But no, it’s not any admission by the president that he really is a citizen of Indonesia or that he’s a foreign national or anything like that: It’s just a web domain owner providing a redirect from his domain name, barrysoetoro.com, to President Obama’s official residency.
A screen capture of the image from the official White House address is here:
White House website
And the image resulting from the barrysoetoro.com address is here:
Barry Soetoro website
According to an Internet “WhoIs” search, the barrysoetoro.com web name is scheduled to expire on tax day, April 15, but currently is owned by Tharwat.com, run by Tharwat Abdul-Malik, who has a St. Petersburg, Fla., address.
Contacted by WND, he said he bought that domain name and several others relating to Barack Obama (amabokcarab, or Barack Obama spelled backwards, for example) a year ago.
For awhile he redirected to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, figuring that people searching for the name Obama used as a child when his mother married an Indonesian and the family lived in Indonesia should end up reading about McCain’s campaign.
He told WND he is a registered Republican but hasn’t been active politically; he just is a software engineer with an interest in domain names.
“Right now the redirect goes to the White House,” he said, because after the campaign was over, “there didn’t seem to be anywhere else to redirect it.”
“That’s about it,” he said.
Multiple calls and e-mails to the White House press office asking for a comment were not returned.
Barry Soetoro is the name used by Obama while he attended school in Indonesia, and possibly later. It has been cited in a number of lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president because records uncovered by the Associated Press show he was registered an Indonesian schools under that name as a child. One of the suspicions is that he attended college in the United States under that name and possibly received aid designated for foreign students. But no confirmation has been possible because Obama dispatched armies of lawyers to keep his birth certificate, college records and other information out of the public view.
The president’s use of the name Soetoro as a child has raised questions for many about whether he maintainted his U.S. citizenship when his mother married an Indonesian, Lolo Soetoro, and he was adopted and the family lived in Indonesia.
That is an issue because the U.S. Constitution bans anyone but a “natural born” citizen from being president. If Obama/Soetoro relinquished his U.S. citizenship at any point, or didn’t have it at birth as some lawsuits have alleged, he then could be, at best, a “naturalized” citizen, ineligible to be president.
Questions about Obama’s birth place were being raised even before he was elected. He had reported he was born in Honolulu, but because he has steadfastly refused to release a copy of his long-form birth certificate, which would put such questions to rest, dozens of lawsuits have been filed challenging his eligibility to serve as president under the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” clause.
While many of the lawsuits have been dismissed, most have not been heard for reasons of jurisdiction and standing, rather than on the evidence and merit of the challenges.
So far, there have been two definitive statements on his eligibility, including one from an Obama campaign spokeswoman talking about the challenges who told WND, “All I can tell you is that it is just pure garbage.”
The other is from Chiyome Fukino, the director of the Hawaiian Department of Health, who issued a statement, “I as Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.”
What is not said is significant. While the certificate on file is “in accordance with state policies and procedures,” there’s no affirmation that the document reflects a Hawaiian birth.
Nor is there any explanation for the image of the Hawaii state “certification of live birth” that has been posted by Obama on the Internet purporting to document his Hawaiian birth, even though Hawaiian procedures at the time allowed the document to be issued to parents of children not born in the state.
For example, why would an individual with a verified birth certificate also have a “certification of live birth?”
The questions raised over Obama’s eligibility are all very simple: The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
But getting the issue discussed has been a huge obstacle, and what courts have done several times, including once in a California case, is to schedule hearings on the issue on a date far beyond any reasonable expectation of having applicability, lawyers have said. For example, a challenge to the Electoral College vote for Obama, raised early in November, still hasn’t had a court hearing.
It was in his autobiography that Obama reported he was born in Honolulu, and the online “Certification of Live Birth” states that.
But when WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi went there, he was told any Obama records were sealed, and although they would be released if the person made the request, Obama simply has refused to do that.
Corsi also traveled to Kenya where he was also told records pertaining to Obama in Kenya were sealed.
There also have been no confirmed hospital records uncovered that would document his birth, and an investigator even cast doubt on whether the Obama family lived at the address listed in the newspaper announcements.
A woman who reportedly “remembered” Obama’s birth and was quoted widely in support of his Hawaiian birth later explained to WND she had been told of the birth of a baby boy by an acquaintance who was a doctor who noted the mother’s unusual name of Stanley, but she had no knowledge of the details.
According to much legal research, at the time of Obama’s birth he could be a natural born citizen by being born in the United States, by being born to two U.S. citizen parents (not possible because of his father), or, if only one parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of the birth, that parent must have resided in the United States for at least 10 years, at least five of which had to be after the age of 16.
The problem is, Obama’s mother was only 18 when she gave birth, so his only apparent route to “natural born” citizenship status would have been to be born in Hawaii.