On April 3, 2007, Barack Obama’s publisher said he was “born in Kenya”
This is a link to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. It is a copy of the website of Obama’s publisher (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management) dated April 3, 2007. It says that Obama was “born in Kenya.”
Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
April 3, 2007
BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. 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.
This does not mean that Obama was born in Kenya. Instead, what it does mean is that on April 3, 2007, his publisher said that he was “born in Kenya.”
In 2012, a former employee of his publisher said that this was a “fact checking error” that happened in 1991.
In my mind, this raises the following three questions:
1) If this was a “fact checking error,” where did this false information originate?
2) Why did this false information remain in place for sixteen years?
3) Why did it only get corrected in 2007, when Obama announced that he was running for President?