Why Blame Trump When Others Said it First?

A MYRIAD OF REPORTS CLAIMED OBAMA “KENYAN-BORN” LONG BEFORE “BIRTH CERTIFICATE” QUESTIONED

by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 18, 2016) — Over at least the last three weeks, the mainstream media and the Clinton campaign have attempted to hammer Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for failing to acknowledge that Obama was “born in the U.S.” a question which has existed since 2007 and before, when media reports surfaced stating otherwise.

In what could be a coordinated effort, “journalists” from all of the major news networks criticized Trump for his “birtherism” beginning in 2011 when Trump called upon the White House to release Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate to show he was born in the United States.

Noticeably, the media is most frequently now using the term “born in the U.S.” or “born in the United States,” rather than its earlier mantra of “born in Hawaii,” as Obama has claimed.

Trump was a leading voice for millions of Americans early in 2011 when he publicly called upon the White House to release Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate following reports that the short-form “Certification of Life Birth” posted on Obama’s 2008 campaign website, FighttheSmears; The Daily KOS; The St. Petersburg Times; Factcheck.org, Politifact.com and other outlets was fraudulent.

On April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a PDF of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth certificate obtained from the HDOH by special request, as the department claimed to have been issuing only computer-generated short-form birth certificates for several years prior, a claim proven false by several Hawaiians who were given a copy of their more detailed birth record upon request.

Directly after the publication of the image at whitehouse.gov, Trump held a press conference in New Hampshire at which he said he was “very proud of myself” (see video at bottom) that the document had been released at his urging.

Throughout his period of questioning, Trump did not focus on a theory or theories that Obama was born in one country or another, but rather, simply pressured the White House to release Obama’s detailed birth record.

After the release of the long-form image at whitehouse.gov, a number of experts went on the record to say that it was fraudulent. Subsequently, approximately 250 members of a local Tea Party group asked Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio to launch an investigation to determine whether or not their votes would be disenfranchised in the upcoming 2012 presidential election given the reports of forgery.

Arpaio agreed and designated his Cold Case Posse to conduct a probe which, following approximately six months of investigation, announced at a press conference that the birth certificate image was, in fact, a “computer-generated forgery.”

At the same time, posse lead investigator Mike Zullo declared Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form to be a forgery.  Despite a second press conference on July 17, 2012 providing greater detail, neither Congress nor the mainstream media launched its own investigation to discover why or how a forgery had been posted on the White House website.

In late October 2012, just days before the presidential election, Trump challenged Obama to accept $5 million to go to a charity or charities of Obama’s choosing if Obama were to release his passport and college applications. When the White House did not respond to his offer, Trump increased it to $50 million, which also was met by silence.

While speaking at a gathering at the National Press Club at the end of May 2014, Trump was asked whether or not he regretted raising questions about Obama’s origins. Responding in the negative, Trump then expounded that he believed that one of two options as to Obama’s birthplace was true: that he either was born in Hawaii and misrepresented the fact by applying for college student aid designated for foreign students only; or that he was foreign-born and obtained financial aid from foreign sources truthfully and legitimately but later changed his life story to say he was born in Hawaii.

If the second possibility were to be accurate, in the minds of most Americans, Obama or anyone else similarly situated would be considered ineligible to serve as president given the “natural born Citizen” requirement in Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution.  However, in 2016, the requirement appeared to be almost entirely disregarded when Canadian-born  Sen. Ted Cruz declared himself a candidate for President of the United States, claiming eligibility through his U.S.-born Citizen mother.

In 2000 and 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain declared himself a candidate for the presidency. Although born in Panama, McCain’s case is viewed by some to be different than Cruz’s in that McCain’s parents were both U.S. citizens and his father serving as an admiral in the Navy at the time.

Obama’s claimed father was never a U.S. citizen, and his claimed mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was reportedly 18 years old when she gave birth to him on August 4, 1961. Had the birth occurred in a foreign country, the law in place at the time would likely have precluded Dunham from passing her U.S. citizenship to her son.

Although Trump’s campaign had said on Thursday that Trump believed Obama to be American-born, The New York Times wrote of him:

He will also most likely face questions about the times that he continued to express doubt about the president’s birthplace, even after the release of the birth certificate.

In 2012, Mr. Trump suggested that the documentation that Mr. Obama provided might have been fraudulent, saying in a Twitter message that “an ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.”

The Clinton campaign is unlikely to let Mr. Trump off the hook at a time when he clearly wants to change the subject.

On Friday, at the conclusion of a campaign event in Washington, DC during which a number of military veterans endorsed him, Trump declared, “President Obama was born in the United States. Period,” in an apparent attempt to silence the media cacophony and move on to other subjects for the remaining seven weeks of the campaign.

In widely-circulated articles beginning minutes after Trump’s anticipated announcement, The Washington Post and Associated Press reported that Trump had “falsely blamed Clinton for starting rumors” that Obama was born in Kenya.  However, by Friday evening, The Daily Caller and other websites had picked up on tweets issued by former McClatchy Washington bureau chief James Asher, who refuted Clinton’s claim that her 2008 presidential campaign had had no involvement with those rumors.

Asher’s reference was to Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, who through an FBI investigation was found to have exchanged frequent emails with Clinton on her unprotected, private email server while she served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.  Blumenthal was not in the employ of the federal government at the time but reportedly met with Clinton at State during her tenure.

NPR called Trump’s claim of Clinton’s involvement “baseless,” while Politico called it “discredited.”  Thus far, given Asher’s account of Blumenthal’s alleged face-to-face meeting with him in which Blumenthal urged Asher to investigate Kenya as Obama’s birthplace, those sites have not issued updates, corrections or new articles to reflect it.

As of this writing, Fox News, Newsbusters, McClatchy and others have written about Asher’s revelation without the AP, Washington Post or other “mainstream” news outlets joining them.

Blumenthal denied Asher’s claim.  Asher additionally said that at the time, he assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, who found that “the allegation was false.”

Media reports, anecdotal statements, and a changing life narrative over the years have contributed to doubts about Obama’s true history.  Examples include:

  • Michelle Obama stated during the 2008 campaign that Kenya was her husband’s “home country.”
  • Film producer Bettina Viviano claimed that in a 2008 conference call with Bill Clinton, the former president called Obama “the non-citizen” and indicated that he was not constitutionally eligible for the office.  In his April 1, 2012 article, Dr. Jerome Corsi added, “Michele Thomas, a Hillary campaigner from Los Angeles, confirmed to WND that she learned from ‘many people who were close to Hillary’ that Obama ‘was not eligible to be president.’”
  • Viviano said that after long-time supporter and Arkansas Democrat Party leader Bill Gwaltney and anticipated Clinton superdelegate was murdered in cold blood on August 13, 2008, Bill Clinton did not make the expected announcement that he knew Obama to be ineligible to the presidency.
  • On June 27, 2004, the East African Standard reported, “Kenyan born US Senate hopeful, Barrack Obama, appeared set to take over the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday…”
  • On December 18, 2007, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews stated on air that Obama was “born in Indonesia” and possessed “an Islamic background,” speculating to a guest that the Clinton campaign might use that information to outpace Obama in the upcoming presidential primaries.
  • In January 2006, reporter Will Hoover of The Honolulu Advertiser wrote that Obama had been born “outside the country,” citing Indonesia as his birthplace.
  • In July 2011, the “World Guides” travel website stated of Kisumu, Kenya that “US President Barack Obama was born here.”
  • On March 25, 2010, a member of the Kenyan Parliament described Obama as “a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the President of America?”  Kenyan parliament March 25 2010 Minutes Obama from Kenya
  • On April 14, 2010, members of the Kenyan Parliament discussed how Obama might “repatriate himself” to Kenya (bottom of page 8).
  • On July 17, 2010, The Globe’s front cover proclaimed Obama’s “presidency illegal,” “No birth certificate!” and “Gov’t official tells all.” The Globe Obama illegitimate
  • On November 7, 2010 a businessman meeting with Obama in India called him a “fellow Kenyan.”
  • On October 9, 2008, NPR said that Obama was “Kenyan-born.”

11 Responses to "Why Blame Trump When Others Said it First?"

  1. CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret)   Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    What was the first #Birther? by Joseph Farah at WND.com http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/who-was-the-first-birther/

  2. cfkerchner   Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM

    My blog posting … What About Bob? … re the revisionist history by the Hillary operatives re the #Birther story: https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/flashback-early-birther-chris-matthews-in-dec-2007-aired-on-msnbc-the-clinton-operatives-talk-about-obama-born-in-indonesia-and-obamas-islamic-background/

  3. cfkerchner   Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    My collection of early published stories and comments in various places long before Obama decided to run for high national office that he was born in Kenya: https://www.scribd.com/collections/3248475/Kenyan-Gov-Officials-African-Newspapers-Obama-1991-Bio-Barry-Obama-Obama-Family-Mbrs-and-other-Accounts-Reporting-Obama-is-Kenyan-Born Obama himself is the source of all the questions and thus he is himself the very first #Birther

  4. cfkerchner   Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:55 PM

    An article at AmericanThinker.com about #sidneyblumenthal and his early #birther work behind scenes contacting news media to investigate and spread the story on behalf of #HillaryClinton: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/09/birther_trap_is_closing_on_hillary_crony_sidney_blumenthal_.html

  5. Will Horan   Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Hillary must be very desperate to once again bring up her old topical bogeyman distraction! Joe Arpaio the Sheriff of Maricopa County AZ still says it is about identity & document fraud. e.g. social security number, selective service registration & draft card, foreign student scholarship et al. Finally his own legacy authored stuff attributed to him & his wife seems to created conflicting persona. On the birth certificate (a separate subject) perhaps he even might not know for sure who his parents are!? Finally the constitutional requirement of natural borne citizen this again is a different kettle of fish to either boil or fry. Bottom line he has been a very disappointing POTUS that apparently was not vetted by both political parties or the MSM.

  6. JONATHAN DAVID MOOERS   Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/

    Thanks, Sharon, for keeping the Spotlight on ID Thief-in-Chief Soetoro-Obama herein, and, hopefully, until the day he dies or fully fesses up, whichever comes first.

    Anarchy-Hillary has shown her cards = frame Trump as a bad boy racist (yawn…so predictable; so grade school “pigment politics”, so intentionally distractive)

    Trump’s defense (whenever Ill Hillary equates questions of Obama’s ID with hateful racism in any debate), is simple and direct:

    Hillary, Trump asks, can you tell some 320,000,000 Americans, and me, where Soetoro-Obama was born?

    Hillary’s answer (as her eyeballs roll in feigned disbelief): “America, in Hawaii, of course. You obviously can not accept this fact because of your fog of angry racism, Donald.”

    Trump: What irrefutable evidence do you have, Hillary, since Soetoro has never submitted a simple original paper birth certificate like most of us can do?

    As Hillary dodges and weaves away from any substantive answer, all Trump has to do is re-focus Hillary after every evasive response, and also ask the complicit media hosts, and look directly at the camera and ask the American Public, “What irrefutable evidence do you have that reveals that Soetoro-Obama’s birth certificate and Social Security No. and Selective Service Form ARE NOT, IN FACT , FORGED FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS?

    Trump can continue: “This issue, as you know, Hillary, has nothing to do with racism; that’s your off-focus “hide-behind” designed to paint ball me. It truly has to do with 320,000,000 American citizens robbed since 08-28-08 of the knowledge of the full identity of any presidential candidate or any incumbent president. Eight years and we still do not know the full identity of the keeper of the keys to America’s nuclear arsenal!

    100% disgraceful and you, Hillary, are recklessly attempting to equate treasonous ID-felony and nationally syndicated knowledge-theft with “hide-behind” racism projected into the public mind!

    PROVE ME WRONG, PROVE ME WRONG, PROVE ME WRONG, HILLARY-FOR-PRISON!

  7. roberted   Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    Drew, thanks for submitting that information to Drudge and providing it here. I have submitted a lot of information about Obama’s fraud to Drudge and it is always ignored. I have also submitted links and information on the fact there is no requirement for the president, VP, members of Congress, Supreme Court Justices and/or employees of the president or VP to have a background security investigation. This is important and easily provable but they all treat it as if they don’t want this to become common knowledge. I also submitted this to WND and to Jerome Corsi. No one bothers to write an article about it, even in the middle of questions about, “how did Huma pass a background security investigation?”….answer; she was never required to get one. The foundation of the ease of the takeover of America’s government and her military by Obama and company is available all over the net….but ignored by most.

  8. Gail Evoy   Monday, September 19, 2016 at 4:05 AM

    Thank you for posting this. I have been Tweeting and Facebook commenting this and much more for the past few days with virtually no response or feedback. It’s deja vu all over again.

  9. Drew   Monday, September 19, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    I submitted the following to DrudgeReport.com’s Tip Line yesterday, however they have not responded:
    ____

    Obama’s own ‘Born In Kenya’ Bio

    The facts show that Barack Obama was “the Original Birther”, beginning in 1991 — as later covered widely in the news, beginning on May 17, 2012.

    For example: — “… Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” …” — quoted from:

    “The Vetting – Exclusive – Obama’s Literary Agent In 1991 Booklet: ‘Born In Kenya And Raised In Indonesia And Hawaii'”

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2012/05/17/the-vetting-barack-obama-literary-agent-1991-born-in-kenya-raised-indonesia-hawaii/

    ( The http://www.Archive.org copy preserves all of the original pictures: —

    http://wayback.archive.org/web/20160819080538/http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2012/05/17/the-vetting-barack-obama-literary-agent-1991-born-in-kenya-raised-indonesia-hawaii/ )

    Key quote: — “Obama’s biography in the booklet is as follows … Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White. …”

    This Obama-authorized “birther” claim, published in 1991, that Obama was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii” was copied to the website of Miriam Goderich, who has since become Dystel’s partner at Dystel & Goderich — where Obama is still listed as a client.. (However, the pages that contain the “born on Kenya” phrase were removed around 2006 from the remaining http://www.Archive.org records.. Screenshots do remain of the original webpage, as seen on the webpage linked below.)

    Altogether, the 1991 promotional booklet, and the website that included the Obama-authorized “born in Kenya” claim, remained publicly available and unchanged, for 16 years — until 2007 — just after Obama announced he would run for the Office of the President.

    When news of this “Obama bio” went viral in 2012, Obama’s literary agent, Miriam Goderich immediately “shielded” Obama by claiming that it was her own “fact checking error”… However, she appeared in a 1999 video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryZ9R-qjOSQ), stating they work closely with their writers, to improve chances “that something will sell”… Which raises the question: Could the claim that Obama was born in Kenya, before eventually graduating from Harvard, have been contrived as a “selling point”, rather than being an error — or was it in fact, the truth?

    In any case, Barack Obama was certainly “the Original Birther” — and all of his book sales were supported by this public and authorized “born in Kenya” claim, during those 16 years.

    The following article is a well-written, critical appraisal of the entire affair:

    “Unearthed — The Obfuscation Of Miriam Goderich; Person Purportedly Behind Obama Born In Kenya Bio”
    by Linda Jordan | Birther Report | 7/31/2015
    http://www.birtherreport.com/2015/07/unearthed-obfuscation-of-miriam.html

    _______

    Addendum: — Sunday, 2016-09-18

    Earlier today, this article appeared — by Joseph Farah:

    Who was the first ‘birther’? – Exclusive: Joseph Farah names first man to introduce doubts about Obama’s birthplace

    http://www.wnd.com/2016/09/who-was-the-first-birther/

    Excerpts:

    “… Trump was hardly the first “birther.” Neither was I. Nor was my colleague Jerome Corsi. And neither was Hillary Clinton. … That honor belongs to one person and one person alone — Barack Obama. … Maybe he thought it was a sexy way to sell books, get a foreign student scholarship, attract women — who knows? … But it’s a fact that he boasted about it. … Would that not be reason enough to investigate his background? …”

  10. roberted   Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Maybe Hillary is trying to get in front of a new batch of leaked emails of her and others discussing Obama’s fraud and ineligibility?
    I have noticed the Obama protectors are saying less about Obama being born in Hawaii and more that he was just born in the USA. That seems odd unless they already know information, perhaps soon to be released from Zullo and Arpaio, showing definitively Barry was born in the USA, but not in Hawaii. This could account for Trump’s statement that he believes Obama was, “born in the USA, period.”….he did not say born in Hawaii. Could be Trump knows what Zullo and Arpaio have on this and had no problem with saying that. None of that changes the felony forgery of documents and identity fraud associated with the Obama usurpation. Obama is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.

  11. Jeffrey Harrison   Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Thanks to The Post & Email for this excellent article and
    review of info. And Thanks for covering lots of other topics
    and subjects.

    Your info on the Fraud of Obama has helped me to follow and
    study that we have a USURPER in the White House.

    Obama stated he was born in Kenya, thus making himself the
    first birther. To me, Hillary was the second. The media and
    lots of others were birthers way before Trump.

    It sure is odd that Hillary made the recent tweet being a
    birther herself.

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