Barack Obama has a problem, and he finally acknowledged it last week at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Not only is he about to lose a friendly Congress this year, he also doesn't have a prayer to be re-elected in 2012.
Because half the country now suspects he may not even be constitutionally eligible to serve in office.
He made this admission in an unusual venue – the most politicized address to a National Prayer Breakfast in U.S. history.
"Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith – or, for that matter, my citizenship," Obama said.
The press corps, which has, until now, done its utmost to cover for Obama's failure to prove he is a natural-born citizen throughout the campaign and in his first year in office, continued soft-pedaling his first real comment on the controversy. Only one reporter has ever asked the president or his spokesman to comment on the controversy – that being WND's White House correspondent, Les Kinsolving.
Here's how the Hill played the story Thursday: "'Birthers' who question whether Obama is a U.S. citizen have raised questions about his birth certificate since the 2008 campaign. Even after proof has been offered of Obama's birth in Hawaii, some critics have questioned its legitimacy. Most mainstream politicians have dismissed questions about whether Obama is a citizen."
Seldom has so much disinformation been packed into a single paragraph. But that's been par for the course with media mangling of the eligibility issue.
First, Obama's claim that Americans are questioning his "citizenship," and the press' acquiescence to that assertion, is both deliberate and a lie.
The real question raised is legitimate: Is Obama a "natural-born citizen," a qualifier for only one office – the presidency. Obama has steadfastly refused to release his long-form birth certificate, the only document that could ever begin to answer that constitutional question.
Instead, he changes the subject. He obfuscates. He spins. He muddles.
Even after offering proof? What proof has he offered?
His campaign released to select organizations a document that is wholly unsatisfactory to establishing beyond a shadow of a doubt whether Obama was actually born where he claims – a digital certification of live birth, a document that could easily be obtained without an eyewitness to his actual birth and one that has surprisingly never been validated as state-issued by Hawaii. These documents could be obtained by parents simply by filling out a form testifying that a Hawaiian birth took place and are, therefore, subject to all kinds of fraud.
And lastly, there's this gem: "Most mainstream politicians have dismissed questions about whether Obama is a citizen."
Again, it is misconstrued as a debate over whether he is a "citizen" rather than a "natural-born citizen." If you are on the "right side" of this issue, you are part of the "mainstream." If you are not, like half the country, according to polls, you are evidently part of the fringe.
Look for Obama to employ his successful laugh line again going forward for the next three years. What else can he do? It's clear he is never going to do the one thing that could possibly settle the matter – release his long-form birth certificate. For some reason, he prefers to protect its secrecy like the crown jewels.
He's got a problem, all right.
It's not my problem. It's his.
I'm delighted by his problem.
It's one that won't go away.
It becomes a bigger problem for him every day, despite the "mainstream" media's best efforts to minimize it.
Just remember which news agency focused the nation's attention on this issue – like a laser beam. There's only one. Just remember who elevated this story to national prominence despite an onslaught of ridicule and antipathy unleashed by competitors.
Do you believe me when I tell you Obama is hiding something?
Where's the birth certificate?
Editor's note: If you haven't yet signed the petition calling on all controlling legal authorities to demand proof of Obama's eligibility, please do so now. It is now nearing a half million.