A new satirical novel by Edward Klein and John LeBoutillier, The Obama Identity: A Novel (Or Is It?), skewers some favorite conspiracy theories with humor. Promo clip below, followed by an excerpt:
The protagonist, C.I.A. agent Theodore J. Higginbothem III, is ordered to check out all the conspiracy theories about Barack Obama: Was he born in America? Is he a Muslim? Is he a socialist? In this Vanity Fair excerpt, Higgy finds himself in Hawaii on the trail of Barack Obama’s birthplace:
From the airport in Honolulu, I took a taxi directly to Kapi’olani Medical Center, one of two Hawaiian hospitals that claimed to be the site of Barack Obama’s 1961 birth. I walked into a scene of bedlam on the hospital grounds. A line of several hundred boisterous people was filing into a Barnum & Bailey–sized tent. A huge banner, fluttering from the top of the center pole, displayed the logo of the Fox News Channel and the face of Sean editHannity.
“What’s going on?” I asked a young female television production assistant.
“Sean Hannity flew in earlier today to do a live broadcast about a newly formed organization called Only the Truth,” the young aide explained. “His guest is the head of the group—a female Polish-American Marine Corps sergeant with a huge following here in Hawaii.”
Up on the raised stage, under the blinding TV lights, Sean Hannity sat facing his guest. “Welcome to a special edition of Hannity,” he said. “Today, we’re going to focus on a new conservative movement called Only the Truth. Please give a warm welcome to its leader—Dagmar D. Dagmar!”
The audience erupted in applause, whistles, hoots, hollers, and assorted victory cries.
“Welcome, Dagmar, if I may call you that,” Hannity said.
“You can call me Dagmar or you can call me Dagmar, just as you please,” Dagmar D. Dagmar said, sitting ramrod stiff in her chair and staring Hannity right in the eye.
“Well, let’s get started,” Hannity said. “Tell us in your own words about your organization, Only the Truth.”
“To begin with, we’ve assembled convincing evidence—proof really—that the United States government was behind the 9/11 attack,” Dagmar D. Dagmar said. “It was an inside job all the way. We also have proof that the Apollo Program was all faked. Man never walked on the Moon. It was all faked in a secret underground TV studio at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. And we also have evidence that John F. Kennedy is still alive…