As this blog has stated ‘Obama in his bio has stated that it CAN NOT be taken literally’, come the admission that people were fabricated and an inadequately fact-checked news item leads to a fabricated claim that the president fabricated and lied about parts of his memoir.
If you read Dreams From My Father (embarrassing disclosure: I have not), you may have already gotten to the punchline: Obama is clear at the start of the book that certain characters are composites, writing, “For the sake of compression, some of the characters that appear are composites of people I’ve known, and some events appear out of precise chronology.” Someone eventually pointed this out to Byers, and Politico added this doozy of an update-and-correction at the bottom:
UPDATE: In the reissue of “Dreams from My Father,” Obama writes in the introduction that “some of the characters that appear are composites of people I’ve known.”CORRECTION: An earlier version of this blog post stated that Obama had acknowledged using composite characters in the reissue. In fact, Obama acknowledged the use of composite characters in the first edition of the book.
And it only gets worse from there. Rush Limbaugh cited Byers’ item extensively on the air on Wednesday, somehow managing to link him with Charles Barkley, imply that Obama would be willing to commit perjury, and openly call the president a liar.
Well, in an autobiography, if you’re gonna invent characters — in an autobiography, if you’re going to invent characters — and then only admit you invented them after people have tried to find them… You know, he invents this Genevieve babe and people can’t find her. She didn’t exist.
But those that are demanding that Barack Obama being vetted are criticized.
Does a composite girl bother anyone? Does a fabricated and created background and history bother anyone?
Does the fact that Obama’s Certification of Live Birth, Long Form Birth Certificate, Selective Service Registration all are forgeries.
1) The original, long-form 1961 Hawaiian birth certificate does not exist, an ‘ABSTRACT’ was produced.
2) Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barack Sr.) and mother (Stanley Ann Dunham) — not found, not released
3) Obama’s baptism records — sealed
4) Obama’s adoption records — sealed
5) Records of Obama’s and his mother’s repatriation as US citizens on return from Indonesia — not found, not released
6) Name change (Barry Soetero to Barack Hussein Obama) records — not found, not released
7) Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) — not released
Punahou School financial aid or school records — not released
9) Occidental College financial aid records — not released. (These records were, however, subpoenaed but Obama lawyers succeeded in quashing the subpoena in court. No other Occidental records have been released.)
10) Columbia College records — not released
11) Columbia senior thesis — not released
12) Harvard Law School records (not mentioned below, but not released)
13) Obama’s law client list — sealed
14) Obama’s files from career as an Illinois State Senator — sealed
15) Obama’s record with Illinois State Bar Association — sealed
16) Obama’s medical records — not released
17) Obama’s passport records — not released