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Jewish World Review
July 28, 2009
/ 7 Menachem-Av 5769
Debra J. Saunders
The video features an angry woman in red, armed with a birth
certificate and a small American flag, scolding Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del., at
a town meeting. She is angry, she said, because President Obama "is not an
American citizen. He is a citizen of Kenya."
Castle, a descendant of Benjamin Franklin, seemed to not know
how to respond. He calmly replied that Obama is a citizen. Some audience
members booed. "You can boo," Castle told them, "but he is a citizen of the
There's no good way to address a "birther" that's the term
for conspiracy theorists who believe that Obama has produced a fake Hawaiian
birth certificate to cover up the fact that he really was born in Kenya.
Facts don't matter to these geniuses. They don't care that
numerous major news organizations, the nonpartisan Factcheck.org and
Hawaii's GOP Gov. Linda Lingle have vouched for the authenticity of Obama's
birth certificate. Or that the Honolulu Advertiser ran a birth announcement
in August 1961.
No, they go for the theory that Obama's white mother, Stanley
Dunham Obama, chose to give birth, not in Oahu with her parents nearby, but
in a hospital in a Third World country. Then she was so clever that she ran
a birth announcement in the local paper in case someday her son with the
politically catchy name of Barack Hussein Obama II ran for president.
Why didn't Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign make an issue of
Obama's non-citizenship during the Democratic primary if his legitimacy was
so assailable? Apparently the Clinton brainiacs aren't as smart as the
News stories suggest that the "birther" movement is growing
stronger. Maybe the "birthers" have just gotten louder. These days, all it
takes is one nut on youtube.com to rate a week's worth of TV panel
On the other hand, Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., introduced a bill
requiring future presidential candidates to produce a birth certificate.
Posey's bill has at least nine co-sponsors, including Rep. John Campbell,
Campbell is a good lawmaker, who told the Los Angeles Times'
Doyle McManus that he opposed funding for the Boeing C-17 cargo plane
because, "I don't think it's right to support something that's built in your
district to the detriment of the national interest. It leads to overspending
and deficits and, well, corruption."
Yet Campbell was reduced to arguing on MSNBC's "Hardball" that
while he believed Obama is a citizen, Posey's measure would put to rest any
questions about a future president's legal status. Nice try, but the
"birthers" won't acknowledge documents that don't feed their paranoid
As Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs noted Monday, the "birthers"
don't care about facts; they heed the siren song of righteous victimhood.
They feel the injustice of losing an election, so they concoct a plot that
tells them they didn't lose fair and square the election was stolen. They
are no different from Democrats who claimed that voter fraud in Ohio rigged
the 2004 election for George W. Bush except that Democratic politicians
feel little pressure to acknowledge or denounce the fringe elements of their
Every time the "birthers" open their mouths, they hurt
themselves and add polish to the image of Barack Obama, our American
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