This is going to get interesting.
As far back as June 2008, there were inconsistencies and alterations to the COLB copy (certification of live birth) that Obama posted on his laughably entitled "fight the smears" website. There were legitimate questions. Atlas coverage going back to the summer of 2008 here. But almost immediately, anyone who raised the issue was gobsmacked, derided, and discredited as a conspiracist, a birther. "Birther" being a knock off of the lunatic "truther" -- those anti-America nuts who claim that 911 was an inside job.
But there were many questions about Obama's background and the circumstances surrounding his birth, his background, his polygamous father (more on BHO Senior's immigration file here) and his mother's peculiar circumstances.
His altered COLB raised serious questions. Digital forensic evidence was produced, peer review welcomed (of
which there was none). Instead, the issue became a tool in which to bash the right. And the right played right into it. I made more enemies on the right for raising this issue than I can recount, an animus that continues to this very day.
Of course, after Obama was elected, it was fruitless. No judge would touch it. No one would want to be responsible for what could possibly lead this country into a civil war. Still, the issue raged.
As further evidence of Obama's dishonest narrative bubbles to the surface, everyone prefaces his remarks with "I am not a birther!" (evoking Nixon's "I am not a crook!"), so fearful are they of the taint.
And this is the inherent problem. Why does the right allow the left to control and command the discourse? Why does the right give the left the power to dictate to us what we can and cannot talk about? We can ask questions and we must without fear of the monstorus leftist smear machine. Stop giving the left the power.
When Breitbart released the bombshell that Obama's literary agent promoted Obama's book as "Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii," the editors over at Breitbart were careful to preface the blockbuster story with, "We are not birthers! Andrew was not a birther!" Why the fear? It's a legit story. Get off the defense. And today we hear that Obama's literary agent was using the Barack Obama “born in Kenya” language until April 2007, just two months after then-Senator Obama declared his campaign for the presidency. Mind you, Obama wrote the bio of being born in Kenya.
The left analyzed every Bush document, even the most mundane and trivial, and when there was no there there, they went so far as to alter his national service record in order to destroy his re-election chances. And they would have, if the blogs hadn't exposed the fraud. That scandal destroyed Dan Rather, as well it should have, but it should have destroyed the left's dominance over what the right can and cannot talk about.
It is election time. I am glad someone in a position of authority is asking for the long form. That's all people ever wanted. Let's see the long form, the vault copy, once and for all. There is something on the vault copy Obama does not want us to see. What is it?
Arizona elections chief seeks proof of Obama's citizenship Reuters (Hat tip Tom)Reuters) - Arizona's secretary of state said Friday he had asked officials in Hawaii to verify that Barack Obama was born in their state in order for the president's name to appear on the November ballot in Arizona.
Ken Bennett, who is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign co-chairman in Arizona, said he made the request on behalf of a constituent.
Earlier this year, hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio announced that an investigation by his office had found that Obama's birth certificate was a forgery.
Most Republican critics of Obama have given up pushing widely discredited long-running allegations that he was not born in the United States.
Bennett said he is attempting to confirm that Obama's name can appear on Arizona's presidential ballot, the Arizona Republic newspaper said.
While confirming on Friday that he had made the request, Bennett said he did not buy into the "birther" belief.
"First, I have been on the record since 2009 that I believe the president was born in Hawaii. I am not a 'birther,'" he said in a statement.
"At the request of a constituent, I asked the state of Hawaii for a for a verification in lieu of certified copy. We're merely asking them to officially confirm they have the president's birth certificate in their possession and are awaiting their response," he said.
The White House has denied repeated claims that Obama was not born in the United States.
In April 2011, Obama released a longer version of his birth certificate to try to put to rest speculation that he was not born in the country as required by the U.S. Constitution to become president.
The Arizona Republic said Bennett made the request about eight weeks ago and communicated with Hawaii officials as early as four weeks ago.
Bennett's office did not immediately return calls seeking further comment on Friday.
In March, Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio declared Obama's birth certificate a forgery following an investigation by a volunteer posse, acting at the request of conservative Tea Party activists in the Phoenix valley.
The move reviving the birther controversy by Bennett - who is the state's elections chief - met with a weary response from local Democrats on Friday.
"Tea Party Republicans are at it again," Luis Heredia, the executive director of the Arizona Democratic Party, told Reuters.
"By catering to right-wing extremists, Bennett is trying to score cheap political points while sacrificing common sense. Arizona deserves better. It is time to move our state forward."