JISHOU, HUNAN — Along with Moon landing deniers, the USA is also “blessed” with people called “birthers,” who deny the obvious fact that President Barack Hussein Obama was born a US citizen.
Trying to summarize their arguments is nigh impossible for anyone possessing a logical mind, but basically they believe Obama is either Kenyan or Indonesian, was adopted, attended school under a different name, has dual British/American citizenship, and ultimately does not meet the Constitutional requirement of being a natural-born citizen of the USA.
They call him the “usurper,” among other less savory epithets.
Obama released to the public a copy of his Hawai’i birth certificate, but the birthers still find fault with it, saying it is a “short form,” not a “long form,” has been forged or doctored, or somehow illicit. Insufficient proof, they say.
Birth announcements in the Honolulu newspapers also seem to be unconvincing to the birthers.
Obama’s parents have both died. The doctor who delivered him died last year at age 98. But in all the manufactroversy about Obama’s birthplace, no one seems to refer to this article from the Buffalo (NY) News. Someone on The Daily Kos mentioned it today.
The News interviewed one of Obama’s teachers, who remembers the very day the president was born.
“I may be the only person left who specifically remembers his birth. His parents are gone, his grandmother is gone, the obstetrician who delivered him is gone,” said [Barbara} Nelson, referring to Dr. Rodney T. West, who died in February at the age of 98. Here’s the story: Nelson was having dinner at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Waikiki Beach with Dr. West, the father of her college friend, Jo-Anne. Making conversation, Nelson turned to Dr. West and said: “‘So, tell me something interesting that happened this week,’” she recalls.
His response: “Well, today, Stanley had a baby. Now that’s something to write home about.”
The new mother was Stanley (later referred to by her middle name of Ann) Dunham, and the baby was Barack Hussein Obama.
Not exactly an eyewitness to the event, but pretty damn close. Historians and genealogists would accept her interview as corroborating evidence.
Would even this documentation satisfy the birthers? Unlikely. They seem obsessed with their own alternate reality, one in which there is an elaborate conspiracy to conceal the “truth” about Obama’s true birthplace.
Orly Taitz, DMD, is a model of the obsessed. A California dentist/lawyer/martial arts expert who has filed or tried to file a flurry of civil suits in an effort to discredit Obama’s legitimacy, Taitz is known as the “Queen Bee of the Birthers.”
Her most recent foray ended in failure, when a federal judge tossed out the jibber-jabber suit she had filed on behalf of Major Stefan Frederick Cook, an Army Reservist. Cook claimed he was not required to report to Afghanistan (a duty for which he had earlier volunteered), since there were questions whether Obama was his legitimate commander-in-chief.
Before the judge could consider the case, the Army rescinded Cook’s orders. The judge then dismissed the suit, saying the case was moot. Cook was not going to Afghanistan after all.
The Moon landing denialists have spent the last 40 years claiming humans never walked on the Moon. Birthers will undoubtedly spend at least the next 3.5 years (or more, if Obama is re-elected), claiming he’s not an American citizen and ineligible to be president.