Monday, 21 May 2012

BIRTHERS REBORN?




Breitbart.com have opened up the “birthers*” issue again with this article by their editor-in-chief, Ben Shapiro www.breitbart.com

*Birthers are people who have questions about the citizenship of Barack Obama who claim that Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States and is therefore not eligible to be President of the United States under Article Two of the U.S. Constitution.

Quoting from the article, Shapiro says:


According to archive.org, a website that caches websites on a regular basis, the Dystel.com website – the official website for Dystel & Goderich, Obama’s literary agents – 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.
Bottom line, this article only provides a distraction to the 2012 election. Most Americans have a clear idea of President Obama. Voters are no more likely to embrace this idea as they were with the “truthers” (the people who thought that Bush was behind 9/11).

The American people are yearning for solutions to the economy, debt, rising gas prices, taxation, healthcare etc.

We have freedom of speech but we really should be looking at not issuing pieces like this in future. 



In fairness to the team at Breitbart; they released a statement over the weekend:

Andrew Breitbart was never a "Birther," and Breitbart News is a site that has never advocated the narrative of "Birtherism." In fact, Andrew believed, as we do, that President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961.
Yet Andrew also believed that the complicit mainstream media had refused to examine President Obama's ideological past, or the carefully crafted persona he and his advisers had constructed for him.
It is for that reason that we launched "The Vetting," an ongoing series in which we explore the ideological background of President Obama (and other presidential candidates)--not to re-litigate 2008, but because ideas and actions have consequences.
It is also in that spirit that we discovered, and now present, the booklet described below--one that includes a marketing pitch for a forthcoming book by a then-young, otherwise unknown former president of the Harvard Law ReviewIt is evidence--not of the President's foreign origin, but that Barack Obama's public persona has perhaps been presented differently at different times.