The once ubiquitous “birther” controversy seemed dead and buried until last week, when the question over whether or not Barack Obama had been born in the United States flared up again.
This was accompanied by the usual eye rolling and sarcasm from liberals, who are desperate to distract from the unavoidable truth: that much of the “birther” narrative originated in the Clinton camp back in 2008.
McClatchy DC reports:
Two supporters of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign reportedly shared the claim that then-rival Barack Obama was not born in the United States and thus was not eligible to be president. (…)
Meanwhile, former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher tweeted Friday that Blumenthal had “told me in person” that Obama was born in Kenya.
“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Friday to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.
Blumenthal, who worked in the White House with President Bill Clinton and later was employed by the Clinton Foundation, could not be reached Friday but said in an email to The Boston Globe, “This is false. Period.”
Interestingly, the McClatchy article leaves out the uncontested fact that Obama’s book publicist regularly described the future president as having been “born in Kenya,” as a way to add to his “exotic” appeal to potential readers.
All authors are well aware of what their publicists say about them, and normally have veto power over the finished product. Apparently, Obama saw no reason to correct these press releases at the time.