This is my first post about Barack Obama's birth certificate. I haven't touched this story until now.
I figure since the Supreme Court will be examining the case of Obama's birth certificate, the topic isn't too wacko to discuss at this point.
From the Chicago Tribune:
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Friday whether to take up a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of Obama's election.
The meeting of justices will coincide with a vigil by the filer's supporters in Washington on the steps of the nation's highest court.
The suit originally sought to stay the election, and was filed on behalf of Leo Donofrio against New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.
Legal experts say the appeal has little chance of succeeding, despite appearing on the court's schedule. Legal records show it is only the tip of an iceberg of nationwide efforts seeking to derail Obama's election over accusations that he either wasn't born a U.S. citizen or that he later renounced his citizenship in Indonesia.
The Obama campaign has maintained that he was born in Hawaii, has an authentic birth certificate, and is a "natural-born" U.S. citizen. Hawaiian officials agree.
Among those filing lawsuits is Alan Keyes, who lost to Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. Keyes' suit seeks to halt certification of votes in California. Another suit by a Kentucky man seeks to have a federal judge review Obama's original birth certificate, which Hawaiian officials say is locked in a state vault.
Other suits have been filed by Andy Martin, whose case was dismissed in Hawaii, and by an Ohio man whose case also was dismissed. Five more suits, all later dismissed, were filed in Hawaii by a person who is currently suing the "Peoples Association of Human, Animals Conceived God/s and Religions, John McCain [and] USA Govt." The plaintiff previously sought to sue Wikipedia and "All News Media."
The most famous case questioning Obama's citizenship was filed in Pennsylvania in August on behalf of Philip J. Berg and sought to enjoin the Democratic National Committee from nominating Obama. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept the case. Earlier, a federal judge rejected it for "lack of standing"—ruling that Berg had no legal right to sue. In cases like this, judges sometimes believe the matter is best left to political institutions, such as the Electoral College or Congress, said legal scholar Eugene Volokh of the University of California at Los Angeles.
There is a band of people who simply refuse to let the Obama birth certificate matter drop.
The Supreme Court isn't going to take up the case of Obama's citizenship, but I doubt that will satisfy the believers that Obama is hiding something.
WorldNetDaily reports that Obama's citizenship status is no longer just a topic of Internet chatter. It's beginning to be addressed by some media outlets.
Pravda has been particularly aggressive in its coverage.
Questions about Obama's citizenship status are spreading like wildfire on the Internet, and some media outlets are beginning to run stories on the issue.
Even the Russian online newspaper Pravda featured a column about "the man with no visible past."
"Barry Sotero, AKA Barack Obama, along with the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission have successfully ignored a Federal Lawsuit asking him to produce a valid Birth Certificate," the articles states. "When the time to respond to that lawsuit expired, under Federal Court Rules, they all admitted that he was not a citizen of The United States of America and deemed to have committed fraud. A normal man would have been found to have admitted he was not a U.S. citizen."
While Pravda acknowledges that Obama is praised for his way with words, it warns, "Every con man walking free or in jail is an articulate speaker. Who would give their trust to a man who could not use the right words to convince his targets to trust him? Articulate speaking is no way to judge or rate the integrity of a person."
The writer said every con man sells a "dream," pushes a "greed button," stresses "urgency" – and it claims Americans fell for a con man.
"Obama sold the dream of hope and change so desperately wanted by the American voters. He pushed the greed button by promising to take from the rich to give to the poor. And he stressed urgency by himself and his wife telling voters to vote early."
Pravda explains that Obama's "certificate of birth" is not a birth certificate, but a certification of live birth that any foreigner can acquire by applying for one in the state's vital records department, regardless of where the baby was born.
"Barack Obama may just win his place in history as the greatest con man of all time," it said. "A hundred million people believed him and spent 600 million dollars to get him 'elected' to the highest office in America, without ever knowing if he is or is not eligible to even run as an American citizen. It is either amazing that he will pull it off or it is amazing that so many millions of people believed him."
That's rather in-your-face, isn't it?
WorldNetDaily assembles a list of links from other media outlets reporting on the issue.
The Chicago Tribune published a news article about Robert L. Schultz, chairman of the We The People Foundation, after he ran a full-page ad in the newspaper demanding Obama produce documents proving he is eligible for office. However, the writer attempted to debunk Schultz's claims paragraph by paragraph.
A Chicago Sun-Times columnist accused the We The People Foundation of having "money to throw away" for posting an "inflammatory ad" in the Chicago Tribune.
NBC Chicago's website led its story with the following statement: "Critics continue to invest in ads to convince Americans that he is not one of theirs."
Also, the Kansas City Star featured a news article claiming "legions of anti-Obama bloggers" have filed lawsuits claiming Obama is constitutionally ineligible to be president.
The Star's story said "skeptics" believe there are several "co-conspirators" in the "tangled web of conspiracy and silence," including election officials who put candidates' name on ballots, judges who throw out lawsuits, mainstream media, Obama's family and Hawaiian authorities.
Even AOL News' blog featured a "Q&A with Obama birth certificate doubters," while another entry accused the We The People Foundation of being part of "the cult of Barack Obama's birth certificate."
Here's where it gets a little interesting:
However, amid skeptical reports, the New American reported, "This story has gained credence, separating it from Internet rumors, because Obama has reputedly hired three law firms (firms, not lawyers) to make sure that no one gets access to his birth records in Hawaii or his college transcripts from Occidental College and Harvard."
It makes sense that Obama would hire lawyers to manage the stack of suits that have been filed.
One certainly can't assume that because Obama has a legal team of three firms to work on the issues related to his birth certificate that he's not eligible to be president of the United States.
Not guilty people need legal representation, too.
Others have said this, and I agree: Why doesn't Obama release his birth certificate?
If he has nothing to hide, and I don't think that he does, why not put this lame story to rest?
Officials should bring the damn thing out of that locked state vault in Hawaii. It would be so easy.
Obama should make his original birth certificate available. That would save a lot of time and money and end this goofy distraction.
I do wonder about that.