While birthers like Donald Trump try to rewrite history insofar as their role in making birthersism what it is today, Southern Baptist pastor and erstwhile presidential candidate Wiley Drake displays a refreshing candor regarding his role, and at the worst he is doing no more than padding his resume a bit.
I credit Phillip Berg of Pennsylvania with filing the foundational lawsuit challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president, August 21, 2008. It was Berg who popularized the “Grandmother Tape” and turned Internet rumors into a federal lawsuit. Drake, along with Alan Keys and persistent tweeter Markham Robinson, filed suit in California, assisted by attorneys Orly Taitz and Gary Kreep, but not until January of 2009, minutes after Obama had already taken office and whatever standing a presidential candidate had to challenge Obama had evaporated the moment they were no longer a candidate in any sense of the word. Still Drake played a role and probably the most important thing he did was to provide the venue where Orly Taitz burst upon the scene as the queen of the birthers.
Baptist News writer Bob Allen tells Drake’s story in a deadpan style.