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It’s a question that’s gone coast to coast and now has landed near the intersection of Antioch and Harding in Nashville: the “Where’s the REAL Birth Certificate?” billboard campaign.
The effort to raise the public’s awareness of the controversy over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president was launched only a few months after he took office, when polls showed only half of adults in America were even aware of the issue.
Dozens of cities and a couple of flying banners later, polls consistently reveal that fully half of Americans don’t believe Obama’s nativity tale and think his eligibility needs to be reviewed.
Evidence on the subject was entered for the first time when Georgia administrative Judge Michael Malihi held a hearing, as allowed by state law, for voters who had filed challenges to Obama’s name on the 2012 election ballot.
His decision is due in early February.
But Obama and his attorney both blew off the hearing, even telling Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a letter that they were refusing to participate further, despite a subpoena for Obama’s testimony and evidence of his birth.
The Nashville sign went up just this week amid a series of winter storms that passed through the region.
The billboard, not far from a Sam’s Club and J. Barleycorns, is just the latest manifestation of a national campaign.
Joseph Farah, founder of WND, launched the effort.
“We have used billboards because the rest of the media refuses to address seriously the problems of Obama’s eligibility. And we will continue to use other creative efforts to address one of the most serious constitutional questions facing our country, namely, ‘Is Obama actually eligible for office?’” he said.
Recently the campaign put a banner in the skies over Texas for National Football League fans heading into a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants with the same question:
It was not the first time the question surrounding Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office had hit the friendly skies.
A plane soared overhead trailing a banner demanding, “Where’s the Real Birth Certificate?”
Aerial banner over Tampa
The arguments presented in court in Atlanta explained that the Founders likely believed a “natural-born citizen,” as the U.S Constitution requires for presidents, to be the offspring of two citizens.
That view is backed up by an 1875 Supreme Court opinion, and should it prevail, Obama cannot qualify, because his father never was a U.S. citizen, lawyers argued. Others believe he was not born in the U.S., and that would be a disqualifying factor. They alleged the “Certificate of Live Birth” released by the White House in April is a document created by a computer.
“Countless document experts have now made the persuasive case that the birth certificate released by Obama is fraudulent – a case that has been well-chronicled in WND,” said Farah. “No other media outlet has bothered to examine the document or question its authenticity.
“Neither have they found any experts willing to suggest the birth certificate is valid. That’s why I am taking this case directly to the American people,” he said.
Donald Trump, the high profile mega-millionaire, also repeatedly has questioned Obama’s qualifications.
He repeated his stance recently on the CNN Piers Morgan show when he was confronted with the challenge, “Do you accept what he produced as valid?”
Trump, who in April claimed credit for creating the circumstances that prompted Obama to release the “Certificate” image, was blunt.
“No, I don’t necessarily accept it,” he said.
“Do you believe he was probably born in America?” Morgan pressed.
“He might have been,” Trump said.
“What does your gut tell you, because you are a smart guy,” Morgan continued.
“My gut tells me couple things. No. 1, you know, it took a long time to produce this certificate, and when it came out, as you know, check out the Internet, many people say it is not real, you know, that it’s a forgery,” Trump said. “They go over it, and lots of different things and lots of different reasons.”
He continued, “The other thing is, nobody has been able to see, you know, the day of his birth, they had twins born, they had another one born. Nobody has been able to find any records that he was born in that hospital.”