Was Obama born in the U.S.? It’s a valid and important question, as it Constitutionally determines his eligibility for office (and re-election). It’s also not settled, despite adamant claims to the contrary by sycophants of this administration.
Where do I stand on this issue? Firmly agnostic! I’m neither a “birther” nor a “birther” denier.
My position is that we don’t know enough yet to be sure. I’m saying the evidence is insufficient to say, and that alone is disturbing. Yes, there’s a digital “birth certificate” freely available, about which there is strong evidence it has been Photoshopped. Yes, there are testimonials both ways–all hearsay. He said, she said…
There are a lot of “fact-checking errors” (where the subject was asked to submit his own biographic info!), and supposedly “mistaken” claims of Obama’s Kenyan origins from sources friendly to him, including his own literary agency. Maybe that was a multi-year error on their (and others’) parts. Maybe not. Who knows? One man does.
As this British BLOG sensibly notes:
If we accept that Obama didn’t provide the biography, it would seem highly unlikely that he didn’t get a chance to vet it. Accepting that he didn’t do that either, it’s incredibly strange that the literary agent approached by Breitbart.com does not remember Obama calling the agency to register a complaint and make a correction.
We know Obama has admitted to “compositing” his old girlfriends, which is a five-dollar euphemism that means “lying for literary effect”. Is that permissible in the part of your worldview that pertains to honesty and integrity?
With the natural-born issue, either Obama really was not born in Hawaii, or he has fictionalized (lied) and approved the fictionalization (tacit dishonesty) of his life story by supporters and biographers. Which is it? Depending on the answer (and there are NO gray shades here, it is a pure either/or!), this makes him either ineligible for his existing office or morally unfit for re-election.
Given all the conflicting information, I don’t blame Arizona election officials for getting suspicious. I think all states should require tangible, certified birth certificates of all candidates for President, in strict enforcement of the Natural Born Citizen Clause.
[Furthermore, this recently retired Constitutional attorney makes a compelling argument that even being technically born on U.S. soil is not necessarily sufficient. ]
Folks, this issue is not dead. It is not moot. It is not something to be swept under the rug, much as Big Media on the East and West Coasts may try. Those who legitimately and fairly raise this issue should not be marginalized and stereotyped as wacky conspiracy theorists.
This isn’t a game. This is serious. It is alive, important and relevant today, and must be resolved with no ambiguity whatsoever! If Obama isn’t a natural born citizen, historically speaking, we would be witnessing the greatest betrayal since Judas. I actually do hope and wish that Obama indeed was born as stated in Hawaii, in order for this nation to avoid the deeply disruptive Constitutional crisis that would arise otherwise. Wish in one hand…
I am not running for President or Vice-President; but if I were, I would be quite willing, ready and able to provide the certified hardcopy of my Texas birth certificate that I possess to anyone (who would agree in writing to return it intact and unaltered) for analysis and examination.
Why can’t BHO do this? It’s not hard. The solution is so straightforward. If I can, he can. That’s all. And yet, he lets it fester, on and on. What’s up with that?