Conservative support for president on citizenship question

National Review – long one of the most respected publications of modern American conservativism – has weighed in with support for President Barack Obama in regard to allegations that he is not legally a United States citizen. The questions have generated a certain amount of controversy in the past and have resurfaced in recent weeks.

The Obama presidential campaign responded to the allegations during last year’s election and now the Obama White House has also spoken on the matter, ridiculing claims of the so-called “birthers.”

From time to time it is necessary for the esteemed institutions of political movements to police their own ranks, swatting down unseemly sentiments, puzzling pursuits and inane ideas. That is a role NR has conscientiously assumed over the years (though I have taken issue with some of their treatment of Ayn Rand’s work), and is now exercising that responsibility in this case. It is to their credit.

I don’t like the fact that Barack Obama won the last presidential election. Yet to deny reality or lend credence to conspiracies would be to become as ill-willed and irrational as those who drove around with “He’s NOT my president” bumper stickers over the last eight years. We can do better than that.



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4 responses to “Conservative support for president on citizenship question

  1. srini

    I never thought birth of Obama will become such a big discussion topic. I am following this closely to see where this conspiracy ends. Meanwhile I have collected some good articles and sites related to Barack Obama (more than 200 sites or articles). If you are interested take a look at the below link

  2. Brian Johnson


    You raise a number of different issues, using all of them to justify your conspiracy theory.

    Certainly there are unrevealed points of biography on Obama that might shed additional light on his personal background or psychological character.

    That doesn’t mean he’s not a citizen. By the way, what is your response to the fact that two separate local newspapers published birth announcements at the time?


  3. Jim Bowman

    Now this article alleging to be from conservative sources looks rather odd as it it placed directly above a Robin Carnahan for Senate article. Was it froma “conservative source” as well?

    I heard “Snopes” defined as a non-partisan rumor squelching site today. Snopes is not without its bias. Another such site is “TruthorFiction” which has somewhat less bias.

    A “certification of live birth” is not an original document as would be a “birth certificate”. The latter is a state form filled out at the time and place of birth. The former is a secondary document which purports to be based upon some original documentation of the actual birth–a foreign birth certificate perhaps.

    I don’t believe anyone is questioning whether or not one Barack Hussein Obama was born somewhere or that his parents had an address in Hawaii at the time. The entirity of the question is somewhat more complex however. Was he born in Hawaii or in Kenya as his father’s family has stated.

    Did he receive grants to attend college by denying American citizenship? What sort of pasport did he use to visit Pakistan in 1981? It certainly was not an American passport.

    Then there is that ill-fated lawsuit of Philip Berg’s. Now Berg is a life-long Democrat and a former assistant attorney general of Pennsylvania, nice as it would be for Obama he is not simply some kook.

    Berg’s suit was dismissed due to a “lack of standing”. Does that particularly make any real sense to you? An American citizen lacks the necessary standing to ask the courts to require the Constitution be obeyed? Pardon me, I though this was the United States of America.

  4. Jim Bowman

    Barack Hussein Obama’s “birthday” is coming up next week — on August 4th… so we have a very special birthday present planned for him, and I would like YOU to be a part of it.
    FAX All 50 State Attorneys General To
    Prosecute Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate FRAUD:

    According to published reports, Barack Obama’s legal team has been paid over one million dollars, so far, to STOP anyone from seeing his birth certificate, or, for that matter, ANY of his actual identification documents:
    Actual long-form birth certificate (NOT an easily-forged electronic copy of a short-form document that is not even officially accepted in Hawaii)
    Passport files
    Harvard Law School records
    Columbia University records
    Occidental College records, including financial aid that he may have received
    Punahou School records, where Mr. Obama attended from the fifth grade until he finished high school
    Noelani Elementary School records, where Barack Obama attended kindergarten (according to the Hawaii Department of Education, students must submit a birth certificate to register — but parents may bring a passport or student visa if the child is from a foreign country)
    Complete files and schedules of his years as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004
    Illinois State Bar Association records
    Baptism records
    Obama/Dunham marriage license
    Obama/Dunham divorce documents
    Soetoro/Dunham marriage license
    Soetero/Dunham Adoption records
    The issue of the Occidental College records is especially pertinent. The United States Justice Foundation (USJF) served officials at Occidental College with a subpoena to produce records concerning Barack Obama’s attendance there during the 1980’s, because those records could document whether he was attending as a foreign national. You see, Mr. Obama attended the school on a scholarship — and there are questions as to whether the financial aid he received was reserved for foreign students. The Obama attorneys have bent over backward to block us. He doesn’t want anyone to see those records. Those financial records STILL have not been released.

    WHAT is Barack Obama trying to hide? WHAT is he afraid of? WHY doesn’t he just release these documents to prove that he is a natural-born citizen and, therefore, qualified to serve as President — especially his actual birth certificate?

    Isn’t it time we FORCED him to come clean? His “birthday” is the PERFECT time to do it!
    FAX All 50 State Attorneys General To
    Prosecute Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate FRAUD:

    I dared bring Barack Obama into court to force him to produce his birth certificate, and put an end to the controversy over his status as a “natural born” citizen once and for all. And now he’s coming after me and the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) — the public-interest legal group that I founded over 30 years ago — with a vengeance!

    Why? Because we dare to seek the TRUTH!

    And they must have something to hide, because Mr. Obama’s attorneys have threatened to spend, and then sanction, USJF out of existence.

    That’s why USJF started this effort to convince State Attorneys General, all across the country, to investigate whether Barack Obama has committed perjury by knowingly filing false nomination papers… claiming to be constitutionally eligible to run for, and serve as, President of the United States. As you know, the available evidence shows that he was born in what is now Kenya, in Africa.

    Frankly, the evidence that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Africa — not Hawaii as he claims — and, therefore, cannot serve as the President of the United States, is compelling.
    First, Mr. Obama’s refusal to release his birth certificate. If he has nothing to hide, what does he gain by refusing to allow the public to see the birth certificate?
    Second, the contention by Barack Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, that Mr. Obama was born in a particular Hawaiian hospital, only to claim that it was in a different hospital several years later. And, most recently, Barack Hussein Obama has contradicted himself, in writing, regarding the name of the hospital where he claims to have been born.
    Third, a taped phone conversation with Mr. Obama’s step-grandmother in Kenya, who claims that she was present at his birth… in what is now called Kenya!
    Fourth, the “birth certificate” posted on the Obama campaign website and other liberal websites. Since Barack Obama was born in 1961, long before laser printers and office computers, his original birth certificate would be typewritten … unlike the laser printed “copy” purported to be genuine.
    The evidence demands that Barack Obama answer why he has been hiding the truth from the American people about his eligibility to run for, and serve as, President!
    FAX All 50 State Attorneys General To
    Prosecute Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate FRAUD:

    It’s TRUE. Not only does Mr. Obama continue to categorically refuse to produce the decisive evidence proving whether he is a “natural born” citizen, his high-priced LA-based “dream team” of attorneys has USJF squarely in its crosshairs! And they’re loading both barrels!

    So, unless you help me and my team here at USJF to stand our ground in court, Mr. Obama’s hired guns could blow a financial hole in USJF’s ability to be the proverbial thorn in Mr. Obama’s side!

    Barack Obama continues to battle any attempt to see his real birth certificate — producing only a phony one posted on his website — as well as fighting us tooth and nail as we seek access to his college records… records which we believe may prove that he was foreign born!

    USJF served a subpoena upon Occidental College to gain access to Mr. Obama’s college records, and we are fighting to get at the truth on many other fronts, as well, including:
    Appealing a case filed by USJF in California, all the way up to the United States Supreme Court, if necessary, on behalf of 2008 Presidential candidate Alan Keyes, calling into question Mr. Obama’s status as a “natural born” citizen;

    Funding and assisting local attorneys and Plaintiffs, in similar lawsuits, in Ohio, Hawaii, and Mississippi — AND we’ll soon be filing more lawsuits; and

    We have initiated a campaign demanding that every State Attorney General in the country take action now to force Mr. Obama to just show us the TRUTH.
    You see, when Barack Obama officially entered the office of President, he became, in essence, a “pretender to the throne.” According to the Constitution, only a “natural born citizen” can occupy the presidency.

    Even though he was sworn in on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama is NOT legally the President of the United States, unless he can prove that he is a “natural born citizen.”

    What’s more, every action taken by him while he occupies the White House may be invalid. If he cannot legally be President, every law passed by Congress will be null and void, as the Constitution clearly requires that all laws be signed by the President… and, without a legally elected and sworn in President in office, that becomes an impossibility!

    Quite frankly, this crisis must be ended! And it must be ended NOW!

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