even the hallowed halls of academia aren’t immune.  In 2001, popular historian Joseph Ellis was exposed for his fictionalization of his own history as a Vietnam War vet.  But powerful and influential as these people might be, none of them was running for president.

However, looking into Obama’s past is taboo. The merest suggestion that there might be something amiss in his background immediately provokes accusations of being a birther, a racist, or a conspiracy theorist.  The whole issue of Obama’s nationality has been used to provide cover for any query into his past.

So, how far back are we talking about?  Is this ancient history?  No.  This biography appeared in on the publisher’s website as recently as 2007 – just after Obama kicked off his presidential campaign.  See

If the response to these new revelations devolves into another wrangle about his place of birth, the public will be poorly served, again. The shocker is not apparent support for birthers’ allegations, but that Obama was able to run for president of the United States with his academic record, his political associations, his experience; everything that would reveal his character and his views never probed by the MSM. The discussion now should be how Obama got a pass in 2008, without even cursory investigative journalism.

In a land of opportunity, people are supposed to be able to rewrite their future, but that doesn’t generally include creating or adjusting their past to align with their ambitions.

The MSM penchant for cosseting Obama has prevailed throughout his presidency. His outrageous exaggerations and distortions of fact are unquestioned. Stories that cast a negative light on the administration are ignored, or incorporate the administration’s spin. Sometimes the Internet and Talk Radio force publication as in the Fast and Furious and Black Panther voter intimidation stories. The MSM has functioned as a cheerleader for Obama and his administration from the beginning.

The leftward tilt of the MSM needs no reiteration here. For starters, readers can refer to A Measure of Media Bias by Tim Groseclose and Jeffrey Milyo; The Invisible Primary, Invisible No Longer, A First Look at Coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

We will never know if a thorough vetting of candidate Obama would have penetrated the mystique of electing a black president and changed the outcome of the 2008 election. WWTFT would like to believe that had the MSM closely questioned Obama about what he meant by “transform” America, and the “change” he intended; some voters would have had second thoughts. In any case, the MSM betrayed its mission and the public trust.

No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions.” –Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804. ME 11:33

The Founders thought in terms of restraining government from inhibiting the free flow of information. They could not have foreseen that a latter day press would be complicit in its own censorship.


1 Bob Mack { 05.21.12 at 11:05 am }

The man’s past is kept as murky as a glass of Mississippi River water … I added a link to this at my post “Kenya Believe ‘Em?”


Martin Reply:

Thanks Bob. You open with an excellent quote in Kenya Believe ‘Em.

A sixth-grader could see through this. If there was never any information given to her [The literary agent involved in writing the bio for Obama, Miriam Goderich] about Kenya then how did that information get into the bio? Did she just make it up? And if it was an error how did it get past the screening and editing process? And how did the “error” remain uncorrected for 16 years? And why was it suddenly corrected two months after Obama announced for the presidency? According to Erickson and Brietbart: There’s nothing to see here — just move along! from The New American

It does seem kind like kind of a random thing to make up out of thin air.


2 Jeff Edelman { 05.21.12 at 11:29 pm }

Isn’t this site called ‘What Would the Founders Think?’ What would the Founders think if he was born in Kenya? What would the Founders think if he was not a natural born citizen? Did the Founders not have a position on these issues? Are these not Constitutional questions? These issues are at the heart of this republics’ founding and continued existence! There are no bigger questions! If the rule of law, in general, and I speak specifically of the qualifications for the office of President, clearly stated in the U.S. Constitution, is obliterated, anarchy is certain! Barack Hussein Obama has not provided any proof that he is qualified for the office he now holds. His birth certificate is questionable. His social security number is questionable. He won a seat in the senate by defeating last minute replacement Republican opponent Alan Keys after his initial opponent dropped out of the race when salacious details from his divorce were leaked to the press. Consequently, similar occurences befell his Democrat primary opponents. This is the president of a party that in 2000 tried to steal the presidential election by changing the “rules of the game” — i.e. the rule of law — during “the game.” We’re talking about a party that is associated with ACORN! An organization with the sole purpose of corrupting the voting process in favor of electing Democrats! What will the democrats/liberals/socialist/communist/statist foist upon the American people?! Considering all of this, is it really hard to believe that this party would not nominate someone ineligible to hold the office? I say they have no scruples. But, Martin & Marcia, please tell myself and your readers what are the limits of these people? Obama is a liar. As I have said before, most everything he says is a lie. But this liar has contradictions. So what are the lies and what are the truths? This is a question that needs to be resolved. Don’t you think? In regards to the “MSM.” Here is another realization for you. Its’ job is not what you believe it to be. It is an arm of the democrat party. It is the dems public relations firm. That is it pure and simple. It is not going to tell the truth about an ideology it believes in. Don’t expect reformation. You ridicule the “MSM” for not vetting obama. But when a site like WND runs a story about Bill Ayers’ mother saying she and her husband foot the bill for a foreign students’ education, you discount this. A little assistance, here, guys. Is the “MSM” not telling the truth by not running such stories as this? Or, is WND, and the like, lying by running these stories? Are they both lying? Why is obama so secretive? Why has he not released any records other than the questionable record of live birth and, then only after being pressured by national attention created by Donald Trump. Why no school records? No writings from college as a professor or student. No adoption records. Does this person who holds the highest office in the land think that the American people do not deserve answers to these questions? It would appear he doesn’t. Why is that? One thing I do know, he hates this country! Sleep well, all.


Erich Sielaff Reply:

This is why we need citizen journalists, and those who are not ideologically bound to interpret, but to simply report the Truth. We have been beaten into submission by the Propaganda arm of the Left (the MSM and for that matter, the University establishment) and almost reflexively make the tactical decision to shy away from the hot buttons (ie. Obama’s birth) in order not to alienate those who have not made the journey of discovery that our media and institutions are organs of disinformation. Breitbart had the passion to bust it loose and gave us the tools to do it, now its up to us to stand up to these Goliaths and TRULY speak truth to power! Incessantly! (And then they tell two people and they tell 2 people etc etc. ) It starts with each of us. We have no other choice really. We cannot be defensive. We have to stay on offense. There are so many lies to debunk, we should have no problem enumerating them. Unfortunately, Clinton got a pass on the issue of Character back in 1992, and for some reason, we have not been very effective at calling out liars and charletans ever since. That has to change. In Obama’s case it is exactly his Character that makes him the horrific President that he is. His ideology is but a reflection of it. We bend over saying “oh, I am sure he is a nice man”, so as not to be offensive. Actually, I am quite sure of the opposite. He is NOT a nice man. And I agree, that he hates this country and most of us as well. Its time to stop mincing words about this guy and tell it like it is.


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