Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith criticizes President Barack Obama for falsifying a significant portion of his first autobiography, Dreams from My Father. Smith builds his case on the research in David Maraniss’s new book, Barack Obama: The Story. But even when joining Obama’s critics, Smith tries to protect him–and the media that allowed Obama to get away with his lies for years, with no small amount of help from Smith himself.
Smith says that Maraniss presents “38 instances” in which the available evidence contradicts “significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history.” Yet he all but excuses Obama’s falsehoods, claiming that they were motivated by a desire “[t]o tell a familiar, simple, and ultimately optimistic story about race and identity in the 20th Century.” That Obama might have had political ambitions in mind–given that the book was released on the eve of his campaign for the Illinois state senate–does not compute for Smith… READ THE FULL STORY HERE
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