Since President Obama’s campaign began, a growing number of Americans have raised questions regarding Obama’s birthplace and whether he is indeed eligible to serve as President of the United States.
Those citizens have been labeled “birthers” and have been assigned a reputation as looney conspiracy theorists by the mainstream media. I guess by posting this, I am officially in the looney club!
The problem is, there really are a lot of facts flying that, if they are true, would mean our incumbent president is not eligible for the job.
A July 12 cover story on a supermarket tabloid that states, “Obama was not born in the U.S.” brings the issue to a lot more people, and hopefully will make them consider the possibility seriously.
In the article, a former Hawaii records official claims there is absolutely no birth certificate for Barack Obama. The official claims to have had access to Social Security records, drivers’ license, and passport information, and confirmed that there exists no proof that President Obama was born in Honolulu.
The official alleges that upon his request for two different local hospitals to provide Obama’s birth certificate, he was told that no such record exists. The allegation backs up long-standing claims that Obama — who insists he was born in a Honolulu hospital — really took his first breath in Kenya and, as a result, violates the U.S. Consitution’s requirements for the President to be a “natural born” American.
President Obama has not only refused to produce his official birth certificate but has gone to great lengths and expense to seal records from his past. He has named two different hospitals where he was supposed to be born, but his paternal grandmother claims to have witnessed his birth in Kenya (according to various news sites).
The White House has reacted to claims disputing Obama’s eligibility by producing a Hawaiin Certificate of Live Birth, though the validity of the document has been called into question by Phillip J. Berg, a former deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Democrat sued Sen. Barack Obama demanding he prove his American citizenship – and therefore qualification to run for president – and claimed to have a recording of a telephone call from the senator's paternal grandmother confirming his birth in Kenya.
"This has been a real sham he's pulled off for the last 20 months," Berg told reports, "I'll release it [the tape] in a day or two, affidavits from her talking to a certain person. I heard the tape. She was speaking [to someone] here in the United States."
The story also crosses military lines, after an Army officer refused to report for military duty until Obama proved his legal citizenship. Since then, however, the officer has waived his preliminary hearing, claiming that the United States Army made it “impossible for me to present a defense.” According to press releases, the officer requested the testimony of the Hawaii Dept. of Health, and all of that agency’s records that exist concerning the president’s birth, and the records relating to Obama’s admission (and financial aid) for the Punahou School, Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School. All these requests were denied, making it impossible to mount a defense.
Something that amazes me is that in addition to the Constitutional requirement that you be a natural born US citizen to hold this office, I thought there was a Federal law that requires that proof of citizenship (or at least eligibility to work in the US) be shown to an employer. I have had to produce my birth certificate three times to my current employer, each time I moved with them. I would think that the Federal government would have a process to verify the candidate’s eligibility to hold the highest office in the land prior to allowing them to campaign. If no such procedure exists, maybe it would be a good idea to implement.
Senator John McCain went through a similar exercise, and he simply produced the document. In his autobiography, "Faith of My Fathers," McCain writes that he was born "in the Canal Zone" at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Coco Solo, which was under the command of his grandfather, John S. McCain Sr. The senator's father, John S. McCain Jr., was an executive officer on a submarine based there. It seems there was some debate whether being born on a naval base counted, but certainly a US military base counts as US soil.
So was Obama born in Kenya, as it is claimed, or Hawaii? If Hawaii, why would the ever elusive birth certificate still be a mystery? I was speaking with my friend KD (he’s another one of us looney people who believe that things ought to be done the right way), and he is certain that Obama is hiding something.
If Mr. Obama is telling the truth, why continue to lie. Producing an original birth certificate, as opposed to the computer generated one on his site, would discredit everyone and bolster his sagging approval rating.
It seems to me that the only reason not to produce the certificate is, that it does not exist. And that would make Barack something worse than being ineligible to be President.
It would make him a liar.
It would also explain why he’s so opposed to the Arizona Senate Bill 1070.
If his motorcade is pulled over anywhere in the state, he risks being deported!