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ARTICLE FROM 2006 QUOTES OBAMA AS REFERRING TO CHILDHOOD IN KENYA
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 12, 2011) — On March 1, 2011, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made a reference during a radio interview about Barack Hussein Obama’s having spent his childhood years in Kenya. The backlash of the mainstream media was immediate.
George Stephanopoulos wondered if Huckabee’s statement was “one more sign that his head really isn’t in this presidential race,” and the Associated Press was quick to say that “Obama did not visit Kenya until he was in his 20s.”
But how did Stephanopoulos and the Associated Press, which did not identify its journalist, know that Huckabee was wrong?
On March 5, blogger Nobarack08 reported on an article from September 3, 2006 by Lynn Sweet which had been published in the Chicag0 Sun-Times wherein Obama himself is quoted as referring to having spent his childhood in both Kenya and Indonesia.
Obama reportedly mentioned Indonesia as a destination for a trip he was planning for 2007 while still a U.S. senator. The writer said, “he’s looking at China, India and Indonesia, where ironicall [sic] I actually have more of a childhood than I do in Kenya.”
Why would Obama have used the word “ironically”? Was it because his father was born and raised there? Was it because Obama allegedly has relatives there? Was it because the Kenyan ambassador to the United States, Mr. Peter Ogego, stated emphatically on a radio show following the 2008 presidential election that Obama Jr.’s birthplace in Kenya was “well-known?”
A spokesman for Huckabee “said the former governor misspoke,” as did Huckabee himself. One blogger called Huckabee “delirious” and “nuts,” making an immediate connection between the “birth certificate” issue and Obama’s childhood. But are the two issues connected? What are these bloggers saying now?
Is Huckabee really “delirious,” or does he know something that the American people do not but would like to?
Why would Obama’s wife have referred to Kenya as her husband’s “home country” if he did not “visit” there until he was 20? WorldNetDaily has reported that Wikipedia had at one time stated that Obama was “born August 4, 1961 in either Honolulu, in the state of Hawaii, or Mombasa, Kenya,…”
Now that it has been revealed that Obama himself has referred to having spent at least some of his childhood in Kenya, where is the mainstream media? Why was there a need for Huckabee to apologize?
And where was Big Media during the 2008 presidential campaign? Chris Mathews of MSNBC had announced that Obama was born in Indonesia. Another story had originally stated that Obama had been born in Indonesia, only to be “corrected” to state that he was born in Hawaii once Obama announced himself as a candidate for the presidency. Regarding the information which led him to believe that Obama had been born in Indonesia, the reporter stated, “Hey, it looked factual…”
Early in 2007, CNN reported that Obama had attended school in Indonesia, spending four years of his childhood there, but it did not report that he was registered as an Indonesian citizen. How did that affect his claim to being a “natural born Citizen” as required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution to serve as President of the United States?
Currently, CBS News is reporting that there was an internet rumor that Obama was “raised in his father’s homeland,” but no such “rumor” has ever been identified. Rather, members of the Kenyan Parliament have asserted on the record that Kenya is Obama’s birthplace.
Obama recently told attendees at a Democrat fundraiser, “I was born in Hawaii…I can’t change those facts.” To how many “facts” is he referring? Wouldn’t it be just one? Why would he have wanted to “change those facts?”
If Obama was born in Hawaii, as he claims, where is the proof? Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has stated that the Hawaii Department of Health does not possess a standard, long-form original birth certificate for Obama, whereas the previous governor said it did. Why do two different governors say two different things?
Another article citing Huckabee’s “gaffe” states that “from the age of 10 or so onward…,” Obama grew up “around areas where there were rotary clubs and boy scout meetings.”
Huckabee said he was “quoting a British newspaper.” Obama’s father was a British citizen, which made him a British citizen at birth.