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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.

Devvy Kidd: Injured in crash with reality

Birther pundit Devvy Kidd  is a long time Obama eligibility denialist. She’s expressing some hope in Mike Zullo and the Cold Case Posse in an article titled “GOP: Pay Back for Ignoring Obama’s Ineligibility” this past Sunday on her News With Views web site. The thesis of her article is that if Congress hadn’t let Obama become President, then they wouldn’t be having a budget crisis today (ignoring the history of Republican government and deficits).

Kidd’s byline is “Where Reality Shatters Illusion” and she was probably injured in the crash with reality as evidenced this pile of broken illusion shards from the article:

There is zero evidence Barry Soetoro was ever in Hawaii until age 5. No one knows who he really is or even where he was born.

Obviously the statement is meant to refer to President Barack Obama, and President Obama released a birth certificate and showed it to the Press a couple of years ago. It says he was born in Hawaii. Hawaii Governor Abercrombie has even stated that he himself saw the infant Obama in Hawaii. The 1961 Hawaii Birth Index, newspaper announcements, and US State Department documents obtained by FOIA all constitute evidence that the President was born in Hawaii and was certainly there before the age of 5. That’s reality.

Speaking of “zero evidence,” Kidd repeats one of the more stupid birther rumors (actually an April Fool’s joke), that President Obama attended Occidental College under the name “Barry Soetoro.” And of course, the only reason that Congress certified the 2008 and 2012 elections of the obviously ineligible Obama is because “his skin is black.” But, let’s get to the main course:

Months ago, Congressman Steve Stockman [R-TX] received a full briefing with all the evidence from Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse lead investigator, Mike Zullo. None of us are privy to what’s going on behind the scenes, but allegedly, Stockman is working the evidence with other members of Congress. I suppose it’s too much to hope for he and any others would come out in a press conference and lay it all out including a bill to investigate Barry for his crimes. I guess time will tell, but we don’t have the luxury of time as long as the effeminate usurper squats in the White House.

That’s right, Kidd is not privy to the facts, but is happy to repeat the rumors. Kidd, to use her own words, is “a serial liar and malignant narcissist.” What a piece of work!

Why the idea that the President attended Columbia University as “Barry Soetoro” is beyond silly

Orly Taitz’ latest shiny object is a report from Al Hendershot, a skip tracer from Alabama, that he found a 2010 record in one of his databases that lists a “Barry Soetoro” with a Columbia University address. Hendershot thinks this is evidence Obama attended Columbia as a foreign student. He’s being silly.

The original story was an April Fool joke that Obama attended Occidental College as a foreign student. This may be one of the most successful April Fool jokes of all time, surpassing the Orson Wells radio broadcast that Martians had landed in New Jersey (which was not broadcast on April 1 anyway).

First, there is no way a name and address from the 1980’s is going to appear in for the first time in some skip-tracing database in 2010 unless somebody intentionally created a transaction, such as a credit application, for the purpose of inserting the record. This is obviously a birther trick  and only somebody hopelessly naive would fail to recognize this.

For the benefit of readers who have never been to college in the US, this is how things work. When you apply to a college, you have your high school submit a transcript. Well President Obama went high school in Hawaii under the name of Barack (or Barry) Obama, not Soetoro. Lots of people remember him from high school. Some of his friends even wrote a book about it. Obama is in the Punahau yearbook, and Punahou School proudly celebrates its famous alumnus named Obama, not Soetoro.

Barack Obama graduated from high school as Barack Obama, ergo, he entered Occidental College as Barack Obama. There are many references and published interviews confirming the President at Occidental, under the name Obama. Occidental College proudly celebrates its famous alumnus named Obama, not Soetoro.


The president then transferred from Occidental to Columbia University. When you transfer from one college to another, you have a transcript sent; you don’t send it yourself, the school does. The President attended Occidental as Barack Obama, ergo he attended Columbia University as Barack Obama.

His name appears on the list of graduates supplied to Brietbart News by Columbia University:

And we also see Barack Obama, not Barry Soetoro, in the Columbia graduation program. Columbia celebrates its famous alumnus, Barack Obama, not Barry Soetoro.

Following graduation from Columbia University, Barack Obama attended Harvard University. When one applies to graduate school, one must have the undergraduate transcript sent to the graduate school. The President went to Harvard as Barack Obama, ergo it said Barack Obama on his transcript from Columbia, not Soetoro. Harvard Law School celebrates its famous alumnus, Barack Obama, not Barry Soetoro.


As a normal human being, it is hard to grasp how someone would fall for an April Fool joke and try to keep it alive for years, risking their professional livelihood by violating the terms of service of a critical tool used in their job, and making themself the object of universal ridicule on the Internet.

Yes, one of my (former) Facebook friends believes it

The obvious error is that the name is wrong. The person on the list of graduates from Columbia is Barack Hussein Obama, not Barry Soetoro (photo courtesy or Breitbart News).

Also, Columbia ID cards like that didn’t start being used until 1996, and the student ID on the card belongs to somebody else, whose card is on the Internet, and from which Obama’s was faked. Note that this foreign student (German) doesn’t have “Foreign Student” on his ID.

The Obama photo used in the fake it was taken in 1991-1992, and in higher resolution.

Fake, fake, fake.

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Trump drops other shoe

It really wasn’t with Donald Trump in mind that I named the latest occasional open thread, “Waiting for the other shoe to drop;” nevertheless, it seems appropriate now, as there has been so much antwitterpation of Donald Trump’s “October Surprise” revelation about Barack Obama.

Big Bird holding sign "Will work for food"It turns out that birther concern troll Trump isn’t revealing anything about Obama beyond an offer to donate $5 million to charity if Obama releases his college and passport records. Big Bird could probably use the money right now. Trump is reported to have a net worth somewhere around $3 billion, so his offer amounts to .1% of his riches. I think Obama should hold out for a lot more money plus Romney’s tax returns.

So what is the reaction on Twitter? Samples from #trump:

  • Somewhere right now, Barack Obama is laughing so hard milk is coming out of his nose.
  • Donald #Trump is a national treasure. Do you know how hard it is to be the village idiot in a place as big as New York?
  • Hey Democrats, let’s do it #Trump style and put out a reward for anyone willing to turn in Mitt Romney’s missing tax returns.
  • Obama asks James Bond for help with Trump’s offer:
  • Obligatory Donald Trump mockery: Hey, #trump , I’ll donate $500 to the charity of your choice if you let me yank on your head ferret.
  • That’s a Clown October Surprise, bro
  • Willard Mitt Romney: October surprise: I’m a member of cult that wears robes behind closed doors and worships men on other planets
  • I will donate $5 million to charity if Donald Trump will disclose what that thing is on his head
  • #pointless and #trump are trending
  • Remember that time when Geraldo opened up Al Capone’s vault and found nothing but some dusty bottles? That’s what this feels like.
  • #Trump I’m mostly offended that you’d dangle $5mil over the heads of helpless people! As if their plight is a game!
  • Exactly. Treating money like it is nothing when you could do tons of charitable works with it.
  • Only a billionaire megalomaniac would attempt 2 bribe a President by withholding donations to charities #trump
  • Donald Trump is the Honey Boo Boo of rich people #trump
  • Donald Trump gets caught on tape pretending he has $5,000,000 dollars. His accountant demands answers… #trump
  • Remember: It only counts as a letdown if you were expecting more.
  • Someone should make a Kickstarter to offer #Trump 5 million to shut up about #Obama already.
  • Donald Trump to announce plans to leap off Empire State Building, using his hair as a parachute #trump

You might ask about positive comments, but there weren’t any.

Crosby misrepresents PBS documentary

Dan Crosby of the Daily Pen web site has received much criticism from me for making stuff up, and calling it fact. He’s at it again in an article that I found at Obama Release Your Records titled “PBS documentary producers find no evidence Obama attended Columbia.” The documentary Crosby refers to is the excellent video from the PBS Frontline series titled “The Choice 2012.” Crosby writes:

However, when the producers attempted to film a segment about Obama’s attendance at Columbia University, they were unable to locate even one of Obama’s classmates from New York based University and, instead, recorded an interview with an alleged “roommate” who shared a rundown New York apartment with Obama.

I went through the video for any support for this statement, and there is no commentary at all about trying to find friends or being “unable to locate” anyone. One of Obama’s Occidental classmates, Sohale Siddiqi followed Obama from Occidental to New York  and was labeled “roommate” in the video in the Columbia College segment and there is a photo of Obama and Siddiqi (mentioned as and as Sadik in Obama’s autobiography). I don’t know for sure if Mr. Siddiqu was a classmate of Obama’s (although I think he was), but the documentary did not include just one person labeled “roommate”, but two of them (and never uses the word “alleged” with either). The second roommate is Phil Boerner. A major contributor (both on screen and off) to the film’s Obama segments was David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story. In that book, Maraniss makes it clear that roommate Boerner was also a fellow student at Columbia, saying:

Boerner was accustomed to moving every few years and was feeling restless after two years in Eagle Rock. “I’ve had enough of Oxy, although I will miss many good friends I made there,” he wrote in his journal. “But the school was too small, the city too inaccessible (no car), and life too easy and the students too apathetic because of this. I feel that being in New York, and at Columbia, will alter all of these ‘toos’— Columbia is larger,

Maraniss, David (2012-06-19). Barack Obama (p. 385). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Maraniss also mentions in his book another classmate from Columbia who remembers Obama (and shared a Spanish class with him):

Three or four times a week, when there were open hours on the court late in the day, he would walk up to the Dodge Physical Fitness Center for pickup basketball games. Ron Sunshine, a freshman during Obama’s junior year, remembered asking him one day, “How did you get so good?”

Maraniss, David (2012-06-19). Barack Obama (pp. 432-433). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Since Maraniss is the major source of the Obama material in the film, certainly the sources he knew were available to the producers of the film. One commentator in the film describes Obama as leading an “almost monkish existence” at Columbia with a small circle of friends, but there were friends and classmates, and girlfriends that remembered Obama, and the makers of The Choice 2012 knew that.

Crosby’s article is a work of fiction, and completely worthless.

The Brietbart web site also confirmed that Obama graduated from Columbia in 1983.