WASHINGTON – Barack Obama finally has released his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii, and a Washington Post report today explains how the decision came about because of the president’s distress that questions about his eligibility were dominating news cycles and his important messages were getting no traction.
So it happened on April 21, White House Counsel Robert Bauer told Anne Kornblut at the Post, that he asked Obama’s outside counsel, Judy Corley of Perkins Coie, to contact the Hawaii Department of Health to find out what would be needed to get the copies of the birth certificate.
That, of course, was less than a full day after the definitive book on presidential eligibility, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President,” was featured on the Drudge Report and rocketed to No. 1 on Amazon – weeks before it even is due to the published.
The Drudge Report posted Jerome Corsi’s book as its lead story, prompting it to skyrocket to No. 1 on Amazon.com.
The in-depth investigation of Obama is by two-time No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Jerome Corsi, and the Drudge Report declared, “The street date is a LONG month away, and author
Jerome Corsi, the man who torpedoed John Kerry’s presidential dreams
with SWIFT BOAT, has gone underground and is holding his new findings
“‘It’s utterly devastating,’ reveals a source close to the publisher. ‘Obama may learn things he didn’t even know about himself!’” Drudge said.
Drudge wondered then whether the president’s attorneys will “attempt to interfere with the book’s distribution?” and whether the book will “finally – once and for all – put an end to the growing controversy?”
The Post reported the president’s concerns had been raised when he was interviewed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos – and he expected a discussion of financial issues.
Instead, he was peppered with questions about his eligibility controversy – an issue that possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump had elevated from being a topic of strong interest across America to the mainstream issue of the 2012 race.
Trump had consulted repeatedly with researchers assembled by WND to investigate the Obama eligibility issue in his campaign.
The Post reported that suddenly there was a “growing sense within the White House that the mainstream media was perpetuating a dangerous myth.”
Obama, described by the Post as “incredulous,” was warned that the questions might even rise to confront him. So it was on April 19, the newspaper said, Obama asked about getting a copy of his form.
“‘It wasn’t one specific thing’ that tipped the scales, a senior administration official said. But Trump was a major factor, by the White House’s own admission, as the real estate mogul’s near-constant interviews extended a discussion that the president found ‘frivolous,’” the newspaper said.
Suddenly, Obama was the driving force behind getting the documentation.
Quickly Corley was authorized to do what was needed to get the documentation and obtained an exemption from standard Hawaiian policy, which doesn’t allow copying such documents.
But the timing raised questions from the Post.
“Why, for example, did Obama officials wait so long to tamp down rumors that have dogged the president since the 2008 presidential campaign? Why did they release the forms on the very day that Trump is making his first visit to New Hampshire, and during a week when Obama is slated to make other major announcements about his national security team?” the newspaper wrote.
While the White House denied any connection, the sequence reveals that following weeks of discussions by Trump, on April 20 “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President” skyrocketed to the No. 1 spot among all books on Amazon.com, the next day Corley was authorized to find the document and on April 22 Obama signed a letter to state officials making the formal request for help.
Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director, said the administration considered the issue closed.
But he told the Post, “The fact that it was a settled issue did not keep it from becoming a major part of the political discussion in this town for the last several weeks here. So there’s absolutely no question that what the president released in 2008 was his birth certificate and answered that question, and many of your organizations have done excellent reporting which proved that to be the case. But it continued; the president thought it was a sideshow and chose to take this step today.”
Elspeth Reeve on the Atlantic Wire noted that according to ABC News’ Jake Tapper, when Obama was complaining that the eligibility controversy was the “dominant news story,” it actually was getting only about a fraction of the attention of the actual top story: the economy.
Tapper reported the eligibility dispute was getting only one-tenth the attention of the actual top story.
The document that Obama released:
Released by the White House
Corsi has described the book as the result of three years of research.
“I traveled to Kenya and to Hawaii. I have hired private investigators and had the help of inside sources in Kenya, Indonesia and Hawaii. The book will contain startling new information, and the release of the book will be orchestrated through WND with documents the public has never seen before.”
And even though the president has released a document as his birth certificate, the controversy over his eligibility remains, since those who are concerned about the situation have said the Hawaii birth was only part of the puzzle.
Obama still has not released passport records, kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records and schedules, medical records, Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, Soetoro/Dunham marriage license and adoption records.
In fact, critics argue that the new document – verifying Kenyan national Barack Obama Sr. as the father – actually proves his ineligibility, because they argue the definition of the Constitution’s requirement for only a “natural born Citizen” to be president as understood with the document was written would exclude those with a parent who is not a citizen of the U.S.
Between now and May 17, when the book officially debuts, video ad spots are promoting “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”
WND Books CEO Farah hopes the commercials, which are going viral on the Internet, will raise even more interest in the book and spur those frustrated about Obama’s unwillingness to document his eligibility for office to make financial contributions to air the spots on television in May.
Jerome Corsi will not do any media on this book until release date May 17. Media wishing to interview Joseph Farah can contact him by email.