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May 18, 2012

Obama Drove Drunk, Too
Obama's Agent Required, And Still Requires, Authors To Submit Their Own Bios

From the book, Dreams From Bill Ayers' Father:

The scene is Chicago, in front of Obama's apartment. A group of unruly young black men pulls up outside after midnight, music blasting. He has a guest in his apartment, and his neighbors have just brought home their newborn. He gets upset and goes outside to tell them off.

Then he starts to think: They could be me from just a few years ago. And they might intend him harm. Then, finally, he considers how he -- a grown up with a job and a life -- is increasingly unlike these kids, and how they may never have the chance to mature the way he did:

Their unruly maleness will not be contained, as mine finally was, by a sense of sadness at an older man's injured pride. Their anger won't be checked by the intimation of danger that would come upon me whenever I split another boy's lip or raced down a highway with gin clouding my head.

He also chuckled at making Mexican maids cry.

Barack Hussein Obama

All liquored up & trashing the place.

Like Led Zeppelin, except you don't want to go to his shows.

Update: Obama's Literary Agent Requested Authors Submit Their Own Bios. Breitbart.com is killing it.

Submission guidelines at the Dystel & Goderich website (original emphasis): "[Y]ou should describe in two or three sentences—no more—what the book will be about. This is followed by another brief paragraph on why it is being written and then another on why you are qualified to write it....Finally, there should be a more formal narrative Bio of the author."

How does Breitbart know this? The source of the article is an author who was also with Obama's agency -- he's quoting from the materials the agency sent him.

All material she used in our proposals came directly from me and my writing partner. She edited our rough-draft proposals and gave us feedback, but the final versions were all ours. Our final versions, bio included, were then simply photo-copied, by us, and distributed to potential publishers. This was back in the pre-Google days, recall.

I was asked to write the bio in the third person.

We seem to be going from "Rara Avis who actually writes his own stuff" to "Guy who completely checked out and let other people handle it for him."

And Still More: The bio was updated, corrected, and republished multiple times. For example, it was updated to include the new title of Obama's book.

And yet "Born in Kenya" remained.


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