Let’s count the lies (or “discrepancies”) in this story, supposedly first published in 1990. The full text follows, for purposes of education and analysis, with “discrepancies” highlighted, links provided to contradictory evidence, and comments inserted in brackets:
His boyhood friends in Indonesia were street peddlers [except most were rich kids], and his grandmother [i.e., step-grandmother] still lives in a mud-walled house in Kenya. But Barack Obama is another world away, presiding over the Harvard Law Review as the first black president [but not the first black member] in the prestigious journal’s 103-year history.
The charismatic 28-year-old, ensconced in the halls where tradition reigns, is taking aim at another custom: Obama’s sights are set on the South Side of Chicago, not on a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship or a fast-track career with a cushy firm.
“I’m not interested in the suburbs. The suburbs bore me. And I’m not interested in isolating myself,” Obama said in a recent interview. “I feel good when I’m engaged in what I think are the core issues of the society, and those core issues to me are what’s happening to poor folks in this society.”
His passion is rooted in his background. He was born in Hawaii [yet there’s still no confirmed documentary evidence, and his publisher said he was born in Kenya], his father an Oxford and Harvard-educated economist from the African nation of Kenya [who didn’t finish his doctorate, and there’s no evidence he was ever at Oxford], his mother a white anthropologist from Kansas [but his parentage is questioned by many]. Obama moved to Southeast Asia at age 2 [or age 6] when his parents divorced [although possibly never married] and his mother married an Indonesian [in 1965, when Barry was allegedly 3 1/2, not 2].
Until the fifth grade, Obama attended Indonesian schools [when he wasn’t in Hawaii attending kindergarten and third grade], where most of his friends were the sons of servants, street peddlers and farmers [again, most of his Indonesian friends were rich].
Concern for Obama’s education led his mother to return him to Hawaii, where he attended public schools through high school [except from 5th grade through high school he attended a prestigious, exclusive, expensive private school: Punahou]. In 1983, he graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science.
At a recent meeting in a Harvard cafeteria, his affinity with the underdog was readily apparent.
“I lived in a country where I saw extreme poverty at a very early age,” Obama said. “Parts of my family in Kenya remain very poor. My grandmother still lives in a mud-walled house with no running water or electricity.
“That’s who I am, that’s where I come from, not always literally, but at least emotionally.” [He comes from a life of privilege, not “extreme poverty.”]
Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988, and through a combination of grades
and [OR] a writing competition, was elected to head the law review this February [after the rules were changed, seemingly just so “minority students” could get the job]. He succeeded Peter Yu, a first generation Chinese-American.
Obama cautions against reading too much into his election.
“It’s crucial that people don’t see my election as somehow a symbol of progress in the broader sense, that we don’t sort of point to a Barack Obama any more than you point to a Bill Cosby or a Michael Jordan and say ‘Well, things are hunky dory,’” Obama said.
“There’s certainly racism here. There are certain burdens that are placed, more emotionally at this point than concretely,” Obama said.
“Professors may treat black students differently, sometimes by being, sort of, more dismissive, sometimes by being more, sort of, careful because they think, you know, they think that somehow we can’t cope in the classroom,” he said.
Obama sees the inner cities as the front lines of racism.
“It’s critical at this stage for people who want to see genuine change to focus locally. And it is crucial that we figure out how to rebuild the core of leadership and institutions in these communities,” he said.
As the director of a program that tried to bring South Side churches, unions and block associations together on projects, Obama was not trying to solve local problems, he said. Instead he sought to construct something more lasting — a forum for the community to speak with one voice.
“I’m interested in organizations, not movements, because movements dissipate and organizations don’t,” Obama said.
America suffered when the movements of the 1960s dissipated, he said. Those movements succeeded in raising doubts about harmful traditions of sexism and racism, but failed to offer a viable alternative.
“Hopefully, more and more people will begin to feel their story is somehow part of this larger story of how we’re going to reshape America in a way that is less mean-spirited and more generous,” Obama said.
“I mean, I really hope to be part of a transformation of this country.”And the future of black people and of America generally?
“It depends on how good [sic] I do my job,” he said. [Spoken like a real genius and law review editor.]
Mind you, this article is allegedly from 1990. How did the reporter of fact get so many facts wrong? Did the reporter do any fact checking at all?
Those were the days when journalistic standards were higher, when reporters were supposed to check sources. Was this reporter so enthralled by the “charismatic” dude that Obama was simply taken at his word (as seems to be done now), when so much could have very easily been checked out, especially Obama’s schooling and his former jobs in Chicago? (What about those two years, ’83-’85? Didn’t want any questions about his work at BIC?)
Notice how early the “narrative” began, if we accept that this article was truly written 25 years ago. This sentence is particularly interesting:
Obama’s sights are set on the South Side of Chicago, not on a U.S. Supreme Court clerkship or a fast-track career with a cushy firm.
Obama did not, it seems, get offered a Supreme Court clerkship, something that was a given for previous presidents of the Harvard Law Review (who weren’t chosen solely because of their presumed “race”).
It’s almost as if Obama knew in advance that he would not be offered a position by any federal or SCOTUS judge. Was he clairvoyant? An oracle? A mind reader? Or did he simply know his own limitations? Was he making his excuses in advance, or were reporters doing it for him?
The sentence reads like an excuse, but an excuse written circa 2007 by one of his campaign flunkies, not way back in 1990. But that’s not possible, is it?
We’ve already noted in a previous post how Obama’s biographical narrative–the fable of Barack Obama–began way back when he was at Harvard.
Yes, it began long ago. That is, unless we want to entertain this possibility: That the very few published articles, allegedly from 1990, are not true historical documents but were instead planted on the Internet (or even in microfilm archives) for one particular reason–to help further Obama’s long-standing goal of fundamentally transforming the USA.