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by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 5, 2017) — Protesters lining South Beretania Street in Honolulu, HI, where Barack Hussein Obama reportedly was raised by his maternal grandparents in the 1970s, held up signs on Friday which read, “Welcome to Kenya” to greet President Donald Trump’s motorcade during his visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.
According to The Hill, where the photos were published, the protesters were “trolling” Trump.
One woman held a sign which said:
HI is Obamas Birthplace [sic]
The signs were an apparent hearkening back to Trump’s public questioning of Obama’s presidential eligibility and demand that he produce his “long-form,” or more detailed, birth certificate in 2011.
In June 2008, a party identified by Politifact’s Amy Hollyfield as Obama campaign staffer Tommy Vietor reportedly released a “short-form” birth certificate to members of the media and websites such as The Daily KOS, Politifact, Snopes.com and Factcheck.org, which posted it affirming it to be “Obama’s birth certificate.”
The media is well aware that Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president and commander-in-chief to be a “natural born Citizen,” although the precise meaning of the term has been debated extensively since Obama became a presidential candidate.
In the past, a number of other candidates prompted renewed discussion of the issue, to include George Romney, who was born in Mexico to U.S.-citizen parents; former Connecticut Gov. Lowell P. Weicker, who was born in Paris, France to U.S.-citizen parents; and Sen. John S. McCain, III, born in Panama to U.S.-citizen parents.
To most Americans, “natural born Citizen” means, at a minimum, “born in the United States.” However, American history shows that the citizenship of a candidate’s parents, or at least the father, at the time of his birth was a factor in determining that status.
In 2015, Sen. Ted Cruz averred that he is a “natural born Citizen” eligible for the U.S. presidency as a result of his being born to a U.S.-citizen mother, although in Canada and to a Cuban-citizen father. Just before he declared himself a presidential candidate, two former solicitors general published an editorial in the Harvard Law Review arguing in favor of Cruz’s eligibility based solely upon his mother’s presumed citizenship at the time of his birth.
Obama claims to have been born to a father who was a citizen first of Great Britain, and later Kenya, after it achieved its independence from the Crown in December 1963. Obama’s life narrative states that his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a U.S. citizen 18 years of age when he was born at Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961.
According to former detective Mike Zullo, who conducted a 5+-year investigation into the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate image published by the White House on April 27, 2011, a hospital official claimed that there is no record of Obama’s birth at Kapiolani, which is now part of the Hawaii Pacific Health system.
The investigation was launched in August 2011 by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio and delegated to his “Cold Case Posse,” which Zullo headed at the time. After six months of probing, Zullo announced at a press conference that probable cause existed to determine that the long-form birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery.”
Two subsequent pressers revealed additional details gleaned from the ongoing investigation, culminating in the declaration last December that two credentialed forensic analysts agreed with Zullo that the long-form image could not be genuine based on “nine points of forgery.”
Zullo had previously said that investigators found no evidence that Obama was ever present in the state of Hawaii prior to the age of five.
In an interview last Monday with Mike Volin of WOBC, Arpaio said that Trump had “some information,” presumably about Obama’s birth certificate since that was the topic of discussion, before the investigation commenced in August 2011. As he did at a speaking engagement on September 29, Arpaio expressed incredulity that the mainstream media consistently refused to report and conduct its own research into Zullo’s findings for the edification of the American people.
A caller to the program, Arizona resident Jeff Lichter, recounted that during a face-to-face meeting with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City in early April 2011, Trump had predicted that a birth certificate “forgery” would be released by the White House in the near future.
During the investigation, Zullo traveled to Hawaii twice to obtain information from HDOH officials but was turned away by then-Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine, who refused Zullo access to HDOH Registrar Dr. Alvin Onaka.
In its coverage of Trump’s visit on Friday, The Hill reported, “The president’s arrival in Hawaii was met by disruptive protests against his immigration policies by Hawaiians beating drums and cheering former President Obama, who was born and spent part of his childhood in the state.”