Totally out of character, I know, but since ★FALCON★ doesn’t use his real name, I can’t add him to my prayer list.
So I was minding my own business making nice at Birther Report when all of the sudden, and completely off topic, I get this:
On November 4, 2013, you published an article titled “New revelation: Obama finds his birth certificate.” The article references a story found in Double Down: Game change 2012, by Mark Halperin and John Heilmann (sic). Yet you knew this title was a lie. A line from the book (and excerpted in your article) says as much: “White House Counsel Bob Bauer took one look at the booklet in Obama’s hand and knew it wasn’t the birth certificate.”
Halperin and Heilmann’s (sic) version of events reads in part:
“[Obama] started rummaging through the boxes, digging, digging, until suddenly he found it: a small, four-paneled paper [Kapiolani ] booklet the world had never seen before . . . On one inside page were his name, his mother’s name, and his date of birth; on the other were his infant footprints.”
In your article you write, “The book tells us that Obama, after finding the hospital souvenir booklet, was motivated to release some documentation, and showed the booklet to his chief legal advisor, Robert Bauer.”
So let me see if I have this right: Obama, so the story goes, is preoccupied with crackpot birther theories, and lo and behold he finds a monumental souvenir complete with newborn footprints. Obama can scarcely conceal his giddiness as he shows it to Bauer. Importantly, it carries the potential to silence all the persistent “carnival barkers.”
And it motivates him — motivates him to release, as you put it, ‘some documentation.’ Yup, he’s motivated now by golly. Public opinion surveys which revealed damn near half the country still had doubts about his biographical narrative hadn’t motivated him. Neither had all those pesky eligibility court cases. Not even the implications of a foreign parliament declaring him a native son. Nope. It took finding a keepsake. Something ‘the world had never seen before.’
Nor would it ever see. Was a scan of this ever so salient booklet posted at White House.gov alongside the long-form pdf marvel? Did Carney speak of it? Was a copy of it included in the much-touted packet reporters received nine days later? Did Savannah Guthrie, Rachel Maddow, or Melissa Harris Perry squeal over how cute were his itty bitty footprints? Did an edict go forth from Eric Boehlert to bury birtherism with it? Did Valerie demand, throw this in their faces? Did Obama himself ever pull it out of his pocket? Were the footprints slapped on a coffee mug? (We know how he likes to peddle those coffee mugs.) But no.
Now, why do you suppose that is? Just maybe because it never existed? Gee, I dunno. I’m just a dumb birther. You tell me. Tell me why we’ve never seen what ‘the world had never seen before.’
I stand by my story, and replied:
In response to your spurious complaint:
My story title is true. The account from the book (very excellent book, by the way) talks about Obama finding his birth certificate. What is described is a birth certificate, a hospital issued certificate. It’s not an official government document, but it is nonetheless a birth certificate. Such a document can be used as evidence (but not the sole evidence) to get a passport (along with affidavits, family Bible entries, etc.)
What Obama found was A birth certificate, even if not THE birth certificate. But then, I never called it that, did I? My article is not misleading in any way.
I presume the reason that this hospital certificate was not released is that it is essentially a souvenir, and not an official government document. What was released was an official document, signed by the director of vital statistics and repeatedly verified by the State of Hawaii. It is the legal birth certificate.
Apparently, I had stepped into one of ★FALCON★’s little pet research projects, and he saw the exchange up to this point in a totally different light:
Spurious”? HA, you just got your ass handed to you. Ole flabby Dr. Crunt eviscerated using his own logic in a jiujitsu mental pretzel. I only wish I could give Sojourner one hundred thumbs-up for that public whipping you just took.
And let me guess, that was one of the SEVEN sterling articles you posted over the weekend in reference and in combination to the thrashing Zullo laid out on Friday night.
Yeah, you’re week, emasculated, and now, exposed once again as a flaming flip-flopper using your own pathetic dia-drivel.
Totally clueless as to what ★FALCON★ meant, I replied simply:
If you don’t know what spurious means, look it up.
What transpired after that was an assertion by somebody else that I would be soon arrested by “MccCcp” (sic) and then ★FALCON★ got back in with something I have noticed him referring to before, but I hadn’t followed up on:
Roughly three weeks ago I posted the entire itinerary for November 4, 2013 and there was no time for any rummaging in old boxes. Between the flight and fundraising there was no more time left in the day.
Additionally, this is what is called priming the pump for a future release to counter verified evidence released by Zullo and the CCP. Dr. Crunt, even in his advanced state of decay, should be able to recognize when someone is jumping a criminal case with the hopes of avoiding a trip to the gallows.
And make no mistake – Obama knows the stakes, and so does Jarrett, but they went for it all, none the less. Joining them will be a host of parasitic Democrats and flaccid Republicans.
Of course his date was nonsense, but I think he meant something else and eventually he reposted the President’s itinerary for April 14, 2011, the date of Obama’s trip to Chicago when the book says he found his birth certificate. Here’s what ★FALCON★ posted:
So, how does your comment refute my post? This is the date Obama claims he found the box of crap.
Even if you allow this latest lie any credence – it looks like the day is entirely bottled up and allows little to no time for digging in old boxes.
Today’s Obama Schedule || April 14, 2011
by Keith Koffler on April 13, 2011, 10:45 pm
4:05 pm || Departs White House
6:10 pm || Arrives in Chicago
6:25 pm Central Time|| Delivers remarks at DNC fundraiser #1; N9NE Restaurant, Chicago
7:35 pm CT|| Delivers remarks at DNC fundraiser #2; MK Restaurant, Chicago
9:30 pm CT|| Delivers remarks at DNC fundraiser #3; Navy Pier, Chicago
All Times Eastern unless otherwise noted
Perhaps the White House looked for a date to collaborate the Chicago birth findings. Interestingly, Obama leaves late in the afternoon and has a fund raiser later that night. When was the scavenger hunt for the birth certificate?
OK, this is serious, ★FALCON★ is trying to use facts, and facts deserve to be taken seriously and to be researched and fact checked (all those things we criticize birthers for not doing). But of course ★FALCON★ hadn’t actually read the book he so vehemently denounced, and had left himself wide open, and I replied:
So that’s what is supposed to pass for birther research?
Your itinerary ends:
9:30 pm CT|| Delivers remarks at DNC fundraiser #3; Navy Pier, Chicago
And the book says:
“Obama was looking forward to spending the night at his house in Kenwood, on the city’s South Side—the redbrick Georgian Revival pile that he and Michelle and their daughters left behind when they took up residence in the White House. He arrived fairly late, after 10: 00 p.m., but then stayed up even later, intrigued by some old boxes that had belonged to his late mother, Ann Dunham.
Halperin, Mark; Heilemann, John (2013-11-05). Double Down: Game Change 2012 (Kindle Locations 180-182). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition.
So, Mr. Falcon, whose ass has been handed to whom?
By the way, Double Down is a fairly long book, and I am still reading it. It follows not just Obama, but also the bevy of Republican contenders in the primaries. I am now at the point following the two nominating conventions on the day of the first presidential debate, which we all know went badly for Obama, as his advisors knew it would.