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In July 2009, somewhere in Delaware, Republican Representative Mike Castle was speaking at a Town Hall meeting on healthcare reform. As he was taking questions from those assembled, he called upon a certain woman who had her hand up waiting to be recognized. The woman then stood and took a microphone that was offered to her. As she spoke, she held up a plastic baggie containing what she would shortly reveal to be her birth certificate. Although the meeting's intended purpose was a discussion of healthcare, this unidentified woman would be addressing something else entirely. “Congressman...um...Castle, I wanna know...” she began. “I have a birth certificate here, from the United States of America, saying I am an American citizen...with a seal on it. Signed by a doctor, with a hospital administrator's name, my parents, my date of birth, the time, the date. I wanna go back to January 20th and I wanna know why are you people are ignoring his birth certificate?” As the assembly suddenly erupted in applause and cheers, the woman raised her voice to be heard above the din. “He is not an American citizen! He is a citizen of Kenya. I am an American. My father fought in World War II with the greatest generation in the Pacific theater...for this country, and I don't want this flag to change. I want my country back!” Mike Castle remained composed as he waited for the noise to die down. “Well, I don't know 1
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what comment that invites,” he then replied. “If you're referring to the president there, he is a citizen of the United States.” Strangely, this response was received with boos and shouts of outrage, as if the President's citizenship were an unpopular decision Castle had just made rather than a statement of objective fact. But Castle remained unphased. “You can boo, but he is a citizen of the United States.”1 The video that captured this incident has since gone viral thanks to YouTube, bloggers and some television networks that have played this video when providing coverage of birtherism. But regardless of the video's widespread circulation, this unidentified woman's claims raise a few questions. For one, where did she get her information? She claimed that Obama was a Kenyan citizen, but how would she know this? Did she call the Kenyan embassy, perhaps? She also claimed that Obama wasn't an American citizen. If that's true, he would obviously be ineligible for the presidency, as the Constitution requires the President be not just a citizen, but a natural born citizen per Article II, section 1, clause 5. And what exactly did she mean by “ignoring his birth certificate”? Obama produced a birth certificate during his Presidential campaign. In what way was Congress – presumably whom she meant by “you people” – ignoring it? Her claims about Obama's citizenship, if true, would indicate that she knows something we don't. Perhaps she has access to this information. She might have connections or be employed by the government in some capacity that makes her privy to sensitive information like this. The more likely explanation, however, is that she had no idea what she was talking about. Or worse, that she simply didn't care whether her claims were true or not. The woman is what's known as a “birther,” a word that has yet to make its way to the lexicon. Lacking a standardized definition, we will define “birther” as “a conspiracy theorist who maintains that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen of the U.S., and is therefore ineligible for the office of President.” And, as this woman demonstrates, birthers also tend to show a certain lack of concern for factual accuracy.
1 Weigel, David. "Rep. Mike Castle Fends Off the Birthers | The Washington Independent." The Washington Independent - National News in Context. The American Independent News Network, 20 July 2009. Web. 07 Nov. 2011. <http://washingtonindependent.com/51736/rep-mike-castle-fends-off-the-birthers>.
Cornell University Law School. 8 U. and without needing to answer any questions about his birthplace.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Among these doubters. they maintain. and have served to discredit the birthers. that is. Subchapter III. After this initial wave. neither of these birther claims is true. (See next chapter. Therefore any child born to 2 "United States Code: Title 8. In fact. there are some who have a more specific definition of term. soil to parents who are both citizens. paragraph g (U. Since the president's father. of course. particularly when the President eventually capitulated to the birthers' relentless demands and posted to the internet a certified copy of his long-form birth certificate (which as we will see. But not because he could not be a U.S.C. Barack Obama Sr.S. It would. and that his alleged ineligibility is due to his birth on foreign soil.”2 Obama's mother. refers only to someone who believes that Obama was actually born in Kenya. was never a U. if one parent is a citizen who has been “physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years.. different factions of doubters gained prominence. 3 . citizen even if he was born in the U.S.S.S. at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years. Chapter 12.S. It doesn’t and it never did. Web. which we will review in this chapter.. citizen. On the contrary. a “natural born citizen”) includes those born abroad.S. section 1401. easily meets these requirements.1401. bears no more weight in a court of law than the short-form he originally provided). the afterbirthers are right about one thing: Obama's place of birth is irrelevant. if you will. Regarding Obama's place of birth. Obama would be a natural born citizen.) Ironically. While birthers have attempted to uncover evidence that Obama was born somewhere outside the U. Nationals and Citizens of United States at Birth | LII / Legal Information Institute. This “afterbirther” contingent.S.Part I. their efforts have not been availing... A birther.. 08 Nov. if the citizenship of the parents had any bearing whatsoever on the citizenship of someone born in the U. 2011. has forwarded newer supposed obstacles to the President's natural born citizenship. Part I section 1401.S. no matter where he was born. (which he was). this requirement (if it actually were a requirement) would certainly prove Obama’s ineligibility. Chapter One “. paragraph g) states that a “citizen at birth” (in other words. the most prominent of which is the lie that a natural-born citizen can only be someone who is born on U." LII | LII / Legal Information Institute. Code Title 8. there is plenty of evidence to establish Obama's birthplace in the U. to say the least.
” 3 4 . but the courts have never had a problem with this. "1986—Subsec. Pub. "United States Code: Title 8.. at least five’.Part I. While this might sound reasonable.1401. obviously this applies to him. 08 Nov. For instance. not the law as it is today.S.S. so the birthers maintain. Therefore. despite the fact that the law itself was enacted in 1986. Cornell University Law School. is a natural born citizen. it applies to anyone born on or after December 24. regardless of the location of birth. U. The law as it reads today allows natural born citizenship to be applied retroactively: “This proviso shall be applicable to persons born on or after December 24. particularly to those whose confirmation bias refuses to see Obama as anything but ineligible. Stanley Ann Dunham would need to be at least 19 to pass her citizenship onto her child.C 1401 (g). 2011. a child born abroad would require at least one citizen parent who had lived in the U. 1952. <http://www. to remove any doubt as to persons in Senator McCain’s circumstances in the Canal Zone. Since Obama was born in 1961.law.edu/uscode/html/uscode08/usc_sec_08_00001401----000-notes. 1403(a) [Persons born in the Canal Zone or Republic of Panama on or after <http://www. a case that challenged John McCain’s eligibility for the presidency (and was summarily dismissed). (g). It may seem surprising to some that natural born citizenship could be applied retroactively. even assuming continuous residence in the United States. Web.cornell. Congress enacted 8.law. 99–653 substituted ‘five years. Chapter One “. it just isn't true. he would still be a natural born citizen.html>." LII | LII / Legal Information Institute.cornell..S.edu/uscode/8/1401. Birthers have made an uncharacteristically plausible argument that only the laws in effect at the time of Obama's birth would apply to Obama. So. before the current law was enacted. S. Prior to 1986.” This is according to 8 U. at least five of which occurred after the 14th birthday. 1952. L. Judge William Alsup of the Northern California District Court observed: “In 1937.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Stanley Ann Dunham on or after her 16th birthday. in the case of Markham Robinson v Secretary of State Debra Bowen et al. even if Obama were born outside the U.. Nationals and Citizens of United States at Birth | LII / Legal Information Institute.html>. at least two’ for ‘ten years. C. to the same extent as if it had become effective in its present form on that date.3 Since Obama’s mother was only eighteen when Obama was born. for at least ten years.
Section 1401.C. since there is more than sufficient evidence to prove that Obama was born in the U." Outdated laws are just that: outdated. even to aliens. the evidence that President Obama was born somewhere other than the U.S. has been decidedly lacking. would allow for retroactive application anyway. are natural-born 5 . conferring citizenship -.. 1904." Since the retroactive application of citizenship laws would not “impose new and unanticipated obligations. it’s highly likely that the courts would allow the retroactive application of citizenship laws anyway. But this point is immaterial. if consistent.Part I. if he was not one already. paragraph g. The only time the retroactive application of new laws would not be allowed. as ruled in Bradley. of Richmond. "a court is to apply the law in effect at the time it renders its decision unless doing so would result in a manifest injustice. since the law applies to persons born on or after February 26. would allow the retroactive application of laws concerning citizenship.” the courts. despite the birthers’ best (and most dishonest) efforts to uncover some proof of this. 711 (1974).S. In contrast. 696.. Obviously. even if the retroactive clause was not present in 8 U.S. thereby retroactively rendering John McCain a natural born citizen.) As for the claim of the afterbirthers that two citizen parents are required for the offspring to be considered natural born. that isn't true in the United States and never was. 1904]. even citizenship at birth. all children born in the U. Even if no such stipulation for retroactive application was included in law granting citizenship at birth. this law was enacted in 1937.. which declared that persons in Senator McCain’s circumstances are citizens by virtue of their birth. the Courts. Therefore.even natural born citizenship -can be done retroactively.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” February 26. 416 U. Chapter One “. As the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Bradley v. if consistent. The citizenship of the parents is irrelevant to those born in the U.S. The general principle is that the law must be interpreted and applied as it reads today.. (See next chapter.S. As Judge Alsup points out. is when the application such a law would "impose new and unanticipated obligations on a party without notice or opportunity to be heard.S. School Bd.
its territories or districts. Law Bookseller. that birth is a criterion of allegiance. “The United States v. and entitled to all the rights and privileges appertaining to that capacity. The particular argument subscribed to will be specified as the need arises. Philidelphia: Philip H. neither of whom are considered “within the jurisdiction” of the U..every person born within the United States. the term “birther” encompasses those who insist that Obama is not constitutionally eligible for whatever reason. in general place is the most certain criterion. there is little need to distinguish one species of birther from the other. 6 . primary author of the Constitution who also authored the Bill of Rights. derives its force sometimes from place.S. unless born to parents who are either foreign diplomats or hostile invaders.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” citizens. wrote. does not. but. 1829. 2nd ed. it is what applies in the United States.Part I. whether arguing the two-citizen parent theory. and sometimes from parentage. A particular oddity regarding the false requirement of two citizen parents is that its staunchest advocates are actually lawyers. William.. Consider the words of Founding Father and fourth president James Madison. It is an established maxim. who was district attorney for Pennsylvania appointed by George Washington himself. chapter 4. namely that the President is not constitutionally 4 Rawle. Birth. .4 For the purposes of this book. Why would they lie about such a thing? Probably to create an impression in the minds of the gullible that there is a “constitutional crisis” going on. whether the parents are citizens or aliens. Since the positions of every strain of birther are invalid. Donofrio and Mario Apuzzo are merely misinformed rather than deliberately spreading misinformation. is a natural born citizen in the sense of the Constitution. Print.. Constitution. determine citizenship at birth by parentage (a practice known as jus sanguinis).. Wong Kim Ark. William Rawle. A View of the Constitution. the U.S. It becomes difficult to believe attorneys Leo C. (See Part II. Chapter One “. Nicklin. such as Japan. In his lengthy dissertation on the U. or the supposed disqualifying factor of dual citizenship or whatever else the birthers come up with.S. however.”) While some nations.
it harms Obama's chances for reelection. Chapter III: Minor v. about how a case on voting rights for women has been distorted by birthers into binding legal precedent defining “natural born citizen. Obama's Certification of Live Birth (which is a birth certificate) has been the subject of much disinformation. Those who don’t support Obama certainly aren’t going to change their minds and vote for him out of sympathy just because the birthers are engaged in a campaign of lies. the more this idiocy spreads. (See next chapter. the court will take it). Obama supporters might be persuaded to vote against him if they thought he was constitutionally ineligible and perpetrating some massive fraud that's infected all branches of the government. Therefore why shouldn't the birthers engage in this deception? It doesn't seem likely to backfire. it is highly unlikely to work in Obama's favor. (See Part II. which has led to embarrassing and transparent instances of dishonesty.. So. On the other hand. If birthers are to be believed (and they 7 .Part I.) About the birth certificate that was supposedly being ignored by Congress (whatever the woman who hijacked the Town Hall meeting meant by this). Happersett.. The afterbirthers deserve some credit for artfully constructed lies. At the very least. Which would be more appropriately described as the eligibility non-issue. it would seem the propaganda mill that is birtherism has a neutral to negative effect upon Obama's support base. such as forged Kenyan birth certificates and a butchered recording of a phone conversation with Obama's grandmother.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” eligible. but the courts as well! The courts have dismissed case after case regarding this issue – when they decide to hear these cases at all. since it not only infects Congress.. exercising their tradition of the “rule of four” (i.”) The deceptions of the afterbirthers are much more subtle are argued better than the claims that he was born in Kenya. Chapter One “. if at least four of the nine Supreme Court justices vote in favor of hearing a particular case. The unwary and uninformed would certainly be less inclined to vote for a candidate they believe to be constitutionally ineligible for the office. Truly a far-reaching conspiracy. and that all of Congress must be complicit since they unanimously ratified the results of the 2008 election. The Supreme Court. for instance.e. has declined to hear a single case on the eligibility issue. And even if birtherism is fully exposed (which is the aim of this book).
had similar thoughts.com.Part I..” July 23. Gordon “The G-Man” Liddy – consigned to everlasting infamy due to his involvement in Watergate – told host Chris Matthews that the issue of Obama's eligibility would be resolved “if the president would simply produce a valid birth certificate. including a statement by then-Director of Hawaii's Health Department Dr. 2009. 2011. Web. and everything else. and I will give you a certified copy of a full birth certificate with a doctor's signature. For instance.A Free Press for A Free People. In his article “Eligibility 101.com Inc. 23 July 2009. 07 Nov.Certificate [sic] of Live Birth. “Some evidence. doddering talk radio personality G. 2011. substitute host Kitty Pilgrim lead a panel discussion regarding the issue of Obama's constitutional eligibility. Pilgrim first presented a considerable amount of evidence supporting Obama's birth in Hawaii. July 17. 07 Nov.. the corroborating birth announcements in two Hawaiian newspapers. Gordon Liddy.. You ask me to prove that I was born in New York City at the time and hospital I say.wnd." WND . "Eligibility 101. Leader of the Birther Movement?" Crooks and Liars. Nicole.”5 Joseph Farah. Her guests included former Presidential candidate Alan Keyes and birther queen Orly Taitz. and a statement by press secretary Robert Gibbs. 8 . the sparse document posted to the internet as Obama's birth certificate is inadequate to prove Obama's birth in this country. Joseph. statements of PolitiFact..”6 On CNN's “Lou Dobbs Tonight. editor of WorldNetDaily. Try qualifying for Little League with one. 28 Mar.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” never are). WorldNetDaily. I 5 Belle.” he claims that Obama's Certification of Live Birth “is insufficient for purposes far less significant than establishing the constitutional eligibility for the presidency. as if that were the most obvious answer in the world (a response that produced guffaws from some unseen panelist). And the evidence is something that President Obama is strenuously blocking. 2009. You can't get a passport with that.com/nicole-belle/hardball-g-gordon-liddy-0>. the hospital. She then asked Alan Keyes what more he would require to be convinced of Obama's citizenship. Chapter One “. for instance.all he has produced has been a – quote . <http://crooksandliars. 2011. 6 Farah. Chiyome Fukino and a statement by the Republican former Governor Linda Lingle. Crooks and Liars. <http://www.com/?pageId=280093>. try getting a passport with one. On NBC's “Hardball. You can't even register your son for Little League with that.” Keyes replied. "Hardball: G. Web.
7 Orly Taitz.01. I've had very smart people say. Stay on the Saudi Arabia issue.” Trump: “. I'm not convinced that he has one. Chapter One “.. you've spent a lot of time talking about President Obama's birth certificate.. Stay on the India taking our jobs and the Mexico which is NAFTA [sic]. Entertainment & Video News.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” won't direct you to some photograph on the Internet and a bunch of hearsay statements that would not be accepted as evidence in any court of law. Turner Broadcasting System.8 Billionaire Donald Trump also weighed in on the issue.com . <http://transcripts.Transcripts. three weeks ago. You don't seem convinced that he has one.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0907/17/ldt.. To cite one such example. 2011. who was on the same program and the attorney who represented Alan Keyes in his failed lawsuit against the president. or lack thereof...S. Donald Trump: No. World.. I thought he was probably born in this country. stay on the China issue. 9 . Now I have a really bigger 7 "CNN. does not have the name of the hospital. when I started. Web. “Donald. Obama never provided his birth certificate. U.Part I.com . 17 July 2009. in an interview with Meredith Vieira on the Today Show. she questioned him about previous statements he'd made regarding Obama's Certification of Live Birth. ah..” Vieira: Why don't you? Trump: Because you know. Meredith Vieira: Recently.Breaking News. does not have any signatures.html>.cnn." CNN.Get off the birth certificate issue.” Vieira: “Get off the birth certificate issue. 07 Nov. 8 Ibid. What he provided is Certification of Live Birth that was issued last year that does not have the name of the doctor. offered her expertise on the adequacy of Obama's Certification of Live Birth. Weather.
.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Trump: And you know what? His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya. Trump: A birth certificate is not even close. Excuse me. He has what's called a certificate [sic] of live birth.. I saw his. Donald? Come on. It's not the equivalent. That is something that's easy to get. 07 Nov. There's not even a signature.com. Web. 2011. 10 . that's good enough for them. When you want a birth certificate.TODAY Show Video.com.S. Al Roker.com: Matt Lauer.. Ann Curry. doesn't have a signature. Doesn't have a serial number. 07 Apr.. A certificate [sic] of live birth is not even signed by anybody. Natalie Morales .Part I. or he hasn't shown it. . News. Vieira: But based on what? “. Vieira: It's evidence that he was born in the United States.msnbc. "Trump: I Have ‘Real Doubts’ Obama Was Born in U. Scholars have. 2011.. Okay? He doesn't have a birth certificate.TODAY People .com/id/42469703/ns/today-today_people/t/trump-i-have-realdoubts-obama-was-born-us/>. Pets. Vieira: Do you believe he's lying? Trump: I'm starting to think he was not born here. I read it very carefully.It's not the equivalent.. why wouldn't he just solve it?9 In light of all this vigorous insistence that the Certification of Live Birth is inadequate to prove 9 McGraw.. Health. Vieira: But it's considered the equivalent – the equivalent – Trump (talking over): Excuse me.TODAY.msn. Vieira: Do you believe he's lying. and she was there and witnessed the birth." TODAY. Trump: Meredith. he spent two million dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. <http://today. Vieira: And in the state of Hawai'i they said they have seen his document. Recipes.. Seamus. it's very hard to get. MSNBC. And if he weren't lying. Just answer. Chapter One doubt than I did before. Trump: Meredith.
Part I. The Republican governor of Hawaii sent someone to personally view the birth certificate at the Department of Health and says it's there. an army physician who propelled himself into the public eye by refusing to deploy to Afghanistan on the grounds that Obama's supposed constitutional ineligibility made all orders invalid. you're sent a Certificate of Live Birth [sic]. if you call up the state of Hawaii and you ask for a birth certificate. Now you want to tell the truth to your viewers. And the president has – Paul Jensen: That is not correct. Jensen: You said that that's a birth certificate. In May. Despite Cooper's persistent efforts to get answers from Lakin. 2010. further muddying the waters. Lakin's attorney Paul Rolf Jensen insisted on doing most of the talking.to newspapers. Campbell. 11 .S.. Anderson Cooper: Okay.there it is -.and the president has released that certificate [sic] of live birth -. And it becomes even more confusing when presumably competent lawyers (which would not include Orly Taitz) get involved.. In 1961. Cooper. from which he would deploy to Afghanistan. That is the official document. Mr. CNN's Anderson Cooper had an interview with then-Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin. Lieutenant Colonel. Cooper: And the president has released -.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Obama was born in the U. including Lakin's orders to report to Ft. it becomes somewhat understandable that the uninformed might not be certain what to think about the (non-)issue. can the colonel not talk for himself? The guy's an adult. Chapter One “. Jensen: That's not -Cooper: Again. Cooper: And the president -Jensen: That is absolutely not correct. had birth announcements provided by the state of Hawaii Health Department..
”11 By the way. 2010. [HRS 338-13(b).com/watch? v=ea9JVnck_-E>. the grim-faced Lakin claimed that Obama's citizenship is unknown. and bearing the signature of the doctor who delivered him." American Patriot Foundation: FTC Terry Lakin Defense Fund. 07 Nov.youtube. 30 Mar. there is actually a difference between the two. <http://www. he had previously spoken on the subject of Obama's birth certificate.” Trivial as it might seem. and I'm quoting from the state of Hawaii Health Department: "The Certificate of Live Birth [sic] is the standard form acceptable by federal agencies. Inc. Military Doctor Demands – Anderson Cooper 360 .Part I. “This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.” not a “Certificate. Turner Broadcasting System. 10 May 2010.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Jensen: That is not a birth certificate. In listless monotone.. the certificate [sic] of live birth. A Certificate of Live Birth is actually the “long-form. Gordon Liddy.YouTube. Sir. 07 Nov. let's first note the following statement at the bottom of the document.” 10 "Video: Release Birth Certificate. YouTube . Chapter One Cooper: According to the state of Hawaii -- “. 2011. and the only such document available at the time these statements were made. Web. <http://ac360. Regarding the supposed inadequacy of the Certification of Live Birth to prove Obama's place of birth. And no matter what you may have heard from those determined to keep us misinformed.cnn.com Blogs. 11 "American Patriot Foundation: FTC Terry Lakin Defense Fund . 2011." Anderson Cooper 360 .CNN. “because he refuses to release his original birth certificate."10 Although Terry Lakin said very little during this particular interview. 338-19].com Blogs. The Certification is the “short-form” that Obama released during his campaign in 2008.” The actual document released by the Obama campaign in 2008 is properly called a “Certification of Live Birth.CNN.blogs.com/2010/05/10/video-release-birth-certificate-military-doctor-demands/>. a computergenerated abstract -Cooper: According to the state of Hawaii. Web. Donald Trump and Anderson Cooper referred to the document as a “Certificate of Live Birth. that's an abstract. dating from 1961.” which Obama released nearly two years later.Broadcast Yourself. He was featured in a video produced by an organization calling itself the American Patriot Foundation.. 12 . G. a Certification of Live Birth is a birth certificate.
Obama's Certification of Live Birth is “considered for all purposes the same as the original” and of “like force and effect as the original.” this means that the measures for determining a document's authenticity – such as having sworn statements by those who can vouch for the document or perhaps examination by forensics experts – are deemed unnecessary in court of law. 13 . By stating the document is “self-authenticating. so far as can be judged from the first disclosure. a fact presumed to be true unless disproved by some evidence to the contrary. it is up to those who would dispute the facts as presented to make their case. Without substantial evidence to the contrary.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” If you're unfamiliar with the legalese term “prima facie. it is also a self-authenticating document. As prima facie evidence. However.” they would not have implied that the document was anything less than a birth certificate. on the face of it. presumably.law. Black's Law Dictionary 5th Edition. the case is considered “open and shut” in favor of those with prima facie evidence on their side.edu/wex/self-authenticating_documents>.” don't feel too bad. According to these statutes. Web. Chapter One “. on the first appearance. And the law that establishes the Certification of Live Birth as prima facie evidence is cited on the document itself: Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) 338-13(b) and 338-19.12 Because it is certified by the Hawaii Department of Health.cornell. <http://www.” Affixed with the seal of the state of Hawaii and the stamped signature of Hawaii State Registrar Alvin T. Should they not be able to do so. Faced with prima facie evidence. 2011.. nor insisted that Obama needed further evidence. Cornell University Law School.Part I. And they're supposed to be lawyers! Had they understood what is meant by “prima facie evidence. the details of Obama's birth as recorded on the document will be accepted as fact." LII | LII / Legal Information Institute. Onaka (which would put the lie to Orly Taitz's and Donald Trump's claim that it is lacking signatures). This does not mean that such a document is irrefutable or unimpeachable evidence. defines “prima facie evidence” as follows: Prima facie /práyma féysyshiy(iy)/. At first sight.. it will shift the burden of proof to the other side. either. every statement on Obama's Certification of Live Birth is presumed true in a court of law. we 12 "Self-Authenticating Documents | LII / Legal Information Institute. 07 Nov. Lat. Orly Taitz and Paul Jensen don't seem to know what it means.
14 . His attorney. Paul Jensen.. <http://www. or photograph. 07 Nov. 2011. recording. FRE 1002. in this case where Obama was born. “if I recall from collecting evidence in a long ago career.”13 Oh? It hasn't? Lakin and his amorphous attorney Mr. Following suit..O.”15 So it would seem. Cornell University Law School.which is the usual M. “Requirement of Original." LII | LII / Legal Information Institute.Part I. the 13 Ibid.edu/rules/fre/rules. in that same exchange with Anderson Cooper.cornell. the original writing. recording. Keep those goalposts moving! Terry Lakin. for the birther movement: when evidence arises. despite the weight of evidence carried by the Certification of Live Birth. FRE 10011008. birthers picked up on this demand for an original document...” although this “rule” is actually eight rules. recordings and photographs admitted as evidence.”14 And indeed it does! He's absolutely right there. Jensen appear to be invoking the Federal Rules of Evidence. For instance.” has cited this rule in his article entitled “Obama's Duckin' the Best Evidence Rule. it authenticates itself. birthers persisted in their demands for more evidence. James.).Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Finally. "Obama's Duckin' the Best Evidence Rule | Red County. “. Web. due to the “Full Faith and Credit Clause” of our Constitution (Article IV. seems to feel that we should see an original. 9 14 Madison. this document must be honored as self-authenticating and prima facie evidence in any court in the country. specifically those that govern documents. In spite of the evidentiary weight that this document would carry in a court of law.htm>. <http://www. National | Red County. or photograph is required. emphatically stated that “the original birth certificate has not been released. 14 Apr.com/content/obamas-duckin-best-evidence-rule>." Colony Rabble. 2011. “To prove the content of a writing. informally known as the “Best Evidence Rule. Chapter One know that the document is what it says it is. except as otherwise provided in these rules or by Act of Congress. 15 "Federal Rules of Evidence (LII 2010 Ed.law. 2011. as noted above.” plainly states. 07 Nov.redcounty. dismiss it with lies and demand more evidence. Web. section 1).” “The Best Evidence Rule. requires the original document to prove the truth of the matter.” he writes. blogger James Madison (who bears no resemblance to the fourth president and founding father of the same name) at the right-wing website “Colony Rabble.
Obama has produced an original birth certificate.16 Obama's Certification of Live Birth. 15 . items missing from his scam document. or erstwhile lawyer. and attending physician's signature.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” birthers might have a point.. whose only accurate statement regarding the “Best Evidence Rule” was the one just quoted. you didn't miss anything nor did he produce a document that I haven't mentioned yet. then Obama should produce an original. goes on to say. It seems unlikely that those who know Federal Rule of Evidence 1002 and its requirement of an original document would be unfamiliar with the previous rule – also considered part of the “Best Evidence Rule. being a “counterpart intended to have the same effect” and 16 Ibid. any printout or other output readable by sight.” paragraph 3. An "original" of a photograph includes the negative or any print therefrom. Following the requirement of the Best Evidence Rule. This necessary information is absent from his certification of life birth. No. hospital of birth.Part I. at worst fraud.. His birth certificate will have this necessary information recorded. Madison. “Definitions. Obama being a lawyer. is an "original". reads (emphasis added): An "original" of a writing or recording is the writing or recording itself or any counterpart intended to have the same effect by a person executing or issuing it. Chapter One “. If the Federal Rules of Evidence requires an original. Obama already has produced an original birth certificate. Aside from the fact that Obama's certification of live birth has a raised seal. shown to reflect the data accurately. is sufficient to prove his location of birth. The Certification of Live Birth is considered an original.” Rule 1001. ought to know that only his actual birth certificate complete with seal. If data are stored in a computer or similar device. What he's pawning off on us is at least a joke.
It satisfies the standard of prima facie evidence as determined by law. in effect. FactCheck representatives confirmed that it does indeed have a raised seal. As more claims were discredited. but leave the viewer to assume what is meant by the term.” “a joke. new ones arose in their place. They point out correctly that the law calls for an original. ignorance of the legal definition of “original” would be inexcusable... according to the Best Evidence Rule. ignoring it and claiming that Obama has not proven that he is a natural-born citizen. including the supposed missing elements of a raised seal. And why not? The statement that calls it prima facie actually describes it as a “copy. in the case of lawyers such as Jensen and Taitz. In fact. it's inconceivable that those familiar with FRE 1002 (part of the “Best Evidence Rule”) that calls for an original could overlook the previous rule (FRE 1001. Upon investigating the actual document.. to be regarded “the same as the original. The vigorous efforts of the birthers to dismiss the birth certificate as insufficient have changed like the weather. is an original as defined by the same “Best Evidence Rule” that requires an original.. and he is.” according to Hawaii Revised Statutes.” We still find it satisfies the requirement of an original as defined in the Best Evidence Rule. “Admissibility of Duplicates. Chapter One “.” But ironically. Again. He has.”17 And therefore. FactCheck. Perhaps some would argue that Obama’s Certification is a copy.” “not the equivalent [of a birth certificate]. far from being “insufficient. it is the birthers who are guilty of this. most frequent objections to accepting the document as genuine. In fact.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” issued by the Hawaii Department of Health. also part of the “Best Evidence Rule”) that actually defines “original. Rule 1003.” states “A duplicate is admissible to the same extent as an original. it is an original.” or “not a birth certificate. certificate number and signature.org compiled the various. they are. The woman who disrupted the Town Hall meeting claimed that Congress was “ignoring his birth certificate.” a “fraud. With their various dishonest attempts to minimize or deny the validity of a Certification of Live Birth.Part I.” the Certification of Live Birth is self-authenticating and prima facie evidence. certificate 17 Ibid.” This selective use of the Best Evidence Rule seems to suggest not ignorance but a deliberate attempt to mislead. 16 .
) The July 28. "Hawaii Officials Confirm Obama’s Original Birth Certificate Still Exists | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper. certificate number and signature. This. produce short-forms that will be accepted by the passport office. have all these things. that the birthers began to claim that a Certification of Live Birth should not be considered proof. And thus began the ignoble birther tradition of moving the goalposts.com. 2011. including Hawaii. Alvin T. you can get a passport with a Certification of Live Birth.Part I. 07 Nov. former presidential candidate Alan Keyes' stated that he would respond to requests for proof of the time and place of his birth by giving “a certified copy of a full birth certificate” rather than referring us “to some photograph on the Internet and a bunch of hearsay statements that would not be accepted as evidence in any court of law. 28 July 2009.html>. Gordon Liddy and Joe Farah. Gordon Liddy and Donald Trump have demonstrated. she would not be the only one to make this mistake. it is highly unlikely that this was intended to refer to the actual Certificate.honoluluadvertiser. reveals the birthers' inconsistency and lays bare their agenda. Some states. “'Our Certificate of Live Birth18 is the standard form. Onaka. you can get your passport or your soccer registration or your driver's license.'"19 But what about Little League??? As noted previously. Then when it's shown that the document does. 2009 issue of the “Honolulu Advertiser” (one of the two newspapers that ran birth announcements when Obama was born) quoted Hawaii Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo.'With that form. First they claim that the document lacks a raised seal. G. It should be pointed out also. aka the long form.com/article/2009/Jul/28/ln/hawaii907280345. Dan. If they truly believed that. As Anderson Cooper. 17 . The Honolulu Advertiser. Web.." Honoluluadvertiser.. they wouldn't have concerned themselves with the raised seal.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” number and bears the stamped signature of Hawaii state registrar. 19 Nakaso. Chapter One “. that despite the claims of G. since Obama had not yet released his long form. of course. signature and certificate number. <http://the. It was only after it was proven that the document does have a raised seal. etc. in fact. (Still waiting on the Little League coach to say what sort of birth certificate they require to sign up your kid..' Okubo said. the birthers claim that the document is inadequate. which was modeled after national standards that are acceptable by federal agencies and organizations.” Placing a certified copy of his birth certificate in the hands of every person who ever demanded proof of Obama's eligibility would 18 While this statement clearly reads “Certificate of Live Birth” rather than “Certification” – as does every source I examined for this quote –.
I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i. of course. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai‘i. For an example of corroborating evidence (which would be recognized in a court of law. the birther stance might be justified. have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen..pdf 18 .Part I.. State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record. there is the statement by then-Hawaii's Director of Health: “There have been numerous requests for Sen. see: http://hawaii. And since. “Therefore. a measure that Alan Keyes has assured us that he would do. “No state official. including Governor Linda Lingle. And while it might not be as convincing as the lavish Alan Keyes method. along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records. – a measure that would kill quite a few trees to produce the necessary safety paper to print up all those birth certificates – it is certainly more practical.. Alan Keyes' impressions to the contrary). “. Chapter One undoubtedly cost him a tidy sum. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Conceding one point to Keyes. a mere image cannot carry the same weight as a tangible document that has been declared by law to be self-authenticating and prima facie. it is true that Obama's COLB can only be seen as an image on the internet and Obama has not taken the extravagant measure of providing us all with tangible copies. This intangible image of what is claimed to be Obama's birth certificate does come with considerable corroboration.gov/health/about/pr/2008/08-93.”20 20 To view a pdf of the original statement..if the image of Obama's COLB were all we had to go on.
contemporaneous birth announcements were run in not one. 1961. 2008 – over four months after Obama's Certification of Live Birth was available on the internet – and that Dr. director of the Hawaii State Department of Health. or suggest anything was out of the ordinary with Obama's Certification of Live Birth. Chiyome Fukino. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago. have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. U. 22 "Whatreallyhappened. But of course.. and Mrs.S. Nonetheless she didn't scream “FORGERY!” Despite her reassurance. who hadn't yet tired of making an ass of himself with his veritable fount of misinformation regarding Obama's birth certificate. Sports. 2011.USATODAY. <http://www. Entertainment. claimed that Obama's grandparents planted the announcement in the newspaper. Travel. Fukino issued another statement on July 27 of the following year: I. the birthers remained determinedly unsatisfied – or at least. Technology. 21 Nakaso. Weather.com. with the identical announcement appearing in “The Star Bulletin”22 the very next day. <http://whatreallyhappened. she undoubtedly knew the image of Obama's Certification was out there. Dan..com/WRHARTICLES/obamabirth.Part I. Donald Trump. Barack H. 19 .Ignoring His Birth Certificate” We'll notice that this statement was released on October 31. Even if she hasn't done an analysis of the image itself. "Hawaii: Obama Birth Certificate Is Real . Web.php>. Chapter One “. & World . Fukino didn't happen to make any charges of fraud when issuing her statement.htm>. but two Hawaiian newspapers. 2008. August 13. 28 July 2009. Web. So it would seem that she is tacitly vouching for the document.USATODAY.com/news/nation/2009-07-27-obama-hawaii_N. “The Honolulu Advertiser” ran the announcement of a son born to Mr. it must accurately reflect the data on file at the Hawaii Department of Health. Obama on Sunday.com.. Garnett Company Inc.usatoday.21 Also corroborating Obama's place and date of birth. 2011. 07 Nov. 07 Nov. determined to maintain their pretense of being unsatisfied – Dr.com: OBAMA'S BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS. Dr." News. the birthers were all over that.com." WHAT REALLY HAPPENED | The History The US Government HOPES You Never Learn! WhatReallyHappened. In other words.
for this. for all the other assets you get from being a United States citizen. 22 July 2009.23 Again with relying on the expertise of undefined “very smart people”? Writing this book would actually go a lot faster if I didn't have to find sources to footnote in order to back up my statements. we print what we receive from the Department of Health Vital Statistics System. not from relatives. <http://www. 07 Nov. The birth announcements were not planted by Obama's grandparents.” “a couple of very smart people. for that purpose... for that. “a very smart person. 2011. instead of imploring on friends.wnd. Chapter One “. because they could not have been. WorldNetDaily.” He obviously didn't listen to them when they urged him to “get off the birth certificate issue. Why surround yourself with “very smart people” if you're going to ignore them? But I digress. <http://thinkprogress. The “Honolulu Advertiser” gets its information regarding births from the Hawaii Department of Health.Part I. So there are a lot of very smart people who say that is routinely done and that was done by his grandparents.com Inc. 20 . and also for hospitalization. 07 Nov.24 Even WorldNetDaily. for instance. Rather than citing actual sources for the reader to verify." WND . Drew. 10 Apr.com/?pageId=104678>. "Hawaiian Newspapers Don't Prove Birthplace. Web. Web. and just claim that “very smart people” have said all this. 25 Zahn. my footnotes would say things like. one of the big cogs in the birther propaganda machine. I could do a “Donald Trump” instead.' a Star-Bulletin newsroom operator explained to WND. "'We don't have an editor who handles birth and marriage announcements. for welfare. 2011. "Trump Insists Obama's Grandparents Planted His Birth Announcement To Obtain Welfare Benefits. 24 Ibid.” as he explained to Meredith Vieira. 2011." ThinkProgress. concedes that the “Star Bulletin” does the same. to get me a quote from Black's Law Dictionary (which is an expensive text and not available in my local library).”25 23 Sanchez.” or “a reasonably smart person. Andrea Nill.org/politics/2011/04/10/157467/trump-birth-announcement/>.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” So they wanted him to be a citizen of the United States.” I don’t know why “The Birther” (formerly known as “The Donald”) keeps referring to the counsel of “very smart people.A Free Press for A Free People.
a grandmother sends a form to the Health Department saying my grandson was born here.com .a certificate of birth shall be substantially completed and filed with the local agent of the department in the district in which the birth occurred. the state of Hawaii would issue a birth certificate under the rule 338-5 and would send this birth certificate. not somewhere else. if one sends a notice under the rule 338-5. and in the state of Hawaii. 21 . 2011. or physician." Hawaii State Legislature. 2011: What was sent to the newspapers was an announcement. who could have been lying simply to get your citizenship for her grandchild born abroad. Web. whose follies on this issue could fill a chapter – and they will.cnn.hawaii. 2011. which Orly Taitz very seldom is.htm>. Web.27 So. Obama's grandmother could have done no such thing. meaning. 07 Nov.. 27 "§338-5 Compulsory Registration of Births. here.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Orly Taitz. Chapter One “.S. one of Obama's parents could have “substantially completed and filed” a certificate of birth 26 "CNN. There was never any evidence to show that he was born in any hospital. Hawaiian Revised Statute 338-5 reads. World. Entertainment & Video News.Transcripts. or if not so attended." CNN. 07 Nov. Weather.01.Part I. To be precise.. And based on that statement of his grandmother.A. together with the hospital birth certificate notification to the Hawaiian news agency.com . in part: . <http://www.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1104/15/jkusa. on April 15. since Hawaii Revised Statute 338-5 does not allow for grandparents to issue such a statement. it is sufficient to issue a birth certificate based on a statement of one relative only. or midwife.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0338/HRS_0338-0005. U. Turner Broadcasting System. see “Chapter 5: Making Incompetence Pay” – like Trump. not in Kenya. by the administrator or designated representative of the birthing facility. or other legally authorized person in attendance at the birth.html>. by accusing his grandmother of something rather underhanded. by one of the parents. 15 Apr.capitol. U. also attempted to undermine the birth announcements.S.. <http://transcripts.Breaking News. not quite.26 Well. Taitz appeared on John King... 2011.
28 Latin. Obama is one of only four presidents who actually were born in hospitals.” Hannity has asked her for her thoughts about Donald Trump's involvement in the birther foolishness. And that is how birthers operate.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” “with the local agent of the department of the district in which the birth occurred” (and only if not attended by an administrator. Obama's grandmother could not have done what Orly has all-but-directly accused her of. “The burden of proof is on the one who asserts.. No other president was born in a hospital. physician. “Demonic. Chapter One “.” Orly.” So. he's still guilty. you may also notice that Orly has a habit of assuming that something did happen simply because it could have happened. She claimed that no evidence exists for Obama's birth in any hospital.. As distinct from the birther movement. It says “parents. Aside from her willingness to lie. Even if it does take the birthers some time to move the goalposts.and if he is proven innocent.. some much-needed common sense was injected into the discussion by lawyerturned-conservative-pundit and best-selling author Ann Coulter. designated representative.. Bush. But. but flings accusations with reckless abandon. but all the while not providing any evidence herself for her accusations against Obama's deceased maternal grandmother of falsifying a certificate of birth. She hypocritically demands evidence (after dismissing the value of the evidence on record). not the one who denies. It's unclear why Orly thinks she needs evidence that Obama was born in a hospital. the other three being Jimmy Carter. Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit. even lying about the laws that are on the books.” 22 . Yet she has zero evidence of Obama's grandmother's culpability in this supposed fraud – forgetting for a moment that.Part I. Not “grandparents.28 “Innocent until proven guilty. Orly just lied about what is permitted by HRS 338-5. Obama is guilty until proven innocent. and George W. non qui negat. midwife or other legally authorized attendant) but his grandmother could not have. then again. another annoying habit of birthers. according to the law she cited. But where the birthers are concerned. Bill Clinton. In April of 2012.” as we like to say. she also lied about the Certification of Live Birth not being a birth certificate and not having any signatures. and it falls to the prosecution to prove guilt. who had appeared on the Sean Hannity Show to promote her book. our judicial system grants the accused the presumption of innocence.
. she's usually holding the reins. Can it be that Coulter. Jeff. The head of the Hawaiian medical record has announced I have seen the long-form you all want.” Hawaii accepts the birth certificate short form. The State Department accepts the short form or. So.29 Coulter's level-headed and reasoned response to the protean accusations of the birther movement might seem surprising. not riding as a passenger. I don’t know where he gets this $2 million Obama has spent to keep his birth certificate — he posted his birth certificate on his web page.. 2011. it is a conspiracy theory that won’t die on the Internet. <http://dailycaller. I think maybe I’ve been watching too much Charlie Sheen because Donald Trump seems perfectly sane to me. as a 29 Poor. Chapter One “. considering she normally delights in making over-the-top statements that inflame liberals. as we call it. 2011. They are both from the same office.although when Ann Coulter is on a bandwagon. was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Obama has produced his birth certificate." The Daily Caller. conservative organization to look at it and shot it down. You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. 12 Apr. every conservative outlet has already shot down this rumor.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” Well. Now they will have a chance to find out this is Donald Trump’s Pierre Salinger moment. Fox News – you know.com/2011/04/12/ann-coulter-not-on-board-donald-trumps-birther-crusade/>. to say nothing of the fact that she has never been an Obama supporter. Why she isn't jumping on this particular bandwagon is something for speculation. "Trump 2012 | Ann Coulter Not on Board Donald Trump's Birther Crusade. 23 . “the birth certificate. I don’t know why the long form is considered more credible than the short form. I mean. There were announcements that ran in two contemporaneous Hawaiian newspapers at that time. 07 Nov... I am glad that Donald Trump is bringing it up so that people who haven’t been paying attention and don’t know that the American Spectator. which is why you hear it being talked about exclusively on the liberal cable stations. Web. Human Events. which by the way. but every responsible.Part I.
the long-form bears no more weight in a court of law than the short-form. and produced his long-form birth certificate. Obama eventually capitulated to the demands of these birther lunatics (which. With the emergence of the long-form birth certificate. so they'd have us believe.com/>. 2011.” The afterbirthers' equivocating gets even more delectable when they emphatically deny they 30 The Facts. and his Father was NEVER a U. ran this distinctive header: OBAMA'S LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE ADDS PROOF THAT OBAMA IS NOT ELIGIBLE!!! Because~ it lists his father as a "Kenyan".” it does not use the word “Kenyan. Now that they have this proof. Why Barack Hussein Obama Is NOT Eligible for Office of President. nothing less. that was the only reason that they had ever wanted to see the long form.com. Both are self-authenticating and prima facie evidence. obamanotqualified. by the way.Part I. both the long and short forms of Obama's birth certificate list Obama's father as “African. 24 . East Africa.. Chapter One “. some of the Kenyan-birthers made a rather inelegant transformation into afterbirthers. It seems that they merely needed to see the long-form to prove that Obama's father was never a citizen. 07 Nov.S.obamanotqualified. Citizens at the time of birth. Citizen. which included the name of the hospital that Orly believes she so desperately needs. Web. A rather sloppily-designed website. <http://www.30 Actually.S. do not speak for the overwhelming majority of conservatives). Though as Coulter implies. You will never find a better example of birther mendacity and disingenuousness.” not “Kenyan.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” lawyer.. His Father was NOT! =Obama NOT eligible. the Certificate of Live Birth.” While the long-form records Obama Sr's place of birth as “Kenya. they know that Obama is not constitutionally eligible. which Terry Lakin claims to have needed. recognizes that Obama is constitutionally eligible and that arguing otherwise is futile? Perhaps she sees potential for this movement to backfire upon the conservative movement. since (as they dishonestly claim) a natural born citizen requires two citizen parents as well as birth within the jurisdiction of the U. and the signature of the doctor who delivered him. To be a "Natural Born Citizen" BOTH parentS MUST be U.S.
“Did Michelle say Barack born in Kenya?” It's interesting to note that these articles' titles are all in the question form. WorldNetDaily. only asking questions.. 2010: “Kenyan officials affirm: Obama 'son of this soil. 07 Nov.com/index.view>.php?fa=PAGE.'” by Drew Zahn.talkingpointsmemo. 07 Nov. which carried the subtitle “In partying mood after election win. Web. Ryan J. 2011. 2010. "After-Birthers: How Conspiracy Theorists Reacted To Obama’s Long-Form Birth Certificate. Although no one loads a question with the aplomb of Glenn Beck. Nice touch. 12 Apr. Maybe it was the article dated August 2.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” were ever of the Kenyan-birther persuasion. But how could anyone think that WorldNetDaily ever focused on where Obama was born? Perhaps it was one of the several articles that appeared under the heading “BORN IN THE USA?” on the WorldNetDaily website. 'How could a young man born here in Kenya.Part I. on April 12.. 32 "Is This Really Smoking Gun of Obama's Kenyan Birth? Read More: Is This Really Smoking Gun of Obama's Kenyan Birth? Http://www. 25 ." TPMMuckraker. who is not even a native American. WND does a passable job. Or are the editors and writers at WorldNetDaily all a bunch of serial liars who simply don't care 31 Reilly. <http://www. WorldNetDaily.” WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah complained in an email to TPMMuckraker.view>. appearing under the same heading. 2011.com Inc. "Kenyan Officials Affirm: Obama 'son of This Soil'" WND . as it is little more than a list of quotes from various sources claiming Obama was born in Kenya. 33 Zahn.php>.com/2011/04/afterbirthers_how_conspiracy_theorists_reacted_to_obamas_birth_certificate. did African lawmakers say too much?” From the article: “Kenyan MP James Orengo asked the nation's parliament only last month. <http://tpmmuckraker. It gives WND some deniability. Chapter One “. Drew. WND can innocently claim that they're not insinuating anything.wnd. I wonder if they find that this style of asking leading questions is truly helpful in stimulating dialogue.. “I don't know where you got the idea that we were focused on where he was born.) Or perhaps it was Jerome Corsi's article.A Free Press for A Free People. 07 Nov.. 2009: “Is this really smoking gun of Obama's Kenyan birth?”32 Or perhaps it was a later article.”31 Perhaps the best place to hide something truly is in plain sight. 2011." WND . Web.A Free Press for A Free People. considering Obama's birth certificate was available since he began his campaign and has never been hidden.com Inc.wnd. Web.com/index. “We've done hundreds of stories on the subject – most of which revolved around the hiding of the birth certificate.com/?pageId=105764#ixzz1d3WLlCAY. become the president of America?'"33 (Drew Zahn must have had a very easy time writing this particular article. <http://www.wnd.php?fa=PAGE.
com.S. as long as they anticipate it harming the President's chances for reelection? Hey. SodaHead. citizen. Obama's long-form birth certificate only states that his father was born in Kenya. East Africa. and never did. the citizenship of the parents doesn't matter if someone is born in the U. “Does Obama’s long form birth certificate clear him or prove he’s not a natural born citizen?” Oh. Suzanne. Web..S. To be sure. or not.. In her article.S. for that matter. (See Part II. Chapter IV – United States v. Another example of a neo-afterbirther is SodaHead's Susan Eovaldi. Someone else who enjoys the implausible deniability of asking loaded questions. 01 May 2011. Or at any other time. 26 . Barack Obama II. citizen. Obama writes in his bestselling autobiography “Dreams from My Father” of his 34 Eovaldi. But that doesn't tell us anything about his father's citizenship.Ignoring His Birth Certificate” whether what they say is true or not. who wrote an article entitled. “Did Barack Obama just stop his own possible bloodless coup d’etat in its tracks when he released his long form birth certificate? He now clearly reveals his father was a subject of the British Royal Crown rendering him. ineligible to assume the U. Wong Kim Ark) And even more awkward for the afterbirthers is the fact is that Obama's birth certificate doesn't actually reveal his father's citizenship at the time of Obama's birth. Eovaldi writes. citizenship overlooks a few things. if any birthers would admit this). 07 Nov. look.S. Obama's long form does not prove anything about Obama's father's citizenship. Presidency!”34 This not-so-clever ruse of claiming that Obama's long-form birth certificate was needed only to confirm his father's lack of U. "Does Obama’s Long Form Birth Certificate Clear Him or Prove He’s Not a Natural Born Citizen?" SodaHead. It's even possible to be a natural-born citizen if born in Kenya (although few. is Susan Eovaldi an ax-murderess who buries the dismembered remains of her victims beneath the basement of her home? Just asking. Nor was that even a question. So even if the neo-afterbirthers truly needed some legal document to prove Obama's father was not a citizen. Chapter One “. By the way. For one. Merely giving us his place of birth doesn't tell us whether Obama's father was a citizen of the U.S. 2011. just asking a question.S... no informed person believes that Obama's father was ever a U.Part I.. Someone born in Kenya could become a naturalized U.
Chapter One “. it pales in comparison to the embarrassing blunders they make when trying to prove he was born somewhere else. claiming that the long-form was only needed to prove Obama's lack of eligibility due to his father's citizenship leaves the birthers with a massive serving of egg on their collective face. 27 .Ignoring His Birth Certificate” father's deportation upon expiration of his visa. But if birthers seem foolish when trying to claim that Obama was not born in the U. could only mean that Obama's father was an alien.. not a word about his citizenship or lack thereof.S.S. it says only where Obama's father was born. of course. Only that Obama's father's lack of citizenship is not provable by Obama's birth certificate..Part I. The point in exposing this rather idiotic oversight on the part of the neo-afterbirthers is not to argue that Obama's father was ever a citizen. since we don't deport citizens and citizens don't need visas to stay in the U. So. This.. Again.
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