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Eligibility issue hits local news
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 06/25/2009 @ 12:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
President Obama (White House photo)
A radio news anchor’s question about whether Barack Obama is eligible to be president of the United States hit a gusher of response, with comments ranging from the suggestion it’s a “fishy” situation to, “Obama is not eligible under the Constitution and is an illegal usurper!”
The response came to a question by Garth Maier of KTBB radio in Tyler, Texas, who wondered whether there still was doubt about Obama’s eligibility, based on the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that presidents be “natural born” citizens. Maier’s dialogue with his listeners was featured in a segment yesterday by Tyler TV station KETK.
Maier raised the question because of a challenge from WND founder Joseph Farah, who offered $10,000 to anyone who can prove he or she was present at Obama’s birth.
“Barack Obama claims to have been born in Honolulu Aug. 4, 1961,” Farah explained in his offer. “His entire constitutional claim to the presidency rests on this premise. Yet, he refuses to release a copy of his long-form birth certificate – the only document that could possibly corroborate his claim. Therefore, in the interest of truth, justice and the Constitution, I am making the extraordinary offer to entice someone to come forward with the facts of his birth – whether it took place in Hawaii or elsewhere.”
Obama has steadfastly refused to release evidence of his birthplace – a valid, long-form birth certificate that would show details such as the hospital and the attending physician. Because the short-form “certification of live birth” he released to select news organization was sometimes issued for foreign births on the basis of an affidavit by one parent, it proves nothing as far as constitutional eligibility – and, in fact, raises suspicions about a foreign birth.
So far, Farah pointed out, no hospital in Hawaii has come forward to claim the historic birth, no doctor or nurse has come forward to say they were present, and no witness of any kind has come forward to say they have first-hand knowledge or involvement in it – at least in Hawaii.
Obama’s paternal grandmother, Sarah Obama, claims to have been present for the birth in Mombasa, Kenya.
Maier asked the simple question whether those in his Texas listening area believe there is a lack of proof that Obama was born in Hawaii. He told WND, “Seems like most people DO NOT think Obama has proved his case.
“Most still very much in doubt,” he said.
A survey on the station’s website was running 4-1 against Obama having provided enough information for the dispute to be resolved.
Among the responses:
There was one comment on Obama’s behalf: “This such a farse, (sic) and it shows that discriminstion (sic) is still rampant in this country. As a nation our focus should be on those who are doing to rip off the middle and lower class, to seperate (sic) the have’s from the have not’s. This is a way to discredit Mr. Obahma and put even the smallest inkling of confusion and doubt in the minds of Americans.”
On the station’s call-in line, the comments also were heavily weighted in favor of getting more information from Obama.
“When I go my driver’s license, I had to show my birth certificate,” said one caller. “I wonder how he got his.”
“If he cannot prove it, I think he ought to be impeached,” said another.
“It is clear now that Obama will never willingly release his birth certificate,” said Farah in announcing the offer. “It’s time for Americans who still value the Constitution to step up and force the issue. It’s time for us to learn the truth of where Obama was born. We may find he was born in Hawaii. We may find he was born elsewhere. I have no pre-conceived ideas. But this issue has haunted the American people long enough. It’s time for some truth and transparency.”
To collect the reward, the subject must:
1. Agree to an interview with WND journalists;
2. Provide persuasive evidence, such as pictures, documents or verifiable details;
3. Agree to a polygraph test.
“I think it’s disgraceful that Americans should be forced to go to such lengths by the intransigence of public officials toward accountability,” said Farah. “But that is what it has come to in 2009 with our current president. He prefers to dodge and weave, while his apologists in government and media viciously attack citizens for attempting to see that the Constitution is observed.”
Farah launched a petition drive earlier this year that has accumulated nearly 400,000 signatures demanding that all controlling legal authorities pursue proof of Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” That petition campaign is still on-going.
More recently, he launched a billboard campaign raising the simple question, “Where’s the birth certificate?” That campaign has raised $85,000 so far. Farah says there are plenty of billboards available, despite a ban on the campaign by several major outdoor advertising companies. But donations have dried up because of an apparent misperception among readers that billboards are not available due to the bans imposed by a few companies.
In addition, Farah points out those interested in backing his latest campaign can also raise visibility for the issue by purchasing magnetic bumper stickers, tea party rally signs and yard signs that raise the same simple question, “Where’s the birth certificate?”
All funds not used specifically for a reward will go toward the purchase of more billboard space.
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Here is an actual Hawaiian birth certificate from 1963 (the same era as Obama’s birth), which while redacted includes detailed information documenting a birth, including the name of the birth hospital and the attending physician.
Long-form birth certificate from state of Hawaii (Image courtesy Philip Berg)
Here is the “Certification of Live Birth” presented by Obama:
Short-form “Certification of Live Birth”
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