Friday, October 24, 2008

Obama's Citizenship Issues: October Surprise or April Fools Joke?

God help me, but this is getting tiresome and, at the very least, tedious. The Obama citizenship issue - here's the basic run-down.

Phillip Berg, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, has filed a lawsuit in a Philadelphia Federal Court, demanding a summary judgment be made regarding Obama's citizenship. Here is the pro-forma document waiting to be signed:

This was filed as a result of Obama, et al failing to respond within 30 days to the original suit filed on August 22 which essentially means that, by default, he has admitted to all the allegations. It is expected that Judge Barclay Surrick will make a ruling in the next day or so. What has been largely overlooked is that Phillip Berg is also a "9/11 Truther" who has filed suit against President Bush for the attack on the WTC on Sept 11, 2001.
Philip J. Berg represented Ellen Mariani and later William Rodriguez in two separate RICO lawsuits, both of which were withdrawn without prejudice. Part of Rodriguez suit was dismissed. Philip J. Berg has not represented William Rodriguez for over two years. Because of personal reasons, Philip J. Berg has not proceeded with any 911 litigation in two years.
While it has no bearing on whether or not the allegations are found to be true, at this point that fact raises questions regarding Berg's credibility, not to mention his ties to Hillary, sour grapes, and the Clinton machine.

Furthermore, Obama has gone to Hawaii to visit his ailing grandmother (so he claims), but he is also facing a hearing there, set for Nov 7, on a subpoena for production of his birth certificate. I think he is doing some damage control, making a stop at grandma's house for some milk and cookies along the way. He is facing similar court proceedings in 5 other states, as well.

Obama supporters often cite an analysis of Obama's birth certificate by the folks at, attesting to its validity, but the credibility of FactCheck also comes into question due to their affiliation with and funding from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania which falls under the wings of the Annenberg Foundation. The connection here lies in the fact that the founder, Walter H. Annenberg, initiated the Annenberg Challenge.
Announced in December 1993 at the White House, Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg's $500 million "Challenge to the Nation" became the largest public/private endeavor in U.S. history dedicated to improving public schools.

Eighteen locally designed Challenge projects operated in 35 states, funding 2,400 public schools that served more than 1.5 million students and 80,000 teachers. Over 1,600 businesses, foundations, colleges, and universities, and individuals contributed $600 million in private matching funds.

Each Challenge project fit unique local conditions and was planned collaboratively by educators, foundation officers, and community, civic, and business leaders.

Grants ranged from $1 million to $53 million.
One such project was in Chicago, and on the board which organized that project were none other than Obama and Bill Ayers, the infamous Weather Underground militant domestic bomber and murderer turned community organizer turned educator (hey, only in America can you get education credentials with a resume like that; just ask Angela Davis). I know it's a stretch, but you know what they say: Follow the money.

So, what does all this mean? First, the mainstream media has been silent on most of it, and when they haven't been silent they have circled the wagons in defense of the Anointed One, dismissing most anything critical or negative about him as right wing folly or conspiracy. Yet let Joe the plumber ask one question, and they're telling the world that Joe is not his first but, rather, his middle name (and so is mine, too)! That is typical and to be expected.

Second, and more important, is Obama's silence on this. FactCheck says they actually held the original birth certificate in their hands. They held the sacred birth certificate - actually held it (and probably fondled it as though it were a surrogate penis, too). I wonder if they got a tingle up their thighs. But I digress. If they could get it and examine it as they say, why is it so hard to have it produced in court? If that had happened, this all goes away. Sometimes people can be their own worst enemies.

Third, and most important, is how did this get so far gone? Let's say for the sake of argument that it is proven to be undeniable, irrefutable, 100% FACT that Obama is not a US citizen and therefore not eligible to hold the office of President of the United States. Does not that call into question the integrity of the entire system, that it is corrupt beyond anything we could ever have imagined? I mean the fate of the credibility of our system of government could lie in the hands of a lawyer and a judge? (shiver)

Look, I don't want Obama to become president; I am very clear about that. But the timing here just stinks. Cynical, skeptical, mistrusting, curmudgeonly bastard that I am, I still have a hard time fathoming that somebody could get this far in the political system - one heartbeat away from the presidency - and none of this had been vetted well before now.

I am suspending any judgment on the issue until it has been resolved one way or another. If these allegations are proven false, then this will have been the worst kind of smear campaign, and it will further ruin the reputation of the GOP. It will also embolden and galvanize the Left. If proven true, things will get VERY interesting.

I stand by my prediction (and I'm not the only one) that if McCain wins by a close margin, this election will be held-up in court for months, and there will be violence in our streets.


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Blogger Oldcatman said...

Interesting......if I ran for public
office I am sure some of the ''miss deeds" of my past would be brought up---but since I'm not running for office, who gives a shit about my past?

4:15 AM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

That's just it, though. This guy is running for the highest office in the land, and only NOW are issues about his citizenship being addressed?

As for the other stuff like his ties to Ayers etc. - that would be enough to disqualify him for a minimum security clearance in the military or civilian jobs that require background checks.

And that is the whole point I am raising. Either it's all smoke and mirrors to smear him, or lots of people have dropped the ball along the way for Obama to have come this far.

10:49 AM GMT+13  
Blogger BobF said...

Joe, exactly. There's no way Obama would qualify for a security clearance in the military. Not only are his associations with Ayers a problem but his admitted past drug use would disqualify him.

He wouldn't get clearance for unescorted entry to the B-2 bomber but he may someday soon carry the nuclear football.

2:29 PM GMT+13  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Great post Joe. I too have been following the story with interest and did a short blog about it.

True, false or six of one half a dozen of the other, it sure makes for interesting following.

My own thoughts are that although Obama is a dodgy prick, he is no fool. I do not believe he would have come this far knowing his past is under such a cloud.

I'm sitting on the fence on this one.

1:20 AM GMT+13  
Blogger BobF said...

It's said Obama did some traveling overseas while in college. If so, he would have needed a passport. If he had a US Passport, he would have had to present a valid birth certificate to receive a passport from the state department. If he received a passport prior to being in Congress, then he's got a valid birth certificate.

10:52 AM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

Bob, that is another problem. According to what I have read he traveled on an INDONESIAN passport in his college days. Since being in the Senate he has traveled on a diplomatic passport.

This lawsuit was thrown out on Fri.

Now the governor of HI has ordered his BC sealed to all but family or interested parties.

12:02 PM GMT+13  
Blogger BobF said...

I always thought a passport was official proof of citizenship. How does a US Citizen get an Indonesian passport?

4:06 PM GMT+13  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

That's one of the million dollar questions, Bob. Mae can't get past that one either.

The only way he could get an Indonesian passport is if he is an Indonesian citizen. The way he could have become and Indonesian citizen is if his stepfather, Sotero, had adopted Obama when they went to live there.

This Obama is a Manchurian candidate if there ever was one. Guy keeps a low profile for so long that nobody knows anything about him, and then all of a sudden he is on the scene with an almost invented past.

I think that the dumbasses in America are having the wool pulled over their eyes big time.

And you can bet your last dollar that if he wins and things get even worse - everybody will still blame Bush.

4:39 PM GMT+13  

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