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Happy Birther-Versary

BO_Birth_CertificateLoren at Brakryphal reminds us that this week marks the two year anniversary of the beginning of the birther conspiracy theory.

It started on June 9th, 2008 when Jim Gerghaty of National Review wrote this:

Having done some Obama-rumor debunking that got praise from Daily Kos (a sign of the apocalypse, no doubt), perhaps the Obama campaign could return the favor and help debunk a bunch of others with a simple step: Could they release a copy of his birth certificate?

Three days later, the Obama Campaign made available to the public the Certification of Live Birth, which is the only birth record that the State of Hawaii releases or accepts for official record purposes.

Of course, the release of that document was only the beginning of the story. Prior to the 2008 election, Philip Berg, a Democrat and self-described Hillary Clinton supporter, filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania attempting to have Obama removed from the ballot for failure to prove his eligibility. That lawsuit was dismissed about a week before the election. Then, a mere two weeks after the 2008 election, Alan Keyes and a number of other parties filed suit in California attempting to bloc the certification of that state’s election results on the same grounds. This would mark the first entry onto the field of the woman who has become the birther Queen Bee, Orly Taitz.

December, meanwhile, would be market by a number of appeals to the Supreme Court appealing cases that had been filed before the election. Without fail, the proponents of these appeals — Berg, Taitz, and another attorney named Leo Donofrio — would represent to their followers that they were only days away from getting the Supreme Court to “hear” their case when, in fact, the opposite was true.

In the end every single one of the Supreme Court appeals was rejected.

After Obama took office in 2009, Orly Taitz took center stage in the birther circus and she started out with the seemingly dangerous practice of recruiting military officers to essentially defy their employment orders.

By July, she had found one of those officers, a reserve Major named Stefan Cook, and had filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Georgia seeking to nullify Cook’s orders to deploy overseas until Obama’s eligibility was proven. Since Cook had volunteered for deployment, the Army informed him that his services would not be needed and the case basically became moot.

In September, Taitz filed an identical lawsuit on behalf of another Plaintiff, Connie Rhodes, that was also dismissed and which resulted in a sanction of $ 20,000 being imposed against Taitz for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

Beyond Taitz’s idiotic lawsuits, though, the fact remains that the Birther myth seems to have become firmly established in the minds of a certain segment of the public. According to one recent poll, for example, 14% of all Americans, and as many as one-third of Republicans, don’t believe Barack Obama was born in the United States, and along with the “secret Muslim” myth, it seems unlikely to go away.

5 Responses to “Happy Birther-Versary”

  1. Scott says:

    Before presidential candidates get on each state’s ballot, don’t state officials check for eligibility? I would think they do.

  2. I could not care less about this issue because to remove Barry from the White House now (if we found out that he was a robot) would cause a race war the likes of which have never been seen before. BUT! Why would a birth certificate from 1961 have “African” as the race? Why would a BC from ANY era have “African” as a race? This is simply dumb.

  3. The Birthers are the Obama-era truthers, nothing will stop their movements, the best course of action is to ignore them.

  4. Chris says:

    To Paul Mitchell: my understanding is that the “Race” description was self-chosen by the person to whom it applied. It was not chosen by the hospital or the Health Dept. or any official entity. The Obama birth certificate describes the “race” for Obama’s father as “African”. Given what we know about Obama’s father, it’s not particularly surprising that he would describe himself as “African.”

  5. Chad says:

    I’ve been following these cases since August 2008. The facts are clear: Our president has gone by many names in his lifetime. He’s lived in Indonesia, was an Indoo citizen. His father was NOT a citizen of the United States, he was from Kenya (a British colony) which makes all of his off-spring British Subjects. This was the argument presented by Leo Defornio and seemed to have some merit, but was thrown out by a liberal judge… Another FACT is that the DNC (Democrat National Committee) never did a back-ground check on Obama, never vetted him. Mr Obama has never turned in his college records from Columbia, Oxidental College or Harvard (Law). McCain was asked to give up all records and was even investigated by Democrats regarding His natrual born citizenship requirement. These are all FACTS, undisputed but we all know most judges are Liberal and we have a Liberal Press and a Democrat controlled Congress. Eventually the Truth will come out about our presidents past, which is shrouded in mystery and heavily guarded. The Govenor of Hawaii has sealed any information regarding birth records. There may not be any… Obama’s Kenyan grandmother Mary and his brother in Africa have publically said he was born in Kenya, August 4th, 1961. A white American woman giving birth in a Kenyan hospital, in 1961 is not easily forgotten or was it common… There have been news articles in Hawaii of Stanley Dunham giving birth but that was 4 days later when she returned to Hawaii August 8th…Also no official record of Barack (Barry) parent EVER legally married… No record of a ceremony or guests or witnesses, no ring bearer, flower girl. Just an All American President!!! Right.

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