DID OBAMA EVER LIVE THERE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 27, 2015) — In an article published on Christmas Day at The Washington Post, writers Greg Jaffe and Juliet Eilperin reported that thus far, no landmark or location in Hawaii has been named after the state’s “most famous native son,” meaning White House occupant Barack Hussein Obama.
The article goes on to refer to Obama’s purported first residence in Honolulu for “only a few weeks of his infancy” as a possible place to be named after Obama eventually. The Post describes the location as “a tiny abandoned lot” whose address was “listed on Obama’s birth certificate.”
On November 9, 2008, Obama’s purported first home was reported by The Honolulu Advertiser as:
…still standing on Kalaniana’ole Highway, in the Kuli’ou’ou area between ‘Aina Haina and Hawai’i Kai.
The yellow, four-bedroom, single-story home was built in 1948. Nani Smethurst, who has owned the home since 1979, said the place is essentially the same as it was when it was built, although it has been upgraded and landscaped by Smethurst, who is an architect.
The property also has a 450-square-foot cottage in the back that was built in 1953.
Zillow currently describes the property as containing “5 beds, 2 baths” and “1,888 square feet” worth over $900,000 and built in 1948.
Homesnap shows a photograph of a property valued at $949,500, having four bedrooms, 1,440 square feet and built in 1948. Neither Zillow nor Homesnap indicates that the property is currently on the market.
Several versions of a short-form birth certificate bearing Obama’s name have been released since June 12, 2008, all of which have been termed forgeries by some analysts. While the short-form “Certification of Live Birth” does not contain the address where Obama’s parents allegedly lived when he was born, the “long-form” birth certificate image posted on the White House website in late April 2011 bears the address “6085 Kalanianaole Highway” in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.
According to The Post’s article, one proposal is to rename the “abandoned lot” “Barack Obama Birthplace State Park.” A possible legislative proposal is to call the property the “Barack Obama Birthplace Garden,” although it appears to be one of many small lots in the neighborhood with a home situated on it.
Obama’s long-form birth certificate claims that he was born at the “Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital,” not at home, on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 p.m. The Post does not report that the image was declared a “computer-generated forgery” by a team of investigators known as the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse, which conducted a probe of the image at the request of Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio beginning in September 2011.
In his first book, Dreams From My Father, Obama wrote that he found his birth certificate in his home along with some health records, but in April 2011, the White House reportedly sent Obama’s personal attorney, Judith Corley, to retrieve two certified copies of the document from the Hawaii Department of Health. Jack Cashill, the author of an article published before the “document” was made public, wrote that “There are clues in Dreams, however, which suggest that Obama was creating a fiction for future use that he already knew to be untrue.”
Over the last eight years, many questions have arisen about Obama’s lack of “transparency” in releasing his medical records, college and passport applications, Illinois State Senate and U.S. Senate voting records, and vital records.
The Post reported that Obama’s first home is located within the “Hawaii Kai Neighborhood” whose board is chaired by a Greg Knudsen. The website obamasneighborhood.com reportedly obtained a photo of Obama’s “first boyhood home” from Greg Knudsen, described in an undated photo as a “bungalow.”
Listing a number of residences where Obama reportedly lived, obamasneighborhood.com includes a birth announcement said to have been published in The Honolulu Advertiser on August 13, 1961 announcing a son born to “Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama” residing at “6085 Kalanianaole Hwy.”
Contrary to The Post’s now two-day-old story, another writer for the same publication, Eli Saslow, wrote in 2008 that Obama was “growing up in the Kansas heartland” in an article presenting characterizations of stereotypical residents of a Midwestern town who allegedly expressed doubts about Obama’s origins and faith.
On page 1 of his article titled “In Flag City USA, False Obama Rumors Are Flying,” Saslow wrote:
Here in Findlay, a Rust Belt town of 40,000, false rumors about Obama have built enough word-of-mouth credibility to harden into an alternative biography. Born on the Internet, the rumors now meander freely across the flatlands of northwest Ohio — through bars and baseball fields, retirement homes and restaurants.
Faced with polling that shows about one in 10 Americans thinks Obama is Muslim, the candidate’s campaign has launched an aggressive effort to discredit rumors and clarify Obama’s past. It created a “Fight the Smears” Web site and a new television ad that reiterates Obama’s Christian faith, patriotism and family background. Dozens of volunteers have been sent to Ohio five months in advance of the election so they can spend extra time educating voters.
In December 2014, The Post & Email inquired of The Washington Post, through its contact portal with a message directed to Saslow, as to where he obtained the information that Obama was raised “in the Kansas heartland.” We received an acknowledgement of our communication but no further response.
In July 2012, the Obama-supportive Huffington Post reported that 17% of Americans believed Obama was a Muslim, citing a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.
Obama has been termed “an immigrant” by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and many Americans have observed that Obama appears to favor Islam over Christianity and Middle Eastern Muslims over persecuted Christians for “refugee” status.
The Washington Post, as with the mainstream media at large, has not investigated the Cold Case Posse’s findings nor sought to interview Arpaio or posse lead investigator Mike Zullo directly following either of two 2012 press conferences in which their conclusions were detailed. Congress has also refused to investigate, although at least one staffer admitted to a caller in August 2014, “We know the birth certificate is a fake.”
Recent interviews of Arpaio show the mainstream media pushing back against his declarative statement that the birth certificate image is a forgery.
In a public statement on the “Freedom Friday” radio show in 2013, Zullo said that “There never was a birth in Hawaii for Obama.” In an affidavit filed with an Alabama Supreme Court case the same year, Zullo wrote, “Investigators have determined beyond probable cause that the computer image released on April 27, 2011 by the White House, and purporting to be a true computer copy of Mr. Obama’s long form birth certificate, is not a scan of an original hard copy document. It is, in fact, an undeniable computer generated forgery created with the sole intent to deceive the public by commission of felonious fraudulent acts.”
Zullo has described the long-form birth certificate forgery as “the foundational lie of this presidency.” He has also said that the investigation has found no evidence that Obama spent any time in Hawaii “before the age of five.”
Still, the mainstream press remains silent or attempts to bolster the narrative that the long-form birth certificate image is authentic and Obama was born in Hawaii. Arpaio claimed in a private conversation with a potential informant that the “government of Hawaii” participated in perpetrating a fraud upon the American people in regard to Obama’s purported birthplace there.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen,” with the apparent intent to disqualify anyone with foreign influence from holding the office of the chief executive of the nation.
“Hawaii will always be home for President Barack Obama,” reports another website.
During the Obamas’ Christmas vacation from late December 2013 to early January 2014, The Washington Post again reported Obama as having been born in Hawaii.
During sworn testimony last month, Zullo affirmed that a former confidential informant to Arpaio’s office had provided information concerning Obama’s birth certificate which remains undisclosed. The media did not seek further comment from Zullo following his surprising and revealing testimony on November 12 which departed from the media’s narrative to that point.
In September of last year, Zullo told radio host Carl Gallups that a second criminal investigation, now confirmed as having involved the confidential informant, Dennis Montgomery, had revealed “gut-wrenching” information.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.