Barack Obama, Birther — UPDATED

May 17, 2012 / 5:23 pm • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

Barack Obama’s promotional materials, as late as 2007, said he was born in Kenya. Read about it here and then, come back.

Why would he do this? It seems crazy.

Imagine you’re a hippie kid. Your dad is some Kenyan big wig. Your mom is a self-important sociologist doing such important work that you, Barack Obama, must be left home with grandma and grandpa.

You are boring.

You are a mixed race kid on Hawaii in the sixties which is not a big deal because everyone has Hawaiian blood and has mocha skin. You are relatively wealthy and end up at a prep school with other wealthy kids.

You have to justify your existence.

No mom. No dad. Rather provincial, if privileged, Hawaiian life, but lots of questions from peers.

What do you do?

Well, nothing, other than smoke dope, do cocaine (expensive – but no big deal for rich kids), and hang out acting like a badass.

And then, there’s privileged college which you navigate by being mundane and calculated.

You don’t find yourself there. You just find out how you don’t want to self-identify.

Like Elizabeth Warren, it’s really not enough to be a white, privileged kid. Or even a mixed-raced privileged kid.

It takes some resume juicing to be legit in the diversity crowd.

So, you lie.

You pretend you’re a man of the world. You tell people you were born in Kenya. You brag about your time in Indonesia.

You don’t talk about Hawaii.

You don’t talk about your white mother.

You don’t talk about your white grandparents who raised you and gave you a conventional, privileged upbringing.

You pretend you’re part of the victim class.

You pretend you’re worldly wise.

You pretend your dad is a good man.

You idealize your Kenyan roots and lie about having tight ones.

You create a whole tapestry of falsehoods about yourself — not only does it make you feel better about being abandoned, it gives you credibility with those who judge not on the content of your character but the color of your skin, the exotic nature of your past, the superficialities of diversity.

Hippie lefties, it turns out, are kinda biased against people with conventional upper middle class American backgrounds.

Barack Obama wasn’t born in Kenya.

Barack Obama didn’t have some tortured, hard-scrabble youth.

Barack Obama was a materially indulged, emotionally deprived typical American child of divorce.

It’s his conventionality that embarrasses him.

And that’s why he lied.

UPDATED:

Some questions.

MORE QUESTIONS. Bookworm says:

Normally, in the years since the Civil Rights movement, the answer would be “Yes, being half-black (not half-white, but half-black) should have given Obama the leg-up he needed to parlay mediocre grades and a drug habit into a shiny diploma from one of America’s best institutions of higher education.” Obama’s problem, though, was that he came of age at a very specific time in the annals of affirmative action. To appreciate this, you have to know that Obama, who graduated from high school in 1979, must have started looking at colleges in 1978.

When it comes to college admissions, 1978 isn’t just any year. It’s a very special year. It was the year that the Supreme Court decided Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978) 438 U.S. 265.

Allan Bakke was a young man with an excellent academic record, who nevertheless got turned down by 12 medical schools. When he applied to the medical school at UC Davis, and was again rejected, he learned that he had almost certainly lost out on the opportunity to attend that medical school because UC had set a quota for admitting non-white people in order to meet the University’s “diversity” requirements. Bakke sued. In a deeply fragmented decision, the Supreme Court held that this race-based admission process was unconstitutional.

  • Dan

    Very insightful.  It casts Barack Obama in an entirely new light.

  • Anonymous

    This is the first explanation I’ve read that makes sense out of what is an inherently incomprehensible deliberate move to deny his heritage as an American child.

  • Donnapt

    I like your analysis and agree. I would add he hates/hated America.

  • Anonymous

    Perfect description. Having known people like him – related to a couple, as a matter of fact – AND having lived in Hawai’i, it’s the only thing that makes sense! Thanks!

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  • HCV

    A fascinating explanation of “why he would do this” — except he didn’t do it, of course.

    What Obama said, as quoted in the LA Times in 1990, is that he was born in Hawaii.

    A bio posted by his literary agent in 1991 said that he was born in Kenya.

    Obama’s autobiography, published in 1995, said that he was born in Hawaii.

    So two (of many) statements that we know to have been provided by Obama say “Hawaii,” bracketing one statement that was made by someone else.

    But, you sure were able to take this one data point and build quite the complex story.

  • Anonymous

    Obama hasn’t denied his american heritage; to most americans rowing up as a mixed-race child, being raised by your grandparents in Hawaii isn’t part of what the normal american psyche (growing up in a nuclear family) has been culturally perceived to be. Obama’s unique journey on this path has made given him a more broader perspective into the american fabric.

  • JAMES EDWARDS

    I can’t get past the fake birth certificate. If he was’nt born in Kenya – which appears to be a likelihood – there would be no question about his birth certificate.  But there is. Ergo, I believe he WAS born in Kenya, and is therefore an illegal alien posing as an American citizen sitting in the Oval office under false – and serious – pretenses in direct contravention to the rules of this country. YOU CANNOT BE AN ALIEN AND RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen with my own eyes Obama claim that he was conceived during the March to Selma, Albama.   

    I’ve seen with my own eyes Barack Obama say, “I turn 50 next week’, when his own birthday was three weeks away.

    So now we have two statements I know are both dishonest, and two you claim are honest.

  • http://twitter.com/gidgey Bridget Willard

    This sentence is a perfect summation:

    “Barack Obama was a materially indulged, emotionally deprived typical American child of divorce.”

  • Anonymous

    The only problem with your thesis is the Literary Agent is not the only “mistaken” report identifying Kenya as O’s birth place NPR did and several African news papers

    http://cowv.blogspot.com/2010/04/npr-and-nigerian-observer-reported-in.html

    http://allafrica.com/stories/200802180051.html

    http://www.modernghana.com/news/189461/1/americans-decide-today-go-obama.html

    http://www.nigerianobservernews.com/4112008/news/news1.html
     

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  • Anonymous

    I think you are right on the money and the reason could be found on his school applications. I believe they are sealed because he lied to get aid to foreign students.

  • Guest

    Then there is his grandmother who pointed to the location he was born in Kenya.

    Also, his own attorney now concedes the birth certificate is forged.

    Also, there are no hospital records at any Hawaiian hospital.

    Also he issued an EO to seal any records which might exist. This indicates HE IS HIDING SOMETHING. The question is not “if” he is hiding something, but “WHAT” is he hiding?!

  • Anonymous

    How Hawaii is refusing to confirm to other governmental agencies that they have a valid birth certificate on file http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/arpaio-looks-like-hawaii-hiding-obama-birth-record/?cat_orig=us

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    Then there is his grandmother who pointed to the location he was born in Kenya.
    Also, his own attorney now concedes the birth certificate is forged.

    Also, there are no hospital records at any Hawaiian hospital.

    Also he issued an EO to seal any records which might exist. This indicates HE IS HIDING SOMETHING. The question is not “if” he is hiding something, but “WHAT” is he hiding?! Link to comment

  • Anonymous

    I like you Melissa but this is ridiculous. Do you think nothing has ever been written about Romney that is wrong? Yet that would of course by evil bias by the reporter not Romney putting out false information.

    I’m going to venture a wild theory: occasionally reporters & people make honest mistakes. And there’s no evil intent by anyone.

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  • Bdrljm1976

    Hi. You people are deranged.

    Enjoy your circle jerk

  • AD

    I really think people have nothing better to do…you mean to tell me we’re smarter than the secret service, cia and fbi who “all” have to vet a person for congress (he was on the senate intelligence committee which requires a top secret ‘+’ clearance) let alone “not” be discovered by clinton campaign??? people you need to wake up and realize you’re just being played

  • Sred

    I’m sure his literary agent never EVER let Barack see the bio. And I’m sure a man as self-absorbed as Barack Obama gives every impression of being wouldn’t bother reading it, and making corrections if there were any.

  • Sred

     We have a winner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000601083939 Sonya Burton

    MITT ROMNEY WAS BORN IN MEXICO….so since everyone seems to be on Mittens nutt sack let us review. During the war between the christian and the Mormons.mitt romney great grand father had escape with his 5 wives to mexico to hide from the christains who wanted to bring the practicing mormons to justice for their unlawful practices. 2008, mcCain born in Panama South America, to a US parents legally he was not suppose to run in any US government offices but his birth certificate was never questioned. oh, we forget this…now i dont agree with a lot of our president’s policies, however: why not be fair and conduct an investigation on Romney birth Certificate….to my understand he (Romney ) is not a full UNITED STATES Citizen . Everyone in the world and on this page  knows this not about a birth certificate or policies its about race. Hey Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000601083939 Sonya Burton

    MITT ROMNEY WAS BORN IN MEXICO….so since everyone seems to be on Mittens nutt sack let us review. During the war between the christian and the Mormons.mitt romney great grand father had escape with his 5 wives to mexico to hide from the christains who wanted to bring the practicing mormons to justice for their unlawful practices. 2008, mcCain born in Panama South America, to a US parents legally he was not suppose to run in any US government offices but his birth certificate was never questioned. oh, we forget this…now i dont agree with a lot of our president’s policies, however: why not be fair and conduct an investigation on Romney birth Certificate….to my understand he (Romney ) is not a full UNITED STATES Citizen . Everyone in the world and on this page  knows this not about a birth certificate or policies its about race. Hey Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000601083939 Sonya Burton

    MITT ROMNEY WAS BORN IN MEXICO….so since everyone seems to be on Mittens nutt sack let us review. During the war between the christian and the Mormons.mitt romney great grand father had escape with his 5 wives to mexico to hide from the christains who wanted to bring the practicing mormons to justice for their unlawful practices. 2008, mcCain born in Panama South America, to a US parents legally he was not suppose to run in any US government offices but his birth certificate was never questioned. oh, we forget this…now i dont agree with a lot of our president’s policies, however: why not be fair and conduct an investigation on Romney birth Certificate….to my understand he (Romney ) is not a full UNITED STATES Citizen . Everyone in the world and on this page  knows this not about a birth certificate or policies its about race. Hey Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil.