After this morning’s surprise release by the White House of what it claims is Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate, an author challenging Obama’s legal eligibility to be president – whose upcoming book has become a No. 1 bestseller a month before its release – summarizes his response to the day’s events in two words: “Obama blinked.”

Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., whose two previous No. 1 New York Times best-sellers – “Unfit for Command” and “The Obama Nation” – both have dramatically affected the presidency, is the author of the forthcoming WND Books release “Where’s the Birth Certificate: The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.” After a major story on “The Drudge Report” last week, the book shot up to No. 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list and remains one of the nation’s hottest-selling books three weeks before its official debut.

“Public pressure finally forced Obama to do what he did today. Now the game begins,” said Corsi. “Nixon thought he could stop the Watergate scandal from unfolding by releasing a few tapes. All that did was fuel the fire.”

Suggesting that Obama’s presidency will not survive the revelations contained in his book – which goes beyond the birth certificate controversy to document the multiple legal problems with Obama being a U.S. president – Corsi said, simply, “When people read the book, they will see that Obama is not eligible to be president.”

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Moreover, said the author, today’s White House action raises more questions than it answers: “Obama spent a fortune on attorneys to block release of this document. Why? The same attorneys are still blocking release of many other vital documents – his school, medical, passport and other documents routinely released by all presidents, but steadfastly hidden by Obama. Will he now release those as well?”

Also, he asked, why did Obama withhold the birth document that had been legally requested by an Army doctor, Terrence Lakin, but instead watch him be court-martialed and imprisoned over the issue?

“I am calling for the immediate release of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, the Army flight surgeon who is now sitting in prison because Obama wouldn’t produce his birth certificate,” Corsi said.

Corsi considers the release of the Hawaii birth certificate that was presented to the media today by the White House a pre-emptive strike against the book’s imminent release, which documents multiple bases by which Obama could be determined as ineligible for the presidency according to the standard laid down by the Constitution’s framers.

Also raised in the book is the issue of the other documentation for Obama’s career, verifications that remain concealed, including his passport records, kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records and schedules, medical records, Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, Soetoro/Dunham marriage license and adoption records.

Possible 2012 GOP presidential contender Donald Trump has been raising the questions for several weeks and said he was pleased his decision to elevate the birth certificate issue produced results.

Trump’s questions often have followed – and sometimes even have been based on – research accomplished by WND on the issue of Obama’s eligibility.

The release from the White House today:

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Obama administration officials called the document “proof positive” the president was born in Hawaii.

The issue has been dogging Obama since before his election, and WND has reported on the many lawsuits and other challenges to the president’s eligibility. The cases center on his status as a “natural born citizen.”

The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

If the document proves valid, it could answer the questions raised by those who have alleged he was not born in Hawaii. But it also could prove his ineligibility because of its references to his father. Some of the cases challenging Obama have explained that Obama was a dual citizen through his father at birth, and they contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born citizens.

Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, the only news agency that has waged a relentless investigative campaign on questions swirling around the Obama’s eligibility for nearly three years, was elated at the turn of events.

“We’re gratified that our work has begun to pay off,” he said. “The certificate of live birth is an absolutely vital foundation for determining constitutional eligibility of any president. We look forward to reviewing it like so many other Americans do at this late date. But it is important to remember there are still dozens of other questions concerning this question of eligibility that need to be resolved to assure what has become a very skeptical public concerning Barack Obama’s parentage, his adoption, his citizenship status throughout his life and why he continues to cultivate a culture of secrecy around his life.”

Other details regarding the birth certificate issue still remain question marks. For example, if Obama was able to obtain the document, why didn’t he release it earlier in response to any of the dozens of lawsuits that have been filed.

Documentation about how much money – on private attorneys or government-paid lawyers – was expended to defend against releasing the document largely remains unavailable, although plaintiffs attorneys estimate their own investment in time and resources in the millions.

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