The Sarah Obama Myth
I’ve addressed the rumor that one of President Obama’s African relatives “was there” when Obama was born before, most recently in my story today, but Alex Koppelman has a good take-out in Salon. G. Gordon Liddy has repeatedly said Obama was “born in the Kenyan slums” because of a doctored audio tape.
What Liddy was referring to is actually an affidavit filed by a street preacher named Ron McRae, who conducted an interview with Sarah Obama, the second wife of President Obama’s grandfather, through a translator. (Sarah Obama is not the president’s biological grandmother, but he calls her “Granny Sarah.”)
In that interview, Sarah Obama does in fact say at one point that she was there for her grandson’s birth. But that was a mistake, a confusion in translation. As soon as a jubilant McRae began to press her for further details about her grandson being born in Kenya, the family realized the mistake and corrected him. And corrected him. And corrected him.
This has been one of the most pervasive Obama myths, and because none of the citizenship lawsuits get trial, the ‘birthers’ believe it’s never been disproven. It’s quite telling.