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Obama's 'American Story' Faces Fresh Scrutiny: Do Memoir Fibs Matter?

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President Obama detailed his early life in an autobiography he wrote in his 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Obama begins the book noting that he changed the names of people, compressed characters together, and compressed the chronology for the sake of narrative flow. A new book suggests that Obama did more than create anonymity for characters and "compress" timelines.

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Washington Post editor David Maraniss wrote Barack Obama: The Story, a deeply researched, 600-page study of the president's ancestry and early life. The book details over 36 accounts of discrepancies between reality and Obama's memoir.

Gerald Early, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis dismissed the criticism toward Obama and the discrepancies as immaterial. "It really doesn't matter if he made up stuff," Early told Fox News. "I mean, after all, it's like you going to a psychiatrist and you make up stuff, and the psychiatrist can still psychoanalyze you because they're your lies... Autobiographies are not really good sources if you're looking for absolute complete factual accounts of someone's life," agreed Professor Early. "Autobiographies serve another kind of purpose for the person writing the book. I don't think it much matters whether Barack Obama has told the absolute truth in Dreams From My Father. What's important is how he wanted to construct his life."

FOXNEWS.COM reports:
A new book is questioning alleged discrepancies in President Obama's memoir, Dreams From My Father.


reports book questioning alleged discrepancies president obamas memoir dreams father

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  • The One 2012/07/11 04:21:01
  • AGPhillbin 2012/07/07 18:05:48
    No
    AGPhillbin
    I don't think it will matter much at all, nor am I particularly surprised because the book was written to generate a public image for himself, like most autobiographies, especially of politicians. This is why they are considered low quality sources. I already knew that Obama's upbringing was one of relative economic privilege, and that he did not rise up from the ghetto. I also know that Obama's mom met both his father and step-father through her job as an instructor for the U. S. Agency for International Development, an organization that works hand in glove with the CIA.
  • Erok 2012/07/07 06:33:24
  • Dee 2012/07/07 01:06:02
    Yes
    Dee
    +1
    Good Grief! Everyone should know in this age of instant information that you don't put lies in print.
  • FatherLiberty 2012/07/06 22:57:30 (edited)
    Yes
    FatherLiberty
    +1
    Most of his book has been proven a lie. Truth is, we dont really know who this man is for sure.

    Check out: Dreams From My Real Father.

    dreams from my real father
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/07/06 19:34:22
    Yes
    jackolantyrn356
    You'd best look at the FIBS of The Kenyan...........
  • frank 2012/07/06 17:55:48
    Yes
    frank
    Minor fibs, don’t you lies, his whole life story is one big lie. Why doesn’t the news media care about it?
  • PetrifiedElephantPoop 2012/07/06 17:32:05
    No
    PetrifiedElephantPoop
    Perception of ones life can always be tilted and rationalized. I am going to side with Early here...Much like a self portrait can be drawn in the artist's vision and best light.
  • Bob S 2012/07/06 16:04:44
    Yes
    Bob S
    +1
    He has lied so many times that he doesn't know truth from reality.
  • PrettieReptar 2012/07/06 15:25:43
    Yes
    PrettieReptar
    +2
    Sounds like the professor is confused about the difference between fiction and nonfiction. The professor needs to lose his title.
  • Jean 2012/07/06 14:31:38
    Yes
    Jean
    +1
    It does, when the person in question uses that fiction as part of a marketing scheme to grasp power and succeeds in fooling enough people into believing the fiction to allow him to succeed.
  • Captain-Morgan 2012/07/06 08:09:48 (edited)
    Yes
    Captain-Morgan
    +2
    The Liberal media over looked the real questions of his records and back ground.. And it's about time the scrutiny come now.. Yes, the lies and fibs matter...

    http://superstore.wnd.com/Wel...
  • greg 2012/07/06 08:02:52
    Yes
    greg
    +3
    If you lie in your memoir you will probably lie through out your entire life.
  • atti.tude 2012/07/06 05:35:04
    Yes
    atti.tude
    +3
    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”
    ~ Adolff Hitler
  • Lord Emperor of Dune 2012/07/06 05:23:29
  • Ken 2012/07/06 04:59:37
    Yes
    Ken
    +2
    They really tell us who he truly is.
  • snafu2 2012/07/06 03:57:43
    Yes
    snafu2
    +4
    This guy is nothing but BS JIVE and LIES! One usually gets this way when there are no stable mother or father in their early years. From what we know about this mystery man all he had was a few relatives, a communist mentor and weed smoking friends..WTF do you expect?
  • DeJu 2012/07/06 03:50:51
    Yes
    DeJu
    +3
    Does anyone speak English here anymore? A memoir is a writing about the author's past. A fiction may be based on someone's memories without any actual facts. Duh, the man's a liar in every way and personally, I'm scared! I'm mostly scared that he actually got elected by my neighbors, the people I think I know.
  • Mark P. 2012/07/06 03:50:14
    Yes
    Mark P.
    +3
    The whole book is a fib.
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/07/06 03:15:13
    Yes
    Demonic Rat Hunter
    +4
    Unfortunately The obama is real unlike his works of fiction he calls books. obama manchurian obama dope smoker obama dope smoker
  • tracy.m.miller1 2012/07/06 03:01:19
    Yes
    tracy.m.miller1
    +3
    Oh so he didn't really get high and drink a lot, is that where this is going? P'shew! Get the thig president out of the white house!
  • dominic garcia 2012/07/06 02:36:25
    Yes
    dominic garcia
    +6
    You can never trust anything a pathological has to say and that includes Obama.
  • marcuss LIBERALS ARE TRAITORS 2012/07/06 02:31:33 (edited)
    Yes
    marcuss LIBERALS ARE TRAITORS
    +7
    0WEbamas books are mostly fiction. HE LIED AS USUAL.......

    You wont see very many LWNJs comment here.....It EXPOSES 0WEbama for what he really is.
  • AGPhillbin marcuss... 2012/07/07 18:07:16
    AGPhillbin
    +1
    Only cowards block people because of their opinions.
  • bill 2012/07/06 02:02:08
    Yes
    bill
    +7
    We have to go back to the beginning if the Chicago news media, mainly the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times had honestly done their jobs and vetted Obama, he would have never been an Illinois State Senator to begin with. I will never let the corrupt Chicago media off the hook!
  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/07/06 01:48:20
    Yes
    The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk
    +6
    Especially now a days, when practically everything can be googled. I've never written an Auto biography, but I can only imagine the temptation to lie would be overwhelming. But to get caught in those lies can be humiliating. You can ask James Frey about that. (If That's his real name.)
  • Evil 1 2012/07/06 01:02:05
    Yes
    Evil 1
    +7
    They should matter. If Obama lied in his memoirs it proves he is capable of being blatantly dishonest which is not an attribute for the POTUS. But the liberal biased media as well as his followers have chosen to ignore the lies within his memoirs as well as all the lies told in 2008 as well as all the lies he has told since taking office. Seems honesty and integrity aren't qualities that Obama's supporters think are important. It is truly pathetic.
  • Selketskiss 2012/07/06 01:00:26 (edited)
    Yes
    Selketskiss
    +6
    The title should have been this...Dreams From A Druggie Liar

    His book is all about dreams that's for sure..dreams that were never true while omitting real facts and making himself look like something he is not...Lies do matter..it shows ones character.
  • Denny 2012/07/06 00:46:35
    Yes
    Denny
    +6
    They had this conversation last month with the author of the debunking book and he said no. I guess Obummer wasn't really there. That was about the time he didn't know where the hell he was at.
  • NPC 2012/07/06 00:33:43
    Yes
    NPC
    +7
    Barry Soetoro is a proven serial liar over and over again
  • Dan 2012/07/06 00:28:54
    No
    Dan
    +1
    Sadly, in this situation probably not. His detractors saw him for what he was long ago. His supporters are devoted to him no matter what. Most "independants" don't even pay attention. This information most likely will change nothing.
  • Bob S Dan 2012/07/06 16:06:39
    Bob S
    Even his supporters are beginning to realize what a loser he really is.
  • Dan Bob S 2012/07/07 14:46:04
    Dan
    Hopefuly enough, but I sure see a lot of cult type followers. They remind me of the Charles Manson "family".
  • Roger 2012/07/06 00:17:25
    Yes
    Roger
    +6
    All "fibs" reflect character. I didn't need his memoirs to tell me he fib'ed or what his character was.
  • Chris D 2012/07/06 00:13:04
    Yes
    Chris D
    +5
    Just ask James Fry

    james fry operah
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/06 00:10:39
    Yes
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    +7
    It is just more lies to add to the astronomical heap of lies Obama has already told and continues to tell.

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