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Wayne Allyn Root says Obama is “100% American”

Photo of Wayne Allyn RootYou may recall that Wayne Allyn Root (vice presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party) caused some stir in the Birther universe when he said that he never met Barack Obama at Columbia University, even though they were both Political Science majors there at the same time. Root’s remarks about his lack of memory of Obama were latched onto by the birthers as evidence that Obama was never a student at Columbia (despite the clear evidence that he graduated from there).

Root, however, in a newly published article at the Obama Ballot Challenge web site, titled “Obama is 100% Red, White & Blue American Born”  says that he has no doubts that Obama was born in the USA and attended Columbia. He attributes not meeting Obama to something else:

Where was he hiding for those Columbia years? My educated guess is he was smoking pot and attending communist meetings, plotting the downfall of America and capitalism. Don’t laugh, it worked!

Root doesn’t claim that Obama was foreign born, but that he pretended to be in order to get into the prestigious Columbia (and probably Occidental and Harvard). Speculation based on no evidence whatever is not what I would label an “educated guess” but then I don’t have a political science degree from a prestigious university like Columbia. Root ignores various newspaper interviews where Obama (at Harvard) talks about being born in Hawaii, putting to lie the idea that he was promoting himself as Kenyan Born to his prospective book publicist.

Root writes:

His college records were his Achilles heel. He had to hide his tracks. His college records had to be sealed forever. Not because he was a foreigner and unqualified to be President, but because he was an American posing as a foreigner. That makes him a fraud unqualified to be President.

Of course, Obama’s college records are only sealed because US law makes education records private for everyone. Obama has never taken any action to seal such records. Root goes on at length to spin a yarn of conspiracy in the article, which the interested reader may read on their own.

Conspiracy theorist, yes, but apparently Wayne Allyn Root is not a birther.

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25 Responses to Wayne Allyn Root says Obama is “100% American”

  1. avatar
    The Magic M October 11, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Root doesn’t claim that Obama was foreign born, but that he pretended to be in order to get into the prestigious Columbia

    Since he has zero basis for this claim, I suppose this is just the birther in him trying to rile up his fellow wingnuts.
    First, they can have another round of “Obama got to him”.
    Second, they can tie this to another imagined OMG moment, as in “this means College records showing Obama as foreign student will surface soon, so the regime is creating an ‘explanation’ in advance”.
    I don’t think Root has any motive for such a claim other than those described above. Why would he make up something that would be beneficial to Obama (from the birther viewpoint), yet not openly renounce birtherism as crap if distancing himself from them was his intention?

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    The European October 11, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    I just read that article – partly – and looked through the comments. Some very brave guys are trying to bring a little sanity there. But most of the comments are disgusting in such a way that I have promised myself to stop lurking there. Hope I will succeed.

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    Dr Kenneth Noisewater October 11, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    I’ve never seen Wayne Allyn Root’s college records. They’re obviously sealed therefore because Obama didn’t see Wayne Root and because Root operated under an alias Wayne Alan Root; Root must have been busy doing crystal meth and attending neo nazi skinhead meetings. I don’t have any proof of this per say but there can’t be any other explanation.

  4. avatar
    Andrew Vrba, PmG October 11, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    So he’s still batpoop crazy, just not toxic birther crazy

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    JPotter October 11, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    As has been pointed out, despite 100%-American Obama’s lifetime of best America-destroying efforts, it took a Canadian half-breed just a few weeks to shut down the government!

    When will the ODS sufferers admit they’ve been bamboozled by a sideshow, distracted from the real threat?

    [Never, o’course]

  6. avatar
    Majority Will October 11, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    That is a special kind of stupid.

    Root must be a student of the Orly Taitz School of Someone PLEASE Pay Attention To Me.

  7. avatar
    Rickey October 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m thinking of writing to Columbia and ask for Root’s college records. I’m pretty sure that I know what Columbia’s response will be.

  8. avatar
    justlw October 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    I went to the same university at the same time as Paula Abdul, and I don’t remember one person ever pointing her out or saying, “See her? She’s going to be on American Idol someday!”

  9. avatar
    Arthur October 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Rickey: I’m thinking of writing to Columbia and ask for Root’s college records. I’m pretty sure that I know what Columbia’s response will be.

    Everybody knows that Root has spent millions of dollars to seal his personal records.

  10. avatar
    Bob October 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    Perhaps Root’s memory loss is due to HIS pot smoking.

  11. avatar
    justlw October 11, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Arthur: Everybody knows that Root has spent millions of dollars to seal his personal records.

    And his incisors.

  12. avatar
    Joey October 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    It is impossible to attend school in the U.S. as a foreign student without an F-1 Student Visa. You can’t get into the country or be accepted for admission, let alone receive financial aid.
    No F-1 Student Visa was ever issued to Barack Obama, II.

  13. avatar
    nbc October 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Conspiracy theorist, yes, but apparently Wayne Allyn Root is not a birther.

    Root is just upset that his ‘classmate’ became successful whil he himself well,… we have seen it…

    Poor soul…

  14. avatar
    Steve October 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Joey:
    It is impossible to attend school in the U.S. as a foreign student without an F-1 Student Visa. You can’t get into the country or be accepted for admission, let alone receive financial aid.
    No F-1 Student Visa was ever issued to Barack Obama, II.

    Oh, come on, don’t you know there are ways around everything?
    (sarcasm).

  15. avatar
    #Birther Watch October 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    A former Newt Gingrich staffer and now lawyer Jason Shepherd has a new post up at my blog. It’s a 25 slide presentation on the history of ‘Natural Born Citizens’. It’s really well done and a privilege to host.

    You can view it here: http://birtherwatch.blogspot.com/2013/10/history-of-natural-born-citizens.html

  16. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy October 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    One of his slides says: “Both rules of citizenship [jus soli and jus sanguinis] became engrained in English Common Law by the time of the Founding.” From what I have read, most authorities would not agree with this statement. Both rules were in effect (creating natural born citizens) at the time of the Founding no doubt, but most authorities would say that only jus soli was part of the Common Law, the other being statutory law.

    #Birther Watch: A former Newt Gingrich staffer and now lawyer Jason Shepherd has a new post up at my blog. It’s a 25 slide presentation on the history of ‘Natural Born Citizens’. It’s really well done and a privilege to host.

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    #Birther Watch October 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I’ll let him know, doc. Maybe he’ll come over here for some follow-up. 🙂

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    One of his slides says: “Both rules of citizenship [jus soli and jus sanguinis] became engrained in English Common Law by the time of the Founding.” From what I have read, most authorities would not agree with this statement. Both rules were in effect (creating natural born citizens) at the time of the Founding no doubt, but most authorities would say that only jus soli was part of the Common Law, the other being statutory law.

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    dunstvangeet October 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    The ultimate rule of U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark was that Wong Kim Ark was a citizen of the United States, because he was born in the United States, and that was the English Common Law from the founding of this country.

    Also, he has a few slides on dual citizen. I doubt that he’d agree that the United States gave up sovereignity on who they declare as citizens, so why would they care who other states declare as citizens?

  19. avatar
    ZixiOfIx October 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    #Birther Watch:
    A former Newt Gingrich staffer and now lawyer Jason Shepherd has a new post up at my blog. It’s a 25 slide presentation on the history of ‘Natural Born Citizens’. It’s really well done and a privilege to host.

    You can view it here: http://birtherwatch.blogspot.com/2013/10/history-of-natural-born-citizens.html

    Is he the guy that Calista Gingrich made wear the elephant costume at campaign stops? Callista Gingrich Requires Her Entourage Include Costume Elephant and Other Revelations

  20. avatar
    Jim October 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    One of his slides says: “Both rules of citizenship [jus soli and jus sanguinis] became engrained in English Common Law by the time of the Founding.” From what I have read, most authorities would not agree with this statement. Both rules were in effect (creating natural born citizens) at the time of the Founding no doubt, but most authorities would say that only jus soli was part of the Common Law, the other being statutory law.

    If that was the case, they wouldn’t have thought that there was a need to pass the Naturalization Act of 1790…which was to recognize jus sanguinis. So, obviously, a large number of the signers of the Constitution thought it wasn’t covered.

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    mimi October 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Root previously said Obama lost his citizenship.

    “…he became an Indonesian citizen. You cannot attend Indonesian schools, Indonesian public schools, without becoming an Indonesian citizen”.

    http://www.thefogbow.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=8089&p=551826#p551826

    Also here:

    “Here’s my gut belief: Obama got a leg up by being admitted to both Occidental and Columbia as a foreign exchange student. He was raised as a young boy in Indonesia. But did his mother ever change him back to a U.S. citizen? When he returned to live with his grandparents in Hawaii or as he neared college-age preparing to apply to schools, did he ever change his citizenship back? I’m betting not.”

    http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/obama%E2%80%99s-college-classmate-the-obama-scandal-is-at-columbia/

    And now he sez Obama just pretended to be a citizen of Indonesia?

    I count him as a birther. And a liar.

    And, BTW, Chuck Woolery is promoting Root’s latest:
    https://twitter.com/chuckwoolery/status/386887791033872384

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    Norbrook October 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Of course the President’s college records are “sealed,” just as mine are. I know I’ve spent … nothing … (oops, I mean millions!!!) to seal them.

    It’s also not surprising (except to Wayne Allyn Root) that he wouldn’t remember having met Obama at Columbia. Really, how many people do you remember from your college days? I remember a few people I was close to, a couple of fellow students, some of my professors, but even among those in my fairly small major, not a lot of others, let alone in the college at large. Here’s a great story from Josh Marshall:
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/me-ted

    He actually attended Princeton with Ted Cruz, but had no memory of him. His wife did, but mainly not a complimentary memory. Apparently Ted was a major league asshole even then, hence his “memorability.” Most of the “nice people” aren’t quite as memorable.

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    Charlie Burrow October 14, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    I was at the University of Washington in 1961-2 when Obama’s mother Stanley Ann Dunham was there, with baby Barack, but I don’t recall meeting her, although I suspect we both were at the on-campus appearances of President John Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who each gave speeches there in November, 1961. No doubt they were there to boost the budding Obama-for-President conspiracy.

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    Crustacean October 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    mimi: And, BTW, Chuck
    Woolery is promoting Root’s latest:

    Question: How much wool could Chuck Woolery chuck if Chuck Woolery could chuck wool?

    Answer: OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST USURPER, AND HE WANTS TO TAKE AWAY ALL OF YOUR GUNS!!!!!!

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    Rickey October 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    mimi:
    Root previously said Obama lost his citizenship.

    “…he became an Indonesian citizen. You cannot attend Indonesian schools, Indonesian public schools, without becoming an Indonesian citizen”.

    Perhaps the Political Science major finally figured out that Obama couldn’t possibly have lost his citizenship while he was in Indonesia.