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An African news site and an MSNBC broadcaster have delivered new references to President Obama’s birthplace as being outside of the United States, even as a controversy has developed over a letter purporting to be from the president claiming Kapi’olani hospital in Honolulu as his birth location.
Network correspondent Mara Schiavocampo was reporting on the celebratory atmosphere in Accra, Ghana, immediately prior to Obama’s visit to the west African nation today.
Interviewing a person who appeared to be a shop operator, she suggested, “Barack Obama is Kenyan … but Ghanaians are still proud of him.”
Her report talks about the party atmosphere and the Obama fan clubs who has posted “Welcome home” signs.
“Although this may seem insignificant, it clearly stated an assumption about Obama’s heritage that is clearly understood by African citizens and NBC as well,” a WND reader said.
Meanwhile, a report at Modern Ghana also posted in advance of the president’s visit cited his birthplace on the continent of Africa.
“For Ghana, Obama’s visit will be a celebration of another milestone in African history as it hosts the first-ever African-American president on this presidential visit to the continent of his birth,” the report said.
,P>The Modern Ghana report also cited the expectations that Obama would make a foreign policy pronouncement during his visit.
Kenya’s East African Standard, in an Aug. 24, 2006, article titled “From Young ‘Barry’ to Top American Senator,” previously said of Obama: “The Harvard Law School and Columbia University graduate was born at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Honolulu in Hawaii, where his parents were studying at the East-West Centre of the University of Hawaii in Manoa.”
The key question in the dispute also is being raised on billboards nationwide.
“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard in
The billboard campaign follows an ongoing petition
campaign launched several months ago by WND Editor and Chief Executive
Officer Joseph Farah.
They are intended to raise public awareness of the fact
that Obama has never released the standard “long-form” birth certificate that
would show which hospital he was born in, the attending physician and establish
that he truly was born in Hawaii, as his autobiography maintains.