For a book that critics say had its premise destroyed by a presidential action, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible To Be President” by Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., is doing pretty well.
Today it was ranked at No. 14 on the New York Times best-sellers list for nonfiction hardcover books.
Ever since April 27, when Obama released an image of a “Certificate of Live Birth” from the state of Hawaii, critics have condemned the book as out of date and Esquire even published a fabricated story that reported it had been withdrawn.
That wasn’t true, and apparently the critics’ prognostications that it was doomed weren’t either.
In fact, the decision by Obama to dispatch an attorney to Hawaii to pick up a copy of the birth documentation was made just as Corsi’s investigative work was reaching the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com and even may have been prompted by the meteoric rise of the book.
It continues to make an impact, being the subject of literally hundreds of radio talk shows across the nation and at Amazon, it was promoted just days ago as the hottest topic on the site.
The Amazon forum for “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” featured more than 500 “discussions,” and sometimes there were hundreds of participants in a just a single online “discussion.”
At its launch, it also was listed on the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly best-sellers lists. The WND Book clocked in then at No. 8 on the Wall Street Journal non-fiction list, No. 26 overall at USA Today and No. 9 among nonfiction at Publisher’s Weekly.
The book topped out at No. 1 at Amazon nearly a month ago in pre-release.
The author, Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., senior staff reporter for WND, is the author of many other New York Times best-sellers, including two that made the top of the list – “Unfit for Command” and “The Obama Nation.”
His research focuses on the dispute over Obama’s eligibility based on the demand of the U.S. Constitution that presidents must be a “natural born citizen,” a term not defined in the Constitution but considered by many at the time of its writing to be a citizen born on the nation’s soil of citizen parents.
The issues raised in Corsi’s book and its popularity apparently alarmed the Obama administration because after more than two years of declaring that an online image of a “Certification of Live Birth” was the only documentation available, Obama dispatched an attorney to Hawaii to pick up a copy of a “Certificate of Live Birth” and announced that the new image, was, in fact, the documentation.
But Hawaii state officials declined even to confirm to WND that the information released by Obama was an accurate representation of what their records hold.
The actual original birth documentation still remains sealed from public view.
The book questions whether Obama illegally is occupying the Oval Office. Corsi “demonstrates conclusively that no legal authority has ever verified Obama’s legal eligibility to be president, that glaring inconsistencies, blackouts, and outright fabrications in his life narrative have generated widespread doubts, and that, in fact, a compelling body of evidence says Obama is not a natural-born citizen as is required of all presidents by Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution.”
Points he raises include:
- Obama’s status as a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and U.S. at his birth.
- His status as a Muslim and Indonesian citizen, according to school records, during his school years.
- The widespread reports that he was born at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu – before those reports were changed after the fact to make the birth place Kapiolani.
- The fact that some dozen states are considering legislation that could require presidential candidates to document their eligibility before they would be allowed on the 2012 ballot.
CNN has reported that even though Obama released his “Certificate of Live Birth,” 17 percent of Americans still think he probably or definitely was born not in the U.S.