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Barack Obama may not be fully versed in baseball – last spring he stumbled and couldn’t provide a single name when asked his favorite White Sox player growing up – but there are some in baseball who say they know about him.
“He was not born here,” Orioles slugger Luke Scott told David Brown of Yahoo sports in an interview posted online yesterday.
“That’s my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go – within 10 minutes – to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, ‘See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.’ The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn’t answer anything. And why? Because he’s hiding something.”
Scott continued, “You know what? People who have bad intentions, people that are deceivers or are not of honor and integrity – that’s how they act. I’ve seen it in every – it doesn’t matter what level. It can be in politics, it can be in business, it can be in sports, it can be in the construction field. Doesn’t matter. It’s all the same attitude. It’s the same thing.”
He said, “People who tell the truth, they’re very easy to … their actions prove it. Something as simple [as] providing a birth certificate. Come on. If you’re born here, there’s plenty of documents. But you know what? There’s no documentation of him. No legal documentation of him. There’s been lie after lie after lie exposed, but people put it under the carpet. Hence, the problem we have in this country.”
Wrote Brown, “Scott’s opinion about the president’s birthplace – while certainly not unique – was a stunning climax to a friendly and frank 20-minute Answer Man session that spanned his enthusiasm for baseball, hunting, firearms, personal responsibilities and smaller government. … Scott used to come to the ballpark packing heat. Now sporting an offseason beard but no noticeable firearm, Scott came out guns blazing, figuratively …”
WND has reported on multiple legal challenges to Obama over his 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 Obama actually was 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.
Further, others question his citizenship by virtue of his attendance in Indonesian schools during his childhood and question on what passport did he travel to Pakistan three decades ago.
Adding fuel to the fire is Obama’s persistent refusal to release documents that could provide answers and his appointment of lawyers to defend against all requests for his documentation.
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
It was in April when Obama was being interviewed about Chicago baseball, and he was asked by interviewer Rob Dibble, “Having played with the White Sox for a short time, I know how the Cubs fans and White Sox fans go back and forth. Who was one of your favorite White Sox players growing up?”
According to the Sun Times, Obama responded, “You know uh ….. I … I thought that … uh …. you know … the truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh … I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh …. I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A’s fan.”
“There needs to be accountability for the truth. I don’t care if you’re the president of the United States, you need to be held accountable. If you’re involved in treacherous acts, or you’re saying things that are against, or are selling out our country, you should be brought to trial,” he said.
“I mean, no one’s above the law. There’s a lot of people that fought for their country and that’s not something to be taken lightly. They gave their life, everything they had, they gave their lives, to give us what we have. That’s why I’m so passionate about my beliefs – because someone died. They gave their life, their blood was spilled, so I had an opportunity to chase a dream and play baseball for a living.”
Brown added an editor’s note in his report of Scott’s comments with a posting of the computer-generated image of a Hawaiian “Certification of Live Birth” that Obama’s campaign posted online during the 2008 presidential race to try to answer questions about his eligibility.
However, Hawaii officials have confirmed that such documents have been made available to those not even born in the state. Obama’s actual long-form birth certificate that would include a doctor’s name and a hospital location, never has been released.
Brown brought up the subject, asking Scott how the president is doing.
“Obama does not represent America,” Scott said. “Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for. This country is basically built on an attitude. It’s a way of life. It’s not because you’re born here. It’s not that you’re supposed to take from those who have and give to those who haven’t. That kills a country. It killed Russia.
“I have friends of mine who are in the ministry who [work] in churches in Russia. If they can describe [the country] in one [phrase], it’s ‘messed up beyond repair,’” Scott said.
“That’s what communism does. Cuba, Venezuela. People are trying to escape these lands like a plague. What would make a human being swim 90 miles in shark-infested waters on a raft made of tires and planks? To leave their culture, their family, their language, their way of life. Everything they’ve ever known. What would make someone do that?” he continued.
“You don’t see people in America doing that. There’s no one here in America swimming the Pacific Ocean – or the Atlantic, or the Caribbean – to leave this place. The reason why is because of the freedom. Freedom for a man to mark out his own destiny. It’s not, ‘Hey, you have so much.’ Hey, that person worked for that. That’s not to be taken and given to someone who didn’t put in the time, the effort, and do his part.
“Obama, he doesn’t represent that. He represents, ‘Hey, everyone. Give me votes and I’ll give you stuff.’ And there’s even people on TV who [are asked], ‘Hey, who you voting for?’ ‘I’m voting for Obama.’ ‘Why?’ ‘So I can get more free stuff,’” Scott said.