Steyn: Out 'Gatsby-ing' Gatsby

Mark Steyn takes the recent revelation about Obama's literary agent's claim of Kenyan birth, combines it with Elizabeth Warren's bogus claim of Native American ancestry, and does some brilliant open field running by tying both false identity examples to F. Scott Fitzgerald's complicated character, Jay Gatsby. "I suppose he'd had the name ready for a long time, even then," says Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby. "His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people - his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all. The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself. . . .  So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end." In a postmodern America, the things that Gatsby attempted to fake - an elite schooling - Obama actually had; the things that Gatsby attempted to obscure - the...(Read Full Post)