This birther business never seems to end. Now, a brochure from President Barack Obama's former book agent has been released online, touting the Harvard law student as being "born in Kenya."
The literary agency, Acton & Dystel, is reputable, and the 1991 promotional booklet was authenticated, so what should the public make of all this? The president didn't pen the content for this booklet, but he must have been consulted. Did he ignore the error because it made his back story seem more interesting?
Acton & Dystel produced the pamphlet, containing blurbs about their authors, to distribute to colleagues in the publishing industry.
In the booklet, there is a photo and caption about the young president of the Harvard Law Review, who at the time was advancing a book tentatively titled Journeys in Black and White. Obama, the pamphlet states, was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."
It's possible the Harvard University student claimed to be born in Kenya because a multicultural background has a certain cachet in the halls of the Ivy League. Look at Elizabeth Warren. She pretended to be Native American for 15 years, just to be accepted by her peers in the Harvard faculty lounge.
More likely, however, the agent made a simple mistake, and Obama never bothered to correct it. But, why is this brochure being released now, after all this time has passed?