Birthers are those disgusting people who claim that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, in order to gain political or economic advantage.
The original birther seems to have been Barack Obama, who apparently told his literary agents in 1991 that he was born in Kenya.
The agency went online in 1998, and still listed him as born in Kenya.
1998 Client List
By 2005 the profile was updated, and still said he was born in Kenya.
BARACK OBAMA is the junior Democratic senator from Illinois, and was the dynamic keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He was also the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. He was born in Kenya to an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, and was raised in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Chicago. His first book, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER: A STORY OF RACE AND INHERITANCE, is a New York Times bestseller.
As of February 2, 2007, the profile still said he was born in Kenya
February 2, 2007 Dystel & Goderich Literary Management :: Client List
One week later, on February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for President
Saturday, February 10, 2007; 3:28 PM
Text of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s speech, as prepared for delivery Saturday in Springfield, Ill., and released by his campaign, in which he announced he is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2008:
His profile was changed within a few weeks to say that he was born in Hawaii.
April 21, 2007 Dystel & Goderich Literary Management :: Client List
For 17 years it was advantageous to say that he was born in Kenya, but after he announced his candidacy for president – he needed to be born in the US. Why did Obama choose to lie about his birthplace?