Morning Examiner: The Invisible President

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

President Obama was born in Hawaii and is an American citizen. That much is true. But as the reviews of David Maraniss’ new book, Barack Obama: The Story come in, it appears that almost everything else in Obama’s supposed autobiography, Dreams from My Father, is complete fiction.

The Weekly Standard‘s Andrew Ferguson writes: Maraniss’s book is most interesting for the light it casts on Obama’s self-invention, which is of course the theme of Dreams from My Father … Years before Obama haters could inflate him into an America-destroying devil or Obama worshippers spied those rolling swells of greatness that have yet to surface, Barack Obama was carefully fashioning from his own life something grander than what was there. He was the first Obama fabulist”

National Review‘s Michael Knox Beran: “Obama imposed on his boyish self a point of view he attained only when he was in his twenties, and he “focused the narrative through that racial lens.” “The tendency in his self-portrait,” Maraniss writes, is “to present himself as blacker and more disaffected than he was, if only slightly so.” … He took to carrying a tattered copy of Ellison’s Invisible Man, to remind him of what he wanted to be.”

BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith writes: “Maraniss’s Barack Obama: The Story punctures two sets of falsehoods: The family tales Obama passed on, unknowing; and the stories Obama made up. … The two strands of falsehood run together, in that they often serve the same narrative goal: To tell a familiar, simple, and ultimately optimistic story about race and identity in the 20th Century.”

Talking with CSPAN recently, Maraniss said that when he talked to Obama about his book, Obama said, “David, you called my book fiction.” Maraniss responded, “No Mr. President, I complimented you. I called it literature.”

Campaign 2012
Obama: Obama has tapped Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, to play Romney in mock debate rehearsals

Romney: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told guests at a recent charity event that while he could not endorse Mitt Romney because of his social views, he “believed Mr. Romney would probably be better at running the country than Mr. Obama.”

Veepstakes: ABC News‘ Jonathan Karl reports that “Republican sources tell me that Senator Marco Rubio is not being vetted by Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search team. He has not been asked to complete any questionnaires or been asked to turn over any financial documents typically required of potential vice presidential candidates.”

Massachusetts Senate: Sen. Scott Brown has agreed to debate Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, but only if it is not on MSNBC.

Charlotte: Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., who is running for re-election in West Virginia, said Monday he plans to sit out September’s Democratic National Convention.

Media: MSNBC has been caught selective editinga tape of Romney to make him look bad. This time it was a stop Romney made in Pennsylvania where Romney compared the free-market efficiency of the convenience store WaWa with the “bureaucratic nightmare” that is the federal government. MSNBC cut out the government part and just made it seem Romney was wowed by WaWa’s touch-screens.

Around the Bigs
USA Today, Grim job prospects could scar today’s college graduates: Unemployment among college graduates younger than 25 had averaged 9.4%, with an additional 19.1% in jobs for which they were overqualified.

The Washington Post, Greek elections haven’t calmed fears about Europe’s financial health: Europe found itself in the firing line of financial markets and world leaders on Monday, with election results in near-bankrupt Greece failing to quell mounting fears about the region’s financial stability.

The Wall Street Journal, Spain Back in Cross Hairs: The brief afterglow from Greece’s vote Sunday to try to remain in the euro was quickly extinguished by a cascade of bad news out of Spain that again rattled faith in the currency bloc’s ability to support its most troubled members.

The New York Times, Lost in Recession, Toll on Underemployed and Underpaid: Many middle-class and working-class people who are fortunate enough to have work are still struggling as, adjusted for inflation, the median hourly wage was lower in 2011 than it was a decade earlier, according to data from a forthcoming book by the Economic Policy Institute.

The Los Angeles Times, Fueled by immigration, Asians are fastest-growing U.S. group: Asian Americans are now the nation’s fastest-growing racial group, overtaking Latinos in recent years as the largest stream of new immigrants arriving annually in the United States.

The Washington Times, Border Patrol group calls for Holder’s resignation:The National Border Patrol Council, which represents all 17,000 of the agency’s non-supervisory agents, called for the resignation Monday of Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation that resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Righty Playbook
The Heritage Foundation‘s Patrick Tyrrell identifies which states will be hardest hit by Obama’s Taxmageddon.

AEI‘s Jordan McGillis notes that the percentage of American households receiving benefits from the federal government is almost over 50 percent.

At The Corner, John O’Sullivan details what Romney should have said in response to Obama’s amnesty.

Lefty Playbook
Slate‘s Matt Taylor says Obama’s amnesty is already paying dividends with Latinos.

Talking Points Memo‘s Sahil Kapur says Republicans are falling into Obama’s immigration trap.

Mother Jones‘ Adam Serwer argues that Obama’s amnesty is not an amnesty.

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