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NASHVILLE – Just as a tea-party convention crowd gathered to discuss strategy for the movement, one woman stepped forward to the microphone – holding up two Hawaiian long-form birth certificates and a copy of President Obama’s purported short-form certification of live birth – and, referencing the short form, she told the crowd, “This piece of junk is what you get when you don’t have one of these!”
The crowd went wild, clapping and cheering.
When the forum was over, tea partiers scrambled around a table to see and photograph her original documents.
“They are the ‘vault’ copies of the original ones filled out at the hospital and sent to the Hawaii State Department of Health Vital Statistics Office,” Booth told WND. “It is from this office that the newspapers get their stats for births, deaths and marriages to announce in the newspapers.”
“If he is going to claim he was born in Kapi’olani like my husband and my son, then I want him to show proof,” Booth said, explaining that a certification of live birth only shows that a live baby was born – and not necessarily in Hawaii.
“What he’s given us perpetuates the mystery of what he’s covering up and gives us more reason to not trust him,” she said.
Booth presented this 1981 long-form Hawaiian birth certificate belonging to her son. It contains information about the doctor, birth hospital, time of delivery and other information.
Asked what she thought of the crowd’s overwhelmingly positive reaction when she presented the documents, Booth said, “I was pleased but not surprised, since I get that reaction every time I do it. I think people really appreciate when someone shows them they’re not stupid. They know what’s going on.”
Most of the convention attendees appeared to rally around WND founder Joseph Farah as he presented his speech at the national convention Friday, referencing the eligibility issue. They gave him a standing ovation at the end of his speech. However, a small number of people suggested the topic shouldn’t have surfaced at a tea party event.
“I would say those people have bought into the notion that it’s a dead issue since it was ‘proved’ to them that Obama was born in Hawaii,” Booth explained. “What proof were they convinced by? Bill O’Reilly saying so? Newscasters saying so? ACORN saying so? The Internet copy?”
Booth also presented this 1949 long-form Hawaiian birth certificate belonging to her husband. It contains information about the birth attendant, birth hospital, time of delivery and other information.
She continued, “I wonder if these same people think we shouldn’t question his record of what passport he traveled to Pakistan with – or his Occidental records of foreign student funding and his Columbia records or his Harvard records or his Punahou records.”
As WND reported, when Farah discussed the eligibility issue – explaining to the crowd that the president refuses to produce documents proving he meets the Constitution’s natural-born citizen requirement – the crowd cheered wildly, whistled and applauded.
Booth added, “The people I hang with enjoyed and appreciated Joseph Farah’s speech, and we are with him all the way.”
The eligibility issue was a hot topic at the convention even before Farah arrived to present his Friday evening keynote speech. Prior to Booth’s presentation of the Hawaii documents and Farah’s speech, other convention attendees had expressed concern about Obama’s eligibility documentation as well. One tea partier asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton whether his organization would sue the White House for documentation of Obama’s eligibility.
“On the birth certificate, we are not pursuing that. I don’t think, at this point, that is going to be a fruitful pursuit,” Fitton said. “My suggestion to activists is that they go back to their states and ensure that the secretaries of each individual state next time around have the certification process and candidates for the presidency certified for eligibility.”
The crowd reacted to his suggestion for a more stringent certification process with booming applause.
Booth wasn’t always skeptical about the president’s background. She said she and her husband, a 25-year veteran police officer from Hawaii, were registered Democrats when the Obama campaign sent them a promotion card requesting a $75 contribution in 2008.
“His platform sounded great, and I was ready to send the check,” she said. “Then I heard he was from Hawaii, so I was thrilled and went online to find out what I could about him.”
She said her family originally took issue with his admitted history of cocaine use.
“I spent all my life as a law-abiding citizen and married a cop who enforced our laws,” she said. “I just couldn’t accept the notion that it would be OK for the leader of our great nation to have done hard drugs.”
However, that wasn’t her biggest concern.
“What really frightened me and sent me on a mission to warn others was when I found out about his connections to Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi,” she said.
“I lived the time when Ayers bombed the judge’s house and protesters waged war on our law enforcement.”
She continued, “As I connected the dots, I was hit with a cold stab through the heart when I thought, this is a deliberate plan to destroy our country from within.”
“I believe in limited government, a free-market system, a strong national defense, states’ rights and our right to bear arms against a tyrannical government as our Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution,” she said proudly.
Booth is also a member of “Get Out Of Our House,” or GOOOH, pronounced “Go.” According to its website, GOOOH is “a non-partisan plan to evict the 435 career politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives and replace them with everyday Americans just like you. … GOOOH is not just another political party. It is a system that will allow you and your neighbors to choose, among yourselves, the person who can best represent your district.”
Booth said the GOOOH system is a plan by Tim Cox of Liberty Hill, Texas, a man who spent his career creating systems for Dell and developed credit card readers for gas pumps. She said candidates answer 100 questions on how they would vote on particular issues.
“That becomes your platform and also documents how you would vote, because it becomes a contract, and you will be held accountable” she explained. “There will be a timeline for candidate selection sessions where all members will go through a process of selecting their peers or be considered themselves, and someone will bubble up to the top after the session is completed. That person will be the GOOOH candidate to go on the ballot.”
She said when the organization reaches half a million people who invest $100 each, there will be a $50 million pot to fund national campaigns for those candidates – $1 million in each of the 50 states.
“I went home and asked Fred, ‘What would you think if got elected to go to Congress?’ He said, ‘I would be so proud of you.’”
Even if GOOOH doesn’t make critical mass by reaching the 500,000 membership mark, Booth has every intention of continuing her fight for the House seat currently held by Rep. Dan Boren, a Democrat.
In a January letter, Booth, a passionate supporter of Second Amendment rights, challenged Boren to a debate and rifle marksmanship contest.
“[O]ur interpretation of the right to bear arms seems to differ in that I believe the framers of the Constitution armed us in defense of a tyrannical government,” she wrote. “It’s good and well that we can hunt and target shoot, but if you’ve discussed guns in the context of the Constitution, I must have missed it. Your record voting 98 percent of the time with your party leads me to believe you might have not read the Constitution because it appears you are not guided by it.”
She added, “I did drop a coyote at about 200 yards a couple of weeks ago, so you can be assured I am qualified to challenge you in a shooting match.”
Booth recently shot a coyote dead on the spot from 200 yards away with open sights. It was trying to eat her chickens. She said, “I wouldn’t mind the coyotes if they earned an honest living. But when they steal chickens, that’s crossing the line.”
Booth speaks to many groups while she campaigns, and she always starts out her presentation by introducing herself in this way:
“I’m Miki Booth. I’m from Hawaii, and I’m a community organizer.”
“I show them the birth certificates, explain them and then hand them out for closer scrutiny,” she said. “Overwhelmingly, I’m accepted as being on their side, and I’m appreciated for my willingness to expose myself and my family to criticism and possible danger.”
She continued, “Alan and Fred are proud of me for doing it, and they know the danger. But we’ll do anything to help our country.”