Breitbart News reported on Thursday that a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by President Barack Obama’s then-literary agency claimed he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
Obama has been dogged by questions about his eligibility to serve as President of the United States since 2008. Many of the so-called “birthers” believe there is persuasive evidence that Obama was born in Kenya in 1961 and that his birth certificate was faked in order to make him eligible for the presidency.
Breitbart News, however, in a five paragraph disclaimer tried to distance themselves from the conspiracy theories. Instead, the conservative news outlet said the promotional booklet was evidence that the President had repeatedly tried to manipulate his public persona.
Obama’s literary agents, Acton & Dystel, had been using the “born in Kenya” language until April 2007, according to Breitbart News.
“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,” Miriam Goderich told Political Wire.
“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.”
In an attempt to quiet the birther conspiracies, Obama released his long-form birth certificate last year. It confirmed what his other birth certificate released in 2008 said: the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961.
Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship and judges around the nation have consistently dismissed “birther” lawsuits against Obama’s right to be president as frivolous.
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