demanding he prove his American citizenship â€“ and therefore qualification to run for president â€“ has confirmed he has a recording of a telephone call from the senatorâ€™s paternal grandmother confirming his birth in Kenya.
The issue of Obamaâ€™s birthplace, which he states is Honolulu in 1961, has been raised enough times that his campaign website has posted an image purporting to be of his â€œCertification of Live Birthâ€ from Hawaii.
But Philip J. Berg, a former deputy attorney general for Pennsylvania, told the Michael Savage talk radio program tonight that the document is forged and that he has a tape recording he will soon release.
â€œThis has been a real sham heâ€™s pulled off for the last 20 months,â€ Berg told Savage. â€œIâ€™ll release it [the tape] in a day or two, affidavits from her talking to a certain person. I heard the tape. She was speaking [to someone] here in the United States.â€
Berg said heâ€™s pursuing the issue because of â€œthe most important document in the United States,â€ the U.S. Constitution.
â€œNothing is more important than enforcing the Constitution,â€ he said. â€œThe Constitutionâ€™s provisions are very small for qualifying for president. One, be over 35, and he is. Two, be in the country 14 years, and he has been. Three, be a natural-born citizen. He is not.â€
OK, look, I know thereâ€™s been a lot of back and forth on this. But frankly, the question is still an open one. The Snopes arguments against the charge particularly, seem to me to be rather circular in nature, at one point suggesting that weâ€™re to take at face value the rather obvious forgery placed on their website as fact.
Similarly, Fact Check, and their claims that â€ FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship.â€ is the most odious of all, given that FactCheck is run by the Anneberg Foundation, the links of which to Obama have been pretty well established. Theyâ€™re hardly an unbiased observer.
Sorry. Iâ€™d like to see the real one. Until then, this is still an open question.
Cross posted from Bitsblog.