Part 1 <—–
I continuing to dig back into the Internet record, trying to find out where the “Obama was born in Kenya” story started.
The fossil record shows that through most of 2008, bloggers were perfectly OK with Obama as president so long as he was born in Hawaii. No one was talking about US citizen parents as a requirement to be president. Only in the last half of the year did the influence of Donofrio and the idea of “undivided loyalty” appear.
Studying advanced searching techniques, I came across the inurl operator. Many blogs use a method (sometimes called a permalink) to name their web pages that involves the year, or the month and year the article was written as part of the URL. You’ll see that a URL to this article that contains “/2009/02/” in it. A Google search like this:
Obama “born in kenya” inurl:2007
should only return web pages with “2007” in the URL (no space after the “:”). This screens out hundreds of thousands of newer pages. One problem with this technique is that not all blogs have their clocks set right!
So with a new result set to work with, let’s continue.
This may be a spurious error. Dig, dig, dig…
Wow, this is back to February, 2007. The Canadian Like It Is blog has this comment dated 2/13/2007:
This from the Obama campaign Community Blogs talking about a visit to Yahoo Answers written May 23, 2007:
The first question I saw was from “Noam_Depix”[nom de paix] DC:
Why are all Democrats anti-life Abortionists?
ugh. Another one of his questions:
If Obama bin HUSSEIN al Barack was born in Kenya, how can he run for president in the US?
On September 23, 2007, an article by John Ross in the Red: No al la guerra blog in the article NO EN NUESTRO NOMBRE! – UNA CARTA PARA EL MOVIMIENTO MEXICANO CONTRA LA GUERRA said:
Nor can North American activists vote the war in Iraq away. The PRI/Dems’ presidential candidates for the party’s 2008 nomination are selling their anti-war credentials like sexoservadoras in La Merced, Hillary Clinton says she’s against the war but voted for the war and is proud of it. John Edwards, the liberal senator from North Carolina, is against the war but voted for it and is ashamed of it. Barak Obama, who was born in Kenya and attended an Islamic madrassa growing up in Indonesia, is against the war and never voted for it because he was not yet in congress when the vote was taken. Dennis Kucinich, the only real anti-war candidate (he campaigns for reparations to the Iraqis), is considered the lunatic fringe in this circus.