If flamboyant billionaire Donald Trump would become president on inauguration day in 2013, think how collectable billboard images such as the following, at Route 85 and Grove Road in Frederick, Md., would be:
Sign at Grove Rd. and Rt. 85 in Frederick, Md.
After all Trump today released what appears to be a copy of his long-form birth certificate, verifying his birth at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, N.Y.
A note sent from his staff to ABC along with the copy explained why the document was being released, when one day earlier he had released a simple document from the hospital reporting the birth.
“A ‘birth certificate’ and a ‘certificate of live birth’ are in no way the same thing, even though in some cases they use some of the same words,” Trump staffer Thuy Colayco told ABC. “One officially confirms and records a newborn child’s identity and details of his or her birth, while the other only confirms that someone reported the birth of a child. Also, a ‘certificate of live birth’ is very easy to get because the standards are much lower, while a ‘birth certificate’ is only gotten through a long and detailed process wherein identity must be proved beyond any doubt. If you had only a certificate of live birth, you would not be able to get a proper passport from the Post Office or a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, there is very significant difference between a ‘certificate of live birth’ and a ‘birth certificate’ and one should never be confused with the other.”
And therein lies the reason for the billboard campaign.
Barack Obama has released an online computer image of a “certification of live birth,” and has represented it as a “birth certificate,” even though it does not contain much of the information typically found on what Trump has supplied – details about the child’s birth time, place and parentage.
The campaign instituted by Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, has been in dozens of locations in just about as many states already.
The campaign, which names no names, cites no political affiliation, doesn’t sell anything and doesn’t ask readers to do anything, already is having an impact, Farah says.
As WND reported just a week ago, not even one person in 10 says Barack Obama has shown that he is eligible to
be president, according to a new scientific poll
that also reveals political independents have less tolerance than even
Republicans for his efforts to obfuscate the issue. Another 32 percent would
disregard the questions entirely, concluding they are not valid.
While much of the concern centers on Obama’s birth certificate, there are
numerous other documents that remain unavailable.
These are the types of records that typically are available for major
political leaders such as someone occupying the Oval Office. They include
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.
Arizona, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Kansas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Texas are just some of the states where the “Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard campaign has appeared.
Question billboard in Inwood, W.V.
“We’re determined to keep this important constitutional issue alive through the 2012 presidential campaign if necessary,” said Farah. “If Barack Obama seeks re-election, he’s going to need to prove he’s eligible – something he didn’t do in 2008 and hasn’t done since. Instead, he has chosen to fight in courtrooms all attempts to get him to reveal this simple document, to the tune of millions of dollars. There’s a distinguished soldier and surgeon in prison right now because of Obama’s refusal to turn over his birth certificate as a starting point in proving his constitutional eligibility.”
The campaign apparently causes so much alarm that it’s been censored by five outdoor advertising companies, but Farah says many locations remain available, and the postings depend only on the finances available.
Billboard on Highway 93 near Kingman, Ariz.
“I want everyone to understand there are still plenty of billboards available to lease,” Farah said. “Many supporters of this campaign have gotten the wrong impression – that we simply have been shut out of further billboard purchases by this political suppression. That is not the case. We could buy billboards every single day if we had the financial support we had when this campaign began. There are still plenty of independent outdoor advertising companies happy to accept our money and our campaign.”
Farah believes the billboards have contributed significantly to the sweeping skepticism Americans have regarding Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office, as shown in poll after poll.
Billboard in Anniston, Ala.
Farah is asking all those who agree that the constitutional eligibility of the president is of paramount importance for the future of the country to contribute financially to extending the campaign through 2012.
Billboard along I-35 near the Highway 59 exit near Ottawa, Kan.
“Every day we hear from Americans seeing these billboards,” said Farah. “Many of them congratulate us on the work. Others are just now being introduced to the questions that have been systematically stonewalled by the major media. I believe this campaign has raised more awareness of the issue than just about anything else. And I believe we are reaching critical mass in getting to the bottom of the mystery.”
Farah says his immediate goal is to help persuade several state legislatures to pass simple, straightforward bills requiring eligibility tests for presidential candidates – especially for “natural born citizenship.”
Billboard along I-78 near exit 17 near Rehrersburg, Pa
“As I have said many times, if Obama didn’t have something to hide, he would have long ago produced the original birth certificate proving he was born in Hawaii August 4, 1961, as he claims,” said Farah. “Just such legislation is pending right now in Texas and is expected to be introduced in several other states in 2011. When that happens, I am firmly convinced Obama will decide not to run again. At that point, an investigation needs to be launched by Congress to determine whether he was ever eligible to serve and whether any of his initiatives and actions as president are legitimate.”
“Where’s the Birth Certificate?” question near Lake Charles. La.
“The average billboard we place costs about $4,000 a month,” Farah points out. “Yes, we have had some donated. We’ve had some wonderful outdoor advertising companies that have discounted their boards because they like our campaign. But, at the end of the day, we’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this campaign – and we need help from the public. We believe it’s the most important way any citizen can make his voice heard on this issue.”
In addition to the billboard campaign, Farah has:
- produced a
video-documentary primer on the issue called “A Question of Eligibility”;
- produced a 40-page
special report on the subject;
- manufactured yard and
rally signs to bring attention to the topic;
- pledged to donate at
least $15,000 to any hospital in Hawaii or anywhere else that provides proof Obama was
born there and given you an opportunity to raise the amount;
- created a line of
T-shirts you can wear to appearances by the president to raise visibility of the issue;
- created a fund to which
you can donate to further the kind of investigative reporting into this matter only this
company has performed over the last two years;
- launched a line of
postcards you can use to keep the issue alive;
- distributed thousands of
bumper stickers asking, “Where’s the birth certificate?”;
most notably, gathered more than 500,000 names on a petition demanding any and all
controlling legal authorities in this matter take appropriate action to see the
requirements of the Constitution of the United States are followed;
- gathered another
25,000 names on a second petition attempting to rally state officials to make presidential
candidates prove their eligibility before getting on ballots.
“There are all kinds of things we need to do right now to get our country back on track, but I can think of nothing more important than for us to see that our Constitution is observed, followed, adhered to and honored, especially when it comes to such simple, straightforward matters as the eligibility of the president of the United States,” says Farah. “Please help me bring this matter to a head right now.”