This week the Atlantic joined the “birther” craze – by writing to a WND staffer questioning the authenticity of Mitt Romney’s certificate of live birth.
Here’s that letter in its entirety, followed by my response. (Only the email addresses have been removed to protect the innocent):
From: Reeve, Elspeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:12 AM
Subject: interview request from the Atlantic on new birth certificate news
My name is Elspeth Reeve and I’m a reporter for The Atlantic. I read that you worked with Jerome Corsi and have covered the birth certificate issue, so I was wondering if I could get your take on Mitt Romney’s birth certificate, which has just been released. You can see it here.
What do you think? Does it look solid to you? Does it satisfy citizenship requirements to be elected president? Are you bothered that it’s labeled “certificate of live birth”?
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Here is my response:
Unlike the Atlantic and any other media, WND thoroughly investigated Mitt Romney’s constitutional eligibility early in the primary season. We would have considered it very newsworthy if there were evidence of ineligibility. We could find none – only evidence supporting his eligibility. (As you may know, WND has been widely criticized by Republicans and conservatives for reporting that Marco Rubio has a serious eligibility problem. I have personally been banned from any appearances on Fox since pointing this out on air months ago.)
Both of Romney’s parents were citizens at the time of his birth. That’s the biggest hurdle one has to be a “natural born citizen,” as the Constitution requires. He was also born in the U.S., though I don’t believe that is really a critical issue, as we learned in 2008, when John McCain, born in Panama, was determined to be constitutionally eligible in a unanimous decision by the U.S. Senate.
That it is labeled “certificate of live birth” is a non-issue. To my knowledge, Michigan did not have lax policies that offered such certificates to those born outside the U.S., as Hawaii did in 1961. On the other hand, the major problems Obama faces with the eligibility test are as follows:
- His certificate of live birth from Hawaii claims a father who was a visiting African student and a mother of insufficient age to confer “natural born citizenship” upon their son. This would make Obama, at best, a dual citizen at birth, not what the founders had in mind when they used the term “natural born citizen.” Obama himself has acknowledged he was born a “dual citizen.”
- Hawaii has a long history of registering births in the state that actually took place outside the country.
- Obama himself has offered different stories about his birthplace. For at least 16 years, he claimed to have been “Kenyan-born” – right up until 2007!
- Michelle Obama referred to Kenya as her husband’s “homeland.”
- Obama was adopted by an Indonesian stepfather and registered as an Indonesia citizen as a child.
- Obama’s mother was warned by U.S. immigration authorities upon moving to Indonesia to take certain precautions if she wanted to protect her son’s U.S. citizenship (as opposed to “natural born” citizenship). These included homeschooling him and teaching him American history, rather than enrolling him in an Indonesian school. Nevertheless, Obama was enrolled in an Indonesian school as an Indonesian citizen.
- Obama and his family gave conflicting accounts of the hospital in which he was born – and these were widely reported in the press. No hospital in Hawaii has ever formally or officially claimed the first black president as one of their own.
- The long-form birth certificate released by Obama last year, following three years of pressure, has been deemed a forgery by dozens of document experts, as it has been by the only law enforcement investigation to examine it in Arizona.
I could go on with much more evidence of Obama’s “natural born citizenship” problems, but this should more than suffice for any able-bodied reporter of sound mind to investigate or, at least, think about.
Let me conclude with this parting thought: There is not a doubt in my mind, and I speak for Dr. Jerome Corsi as well, that Romney qualifies as a “natural born citizen” in the strictest constitutional definition. If it were not so, we would aggressively and tirelessly report that fact, as we have in the case of Obama.
If I can be of further help, please let me know.
Editor and Chief Executive Officer
WND.com and WND Books
Note: The Atlantic published its article without any reference to my explanation, nor has the story been updated with any quotes from me or WND’s Jerome Corsi, which he provided. I guess they just didn’t fit the pre-determined narrative.