USED WITH PERMISSION
“A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE QUESTIONING THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 27, 2014) — On Tuesday at the National Press Club, businessman and real estate mogul Donald Trump explained why he had offered Barack Hussein Obama substantial amounts of money for the charity of his choice in exchange for his release of his college application forms and passport records just before the 2012 election.
When asked if “going back a few years,” he regretted having made Obama’s “citizenship” an issue while exploring the possibility of a presidential run in 2011, Trump responded, “Not even a little bit. Why would I regret it?”
Trump then went on to say that he had offered Obama $5,000,000 to be given to charity in October 2012 to which Obama made no response. He noted that he later increased his offer to $50,000,000 and was still met with silence. “I would take it,” Trump said to his audience.
In the 2:34 clip posted at Buzzfeed, Trump stated that there are questions about the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate, although his focus turned to why Obama might have said that he was “born in Kenya” in a book he had been writing but which was never published.
Trump said that he believes that there are three distinct possibilities regarding Obama’s history: that Obama was born in Kenya; that he “was born in this country” but said he was born in Kenya in order to obtain foreign aid to attend college; or that Obama’s history as stated publicly is “all right,” including his birth certificate.
The book to which Trump was referring was an unpublished autobiography entitled “Journeys in Black and White” for which Obama’s literary agent at the time, Acton & Dystel, had published a biography in a “promotional booklet” which stated:
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation. He served as project coordinator in Harlem for the New York Public Interest Research Group, and was Executive Director of the Developing Communities Project in Chicago’s South Side. His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.
Obama never completed the book. Instead, “Dreams From My Father” was released in July 1995.
Obama’s biography continued to say that he was born in Kenya until April 21, 2007, when it was changed to say that he was born in Hawaii. Two months prior, Obama had announced his candidacy for the presidency. After Breitbart revealed the booklet, a representative from his former literary agent said that the “born in Kenya” phrase had been a “fact-checking error.”
Normally, literary agents obtain author biographies from their clients rather than writing them themselves.
The U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a “natural born Citizen.”
Early in 2011, Trump challenged Obama to release his long-form birth certificate to prove that he was born in the U.S. because of rising doubts about Obama’s life narrative and birthplace. Trump released first his short-form, then his long-form birth certificate to begin the challenge.
In late January of that year, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie nominated Loretta Fuddy to be the new director of the Hawaii Department of Health. Three months later, Fuddy reportedly agreed to issue certified copies of Obama’s long-form birth certificate and supervise their production for delivery to the White House.
On April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate. However, within 24 hours, numerous analysts stated unequivocally that the image on the White House website was a forgery, and a more-than-two-year criminal investigation confirmed it. The Maricopa County Cold Case Posse also found that Obama’s Selective Service registration form is a “computer-generated forgery.”
Last December, Fuddy was declared dead after the small airplane in which she was traveling on state business was forced to make a water landing, two days after a video was publishedstating that “prosecutions are coming” in regard to the forgery of Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
The October 24, 2012 press release showed Trump making Obama an offer that he did “not believe he can refuse.” Trump urged Obama to be “transparent like other Presidents” by releasing the requested passport and university applications.
On Tuesday, Trump reiterated, “I’d love to see what’s put down.” He said that the media did not report that toward the expiration of his 2012 offer, he increased it to $50,000,000, which he said could have been divided among several charities.
“A lot of people are questioning the birth certificate, its authenticity,” Trump said. “Why didn’t the man take $5,000,000 for charity?”
“Either it’s fine, or he was born in Kenya, or in my opinion, there’s a very good chance he was born here and said he was born in Kenya, because if you were born in Kenya, you got into colleges and you got aid. It’s very simple,” Trump said today.
The event at which Trump spoke was not identified.
In November 2009, GQ Magazine gushed:
Obama’s personal story is a good one. And as the writer of that story, Obama is more attuned to the power of narrative and is more in control of it than any president in recent memory. Yet this same attention to narrative can also seem the source of Obama’s psychological and political shortcomings; they are the writer’s classic failings. The story that obsesses him is his own story: He tells it over and over, stamping it into the larger American narrative and often conflating the two, a feat of authorial arrogance that’s simultaneously an outsider’s plaintive quest for belonging. In the telling, he shades and edits as a writer does, employing straw-man characters (those who would rather do nothing than fix the economy; the villainous Bush administration) to set a backdrop for his own heroic odyssey. Most perilously, Obama believes more strongly in the magic of words, especially his own, than perhaps any of his recent predecessors. His default option is to give a speech, and he’s maybe too prolific at doing so, since a disproportion of words to deeds is what ultimately undermines a politician.
But to the Obama White House, words are deeds. This belief that the president can swoop down and save the day with a game-changing speech has become a cornerstone of the administration’s political strategy…
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