WHO SAID OBAMA WAS NOT “BORN IN THIS COUNTRY”?
by Sharon Rondeau
The interview, shared with radio host Larry Elder, began with Pirro’s reference to Obama’s address at an Obama Foundation “summit” on Monday wherein he said that certain attitudes held by Americans are preventing the “remaking” of the world as he would like to see it. Those attitudes include “racism” and “mommy issues,” among others, Obama contended.
His remarks are considered by many to have been referring to Trump without mentioning his name.
In its reportage of Obama’s remarks, NBC News raised the same issue as Goolsbee, concluding its article with, “Trump, who led the birther conspiracy crusade against Obama when he was in office, has continued to use Obama as a foil while occupying the Oval Office.”
Last Friday, Obama birth certificate lead investigator Mike Zullo observed in an interview with radio host Carl Gallups that it is Obama supporters, including Obama’s wife Michelle, who continue to bring up the fact that many Americans questioned, and continue to question, whether or not Obama was born in Hawaii. Zullo’s 5+-year investigation, conducted under the authority of then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, concluded that the “long-form” birth certificate posted at whitehouse.gov in 2011 is a “computer-generated forgery.”
In her new book, “Becoming,” released last week, Michelle Obama said she “would never forgive” Trump’s very public questioning of her husband’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president which arguably acted as the catalyst for the White House to post the long-form image on April 27, 2011.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen,” which most Americans believe means, at a minimum, “born in the United States.”
Obama claims a birth in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961, although no hospital in the state has claimed to be his birthplace. In 2008, Michelle Obama told an audience at a campaign speech that her husband’s “home country” is Kenya.
In 2012, Breitbart News reported that a 1991 biographical sketch published by Obama’s then-literary agent read that he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.” In 2007, the bio was altered to say that he was “born in Hawaii.”
Zullo has said that the image was made public “with the intent to deceive” and that no “document” Obama or other parties have released is verifiable. In a March 1, 2012 presser, Zullo announced that investigators found that not only is the long-form birth certificate image fraudulent, but also Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form.
Then-Selective Service System Director Lawrence Romo declined to open an investigation.
In reality, Trump never claimed that Obama was not born in the United States. Rather, he demanded that the White House release proof of Obama’s presidential eligibility after the Obama campaign posted only a “short-form” Certification of Live Birth in 2008. Shortly thereafter, a number of analysts said the short-form image was fraudulent, and the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) never confirmed that it was the source of the document.
Trump demanded the release of the “long-form,” or more complete, birth record, of the Obama White House indicating the name of the delivery doctor, attending nurse, and his parents’ addresses and occupations.
While still considering whether or not to run himself during the furor he created, Trump released both his short-form and long-form birth certificates showing that he was born in Queens, New York on June 14, 1946.
At a May 2014 press conference at the National Press Club, Trump was asked whether or not he regretted having drawn attention to Obama’s lack of a long-form birth certificate. Responding in the negative, Trump went on to say that he believed two theories were possible regarding Obama’s background: 1) that he either was born in Kenya, as was asserted by mainstream news reports over many years, or 2) that he was born in the U.S. and claimed to have been born abroad so as to secure funding reserved for foreign-citizen students.
During an August interview with Gallups, Zullo said that two U.S. intelligence agents informed him that it is “an open secret” that Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore constitutionally unqualified.
At a campaign event in September 2016, Trump emphatically said, “Barack Obama was born in the United States” to much fanfare from the mainstream media, which all but avoided coverage of Zullo’s investigation, three press conferences, and continuing updates.
Last week, Zullo reported that Trump administration senior officials have received “a cursory briefing” on the evidence compiled during the investigation.
This story was updated at 9:35 AM EST on November 22, 2018.