Obama, Born in Kenya? A New Document Surfaces
In the cover for a 1991 promotional booklet written by Barack Obama’s then-publisher claims that the President was” born in Kenya”—giving new support to “birthers” who say that he’s not a U.S. citizen and so not entitled to be elected to the White House.
The booklet, written by Acton & Dystel as part of a listing of its client roster, says that the future President “was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” Miriam Goderich, who now works at partner company Dystel & Goderich, is listed as the pamphlet's editor. D & G is a literary agency.
"This was nothing more than a fact-checking error by me--an agency assistant at the time," Goderich said in an email to Yahoo! News. "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...This was a simple mistake and nothing more."
A later biographical sketch, written by the agency after Obama became a U.S. senator, contains the same information: “Barack Obama is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago."