Monday, April 27, 2009

Conservatives skeptical of Obama's birth

WASHINGTON - A leading coalition of conservative politicians and pundits on Monday expressed continued skepticism over President Barack Obama's birth.

The group, known as Barack Obama's Miracle Birth Augments Socialist Tyranny (BOMBAST), is led by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a leading critic of Obama's legitimacy as commander-in-chief.

"We haven't seen any conclusive proof that Barack Obama was, in fact, born," Shelby said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "And if he wasn't born, then he isn't President of the United States, constitutionally speaking."

Throughout the 2008 presidential race, the Obama campaign maintained that their candidate was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961. The campaign maintained a Web site, fightthesmears.com, which included a certified copy of Obama's birth certificate. Though Obama posted the document to quiet rumors that he was never born, conservative pundits were still not satisfied.

"That birth certificate is clearly a modern-day forgery," asserted conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. "Why can't we get the original digital printout from 1961? Is that too much to ask? Well, it is if you never existed."

Obama became a national figure in 2004, when he delivered a keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in support of then-presidential nominee John Kerry. Then running for U.S. senator in Illinois, Obama captivated millions with his eloquence, youth and vitality.

"He just came out of nowhere," Shelby said of Obama. "Real people are born."

Limbaugh cited the 2007 stamp on Obama's birth certificate as further proof that the president doesn't exist.

"Obama first electrified the Dems in 2004, and his birth certificate is dated 2007. Coincidence? I think not," Limbaugh said last November. "It's simply a cover-up to disguise his lack of experience in being alive."

Shelby pointed to Obama's devoted worldwide following as further proof.

"Everywhere he goes, Obama is hailed like a messiah," he said. "It's as if he's a god to them. Someone up in the heavens on the astral plane. Certainly not someone who is busy in the White House reversing the Bush doctrine and regressive tax cuts. That's not happening. No way."

Republicans in both houses of Congress are currently at work on legislation requiring Obama to prove his birth. The Show Your Face Act will compel Obama to provide original documentation of his 1961 birth, including soiled diapers and his original foreskin. It will also demand a full interview from Obama's alleged mother, Anne Dunham, who died in 1995.

"Obama's parents are dead," radio pundit Michael Savage said on Election Day. "And his grandmother just happens to die the day before the election. That leaves no one else to vouch for his birth. How convenient! I smell a setup."

The bill would also require the president to address a joint session of Congress at least once a year, preferably in January. If passed, the legislation would remain in effect through Jan. 20, 2013, at which time the GOP minority could choose to renew it for four more years.

The White House denies the charges.

"Barack Obama is the president and is very much alive," a senior administration official said. "I just talked to him a few minutes ago, in fact. The president feels that he put these rumors to bed a long time ago, just by being there to talk about them. How much more proof do you need?"

Still, Shelby remains unconvinced.

"There's simply no way that this man is fit to be president," he said. "He claims to have been a baby, yet he appears to be a full-grown man. He also claims to be born in Hawaii, yet he lives in Washington, D.C. Something doesn't add up.

"Until we know for sure, BOMBAST will continue to doubt Obama's existence," Shelby concluded. "But we know one thing for sure: whether or not Obama was ever born, he did attend that madrassa school in Indonesia."

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