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1,200 send Obama request for records
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 08/03/2009 @ 9:37 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
More than 1,200 personalized letters have been dispatched to President Obama for the occasion of his 48th birthday, all asking him to overcome his obstinacy and release his original long-form birth certificate and other records.
“You pledged to lead an administration that would be noted for its transparency and openness upon winning the presidency,” the letters said. “Yet, you have demonstrated a shocking unwillingness to be transparent and open about your own life story. You’ve refused steadfastly to release simple personal documents such as your birth certificate, passport information and your college records and papers – the kinds of documents all other presidents and even presidential candidates routinely release for public and press scrutiny.
“The American people are becoming more aware of this obstinacy on your part and are growing more deeply suspicious about what you may or may not be hiding,” they continued.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs several times has ridiculed the question over Obama’s records when it’s been raised in news briefings. He says the issue has been explained “ad nauseam” and there is nothing he could to “assuage those who believe he wasn’t born here.”
Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, said that’s not the point.
“This is not about whether Obama feels like changing minds. This is a constitutional requirement. And if Obama continues to flout the Constitution, the pressure is only going to rise,” he said.
So Farah, who previously launched an eligibility petition campaign that has garnered more than 430,000 electronic “signatures,” staked a $10,000 bounty for anyone with first-hand information about Obama’s birth and is conducting a national billboard campaign on the birth certificate, set up a birthday surprise for Obama.
He organized the program to allow people to send personalized letters to Obama demanding the birth certificate and other pertinent documents.
“I do know he’s going to get a message from the American people this week and next that he never imagined. If he thinks this story is fading away, he’s got another think coming,” Farah said.
The letter, electronically “signed” by each participant in the program, begins: “Today, according to your autobiographical account, you turn 48 years old. I am asking you to use the occasion of your birthday to clear up a serious and rapidly growing controversy surrounding your presidency – a controversy regarding your birth.
“I’m referring, of course, to your unwillingness so far to release publicly a document critical to the establishment of your constitutional eligibility for the highest office in the land,” the letter continues. “That document is a long-form certificate of live birth, better known as a birth certificate – the only document that can authoritatively establish the actual hospital of your birth and the attending physician.”
The letter continues:
Your spokesmen have tried to diminish and denigrate the importance of releasing such a document – claiming, in fact, that you have done so by the issuance of a “certification of live birth,” a short-form document that cannot possibly be used as the basis for establishing your unquestionable constitutional eligibility as a “natural born citizen.”
The problem with the short-form certification is that it could easily be obtained for a birth that took place out of the state or out of the country. All it would take is the word of one parent.
You pledged to lead an administration that would be noted for its transparency and openness upon winning the presidency. Yet, you have demonstrated a shocking unwillingness to be transparent and open about your own life story. You’ve refused steadfastly to release simple personal documents such as your birth certificate, passport information and your college records and papers – the kinds of documents all other presidents and even presidential candidates routinely release for public and press scrutiny.
The American people are becoming more aware of this obstinacy on your part and are growing more deeply suspicious about what you may or may not be hiding.
As you celebrate your birthday this week, I join with other American citizens in asking you to do the right thing – release a copy of your long-form birth certificate along with all your college records and passport history.
As Americans face up to the tough challenges confronting them, it is critical that they have confidence in their representative government and their knowledge that the rule of law applies to everyone equally – including the president of the United States.
The letters are to be delivered tomorrow.
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