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(Jan. 11, 2010) — Let's not forget that the first "Birther" of note was Bill Clinton. "Birther" is the derogatory appellation used by Obama supporters to ridicule those who ask why Obama won't show his birth certificate.
Late last night, The Post & Email published the results of recent investigation of the issue by a citizen journalist, which explain that the Hawaii Department of Health knows Obama's alleged birth certificate (displayed on the Internet as an electronic image of a Certification of Live Birth) is a forgery.
In this context, it should be noted that Bill Clinton was apparently aware of the forgery as early as Obama's birthday in 2008.He made these comments on Good Morning America. You can view the video here.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqFZQNan3-M[/youtube]The comment was mentioned by the Associated Press in an unsigned report filed the same day:
Evidently no one at the AP was willing to take the heat for even repeating the comment. But one political scientist explained what Clinton meant by his statement:
"I never was mad at Sen. Obama," the former president said. "I think everybody's got a right to run for president who qualifies under the Constitution. And I'd be the last person to begrudge anybody their ambition."
If you notice, at the beginning of the video, Bill makes a comment about Obama being held to a different standard than others who have run for president, but he also said (around the 44 second mark): “That everybody has a right to run for president as long as they’re qualified under the Constitution” (emphasis mine).
Here’s the thing – I have followed Bill’s political career for a long time (and I have studied it closely because I am a political scientist) and he did NOT say this accidentally. This is a message to TexasDarlin’ (I am sure he knows all about her posts and her reports) to keep pressing in on the citizenship/birth certificate issue.
NOTE: That is NOT what Bill Clinton said. We’re just reading between the lines, perhaps hopefully.
Though I can probably never prove this (and Bill would likely deny it, if he were ever confronted with it), I know that Bill was trying to say – “keep going!”
TexasDarlin was a blog from Texas, published by a female supporter of Hillary Clinton. The blog has been temporarily revived on the Internet in support of Scott Brown's candidacy; however, the blog posts no longer exists on the web.
In response to Clinton's comment, the obvious conclusion was being drawn within hours of Clinton's comment: "Is Obama qualified under the constitution?" asked JohnF, a platinum member, at CommonGroundsPolitics.net, at 3 :00 that afternoon.
The qualifications required by a presidential candidate are stated in the original text of the U.S. Constitution in Article II, section i, clause 5:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
Certainly Bill Clinton was not disputing that Obama was at least 35 years old!
And certainly he was not disputing that Obama had been a resident of the United States since 1994!
So the only thing left is the natural born citizenship issue. And that would mean that Clinton was reminding us that to be a natural born citizen one must be born
1) On U.S. soil
2) of a father who is a U.S. Citizen, and
3) of a mother who is a U.S. Citizen,
4) each of which three criteria must be true at the moment of birth
For more information about the natural born citizenship requirement, see The Post & Email's article on the 4 Supreme Court Cases which have defined what this term means following what Emmerich de Vattel wrote in his treatise, The Law of Nations.
Few dispute that Obama's mother was not a U.S. citizen, although there is speculation about who she was, especially among Hillary supporters.
Few doubt that Obama's father was Barack Obama Sr., a British subject, and it has been conclusively shown that if Obama's birth story is true, that he is presently a British subject, still.
And many wonder if Obama was in fact born in Kenya, especially after an eyewitness says that is what Obama claimed in 1980.
The disclosure of Obama's original vital records will alone settle these doubts and clarify for all time, the issue of Obama's eligibility. The question is, "where are they being kept?" and that depends on where he was born.