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by WTPOTUS, ©2011

(Jun. 8, 2011) — Why is Savannah Guthrie the only journalist to see the original, certified Obama birth certificate in three dimensions, up close and personal?

By now the world knows that on April 27, 2011, 8:48 am, EDT, White House (WH) press secretary, Jay Carney, held a “gaggle” to introduce the media and the public to what he implied was President Barack Hussein Obama’s

long-form birth certificate from the State of Hawaii – the original birth certificate.

In another post on this blog, that press conference was dissected and some still-unexplained curiosities were noted.

At the presser, reporters received copies of Obama’s short-form certification of live birth (SFCOLB), originally released in June, 2008, as well as a recently issued “long-form” certificate of live birth (LFCOLB).  The copies were one-sided, on white paper, and contained relicts of other documents that must have been stacked all together on the scanner or copy machine. See blogger butterdezillion’s excellent explanatory post about this curiosity.

At 9:16 am that same day, AP photojournalist J. Scott Applewhite posted a copy of the media’s copy of the LFCOLB at the Muscatine Journal, an online publication.


There’s been confusion about this image because of its creation date. Apparently Applewhite photographed or scanned the black-and-white version of the LFCOLB that the media received. That white page is not the same green-hued “document” that the WH placed on its website, in PDF form. The media copies were not created by directly copying the certified LFCOLB, as demonstrated by butterdezillion. It’s likely the PDF was printed out and then copied multiple times.  So there is the one-sided white version; and there is the green version, in PDF form, but allegedly printed by the Hawaiian Department of Health (HDOH) on green, cross-hatched security paper. This explains why the creation dates on the digital images differ.

Sometime later that same day, NBC reporter Savannah Guthrie tweeted this message:

I saw the certified copy of long-form POTUS birth certificate today, felt the raised seal, snapped this pic.

Click to enlarge.

She must have snapped two photos.  Now there are (at least) three different digital images of the LFCOLB on the Web. Her photo(s) will be the subject of my next post.

In addition to copies of the two COLBs, the press received copies of correspondence between Obama’s lawyer and the HDOH. Obama’s personal lawyer, Judith Corley, a partner at Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie and decades-long colleague of soon-to-be-former WH Counsel Robert Bauer, obtained a waiver from the HDOH, contending that this would

allow my client to make a certified copy of his original birth certificate publicly available.

But no certified copy is publicly available.  So far, Savannah Guthrie is the only member of the media who claimed to have seen the LFCOLB close up. If any reader knows of another reporter who stated that she or he examined and photographed the “real deal”, please let us know. The certified LFCOLB was not even made available for examination by reporters at the brief press conference, based upon their comments; the document was removed from the podium before Obama arrived to speak.  No cameras were allowed at the presser.

So no certified, three-dimensional, paper LFCOLB has been made available to the public, although this was the excuse Ms. Corley gave when she requested the unnecessary waiver. Unnecessary, unless there’s something about Obama’s original records that differ from the ordinary—such as a sealed adoption.

So again, why was Savannah Guthrie the chosen one? Why was she the sole mainstream media reporter allowed to see, feel, examine, and photograph the supposed Obama “certified long-form birth certificate”? The green version, the one on security paper, allegedly hand-carried back to DC by Judith Corley?  Who is Savannah Guthrie? She’s a lawyer and a journalist.

Savannah Guthrie received her undergraduate degree in journalism [in 1993] from the University of Arizona before receiving her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center [in 2002], where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. … She worked for the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld … Guthrie was a Law Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.

As a lawyer/journalist, Guthrie worked at Court TV, NBC, and ABC. She covered Sarah Palin for NBC during the 2008 election (fairly?), becoming NBC’s WH correspondent at the end of 2008,  just after the election. Elle Magazine wrote about the “lovely and amazing” Guthrie.  She now reports for all NBC entities, including MSNBC.

Guthrie married Mark Orchard, British-born former Los Angeles bureau chief for the BBC, who at the time was married to journalist Anne Kornblut. After his divorce, he and Guthrie married; but they separated in 2009 and later divorced.  Orchard is now a producer and editor for Al Jazeera. Since then, Guthrie entered into a relationship with political consultant and erstwhile Al Gore senior aide Michael Feldman, of the Glover Park Group, “a strategic communications firm.” This firm’s website openly states,

Interaction between government, business, NGOs, the media and the public is more dynamic than ever. Old lines between public and private sector, journalist and civilian, outside agitator and inside power broker are blurring.

Exactly!  Savannah Guthrie worked for Akin-Gump. Keep that in mind. She received a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Keep that in mind, too.

Recently, while researching another topic, I ran across this comment at the Post & Email News by KenyanBornObamAcorn:

[S]omeone beat me to the Valerie Jarrett connection to Vernon Jordan. Did you know that Vernon is senior counsel at Akin Gump, which just happens to be the firm that runs the SCOTUSBlog…this is why you have not seen one shred of info about a single case that has gone to the Supreme Court on the eligibility issue. I mean nothing at all on any of the cases and I’ve searched nearly every day, from the time when the first case showed up there, til the last one left there. We’ve got a case there now … but you’ll never see a word about it, on ScotusBlog.

Akin Gump:  Vernon Jordan is senior counsel at Akin Gump.  I trust that readers know who Valerie Jarrett is. Some believe she’s the de facto president.  Journalist and writer Trevor Loudon just yesterday documented Valerie’s journalist father-in-law’s many connections to Chicago politics, Frank Marshall Davis (Obama’s “Uncle Frank”), Barack Obama, and the Communist Party.  (h/t Bridgette)

That’s Vernon Jarrett, not to be confused with another connected guy, Vernon Jordan, who is Valerie Jarrett’s great-uncle, as well as Bill Clinton’s lawyer. Valerie Jarrett and Vernon Jordan have many long and varied associations with the Democrats, the Clinton and Obama administrations, as well as numerous large corporations, lobbyists, not-for-profits, and left-leaning political organizations, not to mention communists.  And yes, even Bilderberg Conferences.

So Savannah Guthrie, only admitted media visitor to the original LFCOLB, worked for the same law firm at which Vernon Jordan is senior counsel. Her former husband works for Al Jazeera and her current (?) paramour worked for Al Gore but now works for a firm he founded that promotes strategic communication.  Vernon Jordan’s grand-niece, Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, is Obama’s most trusted “advisor” in the WH.

Guthrie, Jarrett, and Obama moved into the WH, so to speak, right around the same time.  Access. It’s all about access.

The Akin Gump law firm is indeed associated with the SCOTUS blog, through the blog’s founder Tom Goldstein, who once also worked at Akin Gump but left to start his own firm, which now oversees the SCOTUS blog, which explains a lot, as far as what is not discussed or reported there.

Am I finished yet? Nope. Remember Robert Bauer, who leaves as WH Counsel at the end of June? He’s the lawyer most responsible for fighting the Obama ineligibility lawsuits, which are studiously ignored by the SCOTUS blog. (KenyanBornObamaAcorn  is correct that the Hollister case is not mentioned there, as a simple site search today proved. Not surprising–it would seem pro forma for a progressive-run blog to ignore ineligibility suits, given that even the docket of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) was infamously fiddled with, way back during campaign 2008.)  Bauer may soon be called upon to give testimony in one of Attorney Orly Taitz’s Obama-related cases.

Bauer is replaced as WH Counsel by his Deputy WH Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, profiled in Washingtonian Magazine in July, 2006. Ruemmler attended Georgetown University Law Center, and was editor of its law review. She was 35 at the time; she’s now about 40, the same approximate age as Savannah Guthrie. It’s likely they knew each other at Georgetown University Law Center, probably knew each other well, given that Guthrie was a Law Fellow, and Ruemmler (who graduated in 1996) was editor of the law review.

Access, access, access.  That’s what it’s all about in journalism, especially so with the WH press corps.

Thomas Goldstein was also profiled in that same Washingtonian Magazine article. He was then 36, so is a contemporary of Ruemmler and Guthrie, although he attended a different law school—American University. But he did work at Akin Gump.

Goldstein’s talent for constitutional law brought him attention. Harvard professor Laurence Tribe used Goldstein as second chair in the landmark Supreme Court phase of Bush v. Gore … Despite being in many ways a legal outsider, he was hired this year [2006] to build a constitutional-law practice for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Goldstein edits one of the most widely read Supreme Court blogs on the Internet, which on a big case day has gotten as many as 92,000 hits. He named his daughter, Nina, after his favorite NPR correspondent, Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg, who has quoted Goldstein for years and helped build his reputation.

Nina Totenberg?  Don’t get me started.  Laurence Tribe? He’d require an encyclopedia-sized article to fully explain his “progressive” ties. Here’s a taste from Wikipedia:

Tribe is noted for his extensive support of liberal legal causes. He is one of the co-founders of the liberal American Constitution Society, the law and policy organization formed to counter the conservative Federalist Society, and is one of a number of scholars at Harvard Law School who have expressed their support for animal rights. He has argued many high-profile cases, including one for Al Gore during the disputed U.S. presidential election, 2000. … He actively supported the candidacy of President Barack Obama and described Obama as “the best student I ever had,” a phrase he also used to describe Kathleen Sullivan. Alongside Harvard’s Cass Sunstein, Tribe served as judicial adviser to Obama’s campaign. In February 2010, he was named “Senior Counselor for Access to Justice” in the Department of Justice; he will lead an effort to increase legal access for the poor.

All these brilliant, young, progressive lawyers, law review editors, and journalists.  I’m reminded of Sarah P. Herlihy, another well-connected progressive lawyer, who famously wrote a preemptive treatise in 2006 about how the US should get rid of that outdated natural born citizen requirement for the presidency, given the reality of the evolving ”global” community.

So here we are.  A tangled web of associations (that provide access) with one “spider” sitting in the center of all.  As the Glover Park Group rightly, and sadly, proclaims:

Old lines between public and private sector, journalist and civilian, outside agitator and inside power broker are blurring.

Is this ”blurring” a good thing for America?  For our Republic? Is this what the Founders envisioned when they enshrined freedom of the press in the Constitution? Could they ever imagine such a blurring of the lines between journalists,  outside agitators, and inside (and outside) power brokers?  Power brokers such as far-left billionaire George Soros?

Fox News recently published a two-part expose of how Soros uses power and $48 million (and more) to “influence” the media.  Read it and weep, here and here.

Back to the roll out of the LFCOLB:  For those who have followed the birth certificate saga from the beginning, this is an old familiar plot.  Well-connected reporter Savannah Guthrie, alone, was allowed to visit the purported real certified LFCOLB.  She alone, so far as we know as of this writing, was allowed to photograph it.  She says.

Same song, second verse. Well-connected FactCheck blog representatives, alone, visited the SFCOLB in Chicago and photographed it.  They said.  The visitation took place in August 2008, yet the exif data on the photographs say otherwise.

Once again, We the People must take someone else’s word (but not under oath!) that the particular COLB in question is real, three-dimensional, certified, stamped, and embossed with the official seal of the State of Hawaii.

In every instance thus far, the persons whose word we are expected to accept are suspect, because of connections to Obama, members of his administration, his previous employers, his family, even his lawyers and long-time friends.

Neither document, SFCOLB or LFCOLB, has been submitted to any court of law in any of the ineligibility cases.  Neither document has been made publicly available so that it can be authenticated forensically.

Now that Obama has produced his alleged certified, original long-form birth certificate, there remains no logical explanation for why it took him more than two years to produce it.  Instead, he spent much money maneuvering in court to keep from producing this same document.  His lawyers fought discovery, when a subpoena from a judge would have brought the document to light long ago.  Obama allowed a decorated military physician to be tried and sent to prison rather than to show this LFCOLB.  Saving a patriot from prison didn’t warrant producing this document in court, but jibes by Donald Trump brought more Kabuki theater.  Same play, second act, complete with trickery and “dramatic revelations“.

We the People, despite what amounts to a promise by Obama’s lawyer Judith Corley, do not have access to a certified copy of Obama’s LFCOLB, in three-dimensional paper form.  The HDOH, as with the SFCOLB, will not comment about the authenticity of the LFCOLB IMAGE that was placed on the WH website or the copies distributed to the media, nor will the governor of Hawaii.

In a press release, Obama family friend and Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie spoke about the paper documents given to Corley, not digital images or white, one-sided copies released by the WH.

Blogger Miss Tickly wrote to Savannah Guthrie to ask specific questions about the ”raised” seal that Guthrie “felt” on the document. So far, Guthrie has declined to respond. As a lawyer, Guthrie ought to be able to determine whether or not a document is legitimate. Her tweet didn’t testify to the document’s authenticity, although she assures us that she “felt” a “raised seal.” Take her word for it.

Guthrie’s word.  FactCheck blog’s word.  Connected people with access to one of the least transparent administrations in history.

Their word.  That’s apparently all We the People are going to get, until something changes.