London: A promotional pamphlet edited from publishing imprint Acton and Dystel claimed that Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, was “born in Kenya”.
The simmering political row over President Obama’s heritage was dramatically reignited on Thursday as a 1991 booklet boldly announced that the Democrat was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii”.
In the cover for a 1991 promotional booklet by Obama’s then-publisher Acton and Dystel, he is as “the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, (who) was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii”.
The information, which could be used as ammunition against the incumbent, comes months before what will likely be a close campaign between Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The 36-page promotional booklet was exclusively obtained by Breitbart, and was sent out to colleagues within the publishing industry in the early 1990s.
“Barack Obama is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention,” the Daily Mail quoted the later biography, which can still be found on Acton and Dystel’s archives, as reading.
“He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago.”
“His first book, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, has been a long time New York Times bestseller,” it read.
The blue, teal, and silver booklet was printed in part to celebrate Acton and Dystel’s 15th anniversary, and also to display the breadth and depth of authors the imprint published.
President Obama released his birth certificate to the public last April. He said during a press briefing at the time that he was “puzzled at the degree to which this thing just keeps going on”.
“We’ve had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, August 04, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital,” he had said.
The President concluded his speech by acknowledging that some people - despite the evidence - would not let go of the issue.
“I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest.”
“But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press. We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do,” he had said.