Thursday, July 30, 2009

Obama's to Blame for the "Birther" Movement By Tommy De Seno

Obama can end the "birthers" controversy in one single day by releasing the original documents, but for some inexplicable reason he refuses, and the love-struck media never ask him why...


July 29, 2009

Trust but verify.
Ronald Reagan

It's good practice to take a person at his word until someone shows you proof he is lying.

Barack Obama says he was born in Hawaii, and since no one has shown any proof he was born in Kenya or elsewhere, it's OK to conclude he was born in Hawaii.

Sure his grammar school records show that he was enrolled as an Indonesian Muslim, but some people will say anything to get their kid in the right school.  It doesn't really answer the question.

It's OK though for others not to use my deferential standard and continue to question whether Obama was born in Hawaii.  We aren't talking about a 12-year-old qualifying to play Little League here.  There is a Constitutional mandate that the President be a natural-born citizen, and if Obama is not one, he certainly will have committed the biggest fraud since the White Sox threw the World Series.

The reason why people still question Obama's citizen status is one-fold:  "President Transparency" has refused to release any original documents on the matter.  He can end the controversy in a day by releasing original documents, but for some inexplicable reason he refuses, and his love-struck media never asks him why he won't. The media instead spends hell-bent hours on making the Birther movement look like fringy, conspiracy-hungry kooks.

You have to admit though, even if you are a devout Obama-bot, Obama's refusal to release any original documents makes for a newsworthy story by itself.

If he really wants the Birthers to shut up, he has the power to do it by releasing the original documents. Why not just do it then? It's a simple task. Why not get rid of a conversation that has been with America since the campaign?

The issue is the subject of several lawsuits, which only seek a peek at original documents. Can anyone explain why it is smarter for Obama to spend tens of thousands of dollars and man-hours defending the suits when he can win the lawsuit for free by showing the original documents?

By defending the lawsuits and not showing the documents, Obama feeds the suspicion of those who already think he is lying.  That's why this issue has the power to linger, and that's Obama's fault alone.

Let's look at what Obama has released, and you will see they are hearsay documents and not best evidence.

The Birth Certificate: The certificate put on the Internet by Obama and held up by the media was created in 2007.  In the lower left corner of the form there is reference to a Hawaiian statute that was revised in November of 2001, and if you look closely at the front you can see bleeding through from the back the date stamp from 2007 when the document was created.  It's a certification that an original does exit.

So the the Birthers say:  "Fine.  Then show us the original."  Obama says, "No."  Why?

The Newspaper Announcements: Two birth announcements from Hawaiian local papers show Obama's birth.  The Birthers have a couple of good arguments about them.  First, Hawaii is where Obama's grandparents lived and it's not unusual for grandparents to announce a birth to their friends, even if the grandson lives elsewhere. Also, if Obama's parents lived in Hawaii then moved to Kenya when they birthed him, it wouldn't be unusual to announce the birth in the old neighborhood for friends to see.

The newspaper announcements cut against the Birthers, but they are hearsay documents and don't answer the citizen question any more than his grammar school records prove he is a Muslim. The original Birth Certificate will end it all.

School Records:  The Birthers believe that Obama's records from college and graduate school will show he matriculated as a foreign born student.  This is easy -- shut them up by releasing them!  Obama's response?  "No."  Why?

This one reminds me of John Kerry not releasing his Yale records until after the election.  During the campaign Kerry soaked in the warm media bath that swore he was the intellectual and George Bush the dolt. When the records came out later it was quietly reported that George Bush had a higher grade point average at Yale.

Media's penchant to cover for Democrat candidates fuels the Birther fire as well.  See as an example John Edwards' love affair.

Financial Aid Records:  Barack Obama relishes his own personal Sonia Sotomayor-like story of how he came from a broken home and pulled himself up by his own bootstraps.  But he refuses to show how his very expensive tuition at Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School were paid for.

The Birthers believe the records will show Obama received financial aid as a foreign born student.  Obama says they won't.  Not to sound like a broken record, but releasing the records will end the controversy, and Obama refuses. Why?

The Birther movement is Obama's fault for not releasing the records.  I hope the Birthers continue to bite his ankles until he releases the records. He deserves nothing less.

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1 comment:

smrstrauss said...

Re: "The Birther movement is Obama's fault for not releasing the records. I hope the Birthers continue to bite his ankles until he releases the records. He deserves nothing less."

It is because Hawaii refuses to send out copies of the original birth certificate that Obama cannot show it.

He asked for a copy of his birth certificate in 2007 or 2008, and Hawaii sent him the Certification of Live Birth. This is a legal document and it legally proves birth in Hawaii, absent proof that he was born anywhere else (and there is no proof of that).

But, it is not the original birth certificate. Who controls the original birth certificate? Not Obama. He cannot authorize Hawaii to show a copy because Hawaii has rules that it sends out only the Certification of Live Birth.

So, it is Hawaii that is preventing showing the original birth certificate. The solution is to get Hawaii to change the rules. The Governor of Hawaii is Linda Lingle.

However, you will discover that the original birth certificate shows just what the Certification of Live Birth shows, and what has been confirmed by the officials in Hawaii, and what was confirmed by this witness (, that Obama was born in Hawaii.

I suspect you will ask again, “then why doesn’t he show it?” The answer is that he doesn’t have it because Hawaii will not send it to him, and for that matter, it will not send copies of original birth certificates to anyone. Who is to blame for this situation? Hawaii.

Next point, on the college records. Turns out that in the case asking for the records, Keyes v. Obama, the plaintiffs asked for complete academic records AND housing records. I fail to see why a president should release the housing records, especially since it would violate the privacy of others. And, it asked for complete academic records, meaning Obama's grades in every course. No president has ever released this. Some few have released grade point averages but never their complete records.

One thing that the plaintiffs FORGOT to ask for in the Keyes case was Obama's financial aid records. (Yes, look at the complaint, Financial Aid is simply not mentioned.)

This being the case, even if Obama was receiving financial aid as a foreign student (He wasn't. Indonesia and the US State Department have said that he was never a citizen of Indonesia), the lawsuit would never have shown it.

Finally, in addition to asking for records, the Keyes case asserted that even if Obama were born in the USA and never was citizen of another country, he still would not have been eligible to be president because his father was not a citizen. Naturally, Obama opposed this. So he opposed the lawsuit for many reasons, and it cannot be shown that his sole motive was to hide records.

Indeed, there was not a single lawsuit against Obama that simply asked for records.