A popular NBC television show, “Parks and Recreation,” has involved a character in a birth-certificate controversy in a takeoff on the real-life eligibility dispute surrounding Barack Obama.
“The … story was a blatant parody of the Birther movement,” wrote Alan Sepinwall on the HitFix blog. “In this case, the Birthers were correct.”
The situation develops as the show is promoting a book, “Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America,” by character Leslie Knope (actress Amy Poehler) and yes, it’s a real book, really being promoted for sale.
In the “Born and Raised” episode, Leslie is being interviewed about the book, and the issue is raised of her birth location: Her assumption is that she was born and raised in “Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America.”
“The release of Leslie’s book – which was to double as a nice marketing tool for that city council campaign – prompted Joan Calamezzo, Pawnee’s resident talk show host/hybrid version of Kathie Lee Gifford and Nancy Grace, to accuse Leslie of not actually being born in Pawnee,” reported Jen Chaney in The Washington Post.
“And that led to a whole bunch of shenanigans involving the procurement of Leslie’s birth certificate and the realization that – spoiler alert – Leslie Knope was actually born in Eagleton, the land of rich, snobby jerks (her words). And also, apparently, the home of Voldemort. (Again, Leslie’s words.)”
Continued Chaney, “Of course, our plucky deputy parks and recreation director eventually learned that it’s not where you’re born that matters, it’s where you’re from.”
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To get there, one of the show’s plot lines, according to Emily Cheever at …Ology, is, “The Birthers of Pawnee demanding Leslie’s birth certificate (that’s the topical bit, if you don’t know what it is referring to, I don’t know how I can help you).”
“Leslie has to go to Eagleton to get her real birth certificate (at the insistence of the people who want her to run). Her assistant Andy transforms into Berk Macklan who raids the Eagleton offices and steals her birth certificate, all while the optimistic Chris cheers him on. But it turns out, Leslie wasn’t born in Pawnee. She was born in Eagleton. This fact is almost too disgusting to handle.”
The real-life issue involving Obama is a little more serious, according to his critics. The issue is whether he is qualified under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution that a president be a “natural born Citizen” to occupy the Oval Office.
Several of the court cases that have been brought against him raise the issue of the high stakes: If he was not qualified, have any of his actions in office been valid? How about his signatures on massive tax and spend bills, his appointments to office and his promises to the international community?
Among the various documents for Obama’s history that even today remain concealed include 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.
And, of course, his original birth documentation, which purportedly was released in April.
His campaign released a computer image of a “Certification of Live Birth” during his 2008 and claimed it was the only document available. At the time, polls revealed that roughly half of Americans even had heard of the dispute over his eligibility.
But earlier this year, with polls showing major numbers of Americans across all parts of the political spectrum simply refusing to believe Obama, and the approaching release of Jerome Corsi’s new book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”, Obama dispatched an attorney to Hawaii.
The result was the release of another image, this time of a “Certificate of Live Birth,” a document that for nearly three years Obama had maintained was impossible to obtain from the state of Hawaii.
However, since then, dozens of experts have concluded the image is a forgery, and the printed copy may even have resulted from a computer imaging process.
At its release, WND contacted the Hawaii Health Department and the office of Gov. Neil Abercrombie, an ardent Obama supporter, to request confirmation that the image released was an accurate representation of the state’s file information. Officials refused to respond. The original to date remains concealed.
A poll taken two months after the release of Obama’s “document” showed half of Americans would like to see Congress investigate Obama’s eligibility for the presidency and nearly that many believe the definition of the constitutional term “natural born citizen” means both parents must be U.S. citizens, according to a new scientific poll.
The document released by Obama displayed Barack Obama Sr. as the father, which under some interpretations of the Constitution would disqualify Obama out of hand, since his father was not a citizen of the United States when he was born.
The Constitution requires presidents to be a “natural born Citizen,” which is undefined in the Constitution but is considered by many to be the offspring of two citizen parents on the soil of the country.
“There’s no marginalizing those who want this matter investigated by Congress,” said Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies, who conducted the WND/Wenzel Poll telephone survey June 16-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.85 points.
“Even among Democrats, more than one in four – 28 percent – said they now want an inquiry, as do 43 percent of independents and 77 percent of Republicans. Interestingly, men are much more skeptical than are women about the question of eligibility – only 42 percent of men said they think Obama proved his eligibility by releasing the electronic birth certificate, compared to 59 percent of women.”
The poll indicated 43.5 percent of Americans believe that a Hawaii birth would make no difference in Obama’s eligibility, as the Constitution requires both parents of a U.S. president to have been U.S. citizens – and Obama’s father was not a citizen.
The figure included 56.9 percent of the GOP, 40.2 percent of independents and 32.9 percent of Democrats.