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Typo Changes Everything We Know About Obama, Despite Being Typo


A 1990 article in a hard-hitting publication called Vanity Fair either accidentally revealed a state secret: Obama spent some years in Singapore, not Indonesia, as a child! OR pooooossibly, but this is not very likely, an uninformed intern wrote an article about Obama and confused the countries of Indonesia (where Obama “spent” some time as a child) and Singapore (where he “did not spend” time as a child), because the intern only knows about America and everything else over there is a blur. The article stated that Obama was “raised in Singapore.” Later the magazine corrected this, saying, “We should have said Indonesia.” Genius scribe Jerome R. Corsi (pictured, releasing wind) has a theory about this: if lies sometimes are allowed to exist forever as no big deal because no one really notices or cares, maybe it means they are actually true. And because a typo is a form of lie, it can also be considered just a truth that is dying to get out. So, Obama once lived in Singapore and must now step down.

Here’s Harvard-educated ghostwriter-slave-driver Corsi explaining his theory, which will change everything:

On the heels of the discovery of a 1991 publicity brochure stating Barack Obama was born in Kenya comes the unearthing of a 1990 Vanity Fair article stating Obama grew up in Singapore, not in Indonesia. In both instances, the question immediately arises: Who was the source of the information that contradicts Obama’s accepted narrative?

Something something words and typing and geography and Obama, then:

Was Obama the source of the “raised in Singapore” statement in the Vanity Fair profile, or was it an error by the writer and editors?


Vanity Fair apparently wrote this, which they corrected when they republished the article in 2006, after Obama was elected senator of Illinois. Obama:

saw poverty while growing up in Singapore with his mother, an anthropologist, and his half-brothers and –sisters in Kenya still live hand to mouth at times.


The note offers no explanation of why the original article stated Obama was raised in Singapore.

So shady. And inside every Annie Lebovitz photo is a subliminal message brainwashing the state into liking Obama more than Romney, who is just a good, solid guy who doesn’t go to weird places. Have you ever doubted the rich white man is American? Exactly. [WND]

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  1. actor212

    So if someone makes a mistake, and corrects it, the mistake is the truth.

    See, this is why we can't have nice things like single-payer healthcare in this country.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      I made a mistake on my tax return, and didn't correct it. So is the extra thousand bucks I got on my refund the truth?

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          You mean, the forty hookers I gave twenty-five dollars each to? I'm a cheap bastard and believe in getting the most bang for my buck, even if I have to kick any "standards" to the curb.

    2. elviouslyqueer

      Okay, I'm going to publish a sentence along the lines of "Jerome Corsi is a no-necked, flatulent, morbidly obese, mouthbreathing shit snorter," then print a correction. Let the record show, bitches!

      1. sullivanst

        Well, where's your correction?

        Oh dear, did I just make it impossible for you to edit thus making sure the "mistake" is preserved for evah? Oops! I really didn't mean to do that, honest.

    3. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      But, Republicans keep arguing that Health Care is a mistake, so it must in fact be true, and should stay in place….

      Damn it, politics is hard.

    4. kissawookiee

      Yes, much as the truth is instantly negated by the magic words I WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT.

    5. Biel_ze_Bubba

      "So if someone makes a mistake, and corrects it, the mistake is the truth. "

      We elected Dumbya, and then we … oh wait, we didn't. Nevermind.

      1. nounverb911

        I used to live there. Excitement was watching Michael Fay get caned and carrying Durian onto the subway.

        1. MissTaken

          Singapore blows. The only perk of living there is cheap flights to Thai ladyboy clubs on the weekends.

          1. nounverb911

            Next time you go you should try Nadaman on the top floor of the Shangri-la Hotel. They used to have the best Teppanyaki in town.

          2. Biel_ze_Bubba

            Or you could spit your gum on the sidewalk. I understand that's all it takes to make your life interesting.

          3. MittBorg

            Depends on what you like to do. After traveling in places with no phones, terlets, mail service, or amenities in general, a visit to Singapore is blessed relief.

      1. MOG2410

        Yes, my boss HAD to have Pawlenty speak at an event, the audience looked like they were participating in a trial for an effective sleeping pill.

  2. MissTaken

    Whatevs. Everyone who's lived in Singapore know it's really S'pore. The real question is WHY ISN'T ANYOnE TALkING ABOUT NOoMBAA BEING VIDEEO GAME??!

  3. owhatever

    Corsi has now uncovered that if a train left Chicago bound for Kenya at the same time another train left Singapore bound for Honolulu, then "President" Obama could not have been born on both trains at the same time. To claim that the birth certificate shows otherwise would be still another Obama lie. Orly Taitz, the Donald and Sheriff Joe agree.

    1. bobbert

      This was exactly the Gedankenpruefung Einstein used in proving the Special Theory of the Irrelevance of Jerome Corsi.

  4. TribecaMike

    Ho hum. The Brits have been blaming Kenyans for the fall of Singapore in 1942 for seventy years.

  5. SayItWithWookies

    Jerome Corsi knows mistakes are the truth because that's the only way he ever writes anything that isn't a lie.

    1. 1stNewtontheMoon

      Rush Limbaugh, Jerome Corsi, and other overfed white old male republican sex tourists.

    2. mwittier

      Most, if not all, Singaporeans and Indonesians? And probably Rachel Maddow, because she seems smart and has obtrusive eyewear?

  6. BaldarTFlagass

    Corsi: Who was the source of the information that contradicts Obama’s accepted narrative?

    Baldar: Maybe some fucking idiot who's just as big a fucking ignorant abominable asshole as you.

  7. SorosBot

    To the Jerome Corsis of the world, aren't Singapore and Indonesia in the same "not white" category?

    1. MissTaken

      Singapore is the okay version of "non white" since they speak English and the hookers with their extra hoohah muscle tell the old fat white men how handsome and funny they are.

  8. Mittens Howell, III

    Updating Wikipedia:

    Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961 – Hawaii, Singapore, Indonesia, Kenya, Russia.

    Maybe China, too.

    Probably not Hawaii.

  9. Extemporanus

    For young Barrack, the worst part about growing up in Singapore was the early morning bus ride to his madrasah in Indonesia.

      1. SorosBot

        Since he's apparently able to go back in time to fake his birth certificate to run for President, he must be from Galifrey.

          1. AbandonHope

            Nah, Mitt's an Auton. (I was going to say Cyberman but that gives him WAY too much credit.)

          2. scvirginia

            "As Governor, Romney kept a private elevator in the statehouse locked exclusively for his personal use. The elevator became a symbol of his distance from the press and the state legislature, as veteran lawmakers complained about a lack of access to the Governor. After Romney finished his term, the elevator was reopened." http://bit.ly/HcKqcm

  10. Tommmcattt

    When I was truthing, on the stair,
    I had ideas that just weren't there,
    And though I tried to make them stay,
    The real facts drove them all away!

    When I came home last night at three,
    Obama still was on tee-vee,
    But though we"ve tried to cause his fall
    Our story just won't stick at all!

    So we keep lyiing, on the stair,
    Because we wish he wan't there,
    He still was there, again, today!
    We wish, we wish, he'd go away.

  11. Mittens Howell, III

    Singapore trees are all the wrong height, therefore Obama was born there and everywhere like such as …

  12. BlueStateLibel

    Let's just get to the heart of the matter: a BLACK man is president of the United States! Also, isn't Signapore supposed to be a really hip and cool place for our fleeing 1 percenters? Wouldn't this make Obama, if true, which it's not, even cooler then?

    1. Tommmcattt

      You'd think they'd love Singapore: A nominal democracy masking a repressive police state.

  13. scvirginia

    I kinda like the idea of Obama in breeches & a chest-exposing ruffly white shirt with eyepatch & bandana. Wooden leg, parrot & barrel of rum are optional…

  14. MumbletyRadio

    Harvard-educated, eh? Iconic title The Closing of the American Mind, published 25 years ago, popped into my head. Corsi embodies this sentiment well, though zombie Allan Bloom might be surprised to learn what's perpetuating our downward spiral of critical thinking is not higher ed's progenitors but its outcroppings of leaden-headed shills.

  15. Doktor Zoom

    Following this logic, IMDB should immediately change its listings for Marathon Man, Dog Day Afternoon, Midnight Cowboy, and Serpico to reflect the fact that I've never been able to keep early-70's Dustin Hoffman and early-70's Al Pacino straight. (Strangely, I never mix 'em up for The Graduate or The Godfather)

    Also, here is a picture of Cowboy BeBop at his computer

  16. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Corsi is getting close to the truth, but he still isn't opening his mind to what is really going on.

    How do you explain all these contradictions, the lies, the fact that a Black person is president?

    Corsi should be starting to see now. There is not just one Barack Obama. Clearly, The Caliph of Egypt, along with Stalin, Mao and a few Ayotollas, arranged for a secret cloning project. They then sent Pol Pot and Ho Chi Minh out to distribute the clones throughout the Islamic world to properly train them to become the new Socialist/Commie/Supreme Islamic Leader of the world. Sure, one was smuggled into Hawaii with some drugged out hippy women, so as to give some patina of him being America, but they quickly got that one out of the country and he is probably now in a terrorist training camp in Yemen.

    The question is, which Obama is now the puppet overlord in DC? Is it the Kenyan Obama, the Indonesian Obama, the Singaporean Obama, or one we haven't even tracked down yet from Mongolia or Kamchatka? What has he been trained to do? Will it just be beer summits, health care and Sharia Law, or is there a more sinister plan?

    I'm sure we will all be reading about this in Corsi's new book that comes out in October, along with his wall to wall interviews on FOX News. The Truth is out there!!! Don't retreat, reload!!!

    1. johnnyzhivago

      You left out the use of Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden's DNA being combined, and the fact that his surrogate father was of course Bill Ayres, who was cloned from Joseph Stalin.

      1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

        You are right . . .

        However, Don't blame me when the FEMA Death Camps (TM) come for you!

    2. sullivanst

      Sure, one was smuggled into Hawaii with some drugged out hippy women, so as to give some patina of him being America, but they quickly got that one out of the country and he is probably now in a terrorist training camp in Yemen.

      I Am America, And So Can You.

    3. 1stNewtontheMoon

      wasn't this the premise of a documentary with arnold schwarzenegger and danny devito? were they really triplets?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      "If you misspell Indonesia by typing "Mars", this story gets even more bizarre."

      No, not really.

  17. rickmaci

    "Unidentified sources say that Jerome Corsi got banged in the bung through a glory hole in a porn shop in the Combat Zone in Boston when he was a grad student at Harvard and he enjoyed it."

    Actually, there is no proof that he did or that he didn't.

    Wonderful world we live in where history is just another form of fiction. If it is written and then it gets corrected, the original statement can still be considered as fact.

  18. anniegetyerfun

    "Jerome Corsi is the world's fattest windbag."

    Correction: We should have said "is AMONG the world's fattest windbags". We regret the error, but can't help wondering why we wrote it in the first place if it wasn't true?

  19. Truantly_Joe

    Genius scribe Jerome R. Corsi (pictured, releasing wind) has a theory about this: if lies sometimes are allowed to exist forever as no big deal because no one really notices or cares, maybe it means they are actually true.

    Actually, that theory is essentially Jerome Corsi's entire raison d'être.

  20. Tundra Grifter

    Does anyone else take it as a very positive sign that the right wing nutz are so obsessed with trivia?

  21. randcoolcatdaddy

    I think Romney is a homophobic self-centered bullying twit born with a silver spoon stuck in his mouth.

    Excuse me, that was a typo – I meant to say "sphincter".

  22. Estproph

    But, Obama can't have been born in Kenya and also borned again in Singapore! He's from Mars!

  23. mavenmaven

    Corsi has sighted multiple Obama births in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Palau. It is a whole wave of Obamas coming to invade the US suggesting meekly to perhaps raise rich people's taxes and offer poor people some health care.

  24. Fox n Fiends

    Anchor Baby Mitt Romney doesn't seem to be on OfCorsi's gaydar. IRONIC??????????????

  25. MittBorg

    So, despite the fact that the school that he attended for years has records proving he attended it, which the wingnuts were furiously fapping to, lo, a mere six years ago, and despite the fact that it is proven/provable to be located in Indonesia, nevertheless, Jerome Corsi would like us to believe Obama lived in Singapore? Helluva commute, for a little kid.

  26. mwittier

    He looks like Baron Harkonnen's fey little brother, Bruce Harkonnen.

    "Watcha doin', Vladimir?"
    "Floating, oozing, and rewriting history."
    "Kin I play?"
    "No. Now scram."

  27. Redgyal

    "Have you ever doubted the rich white man is American?"

    Depends on which tribe you ask.

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