WASHINGTON – An AOL poll shows 67 percent of users supporting questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president.
Despite the online poll’s appearance within the context of a highly opinionated column by Steve Pendlebury slanted against Sarah Palin’s recent remarks on Rusty Humphries’ radio talk show, more than two-thirds of some 82,000 taking the survey indicated support for her position.
AOL users were asked: “Do you think it’s fair to question President Obama’s citizenship?”
Questions have persisted about Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen,” a requirement of the Constitution, not his status as a “citizen.”
The column goes on to quote four people who are critics of the questions, none who support them – other than Palin.
The columnist concludes, “Nothing the former Alaska governor says seems to diminish the enthusiasm among her fans, who want Palin to be the next president. … But if Palin plans to be a leading candidate for president, she’ll need to learn what all successful politicians know: You don’t have to answer every question an interviewer asks.”
“I guess this AOL columnist prefers politicians like Barack Obama, who refuse to answer the most basic question of all: ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’” said WND Editor and founder Joseph Farah, who has led the fight for full disclosure on the president’s constitutional eligibility requirement. “It’s strange to see journalists advising politicians to keep their mouths shut. It makes you wonder what is going on here.”
Last week, Humphries asked Palin on his nationally syndicated radio show: “Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?”
Palin responded: “I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue. I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think that members of the electorate still want answers.”
Humphries then asked: “Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?”
“I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past association and past voting records – all of that is fair game,” Palin said. “The McCain-Palin campaign didn’t do a good enough job in that area.”
Palin said it was legitimate to question Obama’s eligibility, referring to “the weird conspiracy-theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son – ‘You need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,’ which we have done.”