Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.More ↓Less ↑
Remember all the questions that Hillary Clinton had about Barack Obama’s eligibility when the two were competing for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination?
How about the times the issue was raised by the 2008 GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain?
And what about the gauntlet thrown down by likely 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney on the question? Or by members of Congress? … Wait, how about this? The questions from the mainstream press?
Donald Trump, who briefly toyed with a presidential bid, has spoken out, as has Ambassador Alan Keyes, who has stated plainly he believes there are problems with Obama’s documentation.
As have a few other brave individuals.
But voters likely aren’t going to escape the questions over Obama’s eligibility under the U.S. Constitution’s requirements that someone must be a “natural born citizen” to qualify this year.
A new national ad has been playing on television – Fox News channel already has aired it – that takes the questions about Obama’s background, eligibility, and qualifications directly to voters.
It doesn’t minimize the issue or try gentle persuasion on voters. “Unless he can tell us who he is, the Democrats need to put up another candidate,” the ad states plainly.
It is attributed to the Conservative Majority Fund, which explains online that its goal of removing Obama from the White House includes support for Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose investigators have been looking into allegations of fraud and forgery in the production of Obama’s birth documentation in 2011.
The ad says voters should call 1-800-617-7709 to demand information about Obama.
“We need 10,000 signatures from every congressional district to boot this guy off the ballot and have the Democrats nominate someone else,” the ad says. “Unless he can tell us who he is, the Democrats need to put up another candidate.”
The 10,000 signatures per congressional district would, indeed, make a huge difference in a presidential election. That would total some 4.35 million voters and if there are some heavily Democrat districts where a difference of 10,000 votes would make no difference, there certainly are a lot of districts in play that would be impacted by a voting bloc that size.
The Conservative Majority Fund listed no contact information on the site, and tracked back to the administrator of the web pages, a spokesman for Political Media, which is the contact for the page, said those organizing the effort did not want to be interviewed at this point.
The ad speaks plainly, though.
“We know less about this man than any other president in American history. What’s he hiding?” it begins. “His autobiography is full of fictional characters. But there’ a lot more than that. If you tried to look into his past, you run into a brick wall.”
“His college records at Columbia. Sealed. His college records at Harvard. Sealed. We don’t know what his thesis papers were about because those are sealed, too. His Selective Service record is sealed. His records as an attorney are sealed. He has a Massachusetts Social Security number and we can’t get answers about that either and no one, I mean no one, has seen an actual physical copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.”
Several private investigations have revealed that Obama’s Social Security number actually was assigned for distribution in Connecticut, raising questions since he apparently had no contact with that state by the time in his life when that would have been assigned. The ad was changed later to reflect that.
“The fact is, if we don’t know who Barack Obama is, we shouldn’t even have him as a candidate for president,” the ad explains. “Let’s disqualify Obama before the Democratic National Convention.”
See the ad for yourself:
The ConservativesNow.com website also encourages a demand of Congress to investigate Obama’s “forged birth certificate,” a petition to “demand Obama revoke his executive privilege” and another to “Stop the U.N. Gun grab!”
The site explains it was founded “with one purpose in mind: To remove BarackObama from the White House.”
“Nothing could be more important. And the truth is: everything depends upon you and me” it states.
“Barack Obama and the legions of the left are on the march. … They are shredding the Constitution … attacking our churches … perverting our schools … and pitting the rich against the poor, the young against the old, black against white.”
There have been numerous legal challenges, several still on appeal or in other stages of the process, that challenge Obama’s name on the 2012 election ballot.
Keyes several times has raised that question, and even joined in several legal challenges to Obama’s occupancy of the Oval Office. A strict follower of the Constitution, he’s said its clear there are enough unanswered questions and vague generalizations on the part of Obama and his team and there are serious questions about his eligibility.
Trump, the billionaire who a year ago claimed credit for forcing Obama’s decision to produce a “long-form birth certificate” from the state of Hawaii, has raised questions numerous times.
Just days ago, he told radio show host Sean Hannity that it would be very interesting to see Obama’s college applications.
On the show, he said Romney should demand to see Obama’s records in return for meeting Democrat demands to release his tax records. Trump said Obama probably is more scared of releasing his own documentation than he is of releasing all the information about the Fast and Furious gun scandal perpetrated by his administration.
Trump’s comments come in the wake of another news conference by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., on Obama’s eligibility. His Cold Case Posse team of investigators released documentation they believe is proof the Obama birth certification posted online by the White House in 2011 is fake.
“The fact is Sheriff Arpaio is, in my opinion, correct,” Trump told Hannity. “Nobody was ever in the hospital by the name of his mother … and a lot of crazy things.”
He pointed out, however, the nation’s unwillingness to address the issue, including the role of the mainstream media in attacking anyone who challenges Obama.
“If that were a conservative, let’s say a George Bush or somebody, he would have been out of office already,” he told Hannity.
“Nobody has more sealed records than this president. So many of his applications … are sealed. He spent $3 million to keep everything sealed. You can’t find out anything about his college. I’m not talking about his marks. I’m talking about his application. It would be so interesting to see,” Trump said.
Obama’s college records for Occidental, Columbia and Harvard all remain out of the public view, protected by legions of attorneys fighting in court against any release.
He noted that Obama supporters, including news media, “label anybody that brings up the fact that he wasn’t born here or whatever – they label those people as morons or worse, as insane people.”
“But you look at the facts … the fact is Sheriff Arpaio is, in my opinion, correct.”
He also ridiculed the idea that it was a “mistake” that led a book publisher to promote – for years – Obama as an author who was born in Kenya.
“The word ‘Kenya’ doesn’t get messed up with the word ‘United States,’” he said.
Listen to the interview:
Trump told Hannity that if Romney demanded Obama’s records in exchange for his tax information, “all this talk about tax returns would stop.”
“The last thing Obama wants to do is show his college applications, how he got in, his place of birth. Sheriff Arpaio, whether you like him or not, is a serious person. He did a major investigation. The investigation is horrendous as to its results and what it shows,” he said.
Arpaio said, as WND reported, that the investigation results should be forwarded to the federal government after Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo said new information confirms the document presented to the American public in April 2011 is fraudulent.
Arpaio told WND he intends to move the investigation and the new information to a higher authority within the federal government because of what he calls an imminent threat to national security and U.S. immigration laws. The threat is posed by a flaw in Hawaii’s law discovered by his investigators that allows a foreigner to obtain a Hawaii birth certificate.
“Although I am having a difficult time deciding who to forward this information to given the fact that the obvious choices report directly to the president, I cannot stand by and hold on to information that threatens to weaken national security,” Arpaio said.
He launched the investigation because constituents were worried that Obama would use a fraudulent document to gain access to the 2012 election ballot in Arizona.
Arpaio said he intends on keeping a case file open if more information surfaces or if federal authorities decide to ignore the case.
Zullo explained that along with new information discovered regarding the birth certificate since the posse’s March 1 press conference, his team has discovered Hawaii provides easy access to a birth certificate, even if the child wasn’t born in the state.
Under Hawaii Revised Statute 338-17.8, a person only has to be an established resident of Hawaii, not necessarily a U.S. citizen, and pay taxes there for one year to be able to register an out-of-state or foreign-born person with an official Hawaii birth certificate.
“If a nation’s security is only as strong as its weakest link, then America may be in serious trouble,” Arpaio said in a statement. “Hawaii may be our weakest link and could have a serious impact on our nation’s immigration policy.”
Among the new findings presented by Zullo:
The sheriff’s investigators have learned of a birth certificate coding system that indicates the White House document has been altered.
An interview with the Hawaii official who allegedly signed the Obama document in 1961, Verna K.L. Lee, provided further confirmation of the coding anomalies.
Investigators were troubled to find key information missing on the verification document Hawaii provided to Arizona’s secretary of state in May.
Hawaii’s deputy attorney general, Jill T. Nagamine, confirm the state has a birth document on file for Obama. But she would not confirm on the record that the White House document matched what was on file with the Hawaii Department of Health.
The sheriff’s investigators interviewed three persons of interest who have provided additional information in the case.