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Robert Gibbs isn't done venting over the Forbes cover story that accuses President Barack Obama of adopting "the cause of anti-colonialism" from his Kenyan father.

Earlier this week the White House spokesman slammed Newt Gingrich's embrace of the controversial Dinesh D'Souza piece, saying the former House speaker was "trying to appeal to the fringe."

Now Gibbs is going after Forbes, the magazine, as a whole.

"It's a stunning thing, to see a publication you would see in a dentist's office, so lacking in truth and fact," Gibbs said in an interview with The Washington Post. "I think it represents a new low."

In the article, D'Souza, a conservative pundit, says that in his policies Obama is essentially channeling the soul of his late Kenyan-born father, an African "tribesman of the 1950s."

"This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son," D'Souza writes of Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., who abandoned the family when the younger was 2.

Forbes's Washington bureau chief, Brian Wingfield, was scheduled to meet with Gibbs to discuss White House objections. The magazine has said it stands by its story.

Gibbs (pictured) tells Howard Kurtz the attack in the prominent business magazine comes at a time when there is "no limit to innuendo" against Obama, including unfounded accusations that he is a Muslim and was not born in the United States. The publication "left the facts on the cutting-room floor," Gibbs says.

"Did they not fact-check this at all, or did they fact-check it and just willfully ignore it?" he wonders.

D'Souza acknowledged to Kurtz that his article contains one factual error. He claims Obama "is a man who spent his formative years -- the first 17 years of his life -- off the American mainland, in Hawaii, Indonesia and Pakistan, with multiple subsequent journeys to Africa." The Post points out that Obama visited Pakistan once, as a college student, when he was older than 17.

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I guess I am just an old dumb country boy who can only trust my dawg. None of these politicians are to be trusted. One side accuses the other of using foreign money for political gain and hammers them as not being truthful unless they can prove they are not guilty. On the flip side the other party claims the Pres is not an American and since he can not produce a legitimate birth certificate he is also guilty until he proves himself innocent. Let's get ride of all of these lawyers who no longer seem to understand that they work for us.

October 19 2010 at 12:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dinesh D'Souza just makes things up out of thin air. Learned to become a Socialist from the father he met twice? Hawaii is outside of America? D'Souza makes a nonsensical and false statements about the President and goes on to discuss how horrible it is to be that way. What a poorly thought out article. I am amazed anyone takes D'Souza seriously. I don't get how Forbes even read this junk let alone printed it in their magazine. Malcolm Forbes must be spinning in his grave.

September 18 2010 at 3:48 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Wow! This is the most biased and underhanded article I have ever read! Why didn't they just say they hate the black man that is our president? It amazes me how President Obama supposedly did all these awful things to our country in only 1 3/4 years with "no influence" from previous administrations. Losing jobs actually started with "NAFTA" spearheaded & signed in 1992 by George H. W. Bush, Republican. Then there is the intentional resistance of congressional Republicans. How is it possible? Regardless of who you blame the most, we need to fix the problems of this country. Any ideas??? I didn't think so...keep complaining.

September 17 2010 at 9:34 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Holly's comment

And I guess the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) that Carter supported for people who could not repay their debt had nothing to do with the 2007 financial mortgage meltdown? The former President warned Congress in 2004 of the coming disaster and the need for a corrective solution; only to ignored and accused.

October 19 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well I hope he has D'Souza fact checked, but, until then everyone can read the article in Forbes, read "Dreams From My Father", and "Problems Facing Our Socialism" in the East Africa Journal, a paper written by Barak Obama, Sr. Very interesting.

September 17 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

As is the norm these days in so much of the press, we have the far left trying vainly to hide behind it's fig leaf,... The right (of various flavors) trying to discern what it is that the left is so viciously avoiding the open discussion of and then, WE HAVE THE PRESS,.... Offering an EMPTY story about some one else's story, concerning whether or not yet another writer's story is accurate or not. The same press by the way which has recently chided those questioning the purity of it's OWN research, facts and agenda,.. with the very telling statement , that we in the press are no longer journalists and are not bound by the rules of old fashioned journalism, but are in fact editorialist's and so are free to deliver OPINION, even though we frame it as though it were fact. ( My paraphrase) The only portion of this entire article...( one which PRETENDS to be about accuracy in journalism), that is worthy of mention is that (1) ONE of the many trips mentioned by the author of the first article in question is off in it's time line.. INVERSION THEREBY INDICATING THAT ALL OF THE REST OF HIS CLAIMS ARE CORRECT! The entirety of this exercise in camouflage can be stated thusly... Yep he travelled " the American mainland, in Hawaii, and Indonesia, ...with multiple subsequent journeys to Africa. " And THEN he went to Pakistan. You can't say to the author.. Don't even go there. It's not like Obama didn't ...

September 17 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

I've seen celebrities sue major publications for less--and win. I say round up ur best lawyers and TAKE them Mr. President!!!

September 17 2010 at 10:03 AM Report abuse -18 rate up rate down Reply

Gibbs, what a blowhard ! The Dem's will not have a fair and impartial news conference. Everything is stagged. Wake up, the 'boy king' and his group set their own rules, and blame, blame, blame everybody and anything. November is comming......

September 17 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse +31 rate up rate down Reply

The Forbes article is only partly right. Obama's fathers influence on how Barack thinks and acts is less a factor, in my opinion, than the blatant socialist, anti-capitalism leanings of his mother--a '60's hippie rejecting America as a bad place. As many of her contemperary cult like rebellious group of the early '60's, she found herself in an academic setting willing to foster her beliefs. Barack Sr. came to her impressionable life at the opportune time. Her search for the answer and reassurance of her own childish rejection of all things American was reinforced by the flowery speaking Kenyan, a socialist through and through. Capitalism was evil Sr. believed. It was an oppresive political system which needed to be defeated so that the supposed down-troden, like he envisioned himself, could reach the top, be the masters. Like Marx, he lamented his lot in life, being poor. His answer was to his way of thinking simple--make everyone equal, creat a system where there were virtually no ruling-class, no middle-class, no poor-class. Everyone happy, gleefully singing 'ring-a-round the rosie' as they travelled through life without a carry--or even a responsibility. Barack Jr. is following in the foot-steps of a parent, but it is mommy dearest, I fear, more than the irresponible daddy who merely played spiritual leader and sire to a will, starry eyed child awash in her own troubled mind, willing to believe anyone who reinforced her vision of how the World should be--fair to all.

September 17 2010 at 9:15 AM Report abuse +28 rate up rate down Reply
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Where do you people get this stuff? I doubt that you are close enough to President Obama to make these statements from personal knowledge. If you are repeating the far right prapaganda with out fact checking you are guilty of the "me too" syndrome. If you right wingers have better ideas why not share them for the betterment of the country instead of just sitting back and mouthing all this gibberish.

September 17 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse -28 rate up rate down Reply

This makes my day. Thank you Politics Daily for you comments policy. It is so refreshing to see read that personal attacks will be curtailed and a standard of decency will be encouraged. I also am very glad to see that Robert Gibbs has stood up against the negative and and disrespectful comments that were made about our president. It is about time that the administration started to fight back against some of the unfair and unfounded negativity that is constantly aimed at President Obama everyday. After all he is the president of the United States at a very difficult time in history. I feel that whether or not you like the man or his political stances he is doing a respectable job of running the country and attempting to address our many problems.

September 17 2010 at 9:03 AM Report abuse -24 rate up rate down Reply
Leon Stark

Colonialism as it has been practiced for the past 300 years or so no longer works. Colonies are more closely linked than ever with all the new electronic media to send list of abuses with photos and testimonies to show why it no longer works. There are no longer the impermeable boundaries of information, communication and travel. When it DID work, to go from country to country took days and weeks, and to cross open water, months, through territory that was between dangerous and impenetrable, and often uncharted. The fastest packet ship of its day, the "Cutty Sark" advertised its hundred-day crossing, that was "guaranteed" to take less than 120 days. There were no maps or GPS units, and even the density of stars can be confusing save to a hardened navigator. Letters took weeks and were often examined by the colonizers, and encryption was crude if not non-existent. Today, a good highway, rail-line or air-hop will cross two or three countries in the time it took to PREPARE to set out. Today, a message, video, audio or "tweet" crosses the planet in the time it took to load a crossbow or musket. "SKYPE" can web-cam a message across the planet for free as "SKYPE-to-SKYPE" links. The Tiananmen Square demonstrations and their aftermath were organized and communicated via FAX (facsimile) machines. The WORLD has access to our Constitution, and Americans (our soldiers, contractors and citizens) should be carrying it with them in their actions wherever they go. Capture someone suspicious, provide them a counsel who can understand both sides of the communication, and assist them in HELPING our agents (soldiers, diplomats, contractors and police) provide information. Feed them, pray with them, show them the same consideration that you would were they guests in your home, for those who are in foreign lands are in someone else's home. Give them every chance to feel comfortable with the American presence. (Read "Three Cups of Tea" - Mortenson and Relin). Remember, Abraham, the progenitor of all current monotheistic faiths was blessed for his "hospitality" and treatment in his home of guests. Lot was blessed and saved from Sodom because he defended the rules of hospitality against the acts of an unruly community. His wife looked back and thought of what she had given up as good and joyous, and thus was turned to what the remnant of their former home became, a pile of salt-ash. WHen we rush into someone's home and act like the Sodomites and Gomorra'ans of the Bible. Colonialism no longer works the way it did as little as fifty years ago. The only places that have no communication, and the remains of colonialism are some remote areas of South America, Africa and maybe North Korea. For most of them, the tyrannical administrations chose this isolation to consolidate their power and suck up the wealth of their lands, permitting foreigners to get the materials at pennies per tonne and turn the government officials into shahs and emirs of the Emirates. Meanwhile, the colonizers pass out bazillions of dollars in bonuses for sending the raw materials and manufacturing to other places where the labor can be bought for nickels per hour. This is changing, and we, the "smartest" and most "intelligent" nation in the world should be ahead of the curve on this one. Harry Truman came close, but he was at the end of his watch.

September 17 2010 at 9:02 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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