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by Sharon Rondeau

Is Obama simply pretending to have presented his long-form birth certificate to the public?

(Oct. 10, 2015) — On April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Barack Hussein Obama’s long-form birth certificate from Hawaii following several months of pressure from then-potential presidential candidate Donald Trump.

On that Wednesday morning, Obama gave an unannounced press conference before departing for Chicago to film an interview with Oprah Winfrey, one of his early and most vocal supporters.

During his brief comments, Obama said that “We provided additional information today about the site of my birth.”

Following the murder of nine individuals by a crazed man at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR on October 1, Obama traveled on Friday to the grieving town ostensibly to offer comfort to the victims’ surviving family members.  Nine people were also injured by the barrage of bullets fired by the perpetrator, who showed himself as hostile to Christians.

As The Post & Email reported, during his public remarks in Roseburg, Obama said, as expressed on Twitter by CBS reporter Mark Knoller, referencing his favoring of stricter firearms laws, “There are ways to protect our children & protect our rights…don’t pretend that there aren’t.”

During the April 27, 2011 press conference, Obama used the word “pretend” at the 4:00 minute mark when he said, speaking of solving the nation’s problems, “We’re not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts…”

He then said that Americans “are going to have to get serious” about the “big problems to solve” such as high gasoline prices, congressional gridlock and high unemployment.

The day before the long-form birth certificate was made public, Obama’s former press secretary, Jay Carney, told then-CNN reporter Ed Henry that the matter of Obama’s birthplace and documentation was “a settled issue.”

The term “settled” has been used by many sources in relation to Obama’s birthplace and documentation.

Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen,” which is generally understood to signify that the person was born in the United States. However, historical records show that the citizenship of the parents, or at a minimum, the father, determined the citizenship status of the child.

On Saturday evening, in an interview with Democrat commentator Kirsten Powers in a discussion of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech, Fox News host John Stossel commented that “liberals” often say that an issue is “settled” when they wish to silence the opposition, with which Powers appeared to agree while another interviewee, Ellis Henican, did not.

One week before the long-form image was released by the White House, then-Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN6) told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos that the issue of Obama’s birth certificate was “settled” by the purported short-form Certification of Life Birth held up by Stephanopoulos as containing contained “a signature and an official stamp” as well as “a seal.”

However, the “signature” was a stamped reproduction of the purported handwriting of Hawaii Health Department Vital Statistics Registrar Dr. Alvin Onaka, and the camera showed a rather blurry document with a shadow covering part of it and no apparent “seal.”

A purported image of the document Stephanopoulos held up was originally released by an unknown party on June 12, 2008 at the left-leaning Daily KOS.

According to Stephanopoulos and CNN, the day before, Bachmann had said that Obama “should answer some questions” about why he had not released his detailed birth certificate.  During her interview with Stephanopoulos, Bachmann appeared to accept that the short-form birth certificate, credited by ABC on the television screen as having come from “Factcheck.org,” was sufficient proof of Obama’s birth in Hawaii.

It is unknown if the document Stephanopoulos held in his hand was the same as the document credited to Factcheck containing the shadow.  As Stephanopoulos held up the document to show to Bachmann, he stated that it was “certified” and “had a seal on it,” but the photo shown by ABC News revealed no seal.

Unlike the long-form birth certificate, there was no formal release of the short-form Certification of Life Birth. On June 12, 2008, the image was posted and asserted by The Daily KOS to be “Obama’s birth certificate,” after which The St. Petersburg (FL) Times and other sites reposted it.

Hawaii Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo has been quoted as having both affirmed that the “COLB” is “valid” and that “I don’t know that it’s possible for us to even say beyond a doubt what the image on the site represents.”

Stephanopoulos then led Bachmann to assert that “This story’s over” as a result of his production of the short-form document bearing Obama’s name.

Following the April 27, 2011 long-form publication, the White House added the video of Obama’s press conference and a summary written by then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer of the events leading to the document’s release.  Also included on the web page was a link to the short-form birth certificate image shown in a black-and-white color scheme rather than the green background appearing at KOS.

In 2008, Stephanopoulos was the interviewer who immediately “corrected” Obama with “your Christian faith” after Obama referenced “my Muslim faith” in stating that his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, had not raised it as a campaign issue.

Some have suggested that Obama is “pretending” to be a Christian.

In September 2011, Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio commissioned one of his volunteer posses to investigate the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate image at the request of approximately 250 constituents concerned that their votes would be disenfranchised in the 2012 presidential election if, in fact, some analysts’ reports of forgery were accurate.

The Cold Case Posse, led by Mike Zullo, then spent nearly 6 months probing the origin of the image, concluding that it could not have been produced from an original, paper document. On March 1, 2012, the low and Arpaio held a joint press conference declaring that both the long-form birth certificate image and the purported Selective Service registration form disseminated to FOIA requesters are “computer-generated forgeries.”

Rather than investigate those findings, mainstream media outlets doubled down on Arpaio and Zullo with ridicule, scorn, attempts to discredit, and vilification while grudgingly reporting on the March 1 presser.

A second press conference during which Zullo and Arpaio provided more detail as to how their conclusions were reached and called upon Congress to launch its own investigation resulted in more of the same from the media.

In May 2013, Zullo told radio host Carl Gallups that the forgery of the long-form birth certificate is “irrefutable.”  Later that month, Zullo stated in an exclusive interview with The Post & Email that the long-form birth certificate image was posted “with the intent to deceive.”

In a February interview with radio host Joe Miller, Arpaio said that Obama was “likely not qualified to work at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office.”

Varying accounts of Obama’s purported life narrative have not been explained.

As the years have passed, the media has arguably pretended that the issue does not exist a second criminal investigation launched by Arpaio and separate from the birth certificate probe has proceeded which reportedly has uncovered government-initiated breaches of the personal bank accounts of tens of thousands of Arizona residents, among other electronic invasions of privacy.

Similarly, the media has not appeared to question whose accounts were violated, by whom or why, even after Arpaio testified on April 23 in his civil contempt trial that the email accounts of a number of federal judges were breached. Among those whose accounts were reportedly monitored was that of U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow, who is presiding over the contempt trial.

Obama has also used the word “pretend” in regard to policing tactics in the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.

Zullo has insisted that “there never was a birth in Hawaii” for Obama.

Many have criticized Obama for “pretending” on various levels and issues.  On March 24, 2014, right-leaning commentator Charles Krauthammer opined of Obama’s handling of the crisis in Ukraine that “Obama is admitting to ‘living in a fantasy world’ as he ‘pretend’ the Cold War-era mentality doesn’t exist.”

Others believe that Obama “pretends” to show emotion and to offer a “total[ly] fraudulent presentation” to the American people of a woman who had reportedly overcome adversity.
This story was updated at 12:10 p.m. EDT, October 11, 2015.