It’s all over the news, so you’ve surely seen it. Historian David Maraniss has a new book out which apparently attempts to set the record straight on the Obama life story as told to us by Barack Obama and Bill Ayers in ‘Dreams from my Father.’ I’m mentioning it here just to keep my archives up-to-date (I’ve written about the other Obama books and am reading this one) and to add a little levity to PTPR from time to time.
Here the UK Daily Mail is especially interested in a tale about Obama’s supposed grandfather supposedly beaten and imprisoned by the Brits supposedly sixty years ago. It is believed that this supposed incident is the reason Obama rudely returned the Winston Churchill bust to Great Britain upon his arrival at the White House.
Here is the Daily Mail:
A new biography of Barack Obama has established that his grandfather was not, as is related in the President’s own memoir, detained by the British in Kenya and found that claims that he was tortured were a fabrication.
‘Barack Obama: The Story’ by David Maraniss catalogues dozens of instances in which Obama deviated significantly from the truth in his book ‘Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance’. The 641-page book punctures the carefully-crafted narrative of Obama’s life.
One of the enduring myths of Obama’s ancestry is that his paternal grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama, who served as a cook in the British Army, was imprisoned in 1949 by the British for helping the anti-colonial Mau Mau rebels and held for several months.
Read it all.
I only caught a bit of Rush Limbaugh yesterday having fun over Maraniss’ discomfiture over the reaction to his book because of how ‘right wingers’ are using it. Check it out here.