Consider the June 10 statement by Fox News’ Shepard Smith:
“There are these crazies out there who want to pretend (Obama’s) not a citizen of the United States, who want to pretend his religion is something they see as in some way troublesome to them and all of us. And there is a group perpetuating this thought, and there is culture to which you can attach yourself very easily through the Internet. We know it’s absolutely – there is no truth whatsoever – zero – to any of those ideas, yet they live within the computer and they fester in people’s minds.”
WorldNetDaily, which has been the largest media organization to keep asking the question about President Obama’s missing (or non-existent) long-form birth certificate (with name of hospital and attending physician), went through its files on Shepard Smith. They published a November 2000 mug shot of Mr. Smith, who was arrested for allegedly driving his Mazda Millenia into another reporter who was standing in a parking space she was attempting to save for a friend. The victim, freelance journalist Maureen Walsh of Tallahassee, was hospitalized and released later the same day with bruises on her knees and legs.
She was thrown onto the hood of the car and ended up on the ground. Smith then parked the car, turned off the engine, turned to the crews assisting the reporter and said, “F— you.” He then walked into the state Capitol. Police and paramedics were called.
When arrested on the street outside the Capitol, Smith said he couldn’t understand why this was happening. … Then they handcuffed him.
Smith was charged with a felony the day of the offense, but it was later downgraded to a misdemeanor and eventually dropped.
Compare Shepard Smith’s contention of “crazies” to the Internet’s widely circulated copies of two letters sent to Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs by World War II veteran, U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Rhode Scholar and Washington, D.C., attorney John D. Hemenway.
On June 2, Hemenway wrote Gibbs a letter, which included the following:
Dear Mr. Gibbs:
Attached is a copy of my recent letter to my former school colleague from Worcester College at Oxford University, Rupert Murdoch, concerning Obama’s eligibility under the Constitution’s hard clause, the requirement for “natural born” citizenship. Many people are wondering why the major media, including Fox, have largely ignored this controversy. Your reply to the question posed last week by Lester Kinsolving from WorldNetDaily on this subject was disingenuous.
1) Will you acknowledge that Obama has expended hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to seal ALL records, birth, academic and his passport file, which would prove his eligibility to hold the office of president? Why would Obama pay this enormous legal bill if there is nothing to hide and his records are all genuine?
2) Will you explain why the public should accept an online COLB [Certification of Live Birth] for a birth record, which would not be acceptable to obtain a driver’s license in most states in America (or play Little League as Rep. Bill Posey has pointed out in introducing legislation to require proof of citizenship for future presidential contenders), instead of an actual hard copy birth certificate (with hospital name and doctor’s signature that are NOT on a COLB), which the president could order at any time for a filing fee of approximately $12?
3) Perhaps you meant “we put it online” in the “royal we” concept, or were you personally involved in posting the contentious online COLB? Will you acknowledge that the Certification of Live Birth (COLB) is a record of birth not even used by the state of Hawaii’s Department of Home Lands to establish Hawaiian ethnic identity – that the Department requires an actual Certificate of Live Birth, NOT the COLB? By way of background, this is the precise wording from this Hawaiian agency:
“In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.” Should the American public accept a lesser standard of proof for a presidential candidate than applicants to Hawaii’s Department of Home Lands?
4) Will you acknowledge that Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese national, was issued a COLB? Sun Yat-sen, former emperor of China, was born on 12 November 1866 in Cuiheng, China, but had a Hawaiian birth certificate and was officially a citizen of the United States. The wording on Sun Yat-sen’s Hawaiian birth certificate reveals that as an adult, he “has made application for a Certificate of Birth and that it ‘appears’ from his affidavit and the evidence submitted by witnesses that he was born in the Hawaiian Islands.” Perhaps this prominent example shows that the COLB is flawed as a guide to “natural born” status and shows why the Hawaii Department of Home Lands requires a Certificate of Live Birth for its vetting purposes.
5) Will you acknowledge that Barack Obama’s paternal grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, claims he was born in Kenya, that she was present for the birth, and will you concede that the Kenyan ambassador to the U.S, Peter Ogego, affirmed in a radio interview in November 2008 that Obama was born in Kenya and that his birthplace there is well-known?
Since attorney Hemenway received no answer to this letter from either Gibbs or any of his large press office staff, on June 11, he wrote Gibbs a second letter, adding the following, among other things:
Today Rush Limbaugh, during his nationwide radio broadcast, repeated at least six times that Barack Obama and God have one thing in common: Neither God nor Obama have a birth certificate!
Anyone who reads any of these letters will be appalled at your disingenuous and high-handed response to the question posed by Lester Kinsolving of WorldNetDaily.
You are the spokesman for an administration that emphasizes being transparent and open. In fact, by assisting in this major misrepresentation you are aiding criminal fraud.
The Certification of Live Birth Obama had put on the Internet was put on a laser printer before laser printers were available. It has been denounced as a forgery by competent authorities from Hawaii’s Department of Home Lands. Such a document would not be acceptable to obtain a driver’s license in most states in America simply because it is not a birth certificate.
Such a document is issued by the Hawaii Department of Homelands to anyone who requests that it be issued.
The entire White House press corps laughed when you rejected Les Kinsolving’s legitimate and searching question. Les Kinsolving’s intelligent question raised a matter that was hardly an issue to laugh at. His questions concerned the fundamental issue of whether Obama could ever meet the constitutional requirements for the office of president of the United States of America. The presidency is the only office requiring the holder to be a natural born citizen.
In my letter to Rupert Murdoch, you may recall, if you retrieve it from the waste basket, I noted that close to a million dollars has been spent to cover up Obama’s birth records and school records. After receipt of that letter, Murdoch’s Fox News covered the birth records story for the first time. Now Rush Limbaugh has picked up and reported (in his unique way) this critical constitutional matter. It is evident to any person knowing the basic facts that Obama is covering up something personal he wishes strongly to conceal.
When will the White House present credible evidence pertaining to details of Obama’s birth that can be tested for basic honesty?
John D. Hemenway