When I started blogging about birthers, the birther story was that Barack Obama’s mother made a quick trip to Kenya, Obama was born there, she hastily returned to Hawaii and registered his birth.
This story circulated for quite some time before there was any reason to believe it although eventually some reasons (albeit untrue ones) surfaced. The facts are:
- Obama’s birth certificate says he was born in Honolulu
- Hawaii didn’t register out-of-state births in 1961
- Honolulu newspapers listed Obama’s birth in a section of the newspaper that carried information from the health department
- Obama’s birth certificate shows he was born in a hospital and delivered by a doctor
- The Hawaii Department of health has repeatedly affirmed that Obama was born in Hawaii and that his birth certificate is legitimate
- Contemporary written accounts found in State Department files mention him being born in Hawaii
- Obama’s African relatives say he was born in Hawaii and not in Kenya (Sayid Obama and Sarah Obama).
- Contemporary statistical reports from the INS show that no American citizen flew from Kenya to the USA that entire year.
While we like to say that birthers are immune to evidence, there is so much evidence that it’s hard to ignore. Have things changed?
Look at birther lawsuits from 2008-9:
- Berg v. Obama et al. – Attorney Berg alleges birth in Kenya, cites “grandmother tape.”
- Kerchner v. Obama – Attorney Apuzzo alleges birth in Kenya, cites “grandmother tape.”
- Keyes v. Obama – Attorney Taitz, alleges birth in Kenya, cites fake Kenyan birth certificate
- Hollister v. Soetoro – Attorney Berg alleges birth in Kenya, cites “grandmother tape”
- Rhodes v. MacDonald – Attorney Taitz alleges birth in Kenya
When birther lawsuits started, “born in Kenya” was a mainstay of many of the cases including those prosecuted by Taitz and Apuzzo. Today, while allegations of forged birth certificates abound, I am not seeing affirmative allegations that President Obama was actually born outside the country (Fair v. Obama is the only current case I know that maintains some argument that Obama was born in Kenya). Taitz in Farrar v. Obama in Georgia and Taitz v. Obama in Mississippi avoids mention of a foreign birth. Apuzzo in his recent case of Purpura v. Obama is quick to claim the birth certificate is a fake, but not to offer a claim that Obama is foreign born. New plaintiffs, like Jerry Collette also allege a forged birth certificate from President Obama but stop short of claiming he was born somewhere else and offer no evidence of a foreign birth.
There might be several explanations including that I haven’t read all the cases and what I report isn’t true. It could be that plaintiffs are trying to shift the burden of proof to the President to prove where he was born. Maybe they still believe Obama was born in Kenya, but that they don’t have any evidence of it. It could be that birthers think it’s easier for them to win on the two-parent theory than proving foreign birth.
But is it possible that birthers have come around to the view that Obama is an American-born socialist, America-hating, fraud, cheat, liar and low-life rather than a foreign one?