On December 5, 2008, Michelle Malkin said:
Alas, Trutherism thrives on both the left and right. Which brings us to the spate of lawsuits challenging President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court considers one of those suits filed by New Jersey citizen Leo Donofrio, who maintains that Obama is not a “natural born citizen” because his father held British citizenship.
It is a fact that Obama’s own ”Fight the Smears” web site admitted that he was born a British subject because his father was a British subject (not U.S. Citizen) at the time of the son’s birth. If Obama was also born with U.S. citizenship, then he was born a dual citizen.
Do you overlook the fact that Obama himself admitted that he was born a British subject?
“When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children.
Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4,1982.”
And in their response, FactCheck.org made another error that Leo Donofrio forced them to admit.
There may be a seed of a legitimate constitutional issue to explore here (how is the citizenship requirement enforced for presidential candidates, anyway?)
I’m glad that Michelle acknowledges that there “may be a seed of a legitimate constitutional issue to explore here”. But note the the requirement for president is not a “citizenship” requirement (that requirement applies to Senators and Representatives), but rather a “natural born citizenship” requirement. There is an important difference between the two terms, and you would do well to research that difference. There were three different candidates who were on the 2008 Presidential ballot illegally because none of them are natural born citizens of the United States.
And at least Donofrio concedes that Obama was born in Hawaii.
Yes, but look what TerriK and Leo Donofrio are currently investigating:
But a dangerously large segment of the birth certificate hunters have lurched into rabid Truther territory. The most prominent crusader against Obama’s American citizenship claim, lawyer Philip Berg (who, not coincidentally, is also a prominent 9/11 Truther), disputes that Obama was born in Hawaii and claims that Obama’s paternal grandmother told him she saw Obama born in Kenya.
Have you considered this fact regarding Obama’s birth certificate… the only person who has been willing to sign an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, has been Lucas Smith, who swore the following under oath about an Obama Kenyan Birth Certificate:
“The true and correct photocopy of the birth certificate obtained is attached to this affidavit as Exhibit A. I declare, certify, verify, state and affirm under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing statements of fact and descriptions of circumstances and events are true and correct.”
Berg and his supporters further assert that the “Certification of Live Birth” produced by Obama was altered or forged.
“Barack Obama’s COLB” was first presented as a digital image posted on Daily Kos, (not his campaign web site), and it was posted there within minutes of a mostly blank COLB template and the clearly forged COLB of “Haye I.B. Ahphorgerie“. Doesn’t that seem a bit “fishy” to you?
They claim that the contemporaneous birth announcement in a Hawaii newspaper of Obama’s birth is insufficient evidence that he was born there.
A birth announcement in a newspaper is insufficient evidence for an I-9 form.
If a newspaper birth announcement is not acceptable documentation for an I-9 form, why should it be acceptable for the highest office in this country?
A birth announcement in a newspaper is insufficient evidence that anyone was born where the newspaper says. Multiple commenters have said that their own birth was reported in newspapers in places other than where they were born. It’s simply not an acceptable piece of “evidence”.
(Did a fortune-teller place it in the paper knowing he would run for president?).
That’s snarky and totally irrelevant. Even if he were born in Kenya, his grandparents may have wanted him to have U.S. citizenship. There are many reasons why people desire U.S. citizenship, and becoming President in the future is probably the very least of reasons.
And they accuse anyone who disagrees with them of being part and parcel of the grand plan to install Emperor Obama and usurp the rule of law.
No, just part and parcel of those who seem willing to trust sources that have proven themselves unstrustorthy.
I believe Trig was born to Sarah Palin. I believe Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on U.S. soil.
Barack Obama has yet to show a birth certificate with a delivering doctor’s signature, proving he was born on U.S. soil. And, our founders understood “natural born citizen” to mean born with no allegiance owed to any other country. That meant born on U.S. soil to two U.S. Citizen parents. Why? Because birth on U.S. soil to a non-U.S. citizen parent introduces allegiance owed to another country. This is clearly shown by the fact that Obama admits that he was born a British subject! Can you honestly believe that the founders would have been OK with a British subject becoming Commander-in-Chief of our entire military?
I believe fire can melt steel and that bin Laden’s jihadi crew – not Bush and Cheney – perpetrated mass murder on 9/11. What kind of kooky conspiracist does that make me?
I never thought you were a “kooky conspiracist”… just someone who hasn’t taken the time to honestly evaluate all of the relevant details regarding Obama’s ineligibility.
Michelle Malkin said in her post:
…at least Donofrio concedes that Obama was born in Hawaii.
That is not true. When a U.S. Senator claimed “Mr. Donofrio’s case concedes that President Obama was born in Hawaii”, here is what Leo Donofrio had to say:
tell him Mr. Donofrio never “conceded” Obama was born in Hawaii. It is my opinion he was, but I still demand proof that he was born in Hawaii and the Hawaii authorities have not proved they can be trusted with the administration of their own open government laws. Furthermore, the Supreme Court did not say why my case was not accepted – it was an emergency stay pertaining to the national election – not a petition for Cert on the nbc issue. It may have been a procedural issue which caused them to deny the stay application. Please ask the public servant to refrain from using my name in response and to refrain from making assumptions about my case which SCOTUS has NEVER spoken about.
This quote from Leo Donofrio can be found in the bold yellow print here, in this comment on Leo’s blog on October 15, 2009 at 5:47 PM.