Dean Singleton (Minnesota Public Radio)
The mainstream media have started covering what questioning reporters have characterized as one of the biggest stories in America, Barack Obama’s eligibility, with a running dialogue by Chris Mathews on “Hardball,” CNN polls on the controversy and now an endorsement from the publisher of the Denver Post that the questions are “valid.”
However, publisher and owner Dean Singleton told radio talk show host Peter Boyles on his KHOW AM 630 program this week that it’s not something he wants to argue about.
The dispute arose even before Obama was elected, when his status as a “natural born citizen” under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution was questioned. A multitude of lawsuits have sought unsuccessfully to clear the air, and there are several court cases that continue.
States have reacted by proposing legislation that would require a presidential candidate to provide documentation of his constitutional eligibility, and similar legislation even has been proposed in Congress.
Throughout, Obama has maintained a team of lawyers assigned to stamp out any case or challenge through which some of the documentation about his career might be revealed.
Boyles repeatedly has questioned Obama’s eligibility based simply on the evidence available: the only document that Obama has released supporting his claim to a Hawaiian birth is a “Certification of Live Birth” that state law made available to those not born in the state.
Besides those who say he wasn’t born in Hawaii and, therefore, is not eligible, a number of respected legal experts have argued that Obama admitted his ineligibility by confirming his father was a Kenyan national subject to the law of the U.K. at the time of his birth. They argue the Founders excluded dual citizens from being president.
Singleton’s comments were posted on YouTube by an organization monitoring the criticism of Obama:
“Asking the question is certainly fine to do,” Singleton said during the discussion with Boyles about Obama’s records and eligibility. “To me it’s not the big issue. I know to you it is.”
He continued, “The American people elected Barack Obama president. He’s got two more years to go on his term. Probably four more after that. He was elected by the people, says he’s a citizen, produced a certificate of live birth (sic). There’s no proof he’s not a citizen.”
Singleton said he can criticize Obama’s policies and actions “all day long,” but the eligibility controversy is “just not something I want to argue about.”
“There are questions,” he admitted. “Why hasn’t the president released his college transcripts. … Those are valid questions, and probably should be asked until he does [answer].
“There’s nothing wrong with asking the question over and over.”
But he suggested most Americans are “not bothered” by the issue.
The recent CNN poll, however, showed that 58 percent of the respondents lack confidence in Obama’s Hawaiian birth narrative. And Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently promised to search the state’s archives and produce the birth records but later said he could not do that.
Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh at the time addressed Abercromie’s failure to produce evidence.
“This is stunning to me,” Limbaugh said. “(They) still can’t prove it.”