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Embassy: Obama not born in Kenya
Posted By Chelsea Schilling On 11/25/2008 @ 9:24 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Ambassador Peter Ogego
A radio interview with Kenyan Ambassador Peter N.R.O. Ogego has been widely publicized since the ambassador called President-elect Barack Obama’s Kenyan birthplace a “well-known” attraction – but the embassy is now telling WND the hosts misunderstood his comments.
On Nov. 6, only two days after the election, Detroit radio talk-show hosts Mike Clark, Trudi Daniels and Marc Fellhauer on WRIF’s “Mike In The Morning” called the Embassy of Kenya in Washington, D.C., to speak with Ambassador Ogego.
Hear the Kenyan ambassador’s interview with WRIF radio
The radio hosts were surprised when their light-hearted interview with Ogego reignited suspicions that Obama may have been born in Kenya.
An assistant to the ambassador, referring to herself only as “Trudy,” confirmed today that Ogego had indeed participated in the radio interview. But she said the show made leading statements and took the following comments out of context.
Clark: “We want to congratulate you on Barack Obama, our new president, and you must be very proud.”
Ogego: “We are. We are. We are also proud of the U.S. for having made history as well.”
Fellhauer: “One more quick question, President-elect Obama’s birthplace over in Kenya, is that going to be a national spot to go visit, where he was born?”
Ogego: “It’s already an attraction. His paternal grandmother is still alive.”
Fellhauer: “His birthplace, they’ll put up a marker there?”
Ogego: “It would depend on the government. It’s already well known.”
Ogego’s assistant insisted he was speaking about Barack Obama Sr., and not President-elect Obama.
WND asked, “Is Obama’s birthplace in Kenya?”
The woman replied firmly, “No.”
She said she could not say why Ogego responded the way he did, and she promised to have the ambassador call and explain his own comments. The ambassador never returned requests for comment.
Clark told WND he began researching stories about Obama’s birth before his call.
“For two weeks prior to the election, I had been reading on the air about this business of Obama needing to be disqualified because he is not a legal U.S. citizen and that he was born in Kenya and moved to Hawaii where he never properly naturalized,” he said. “I always assumed if there was any truth in any of this, hillary would have found out and taken care of this issue a long time ago.”
Clark continued, “Given the fact that I had read so much of this on the air, it was a natural question to play around a little bit and suggest as a joke that Obama was born in Kenya.”
He said the embassy’s recent claims that the ambassador was speaking about Barack Obama Sr. don’t add up.
“If you listen to the call in its entirety, you will find it was very obvious we were all talking about President-elect Barack Obama and not his father,” Clark said. “So, the idea that he thought we were talking about his father seems a little far fetched to me.”
Clark said Ogego’s statement that Obama’s Kenyan birthplace was already an attraction caught them offguard.
“The point is, we expected him to say, ‘No. Obama was not born in Kenya, but there is an attraction to honor his father.’ I would of thought that would of been the answer if anything,” he said.
The issue of Obama’s place of birth has been heating up since WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi traveled to Kenya and Hawaii prior to the election to investigate issues surrounding Obama’s birth. But his research and discoveries only raised more questions.
The Hawaii governor claimed to have a valid certificate on file, but he rejected requests for access and left ambiguous its origin: Does the document at its Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii?
Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro, has named two different Hawaii hospitals where Obama could have been born – but a video posted on YouTube features Obama’s Kenyan grandmother, Sarah, saying she witnessed Obama’s birth in Kenya.
Meanwhile, as many as 17 lawsuits have been springing up across the nation as citizens ask the president-elect to produce the document to show that he is eligible for office.
The Obama campaign has called lawsuits questioning Obama’s natural-born citizenship “garbage.”
When WND asked a campaign spokeswoman why Obama simply hasn’t released the original 1961 certificate of live birth to make the lawsuits go away, she replied, “I have no idea. I think they released what they chose to release, and Hawaii has confirmed that he was born in Hawaii, so I don’t know what else you want.”
Now, an online petition designed to enlist the public’s help in demanding evidence of Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility for the office of the presidency has reached more than 90,000 signatures.
WFIR claims its embassy call has been receiving “a ton of attention” as well. Its website features more than 220 posts on the subject, including the following:
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