QUESTIONS AND INCONSISTENCIES HAVE NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED
by Sharon Rondeau
In his tweet to Clinton, Tapper commented, “I imagine it must be really annoying when someone puts out false info about where you were born. Must really bother you!!” Below that, he indicated a copy of the message going to “@BarackObama” and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
The origin of the conversation is as yet unknown.
Clinton responded by referencing the questions over Obama’s birthplace:
The Post & Email believes that a clarification of Clinton’s tweet would read:
An all-time favorite tweet, “favorite” meaning “most appreciated,” not meaning “like”…
However, her meaning was clear in her reference to Obama in which her use of the word “birther” as a verb could be the first of its kind.
After the confirmation of Judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court was jettisoned in 1987 by a Democrat-majority Senate, his last name was often used as a verb, as in “Borked.”
Since the time it was coined during Obama’s first term, the mainstream media has used the term “birther” as a pejorative for anyone questioning his background.
The same claim was made at a September 2016 public event by then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, who asserted that Barack Obama was “born in the United States” after expressing doubt about it in a very public way beginning in early 2011.
The mainstream media immediately took note of Trump’s apparent concession as to Obama’s birthplace while also asserting that his claim that Hillary Clinton began rumors about Obama’s alleged overseas birth was false.
In 2012, a professional filmmaker and observer of the 2008 Democrat caucuses reported that she participated in a conference call during which former President William Jefferson Clinton stated his near-certainty that Obama was born outside of the United States, implying that he was not constitutionally eligible to serve.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the president be a “natural born Citizen,” which most Americans agree means, at a minimum, “born on U.S. soil.”
Both before and after Obama’s 2008 election, a great deal of discussion took place over the exact meaning of the “natural born Citizen” term as intended by the Constitution’s framers in 1787. Many of those who have studied the matter believe that a birth on U.S. soil is insufficient to deem an individual a “natural born Citizen,” as in the case of illegal-alien parents whose child is born in the United States.
After approximately three months of Trump’s public outcry for Obama to release a more detailed birth record than the Certification of Life Birth posted on several websites in June 2008, the White House published what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) on April 27, 2011.
Within less than 24 hours, however, computer experts claimed the image was a poorly-created forgery.
Unbeknownst to them at the time, a criminal investigation into the image would launch in August of that year by the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse, concluding in December 2016 with the revelation that two forensics analysts confirmed the conclusion reached by investigators early on characterizing the image as a “computer-generated forgery.”
Credible news articles had reported Obama as “born in Kenya” or born in Indonesia prior to his announcement that he would seek the presidency on February 10, 2007. In 1991, his then-literary agent published a promotional booklet in advance of Obama’s first book contending that he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
The booklet remained unchanged until April 2007, when it was altered to say that Obama was “born in Hawaii.” It is unclear as to when in Obama’s lifetime he first claimed to have been born in Hawaii and how the literary agent and others obtained the information that he was born in Kenya. After the promotional booklet was discovered and made public by Breitbart News in May 2012, the literary agent, Miriam Goderich, hastily explained that she had made a “fact checking error” when preparing Obama’s biography.
The 5+-year criminal investigation into the long-form birth certificate image also found Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form to be a “hard-copy forgery.”
Between 2007, when questions first arose about Obama’s background, and the present, neither the media nor Congress has launched an investigation into the inconsistencies in his life story or the findings of the criminal investigation authorized by then-Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio.
Interestingly, when Tapper interviewed Arpaio in July 2015 and raised the topic of the birth certificate probe, Tapper insisted to Arpaio that “the president was born in Hawaii.” Arpaio’s response was that Obama’s birthplace was immaterial to the criminal investigation of the image posted at whitehouse.gov found to be fraudulent more than three years earlier.
On July 17, 2012, Arpaio said at the conclusion of the second press conference on the issue that Obama’s lack of authentic documentation constitutes a “national security” concern.