Birthers · Sean Hannity

Sean Hannity: Why didn’t Obama hand over his birth certificate like everybody else?

Republican opinion host Sean Hannity objects to the idea of being forced to see crime scene photos from the Sandy Hook massacre. Photo: Screenshot via Mediaite.

Are they really going down that road again…?

The Raw Story

Fox News host and conservative radio personality Sean Hannity thinks it is very strange that President Barack Obama waited so long to release his birth certificate.

“I actually think at this point the president wants — he loves to be a victim, I’m beginning to notice, a victim of birtherism … I just thought it was strange that he the president didn’t hand over his birth certificate like everybody else,” he said Wednesday on his radio show.

Obama’s campaign released a “certification of live birth” in 2008, which confirmed that the president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. But conspiracies about his birthplace persisted, and Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011.

“Now I know the president felt he was uniquely qualified to deal with issues involving the Muslim world because he went to school in Jakarta as a child, a Muslim school, and he said one of the most beautiful things — he said this to Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times — one of the most beautiful sights in the world is Muslim prayer at sunset. He said those things in that interview. It was in Jakarta.”

Hannity noted that Donald Trump claimed he had offered Obama $50 million for his birth records, but Obama never responded.

“This went on forever,” he continued. “I just thought it was odd, not to turn over your birth certificate.”

Some so-called “birthers,” such as Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, continue to believe that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery.

Listen to audio, courtesy of Media Matters, below.


Birther Movement Capitalizes On Loretta Fuddy’s Tragic Death

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Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming…

The Huffington Post

As the Obama family is likely packing for their annual vacation to Hawaii, the birther movement is pouncing on yet another conspiracy theory about the President’s Hawaii birth certificate.

On Wednesday afternoon, Loretta Fuddy, the director of Hawaii’s Department of Health, died in a small, commercial plane crash off the coast of the Hawaiian island Molokai. Fuddy, who had been director of Hawaii’s health department since March 2011, was the official who verified and approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate. Fuddy said then that the records “further prove the fact that he was born in Hawaii.

Early reports indicate that the plane, a 2002 Cessna Grand Caravan, sufferedcatastrophic engine failure. The other eight passengers on board were rescued. According to Rev. Patrick Killilea who met with the survivors, Fuddy was wearing her life jacket in the water and was holding hands with deputy director Keith Yamamoto when she let go.

Tweets, comments, and web posts from the birther movement quickly insinuated that the tragedy was no accident. Some implied that the White House was “tying up loose ends,” while others commented “that anyone with any connection to Obama or his background has a tendency to have a ‘shortened’ life span.”

And, of course, Donald Trump weighed in:

Despite the media whirlwind around the birther conspiracies, Fuddy’s life and numerous successes are being celebrated.

Just yesterday, a report published by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention, confirmed that Hawaii is the country’s healthiest state.

According to Hawaii House Speaker Joe Souki, Fuddy, 65, “was especially passionate about the most vulnerable in our communities, a champion for mothers, newborns, and early childhood care. Her warm, caring spirit for the people of Hawaii will truly be missed.”

“Our hearts are broken,” Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. “Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated, and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience.”

In August, Fuddy told Honolulu’s Midweek magazine, “I’m a child of the ’60s, the Kennedy era of ‘ask what you can do for your country’ public service and Catholic values.”


Official who OK’d Obama birth papers dies in crash

Hawaiian Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy was killed after a small plane with nine people aboard crashed into the water off Molokai on Dec. 11.
(Photo: Hawaii Department of Health via AP)

My friend who emailed this to me wrote: “Birthers are gonna go nuts with this one!”  You  bet they will…

USA Today

Hawaiian Health Director Loretta Fuddy was killed in a small plane crash off Hawaii.

The Hawaiian health official who verified the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate died in a small plane crash.

The plane, carrying a pilot and eight passengers, went down Wednesday in the water a half mile off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, the Maui Fire Department said. The lone fatality was Loretta Fuddy, who has served as state health director since January 2011. Tom Matsuda, the interim executive director of Hawaii’s health insurance exchange, confirmed Fuddy’s death.

Fuddy, 65, made national news in April 2011 when she verified the authenticity of certified copies of President Obama’s birth certificate. Obama had requested the release to curb claims by so-called “birthers” that he was born in Kenya and not eligible to be president.

Makani Kai Air President Richard Schuman said the crash of the Cessna Grand Caravan was caused by engine failure.

“Our hearts are broken,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. “Loretta was deeply loved and respected. She was selfless, utterly dedicated and committed to her colleagues in the Department of Health and to the people of Hawaii. Her knowledge was vast; her counsel and advice always given from her heart as much as from her storehouse of experience.”

Matsuda, who worked with Fuddy to set up the state’s Obamacare website, Hawaii Health Connector, called her death “a terrible loss” for the state.

“I worked closely with Director Fuddy on the Affordable Care Act and came to know and respect her as a passionate advocate for public health and a warm, caring human being,” Matsuda said.

The plane went down about a half-mile northwest of Kalaupapa peninsula, which was home to a leper colony until 1969. A handful of patients still live there. The state health director by law remains mayor of part of the peninsula, and Fuddy was visiting the peninsula in that capacity, state Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said.

Okubo said the department’s deputy director, Keith Yamamoto, also had been booked on the flight.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Melissa McKenzie said a Coast Guard helicopter got three passengers out of the water while Maui fire crews picked up five people. One person swam ashore.


2016 Hopefuls · Birthers

Ted Cruz’s Dad: I’d Like To See Obama Go ‘Back To Kenya’ (VIDEO)

Ted Cruz and Rafael Cruz 

This comment by Rafael Cruz was reported in September, but now there is a video to substantiate the claim that he’s a full blown “birther”.

TPM LiveWire via Mother Jones

The father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told supporters during the run-up to his son’s election that it was imperative the Tea Party retake the Senate, encouraging them to ship Obama “back to Kenya.”

Rafael Cruz, a Cuban immigrant and pastor, made the comment while speaking to the North Texas Tea Party on his son’s behalf in September 2012. Mother Jones’ David Corn surfaced video of Cruz’s remarks on Thursday.

“We have our work cut out for us. We need to send Barack Obama to Chicago, I’d like to send him back to Kenya,” Cruz said to applause.

Asked about Cruz’s Kenya comment and remarks from other events, a spokesperson for Sen. Cruz told Mother Jones that “These selective quotes, taken out of context, mischaracterize the substance of Pastor Cruz’s message. Like many Americans, he feels America is on the wrong track,” adding “Pastor Cruz does not speak for the senator.”

The elder Cruz has acted as a sort of surrogate for his son in the defund Obamacare effort, energizing conservative crowds by slamming “RINOS” who refused to back Sen. Cruz’s plan to derail the health care law and warning the law would “destroy the elderly.” At a recent event in Colorado, he also suggested that Obama is a practicing Muslim.

Read Mother Jones’ report on Rafael Cruz here, and watch video of Cruz’s remarks below at the 19:25 mark:


113th Congress · Birthers

Texas Tea Party Rep. Refuses To Acknowledge Obama’s Citizenship!


It was supposed to be a discussion about the latest, irresponsible, pointless threat from the Republican Party to bring the US economy crashing down unless the Democrats voted to defund the Affordable Healthcare Act (known as Obamacare). However, Chris Matthews interview with Tea Party Congressman Blake Farenthold (Rep., TX, 27th.) turned to the question of the eligibility of Senator Ted Cruz to run for president in 2016.

Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father, is widely considered to meet the requirements of US citizenship as laid down by the Nationality Act of 1940, and Matthews himself was quick to say that as far as he is concerned Cruz is perfectly entitled to carry the Republican flag in 2016. When he asked Congressman Farenthold if he concurred, Farenthold replied that Cruz “is as eligible as Obama is. . . If he can be president, Ted Cruz can be president.”

Anyone watching or listening could of course see that the veil had been lifted. There was no way Matthews was going to let this one go. What followed was an almost farcical exchange as Congressman Farenthold refused point-blank, again and again, to not only confirm that he believed that President Obama was the legitimately elected president of the United States, but that he was a legitimate US citizen. While not directly or openly calling either of these issues into question, he dodged the matter again and again by claiming that since he was not a member of Congress at the time of the president’s election, he was not able to say whether he was a citizen, or whether his election to the White House was legitimate:

Matthews, clearly as frustrated as the rest of us by the obfuscation that has come to characterise so many in the Tea Party, eventually grew weary and told Farenthold “everybody watching knows what you’re doing.”

Barack Obama has had to put up with an extraordinary campaign of slander and innuendo since he was sworn in as president. Whether it’s accusations that he is a crypto-socialist, a secret Muslim, or not even an American, the sad reality seems to be that as long as the Tea Party and their like-minded friends are around, he will have to put up with it. However, Matthews was exactly right. Everybody knows what these guys are doing.



Congressman Calls For New Birther Investigation, Questions ‘The President’s Validity’

Even when this president has completed his second term, there will always be people who hate the concept of an African-American as president of the United States.  It’s just the nature of the enduring hatred for progress that a small group of people will never accept.

I have another website that I eventually stopped updating because after Barack Obama won his second term, my job was done on that site.

However, I’ve noticed quite a number of anonymous searches after I stopped blogging on the site.  Their search options allowed me to speculate that they were probably looking for dirt on the president or  perhaps just researching the many negative claims  about the President.

Some of you may be familiar with the site called Sinclair Watch a website dedicated to exposing a man who claimed to have had a homosexual affair with Obama back in 1999.

If you haven’t heard about this it may be because as much as the media wanted to jump on the story if it were true, their investigations showed that Larry Sinclair had a checkered past (to say the least) and there were a few other issues as well.  So his story never hit the mainstream media but he had an internet following that was pretty massive…for a while.  That is, until Orly Taitz and her birther movement came into play.

Now it seems that although the birther movement has  fizzled out, the die-hards in the GOP have decided to find something in the “birther movement” meme that may stick.

I can’t begin to discuss the insanity and the inanity of such a move.

Think Progress

Another Republican is accusing President Obama of secretly being a Kenyan man who forged his birth certificate in order to get elected President of the United States. This time the theorist is Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), chairman of the House Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee.

Duncan appeared on the radio program TruNews with Rick Wiles on Friday where the host asked the South Carolina congressman whether the House would go after Obama’s “phony identification papers.” Duncan initially demurred, but then agreed with Wiles that Obama could be lying about his birth certificate, calling for Congress to “revisit” the issue of “the president’s validity.”

WILES: While you guys are rounding up and deporting the illegal immigrants, any chance the House may actually pursue Barack Obama’s phony identification papers? That’s the original scandal, congressman.

DUNCAN: People should have voted against him in November. I’m afraid that that wouldn’t get to the Supreme Court where it ought to get.

WILES: But if we know they’re lying about all these other things, why not go back and say, “well maybe the first scandal was a lie, too?”

DUNCAN: There you go. I’m all with you. Let’s go back and revisit some of these things because Americans have questions about not only the IRS scandal but also about the president’s validity.

Watch it:

Other prominent Republican birthers include Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), and Reps. Steve King (R-IA), Richard Hudson (R-NC), Mike Coffman (R-CO), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

At this point, the birther conspiracy is so thoroughly debunked that Republicans could accuse Obama of secretly being a Snorlax and it would be no less credible than accusing him of being a modern-day Manchurian candidate.

In his three years in Congress, Duncan has developed a reputation for controversial statements. He has invoked other conspiracy theories peddled on websites like the Drudge Report, falsely claimed that he didn’t vote to extend big oil subsidies, and warned that background checks will lead to Rwandan-like genocide in the United States.

(HT: RightWingWatch)