Saturday, March 08, 2014


Shawn Glasco -- a "researcher" who's done work for Jack Cashill (you know, the lunatic who thinks Bill Ayers wrote Barack Obama's book Dreams from My Father) -- now takes to the e-pages of the American Thinker to explain that mainstream accounts of the marriage of Barack Obama's parents add up to a conspiracy so vast:
Barack Obama's parents were "married in name only," according to David Maraniss's 2012 Barack Obama: The Story. But since definitions of an "in name only" marriage vary, such as "a marriage of convenience" or "a sexless marriage," and Maraniss failed to explain his claim, it is unclear what he was implying. Therefore, Obama's oft-told nativity story must be searched for the full implications of Obama's parents' "in name only" marriage.
Yes -- it absolutely must, because ... well, it's not clear why. Because there are "implications." Whatever those might be.

It seems we have to start at the beginning, when Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. met -- or "met":
According to Dreams from My Father, the official Obama nativity story began in the fall of 1960, when Ann Dunham met Obama Sr. "in a Russian language course" at the University of Hawaii (UH). Yet Ann's full UH transcript hasn't been released, and Obama Sr.'s UH transcript mysteriously went "missing" shortly after being viewed by Obama Sr. biographer Sally Jacobs. So it will never be known if, in fact, Ann and Obama Sr. were in the same Russian class, as Dreams claims.
Russian Language Class-Gate!

And then we get to Conception-Gate:
... Maraniss "calculated" in his 2012 book that Ann and Obama Sr. "were having sex, most likely at his apartment on 10th Avenue in Kaimuki[,]" "within weeks of the first day" of the "Russia" class. Although not at "10th Avenue" as Maraniss claimed, the 1960-1961 Honolulu Polk directory does show Obama Sr. residing(r) at 625 11th Ave.

... But Ann's daughter, Maya Soetoro, postulated "with a chuckle" in David Mendell's 2007 Obama biography From Promise to Power that her hapa-Kenyan brother "was conceived" in a "nondescript concrete dormitory building just inside the campus" in which Obama Sr. "had been living" "while he and Ann dated." Since, in reality, Obama Sr.'s apparent 11th Avenue address in the fall of 1960 was not a dormitory "just inside the campus," but rather a house over 1.5 miles from campus, we have to ask if Maya was confused, purposefully deceitful, or a combination of both.
Omigod! What the Indonesia-born Maya Soetoro "postulated" about the exact location where Barack Obama was conceived might not have been correct! She must have been engaging in a deliberate act of deception! Why wouldn't she be able to provide an accurate account of a sex act she didn't witness, which led to the birth of her half-brother nine years before she was born, in a completely different country?

From there, we move on to smoking guns like these:
Notably, Obama Sr.'s 11th Avenue address listed in the 1960-1961 and 1961-1962 Honolulu Polk directories doesn't appear in any of Obama Sr.'s INS files, which listed four Honolulu addresses: 1810 University Ave., 2036 Round Top Terrace, 1704 Punahou St., and 1482 Alencastre St. Therefore, the authenticity of Obama Sr.'s INS files ... needs to be questioned.
Right, because real government files never contain inaccurate or incomplete information, especially when the subject is the address of an immigrant. The otherwise 100% accuracy rate of immigration records proves that Obama Sr.'s INS records are fake!

I'll spare you the rest of the speculation bout the exact date of the Obamas' marriage (if there ever was one!) and the exact dates when they lived together (or did they?), and just ask: what the hell difference does this make? Yes, it would be nice to have an accurate narrative of he relationship between Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. for the historical record, but, really, we know what we need to know as Americans, don't we? Our current president is the son of a couple who did not remain a couple very long, and the president nonetheless thrived thanks to the love of his mother and his mother's parents, while remaining acutely aware of his father's absence. What else would constitute critical information? What does parsing half-century-old address records tell us? If Barack Obama Sr. didn't live at 625 11th Avenue, is that a constitutional violation on the part of the current Barack Obama? Does it make him a better or worse president? What's the point?

I guess the point is that it gives the nutjobs -- the "researchers" and their readers -- some busywork to engage in so they're not doing real harm in some other way. So I suppose we should just let them do this and tiptoe quietly away.


Victor said...

Yes, let them sit in their jircle and cerk each other off.

It keeps them occupied so that they can't do any further harm.

It's a shame, in this horrible economy, that the kids and parents are moving in with one another.

This has caused these nutjobs to be kicked out of the basements and attics so that some sane relatives can occupy those areas.

Jules said...

Look, it is so simple that even a liberal should be able to see the implications.

If Obama II was born out of wedlock, or at least not conceived on native soil, then he should not have inherited the crown from his father, King Obama I.

Sheesh. It is people like you who question the need to drink a quart of your own urine a week and line your mouth with tin foil, and we all know where that leads!

aimai said...

I'm reading "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" right now and I've got to say that everything you could say on this topic was said by Hofstadter in 1963--one of the things he points out is that a common feature of all these conspiracy stories is that there's tons of focus on minute details and also that things that are implausible or contradictory seem to help each other be believed. So the Jesuits and the Catholics are behind increasing Catholicism, but also behind Masonic anti clericalism, because what they hell?

In the case of the Obama stories even if Obama's father wasn't, somehow, Obama senior that wouldn't make him not eligible to be the president. This has been the problem for the "Frank Marshall is really Obama's father" crowd--if Frank Marshall, an American citizen, was "really" Obama's father then the entire Kenyan conspiracy shit simply falls under its own weight. If Obama's biological father was a US citizen then Obama is a "natural born" US citizen under any reading of the history of the term.

But actually, ditto for all this "where was he conceived" stuff--if Obama was conceived on US soil and there was no Kneyan connection then he can't have been spirited out of the country during the pregnancy because...logic? Why would you?

And if the conspiracy was to place the young Obama into the presidency in some future date and all this energy has been expended to create a legitimate background for him why not simply create an obviously more, as it were, legitimate one by giving him a fictional US born father?

Oh, I give up, I'm going to go drink some flouridated water and listen to my tooth fillings.

Unknown said...

Since the sex cannot be proved, perhaps what we have here is the son of God.

Glennis said...

Gah! This transcript nonsense is insane. College transcripts are not being mysteriously kept secret, College transcripts are required to be kept confidential BY LAW.

EVERYONE's college transcript is "mysteriously" kept secret. Mine is. Yours is. Obama's is. And yes, his mother's and father's too.

Green Eagle said...

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"

You liberals do not comprehend the monumental significance of this revelation. Conservatives have now moved the likely site of Obama's conception a mile and a half closer to Kenya. A few thousand more discoveries like this, and they will have finally proven that he was Kenyan all along.

Orly, are you listening?

Ken_L said...

Marriage in name only ... like the CLOSET GAYS do!!!! Just like OBOOBIE AND MICHELLE!!!!!!!!

Thank God there are still some loyal Americans who won't rest until we know the truth about The Kenyan Usurper, who is in the People's House courtesy of 23 million fraudulent ACORN votes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I say let it ride. The more people make public idiots of themselves the more they delegitimize themselves in the eyes of the general public. Furthermore the more right thinking people view those who associate themselves with said individuals as crazy themselves, or even worse sane individuals who cynically enable them.

This is important for the Democratic party. We're at the point where the party internally doesn't agree on shit when it comes to policy. However we all agree the Republicans are nuts. We win when we run against them, actually having to run on policy and goals would expose our own internal schisms and lead to serious problems between our donor class and elite cultural cities vs the populist base, and that is a fight that will splinter us into way too many factions to remain viable.

Dave S. said...

"Nativity story"? Jesus Christ.