Friday, 18 May 2012

Journeys in Black and White

It's a nifty title.  It would have been a decent book....if it'd been written.

In 1991, some book publisher paid a up-front fee to then Mr Barak Obama, to write up this book about life as a black and white kid growing up in America.  This whole episode was kinda forgotten about in the end....because he just couldn't write the book that they wanted....so he ended up writing a totally different piece that was about his own personal life, which ended up including some composite characters (meaning that it's not absolutely totally true).

None of this would really matter, but the fancy advertising booklet that was hinting of upcoming books from the publisher was found, and published this week.

The booklet had twenty-two lines describing the great upcoming writer....Barak Obama.  There are several things which are partly true or just plain fictional on this advertising booklet.  Barak Obama was indicated as being born in Kenya.....which he wasn't.  It talked up his short career as a financial journalist....which I've never heard of anything that he ever wrote....relating to business or finance.

These advertising booklets tend to be written by some kid just out of college and working on the cheap for some book publisher.  The boss calls the 22-year old in.....starts talking about upcoming books and wants the kid to write up a fancy hand-out....so the publisher can hand these to fancy dressed folks at their lunch and dinner operations.

The kid goes back (remember, this was 1991....so computers really hadn't hit the big-time yet).....so the kid writes some long-hand material, and gives it to the bosses secretary who tries her best to read what the kid wrote.  When finished......I doubt if the boss even reads the material....and just hands to the local printing press company to make 10k copies.

No one ever remembered these....or counted on them for accuracy....if you ask me.

The college kid who wrote the material?  He or she....is probably laughing right now.  They had some idiot boss telling them all kinds of stuff, which they barely got written down, and then were fearful to ask about accuracy later.  My humble guess is that the kid has grown up and actually works for the New York Post today....and really doesn't want anyone stumbling onto their past writing these stupid advertising pieces.

As for the title of Journeys in Black and White?  Well...it's still sitting out there and any idiot could write a book and probably publish it.

2 comments:

Heywood Jablowme said...

He was born in Kenya. The evidence is so overwhelming now you have to be mentally deficient to still believe he is Hawaiian. This article is obviously the work those who continue to try to cover up this plain and simple FACT.

Unknown said...

Exactly Haywood. Even the ABC report sounds like a pack of lies