Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton 2008 and Obama Birther Rumors

All day on Friday, we were pounded by the Leftist media, the Democrat mouthpieces, and the Never Trump mob with the line that Donald Trump is to blame for the birther movement, not Hillary Clinton.

No wonder Americans don't trust the media.

In 2011, even the Leftist Politico wrote that Hillary's supporters stoked the birther controversy.

Read "Birtherism: Where it all began."

At the time, the Democratic presidential primary was slipping away from Hillary Clinton and some of her most passionate supporters grasped for something, anything that would deal a final reversal to Barack Obama.

The theory’s proponents are a mix of hucksters and earnest conspiracy theorists, including prominently a lawyer who previously devoted himself to ‘proving’ that the Sept. 11 attacks were an inside job. Its believers are primarily people predisposed to dislike Obama. That willingness to believe the worst about officials of the opposite party is a common feature of presidential rumor-mongering: In 2006, an Ohio University/Scripps Howard poll found that slightly more than half of Democrats said they suspected the Bush Administration of complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks.

While there is no grain of truth to either fantasy, there’s something else when it comes to Obama: A visceral reaction against him, a deep sense that the first black president, with liberal views and a Muslim name, must be—in some concrete, provable way—foreign.

A brief history of birtherism

Birtherism is the latest and most enduring version of a theory in search of facts.

The original smear against Obama was that he was a crypto-Muslim, floated in 2004 by perennial Illinois political candidate and serial litigant Andy Martin. Other related versions of this theory alleged that Obama was educated in an Indonesian “madrassa” or steeped in Islamist ideology from a young age, and the theories began to spread virally after Obama appeared on the national stage – to the casual observer, from nowhere – with his early 2007 presidential campaign announcement.

All through that year, the Obama campaign – with the affirmation of most leaders of both parties – aggressively battled that smear by emphasizing his Christian faith. Obama’s controversial but emphatically Christian pastor emerged as a campaign issue and the belief that he was a Muslim seemed to lose traction.

Then, as Obama marched toward the presidency, a new suggestion emerged: That he was not eligible to serve.

That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as Clinton supporters circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship.

Of course, Politico is pushing a different narrative now.

Then there's this, from PolitiFact: "The Obama Muslim Myth: The Clinton connection."

And from Slate: "Obama Gets Dressed."

Then, at 10:54 a.m., Clinton’s campaign manager, Maggie Williams, pierced the quiet with her own release . "Enough," she wrote. "If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed. Hillary Clinton has worn the traditional clothing of countries she has visited and had those photos published widely." She goes on to say Obama is trying to "distract from the serious issues." Note that they never refuted Drudge’s piece. (More detail on that piece of the story is trickling in.)

Let’s take a moment to review: Obama’s campaign thinks Clinton is trying to be divisive by encouraging the Obama-is-a-Muslim myth. Clinton’s campaign thinks the Obama campaign is being divisive because it thinks Clinton’s campaign is being divisive. We love these spats as much as the next blogger, but Clinton’s stance is flimsy at best. While Obama cries foul, he also gets to show everybody that he is experienced enough to have gone on a diplomatic mission to a foreign country. Plus, he gets a high-profile platform to say he isn’t a Muslim. Clinton, meanwhile, is forced to play traditional-clothing catch-up while covering-up her staffers’ foolishness.
This notion that Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign wasn't instrumental in promoting the birther movement is a rewriting of history.

The former D.C. bureau chief for McClatchy claims that a representative from the Clinton campaign approached him about investigating the Obama "birther" claim in 2008. The new claim is casting doubt on the Clinton's denial that her campaign was the first to raise questions about President Barack Obama's place of birth.

I think it's silly that this is a topic of concern at all with the election looming in the near future.

Hillary and her media supporters are panicking, I guess.

The Hillary campaign and her media hacks decided to make this an issue now, hoping to stop Trump's momentum by crying racism.

So sleazy.

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