The website Media Matters is highlighting a comment from talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh in which he explains he can understand President Obama’s sensitivity to a state requirement for documentation of citizenship.
“Maybe he’s afraid somebody’s going to ask him for his,” stated Limbaugh on his program Wednesday.
He was commenting on the president’s use of the word “papers,” as in “Show me your papers,” regarding the new Arizona state law cracking down on illegal aliens in the state.
“The use of the word ‘papers.’ I mean Obama? Understandable,” comments Limbaugh. “Papers equals Nazi. Your papers please. It equals Nazi. That’s why Obama’s using the term. I can understand Obama being touch on the subject of producing your papers.”
The audio is posted online:
“Maybe he’s afraid somebody’s going to ask him for his,” Limbaugh said.
According to a HotAir.com report, the president has commented, “You can try to make it really tough on people who look like they, quote, unquote look like illegal immigrants. One of the things that the law says is that local officials are allow to ask somebody who they have a suspicion might be an illegal immigrant for their papers – but you can imagine if you are a Hispanic American in Arizona, your great, great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state. But now suddenly if you don’t have your papers and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to be harassed, that’s something that could potentially happen.”
The Media Matters website, which is linked to the Media Matters Action Network’s ridicule of GOP concerns over a Wall Street overhaul and accusations that Roger Ailes is “pushing falsehoods,” included a list of forum page participants who disliked Limbaugh.
But it’s not the first time Limbaugh has raised the issue of the questions that remain over whether Obama is eligible to be president under the U.S. Constitution’s demand a president be a “natural born citizen.”
Obama has written about his father, who never was a U.S. citizen and never asked to be, and critics contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as a “natural born citizen.’
Just last year, Limbaugh blasted Obama for failing to prove he is natural-born citizen of the United States.
In July 2009, Limbaugh told listeners, “As you know, I’m in the midst of another harassing audit from New York State and New York City for the last three years. We’re up to 16 different ways I have to prove to New York City and state tax authorities where I have been every day – not just work week – but every day, for the past three years.”
He continued, “Barack Obama has yet to have to prove that he’s a citizen. All he has to do is show a birth certificate. He has yet to have to prove he’s a citizen. I have to show them 14 different ways where the h— I am every day of the year for three years.”
Later in the show, Limbaugh played audio of a woman criticizing Rep. Mike Castle for ignoring the birth certificate issue during a Delaware town meeting. The woman presented her own birth certificate, signed by a doctor, and asked why Obama hasn’t been compelled to do the same.
Woman: I want to go back to Jan. 20, and I want to know, why are you people ignoring his birth certificate? (cheers and applause) He is not an American citizen. He is a citizen of Kenya. I am American. My father worked – fought in World War II with the greatest generation in the Pacific theater for this country, and I don’t want this flag to change. I want my country back! (cheers and applause)
Castle: If you’re referring to the president there, he is a citizen of the United States. (crowd shouting)
Woman: All the men and women who died for this country in 1776 ’til the present time. I think we should all stand up and give Pledge of Allegiance to that wonderful flag (cheers and applause) people that sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Everybody stand up.
Everyone in the room stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
“The crowd went nuts,” Limbaugh noted. “There’s all kinds of stuff bubbling up out there.”
As WND reported, concerns about Obama’s long-form birth certificate and eligibility also got a boost when Limbaugh joked several times about the subject in comparing Obama to God on his June 10 show.
Asking rhetorically what God has in common with Obama, Limbaugh said, “Neither has a birth certificate.”
Limbaugh previously mentioned the birth certificate issue just days before the 2008 election, when Obama’s campaign announced the candidate would rush to Hawaii to visit his dying grandmother, but took several days before actually making the trip. Limbaugh said on Oct. 23:
See, I think this is about something else. You know what’s really percolating out there? I’ve been laying low on this because it hasn’t met the threshold to pass the smell test on this program.
This birth certificate business, this lawsuit that a guy named Philip Berg filed in Philadelphia in August for Obama to produce his genuine birth certificate and he still hasn’t replied. You’ve got a deathly ill grandmother, you are going to rush to her side a few days from now, when you first announced this, you’re going to rush, you’re going to hurry, you’re going to make tracks, you’re going to get over there because you don’t want your grandmother to die before you got there like your mother did, but somehow you keep campaigning, you take three days to get over there, if he’s left yet, and this birth certificate business, I’m just wondering if something’s up. I have no clue, and folks, I’m telling you, this has not reached the threshold until now, and it’s popping up all over the place. There are a lot of people now that are starting to speculate and be curious about this.
I don’t know, let’s say for example that somebody does come up with proof that something’s screwy with his birth certificate and something’s screwy about the fact that he’s allegedly a natural citizen, American citizen, but may not be, dual citizenship, born in Kenya, who knows, there’s all kinds of stuff out – so what? What’s going to happen this late in the campaign? Do you think if it’s proven that they’re going to dump him? That’s not going to happen. But still, these are just questions that I have. And, look, both of my parents have died. When I was told the end was near, bam, I got there, fast as I could. I didn’t announce to the audience, ‘I just got word my father is said to be passing away and in four or five days I’m going to go to Missouri. In the meantime, I will not leave you here on this radio program.’ These are just natural questions. I think any inquisitive reporter – I know the risk I’m running here by raising all this. But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do that.
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.
WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.
“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard in Pennsylvania
Because of the dearth of information about Obama’s eligibility, WND founder Joseph Farah has launched a campaign to raise contributions to post billboards asking a simple question: “Where’s the birth certificate?”
The campaign followed a petition that has collected more than 500,000 signatures demanding proof of his eligibility, the availability of yard signs raising the question and the production of permanent, detachable magnetic bumper stickers asking the question.
The “certification of live birth” posted online and widely touted as “Obama’s birth certificate” does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same “short-form” document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true “long-form” birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a “natural born citizen,” no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth.
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