Like I said, I was at a press conference today that brought together the leading Obama Birthers. From noon to 8 I was either there or writing a story about it, and oh God do I want to be done with this for a while. Especially because once I felt that other reporters had gotten what they needed, I argued with Phil Berg and Orly Taitz (one of Alan Keyes’s laywers). Berg surprised me–he was willing to walk back part of his claim that Obama’s paternal step-grandmother has claimed that Obama was born there, and seemed taken aback that I had heard the whole tape that’s the basis for that claim. Taitz, who I’d never met, was combative and seemed put out that I didn’t take her claims for granted.
Anyway! I don’t want to dig into my 3 hour tape and find every odd or wrong claim. The presser was a tsunami of odd claims. A few humdingers:
– Obama lied on a legal form! Taitz produced an Illinos bar form in which Obama did not list any other names he went by. But when his mother married Lolo Soetoro, he was known as Barry Soetoro!
This is true. However, Soetoro and Ann Dunham (Obama’s mother) split up in 1972, when Obama was 11. The young Obama had already moved back to Hawaii for school. Soetoro and Dunham officially divorved in 1980, and Soetoro died in 1987. If there’s a problem with Obama not acknowledging a name that he went by for a few years when he was a kid, and never again after 1972, I don’t get what that is.
– Secret intel says Obama was born in Kenya! Berg obliquely and briefly commented that a British barrister had given him info that he can’t use in court, and that the CIA and FBI know that Obama was born in Kenya. No evidence provided. But this takes us back to a rumor that Wayne Madsen was floating back in June, and that anti-Obama blogs circulated in October. From TexasDarlin, the dean of Hillaryite Obama haters:
I have received an unverified tip that certified copies of a Kenyan Birth Certificate (BC) for Obama were sent from Kenya, and have been received by three separate individuals. I am told that these documents are certified, with an embossed seal, and display the name of the hospital where Obama was born, as well as witness signatures.
I love stuff like this–it’s so 1965 Bond movie. In the year 2008, the age of cell phone cameras and wireless aircards, documents that multiple people have seen are not kept secret for six (or two) months as they are transported (by courier, I guess?) across continents. We went through this with the whitey tape. The “Kenya birth certificate” is an obvious lie.
Related–what’s the statute of limitations on a rumor like this? I start thinking it’s baseless 1)if the rumormongers won’t name a source, or 2)if two weeks pass with no news.
– Obama wasn’t vetted! Berg said this. I find it rich. By election day voters knew that Obama was friends with a 60s terrorist, had a pastor who said “god damn America,” had done pot and cocaine, didn’t like wearing a flag pin, didn’t sing the national anthem another time, thought rural gun owners voted Republican because they were “bitter,” and had a wife who wasn’t proud of her country. But if they’d only known that Obama’s father bestowed British empire dual citizenship on him, ah, then, that would have been the end of that!