Sarah Palin is getting desperate. Not being that great star any more whose tweets are intensively discussed nationwide, she now uses a new strategy to reclaim the headlines and also the hearts and minds of the teabaggers: Follow Donald Trump’s lead and become an “Obama birther!”
“You know, more power to him. He’s not just throwing stones from the sidelines. He’s digging in there. He’s paying for researchers to know why President Obama would have spent two million dollars to NOT show his birth certificate. So more power to him…
…well you know I think he was born in Hawaii because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper. But, obviously if there’s something there that the president doesn’t want people to see on that birth certificate. Then he seems to go to great lengths to make sure it isn’t shown.”
The claim that president Obama spent “two million dollars” in order to not show his birth certificate is complete nonsense. Maybe Sarah Palin needs to go to journalism school again to get her facts straight?
Is President Barack Obama spending millions of dollars to hide the truth about his citizenship?
During Obama’s 2008 run for the White House, his campaign and a host of other credible sources repeatedly debunked the conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and was thus ineligible to serve as president. But this failed to quell the “birther” movement, whose acolytes have filed more than 60 civil lawsuits challenging the president’s citizenship. None of these suits have gone anywhere in court. But birthers say that’s because Obama has unleashed a phalanx of powerful lawyers to silence them—spending $1.7 million in the process, according to WorldNetDaily (WND), an enthusiastic online promoter of the birthers’ cause.
Roger West, an assistant US attorney in the central district of California, represented the government in a lawsuit brought by Taitz on behalf of perennial presidential candidate Alan Keyes, asking the court to require that Obama prove he is a natural-born citizen. The case has dragged on for more than a year, mostly because Taitz, a graduate of an online, unaccredited law school, failed to serve the defendants. Judge David O. Carter dismissed the suit in October for a host of reasons, but Taitz has appealed. Yet West says that far from bleeding his office, Taitz and her co-counsel Gary Kreep have assembled such a weak case that he hasn’t had to spend much time on it. “I filed one motion that didn’t take too long, we’ve had two hearings and that’s it,” he says. “It’s not like we’ve devoted some sort of task force to this.”
Army Major Rebecca Ausprung handled two of the birther cases against the Department of the Army that disputed Obama’s authority as commander in chief to order soldiers to war. Ausprung says she spent a few hours drafting motions and doing research, and she did have to make three short trips to Georgia from Arlington, Virginia. She prevailed in both cases. “The monetary cost to the government in defending these two cases was extremely minimal,” she says.
But not only have the birthers shown little gratitude to the judges who have indulged them, their court losses have also fueled the conspiracy theories that the judges had hoped to extinguish. Taitz accused US District Judge Clay Land of having improperly discussed one of her cases with Attorney General Eric Holder, and submitted a sworn eyewitness account describing a clandestine meeting in a Columbus, Georgia, coffee shop between the judge and a man with a “trim upper lip mustache, not large of stature and general olive complexion”—whom the source naturally assumed to be the attorney general. On the day in question, however, Holder was making a public appearance 2,000 miles away in Los Angeles. Expect the birthers’ theories to become even more far-fetched as their legal endeavors continue to fail.
As Sarah Palin indulges in birther conspiracy theories, she doesn’t seem to realize that her very own struggle to hide Trig’s birth certificate will get more and more complicated – because too many very well-informed people know by now that Sarah faked her pregnancy with Trig.
Oh, my. Sarah Palin says Obama has spent $2million to hide his birth certificate. http://bit.ly/ieGT8V But what about Trig’s?
President and pretender can have birth certificate show’n’tell: I’ll show you mine when you show me Trig’s. http://bit.ly/e8c8QS
Palin wants O’s birth certificate http://bit.ly/ieGT8V ? She must think Pandora’s Box is a zone defense used in women’s basketball.
So, Sarah, where is it? And just what is it that you are hiding on Trig’s birth certificate that you don’t want us to know about?
As the top Hawaiian official in charge of state health records in 2008, when the issue of Obama’s birth first arose, Fukino said she thought she had put the matter to rest. Contacted by NBC, Fukino expanded on previous public statements and made two key points when asked about Trump’s recent comments.
The first is that the original so-called “long form” birth certificate — described by Hawaiian officials as a “record of live birth” — absolutely exists, located in a bound volume in a file cabinet on the first floor of the state Department of Health. Fukimo said she has personally inspected it — twice. The first time was in late October 2008, during the closing days of the presidential campaign, when the communications director for the state’s then Republican governor, Linda Lingle (who appointed Fukino) asked if she could make a public statement in response to claims then circulating on the Internet that Obama was actually born in Kenya.
Before she would do so, Fukino said, she wanted to inspect the files — and did so, taking with her the state official in charge of vital records. She found the original birth record, properly numbered, half typed and half handwritten, and signed by the doctor who delivered Obama, located in the files. She then put out a public statement asserting to the document’s validity. She later put out another public statement in July 2009 — after reviewing the original birth record a second time.
Story: Trump: I have ‘real doubts’ Obama was born in U.S.
“It is real, and no amount of saying it is not, is going to change that,” Fukino said. Moreover, she added, her boss at the time, Lingle — who was backing John McCain for president — would presumably have to be in on any cover up since Fukino made her public comment at the governor’s office’s request. “Why would a Republican governor — who was stumping for the other guy — hold out on a big secret?” she asked.
Her second point — one she made repeatedly in the interview — is that the shorter, computer generated “certification of live birth” that was obtained by the Obama campaign in 2007 and has since been publicly released is the standard document that anybody requesting their birth certificate from the state of Hawaii would receive from the health department.
The document was distributed to the Obama campaign in 2007 after Obama, at the request of a campaign official, personally signed a Hawaii birth certificate request form downloaded on the Internet, according to a former campaign official who asked for anonymity. (Obama was “testy” when asked to sign the form but did so anyway to put the issue to rest, the former campaign official said. The White House has dismissed all questions about the president’s birth as “fictional nonsense.”)
The certification that the campaign received back —which shows that Obama was born in Honolulu at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961 — was based on the content of the original document in state files, Fukino said.
“What he got, everybody got,” said Fukino. “He put out exactly what everybody gets when they ask for a birth certificate.”
Sarah Palin never looked any stupider than today, and that’s quite an achievement.