Ben Smith, no conservative he, begins his review of “David Maraniss’s new biography of Barack Obama” by calling the book . . .
. . . the first sustained challenge to Obama’s control over his own story, a firm and occasionally brutal debunking of Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father.
Maraniss’s Barack Obama: The Story punctures two sets of falsehoods: The family tales Obama passed on, unknowing; and the stories Obama made up. The 672-page book closes before Obama enters law school, and Maraniss has promised another volume, but by its conclusion I counted 38 instances in which the biographer convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history.
Emphasis added. Isn’t this first sustained challenge just about four years too late? 38 instances when a respected journalist discoveries significant discrepancies between the Democrat’s self-presentation and the actual record!?!?
You’d think a news media containing reporters with time in 2012 to track down Mitt Romney’s high school classmates and to talk to his neighbors would have devoted at least a few minutes back in 2008 to look at the then-Democratic candidate’s biography. But, our accountable journalists took Obama’s story at face value.
“We elected a fiction“, quips law professor William A. Jacobson.
This, quips Darleen Click at protein wisdom, “is only a little vindication for the people who suspected, and pointed out, Barry’s empty suit in 2008 . . . . Fact remains, honest reporters should have actually vetted Obama more than four years ago. Vetting is not a biographer’s job.”