For someone who refuses to discuss or release information about his original birth certificate, President Obama certainly likes to make jokes about it.
The latest quip came this week at a fundraiser in Boston.
“There’s no weakness in us trying to reach out and seeing if we can find common ground,” he told attendees. “Now, there are going to be times where we can’t. I was born in Hawaii. What can I say? I mean, I just … I can’t change those facts.”
The “fact,” however, still has not been publicly documented, as he’s not only refused to release his original birth certificate – substituting instead a computer-generated birth record summary from the state – he’s also battled court requests for his school records, college records, records from his years in the Illinois legislature and other documents typically available for prominent leaders.
It was just about a year ago at the White House correspondents’ annual dinner when he couldn’t leave the subject alone, either:
“There are few things in life that are harder to find and more important to keep than love. Well, love and a birth certificate,” he said.
Media reports in Boston explained that under the U.S. Constitution, a president must be a “natural born” citizen, and they acknowledged that Obama’s mother was American and his father was Kenyan, making him a dual citizen.
The reports presumed that that qualifies Obama as a natural-born citizen under Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.. But many arguments raised during the time the Constitution was written can be understood as barring dual citizens from being president.
Also, as his birth documentation remains a secret, questions remain about whether he was born in Hawaii, as he insists.
There have been multiple lawsuits over the issue, although judges have dismissed almost all of them.
At the annual Washington prayer breakfast in February 2010, Obama said, “Sure you can question my policies without questioning my faith. Or for that matter my citizenship.”
While WND has reported on the challenges and legal cases since before Obama’s election, only about half of Americans at that time were even aware of the dispute. Recent polls, however, reveal that more than half of Americans now doubt Obama’s proclaimed birth story.