Obama updates “birthplace” on Facebook

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin announced this week that he’s making the slimy, pathetic move of renouncing his US citizenship, obviously to save millions in capital gains taxes from Facebook’s Friday IPO. Instead of simply denouncing the decision as ungrateful to the country to which Saverin’s family fled persecution, Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer proposed a law that would punish making citizenship decisions on such a basis.  President Obama has not yet announced a position on the bill, but as Yahoo’s The Ticket blog  reports, he may have figuratively renounced his own birthplace 20 years ago, changing his Facebook profile to “Born in Kenya” for the purpose of selling books:

A possible source of the so-called “birther” issue–or at least a potential cause of the rumors that have dogged President Barack Obama–has been identified.

Obama’s former literary agency misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad as an author in 1991.

According to a promotional booklet produced by the agency, Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”

Kudos to Yahoo for being practically the only news site to even mention this bombshell, but their unfamiliarity with the concept of vetting Obama is revealed by the inexplicable “A possible source… of the birther issue”. If the booklet were truly a “source” then it would have been revealed a while ago, if only so Birthers could prove they weren’t crazy. No, the booklet is not a source but a symbol of the media’s complete disinterest in exploring the President’s shady background. A disinterest that continues to this day:  Continue reading