Hey, Pennsylvania! “Where’s the birth certificate?”
That’s the question on the newest billboard erected as part of a campaign organized by Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, who says he won’t be happy until all Americans are seeing the question every day.
In fact, the goal is for Barack Obama himself to be bumping into the signs at every turn.
“It should be pretty clear to everyone by now that Obama has no intentions of releasing his birth certificate under any circumstances,” said Farah. “He will also not reveal his travel records, his student records, his medical records – in short he won’t reveal anything meaningful about himself or his history, not even to prove he is constitutionally eligible to serve in office. The man apparently has a lot to hide.”
Farah says there is only one solution – force him to reveal it.
“We have to see these billboards flourish in 2010 and leading up to the 2012 election when Obama will seek re-election,” said Farah. “If he can’t answer that simple question by then, he’s toast. Help me make it so Obama can’t go anywhere in the United States without seeing this sign.”
Newest ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ billboard along the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Workers who erected the latest signs, near County Line Road between Southampton Township and Willow Grove, reported drivers honking and giving thumbs-up signs while they were working.
The signs must be having an impact, too. According to auto traffic patterns and projections provided by billboard companies, millions of Americans already pass by billboards erected by Farah’s campaign that began last May.
The survey was done by Angus Reid Global Monitor, a division of Vision Critical Group, which leverages “the world’s most advanced online research technology for interactive surveys, custom panels, private communities and virtual retail environments.”
The results of the survey said 70 percent of the respondents believe Obama was born in the U.S., “while 30 percent do not.”
“While only 13 percent of Democratic Party supporters believe Obama was not born in the U.S., the proportion rises to 25 percent among Independents and 51 percent among Republican Party backers,” the report said.
The issue is significant because while Obama secured a majority of the Electoral College votes in November 2008 to be installed as president, Article II of the U.S. Constitution establishes “that only ‘natural born’ American citizens are eligible to become presidents.”
Another view of the newest ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ billboard along the Pennsylvania Turnpike
The last billboard to appear went up gratis by an outdoor advertising company in Ocala, Fla.
Drivers in Ocala, Fla., see the “Where’s the birth certificate?” message
While the U.S. Constitution provides that if an elected president is not qualified for the office, the vice president shall stand in for him until he is qualified, Obama has shown no inclination to provide documentation of his eligibility.
Last year, the Obama campaign team released a Certification of Live Birth, which states that Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961, but such documentation does not actually prove a birth location.
Just weeks ago, former House majority leader Tom DeLay offered his views on Obama’s birth, saying, “Why wouldn’t the president of the United States show the American people his birth certificate? You have to show a birth certificate to play Little League baseball. It’s a question that should be answered. It’s in the Constitution that you have to be a natural born citizen of the United States to be president.”
WND reported earlier on its own survey, done by public opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies, that affirmed 51.3 percent of the people across the U.S. were aware of the dispute over Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office.
But that survey was weeks ago, when only 18.7 percent said no, and 30 percent said they were unsure. Since then several lawsuits over the dispute have been reported.
Pollster Fritz Wenzel said at the time, “Our polling shows that the questions surrounding Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president clearly strike a nerve across America, probably because it is a problem that everybody understands.
“Every American citizen has a birth certificate, and once in a while we all have to produce them to get a drivers license or gain entrance to school. Everyone understands the simple rules – if you don’t produce it, you don’t get in. And while Obama did get in to the White House, nearly half the country’s adults – 49 percent – are troubled by this issue and still want him to produce his official long-form birth certificate,” he said.
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” 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.”
Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born. Others argue one cannot be a “natural born” citizen without two citizen parents.
Complicating the situation is Obama’s decision to spend sums exceeding $1.7 million to avoid releasing an original long-form state birth certificate that would put to rest the questions.
WND also has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records.
Farah said to succeed in giving the question a high profile “takes a lot of money.”
“It will take tens of thousands of dollars – probably at least $100,000 by the end of the year. But it can be done. It will take at least $250,000 in 2010 to meet that goal. But it can be done. It will then take about $500,000 in 2011 and $1 million in 2012. But it can be done. It must be done if America is going to continue to operate as a constitutional republic in the future.”
Farah says he has no confidence the courts currently reviewing eligibility cases will make the right decision and demand the evidence unless the issue is taken far more seriously by the American public.
“I’m convinced this issue is going nowhere without the American people demanding the truth from the bottom up,” he said. “I know my colleagues in the media are afraid of it. I know the Republicans in Washington are afraid of it. It’s up to us – the people – to make this happen.”
“So far, we’ve raised just over a dozen billboards around the country, raising lots of awareness about Obama’s continuing refusal to come clean with the American people about his birth,” explained Farah. “I’m asking for help in erecting another dozen right away.”
fund-raising campaign to erect many, many more billboards around the
country questioning Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility for
office has collected about $130,000 so far.
Farah said the
campaign was born of frustration with timid elected officials in
Washington, corrupt judges around the country and a news media that
shows a stunning and disturbing lack of curiosity about the most basic
facts of Obama’s background – especially how it relates to
constitutional eligibility for the highest office in the land.
Not surprisingly, the campaign was quickly met with opposition. Just two weeks after it was launched, CBS,
one of the largest media conglomerates and a leading provider of
outdoor advertising, officially banned its local salesmen from
accepting the “birth certificate” billboard leases from WND. No reason was ever given.
Billboard at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
A few days later, Lamar Advertising, another billboard industry giant, joined CBS.
But the campaign had already made waves. Suddenly, there were
debates on Fox News over the issue of Obama’s eligibility mentioning
the billboard campaign. MSNBC followed with reports – albeit sneering
ones. Rush Limbaugh talked about the birth certificate issue all three
hours in one of his daily shows – the largest talk-radio program in the
“Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboard near the Santa Ana Freeway in Los Angeles
But the real fruit of the campaign, explains Farah, are the billboards themselves.
“Seeing these billboards springing up around the country is
quite a phenomenon,” he says. “It has been less than six weeks since
this idea was hatched and already the billboards are becoming a
Farah also devised a way for everyone to get into the act – with your own car or your own yard.
previously launched a petition campaign that has collected nearly half
a million names demanding Obama’s eligibility be verified and
demonstrated publicly. That campaign continues. That list has been
shared with members of the Electoral College and the chief justice of
the U.S. Supreme Court.
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