I think my favorite thing about this new faux-controversy over the 1991 press material that mistakenly identifies Obama as being “born in Kenya” is that it demonstrates the wingnut power to spin revisionist histories even about oneself. For those unaware, the right-wing blogosphere is utterly convinced that this constitutes irrefutable proof that Obama was deliberately portraying himself as African-born in order to collect all that sweet, sweet affirmative action, and bone all those African-born-law-student groupies, I guess.
But returning to my point about revisionist histories, some in the right-wing blogosphere appear to be taking the opportunity to prove that their reflexive disbelief in the American-ness of America’s thus far only black president is totes not racist:
“So it looks like the main source of the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya was: Barack Obama?” asked Yes But However. “So the source of the confusion is Obama and his promoters themselves,” declared My Pet Jawa.
Look, no. You didn’t get the idea that Obama was born in Kenya from some 1991 press booklet that you weren’t aware of until five minutes ago. You got it from your own racist brain. But I’m sure in their own minds, those eldritch realms shaped by bitterness and cognitive dissonance, they truly believe that back in 2008 they heard about that time in 1991 when Obama was going around telling everybody he was Kenyan. (Not that, y’know, he was, but there are many layers of self-delusion at work in the average wingnut controversy.)
And so it’s actually Obama’s fault that they’re racist! How convenient.