I have a confession to make: I thought the debate over Barack Obama’s birth certificate was over.

That is, until I read Jerome Corsi’s new book – “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to Be President.”

Think of the theme as “The Audacity of Cover-up.” Corsi’s three-year investigation has uncovered startling evidence that Obama brazenly raced to the presidency, without fulfilling even the basic constitutional requirement for the office.

The book begins with the media focus on the eligibility issue for the 2008 presidential election – the eligibility of John McCain! That’s right: While Obama was foisting one of the most incredible stories of cover-up ever on the American people, the media decided to investigate whether McCain was a U.S. citizen (one can rightly wonder why they felt the hapless senator was a real threat to Obama).

Corsi, an extraordinary investigator (yes, he traveled to Kenya and Hawaii to uncover the truth about Obama’s citizenship, although, as he says, many people would not talk to him), also profiles several attempts to prove/disprove various candidates’ eligibility. His rundown of the efforts to question Chester Arthur’s eligibility is quite fascinating.

Back to Obama.

The issue of where Obama was born is a story that won’t go away, much to the chagrin of this murky man and his advisors.

Corsi has uncovered several curious clues that demand and explanation and prevent Obama’s handlers from sweeping the issue under the rug, clues that most of the nation may never have heard.

For example, Obama’s election created a buzz in the Kenyan National Assembly in November, 2008, Corsi discovered.

A member of that body, Millie Odhiambo, addressed the speaker: “Mr. Deputy Speaker, sir, the president-elect, Mr. Obama, is a son of the soil of this country. Every other country in this continent is celebrating the Obama win. It I only proper and fitting that the country which he originates from should show the same excitement, pomp and color. I, therefore, seek leave of the House that we adjourn to discuss the issue.”

As Corsi points out, “Ultimately, as long as Obama keeps his records under wrap, the lore surrounding the origin of the East African nation’s favorite son will only grow.”

It should be noted here that sometimes, books contain valuable appendices that help the reader understand a particular subject. “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” goes far beyond that, with an “Exhibits” section in the middle that is amazing. For 93 pages, the author reproduces documents, screen grabs and photos that provide an explosive basis for his book’s theme. I might add, this section is printed on high-quality paper, thus making the documents resonate with the immediacy of a true investigative journalist uncovering them for the first time. This section, combined with the landmark research in the book overall, make “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” the value purchase of the year.

For example, exhibits 50 and 51 are screen captures of the original (and “scrubbed”) Modern Ghana website, from October 9, 2008, only days from the election. Next to a photo of Obama and his wife, Michelle, the fourth paragraph contains the line, “the first-ever African-American president on this presidential visit to the continent of his birth.”

In Exhibit 51, that factoid has been scrubbed to read, “presidential visit to the continent of his father’s birth.”

Perhaps as important as the controversy surrounding his birth is the issue of his Muslim roots. Corsi uncovers a vast amount of information on this.

Indeed, Obama, as Corsi documents, Obama was a Muslim in Indonesia from the ages of 6-10. Exhibit 94 on page 210, his school registration card, under the name “Barry Soetoro,” lists his religion as “Islam.” In this one instance, Corsi has uncovered what many Americans believe: The American president has a Muslim background. Such information is not forthcoming from the White House today, yet this piece of information has huge implications for our country.

“Where’s the Birth Certificate?” is much more than an investigation into the eligibility of Barack Obama. It is a tapestry that presents an authentic version of Obama’s life. That life so differs from the one Obama has carefully crafted that Corsi’s work in the future will no doubt be looked at as a watershed accomplishment.

Here’s hoping that this book, already skyrocketing up the bestseller lists, will have the same impact that Corsi’s 2004 stunner, “Unfit for Command,” had on the nation.

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