The irony gets very thick here. And delicious.
President Barack Obama was blabbing and whining last week about “fake” news sites that supposedly helped propel President-Elect Donald Trump as his successor in the White House, instead of Hillary Clinton. At first I thought he was speaking of all the mainstream media sites that colluded with Clinton’s campaign. That list — like CNN and NBC and CBS and NY Times and Washington Post and on and on and on — is too long to mention here. Obama wouldn’t link fake news with outright lying. That would be too logical.
But the President was talking about alternative news sites, not mainstream media. At least he is consistently wrong about just about everything, so no surprises there.
When Obama ranted about fake stories in the media I didn’t think of Trump or conservative news sources. I think of Obama himself. In his 1995 autobiography “Dreams from my Father,” Obama in fact created characters out of thin air. He calls them “composite” characters. Anyone else thinking clearly calls them complete fabrications.
In the 1995 bestseller, Obama created a mysterious former girlfriend from New York. She was so mysterious that she never in fact existed and he was ultimately forced to admit she was made up. Obama never uses her name but describes how she looked, sounded and acted in great detail. Eventually biographer David Maraniss was likewise forced to divulge that Obama fabricated the girlfriend, though the author said Obama never told him until long after it was in print.
“During an interview in the Oval Office, Obama acknowledged that, while Genevieve was his New York girlfriend, the description in his memoir was a “compression” of girlfriends, including one who followed Genevieve [Cook] when he lived in Chicago,” Maraniss writes in his new biography, an excerpt of which was published by Vanity Fair. – From Politico
Perhaps even more disturbing, Obama invented a confrontation in the book where he and his imaginary, nameless New York girlfriend go to see a play by a black playwright. What happens next is compelling reading … except it never happened. He writes:
One night I took her to see a new play by a black playwright. It was a very angry play, but very funny. Typical black American humor. The audience was mostly black, and everybody was laughing and clapping and hollering like they were in church. After the play was over, my friend started talking about why black people were so angry all the time. I said it was a matter of remembering—nobody asks why Jews remember the Holocaust, I think I said—and she said that’s different, and I said it wasn’t, and she said that anger was just a dead end. We had a big fight, right in front of the theater. When we got back to the car she started crying. She couldn’t be black, she said. She would if she could, but she couldn’t. She could only be herself, and wasn’t that enough.
This is simply bizarre. We expect the guy digging through the trash at a bus station to make up crazy stories like this, but the President of the United States? The author of this complete fabrication is now lecturing America on the dangers of fabricated news? And what does this say about the news media who gave Obama’s book rave reviews, knowing in fact that he fabricated content and people? The media has said that Obama fabricated his characters out of many similar friends from many different places. What? Yes, that’s simply called fiction. Or for a nonfiction book, it’s called lying.
Now, the people who have made a cottage industry out of lying to the American people — both Obama and his crooked media — are suddenly concerned about fake news?
I think they’re going to have to likewise fabricate sympathy along with their fictional characters because the American public has no more tolerance for this type of hypocritical behavior and preaching.