The Great Barry

May 19, 2012
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Mark Steyn explains why Obama once claimed to have been born in Kenya:

The more obvious explanation of the variable first line in the eternally shifting sands of Obama’s biography is that, rather than pretending to have been born in Hawaii, he’s spent much of his life pretending to have been born in Kenya. After all, if your first book is an exploration of racial identity and has the working title “Journeys in Black and White,” being born in Hawaii doesn’t really help. It’s entirely irrelevant to the twin pillars of contemporary black grievance — American slavery and European imperialism. To 99.99 percent of people, Hawaii is a luxury-vacation destination and nothing else. Whereas Kenya puts you at the heart of what, in an otherwise notably orderly decolonization process by the British, was a bitter and violent struggle against the white man’s rule. Cool! The composite chicks dig it, and the literary agents.

And where’s the harm in it? Everybody does it — at least in the circles in which Obama hangs. At Harvard Law School, where young Barack was “the first African-American president of The Harvard Law Review,” there’s no end of famous firsts: As The Fordham Law Review reported, “Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995.” There is no evidence that Mrs. Warren, now the Democrats’ Senate candidate, is anything other than 100 percent white. She walks like a white, quacks like a white, looks whiter than white. She’s the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of Wite-Out. But she “self-identified” as Cherokee, so that makes her a “woman of color.” Why, back in 1984 she submitted some of her favorite dishes to the Pow Wow Chow cookbook, a “compilation of recipes passed down through the Five Tribes families.”

The recipes from “Elizabeth Warren — Cherokee” include a crab dish with tomato mayonnaise. Mrs. Warren’s fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab. It’s in the state song: “Ooooooklahoma! Where the crabs come sweepin’ down the plain . . . ” But then the white man came and now the Oklahoma crab is extinct, and at the Cherokee clambakes they have to make do with Mrs. Warren’s traditional Five Tribes recipe for Cherokee Lime Pie.

14 Responses to The Great Barry

  1. Where's the harm in Polipundit? on May 19, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Obama never claimed to have been born in Kenya.

    But what is the harm in Polipundit writing that he did?

    Polipundit has no written or spoken passage from Obamas stating that he was born in Kenya.

    But, really, what is the harm in Polipundit writing otherwise?

    Lying by Polipundit is OK, right, since the ends justify the means? Right?

    • ATTILA on May 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Why doesn’t the first liar step forth and put and end to the speculation by offering a genuine birth cert.????? He can’t, that’s why.

    • artist on May 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Your President is the liar. And an anti-American lunatic.

      That’s Ok, just a few months left. Then it’s back to the Chicago slums.

    • MikeN on May 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      The bio sent by Obama’s literary agent for 10+ years said he was born in Kenya.

  2. ATTILA is not that bright on May 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Why doesn’t the first liar step forth and put and end to the speculation by offering a genuine birth cert.????? He can’t, that’s why.

    He did.

    It just didn’t satisfy morons like you, walking around in your stupefying fog of ODS.

  3. james on May 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

    This is all well and good, and Steyn’s column is pretty damn funny, but let’s keep the focus where it should be.

    Obama and the Left are more than happy to spend the next several months wasting time over trivial issues.

    Hammer the economy incessantly from now until election day and send this marxist stooge packing.

  4. james on May 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    By the way, I believe Romney intends to do just that (he didn’t take the super PAC ad bait at all).

    Which is why the White House is beginning to panic.

  5. artist on May 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Why is the brilliant academic Obama hiding his college records?

    What’s he hiding?

  6. james on May 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Probably mediocre grades, marxist-socialist classes, and a Warren-like gaming of the affirmative-action system.

    But it doesn’t matter–at this point it’s just another distraction from what is important.

  7. setnaffa on May 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Obama keeps offering this crap about birth certs and etc. hoping we’ll forget how utterly incompetent he is at both domestic and foreign policy. Who gives “a tinker’s damn” about anything but replacing him?

    We couldn’t have chosen worse. Romney, even if he turns out as bad as the Paulbots opine, will be an improvement.

  8. anonymous un-RINO on May 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I think the Left is going to have a collective aneurism before this is all over.

    They just don’t seem prepared to watch their messiah gettin’ laughed at and pilloried. And boy oh boy is he about to get pilloried. The pillorization meters are all gonna be pegged.

  9. MikeN on May 19, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    So Obama spent some part of his life claiming to have been born in Kenya. Why? Was it because his book, originally titled Journeys in Black and White, would be more interesting if he claimed Kenya instead of Hawaii? Or did he receive special scholarships to attend Harvard as a foreign student?

    And is the Clinton camp behind all this sudden revelations?

  10. anonymous un-RINO on May 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    No, this is all the willardbots’ doing. The know how to campaign negatively, believe me. It’s what they do best. Opposition research is a science to them. And unlike McLiar, they use the dirt when they uncover it. And Willard’s hands will stay clean throughout.

    You have to admire the way this crapweasel works, in a way. He’s every bit as ruthless as the Obamabots.

  11. Jorge on May 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

    He’s every bit as ruthless as the Obamabots.

    and some would say that IT’S ABOUT F*CKING TIME!!

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