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Friday, May 18, 2012


Posted by Paul Constant on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

It seems that it's time for birtherism to pop back up again. First, in Arizona, as Dan told you this morning, birthers are trying to get President Obama knocked off the ballot.

Second, the late Andrew Breitbart's site has "discovered" that Barack Obama's literary agent in 1991 accidentally claimed in promotional materials that Obama was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." PROOF!

Third, now that we've read some of the love letters that President Obama wrote as a young man, it's time for the same people who claimed that Obama couldn't have written his own memoir to claim that he didn't write his love letters, either. Dave Weigel at Slate found a doozy of an "expert."

[W]riting longhand, presumably from memory, Obama has the wherewithal to put an umlaut over the “u” in Münzer. In college, I was an Honors English student and a Classics minor, not a political science major like Obama. I had not even heard of Münzer before reading this letter.

That Obama could embark upon a sophisticated, spontaneous discussion of T.S. Eliot — he claimed not to have read “The Waste Land” for a year and never bothered “to check all the footnotes” — should have alerted Maraniss.

Nowhere in “Dreams [from My Father]" is there any mention of T.S. Eliot, Münzer or Yeats.

Those are some compelling arguments: He can't possibly be smarter than me, and it's doubtful that anyone has more than three literary references to throw around. Birtherism is back, baby, and better than ever!

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