How dare someone claim Obama might have an African perspective or anti-colonialist leanings. Howie Kurtz details the outrage in his WaPo column today, including a fact check of sorts:
Reached separately in New York, D'Souza, 49, who worked in the Reagan White House, says his argument that the president was heavily influenced by the late Barack Obama Sr. is a "psychological theory." But, he insists, "the idea that Obama has roots that are foreign is not an allegation, it's a statement of fact."Well yes, except for the four years in Indonesia with the other Muslim (agnostic?) father who apparently didn't inspire any dreams. Gibbs quickly calls this stuff innuendo; ie--stealth birtherism, because we all know any mention of Obama's roots other than by Obama himself is birtherism, especially when coming from someone who used to work in the Reagan White House. The only worthwhile ex-Reaganites are the ones who agree with Democrats--who doesn't know that?
The facts are also these: Obama Sr. abandoned the family when his son was 2, and the future president saw his father only one more time, during a visit in Hawaii when he was 10. Obama Sr. died in 1982.
Howie seems to be saying there was no time for Obama'a father's dream to wear off on him since he left at 2 and they didn't stay in touch. But the book, Tattoo, the book! Obama often trumped his foreign roots to burnish his reputation as someone who understood the world unlike Bushhitlerburton--but that was to get elected; does he really have an African anti-colonial perspective? Well, last year he said this:
Mr Obama, the son of a Kenyan, added: "I'd say I'm probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who's occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse on why the colonial maps that were drawn helped to spur on conflict, and the terms of trade that were uneven emerging out of colonialism.See? The evil colonialists have been out of the business of carving up Africa since at least 1990!
"And yet the fact is we're in 2009," continued the US president. "The West and the United States has not been responsible for what's happened to Zimbabwe's economy over the last 15 or 20 years.
Whatever, the White House is apparently in nervous breakdown mode today, requesting a meeting with Forbes Mag to complain of fishiness while simultaneously denying that Michelle Obama said what Carla Bruni's unofficial biography said she said about life in the White House. It's officially heaven on earth, and with that little blue Democrat transit seal stamp of approval to prove it (and perhaps a new slogan--"it's now change that matters, unlike the change we've just seen").
Funny how Gibbs never jumped right out and rebuked Christopher Andersen's book for alleging that Bill Ayers helped write "Dreams". Not a peep.
And Dreams contained a lot of jabberwocky about economic inequities both in Africa and America--D'Souza himself admits basing the article on the book. But the White House is claiming his facts are wrong. Do they mean his facts about Obama's time outside the US or his ponderings of white man's greed in a world of need? Maybe Gibbs can now point to Andersen's book--which claims Ayers actually wrote Dreams--as his new defense.
It might work. Anything beats talking about the record foreclosure repo rate, unless they can spin it right.