Blasting With Boyles
Born On The Fourth Of July — But Where?
After last month’s column when I was defending gay rights I thought, “Hey, I can’t live with that kind of success!” In spite of the many cards, letters, emails and calls we received about my first two “Who is Barack Obama” columns, here we go again.
I will begin with a musical question: Who is more locked on and crazy about Barack Obama’s true life story? The birthers or the mainstream media? The Denver Post on the weekend of June 1 wrote a Friday lead editorial and two opinion pieces — Curtis Hubbard’s piece titled “The Rebirth of Birthers” and Ed Quillen’s swan column where he told Post readers that he wasn’t sure he wasn’t born in Kenya. Add to that Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner acting like cats in a sandbox after Coffman says he doesn’t know where Obama was born. Coffman was subsequently treated by Channel 9 like a minor league Pat Sullivan, trying to escape the media spotlight. One of my more enjoyable moments was watching CNN's Wolf Blizter turn into a tomato when confronted by Donald Trump.
The recent treatment of author Edward Klein and new best-selling book The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House has been less than overwhelming. Klein has not been asked to appear on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times or any other mainstream media outlet for that matter. And other than the other so-called mommy porn books about Shades of Grey, Klein has the hottest selling book in America today.
So what would fuel Dean Singleton, The Denver Post and the so-called traditional media to attack and name-call anyone who profiles the president’s history of telling far different tales about his life? Why is it that the keepers of the First Amendment seem to think they can continue to control what you think?
Selectively, any rational human realizes that we have no idea about the real life stories of the POTUS. Now seemingly a nationwide group of researchers has shown up to attempt to fill in the blanks. This is a man who of course promised us open government and full disclosure but will simply not reveal anything at all about his life.
The acclaimed book Dreams From My Father has been shown to be nothing more than a fairy tale. Others have dubbed it a nativity story. Everywhere you look you’ll find sealed records, altered Web sites, suppressed documents and unanswered questions. The latest mystery is titled The Vetting of Barack Obama by the now deceased Andrew Breitbart. He obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Obama’s then literary agency Acton and Dystel that proclaims that the president was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. It also promotes his first book that was never written titled Journeys in Black and White.
To further the mystery, researcher Doug Ross has climbed in the Way Back Machine and has proven through the literary agent’s Web site that Obama has claimed the Kenyan birthplace a number of times as early as 1991 and throughout the ’90s. Even the stories of his mother and father have changed from being an anthropologist and finance minister to a goat herder and a Kansas farm girl. Eventually on April 21, 2007, just as he was beginning his run for the presidency, for the first time Obama claimed he was born in Hawaii.
Now the official story is that these are all clerical errors but isn’t it interesting that the policy of the agency publically states that authors provide their own biographical briefs.
No one knows what’s going to happen. The answer will be determined by the American people because it sure won’t be the mainstream media outlets who answer the riddle of who is the president of the United States.
For those of you following along at home, do yourself a favor. The Weekly Standard is a magazine that is revered by the country club neoconservatives. These are the light suit, bow tie wearing, clubby men and women who will contribute money to Joe Coors’s campaign. But scholar Andrew Ferguson has done a stinging piece titled Self-Made Man: Barack Obama’s Autobiographical Fictions that really does show that archivists have combed as many records as they could and have come up empty.
The real icing on the cake appeared in my weekly supermarket checkout line when The Globe (the only place we can really get the truth) tells the story of Obama’s daughters going to Mrs. Obama asking whether or not daddy was born in Africa. Does the beat go on? Will the walls crumble? Remember as they said, the truth is out there.
Please read this and ask yourself those questions. The answer my friends is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.
But it certainly will never appear in The Denver Post — so to Curtis Hubbard… “nanner nanner!”
Thank you and good night.