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Confronting The Lies About Barack Obama’s Citizenship

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The Chicago Tribune looks into the allegations put forward by those questioning Barack Obama’s citizenship:

•The birth form released by Obama was “an unsigned, forged and thoroughly discredited” live birth form, Schulz says.

Last summer, Obama’s campaign presented a digital copy of his certificate of live birth. After critics questioned its authenticity, staff at FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, said they had seen, held and examined the actual birth certificate.

The results of FactCheck’s investigation can be found here.

A copy of the Certificate of Live Birth, identical to others issued by the State of Hawaii and containing the requisite official seals, can be found here.

A thorough debunking of the arguments claiming that the COLB is a forgery can be found here.

•”Hawaiian officials will not confirm” that Obama was born in their state, Schulz says.

Initially, Hawaiian officials said that privacy laws prevented them from releasing a copy or confirming that Obama’s copy was authentic. But in late October as questions persisted, Hawaii’s health director and head of vital statistics reviewed Obama’s birth certificate in the department’s vault and vouched for its authenticity.

Details about that can be found here.

•Schulz says that legal affidavits state Obama was born in Kenya.

The affidavits that Schulz refers to are filings by the Obama critics themselves in the court cases challenging Obama’s citizenship.

Quite frankly, anyone can say anything they want in an affidavit; that doesn’t mean it’s true.

•Obama’s paternal grandmother is recorded on tape saying she attended Obama’s birth in Kenya, Schulz says.

The group’s Web site posted what it says is a transcript of a long-distance phone conversation in Swahili and English from late October between a questioner in the United States and Sarah Hussein Obama, in her Kenyan home. The translator said he was one of two interpreters conducting the interview in a crowded hut during a celebration, over a speaker phone that dropped the call three times. A copy of the recording was not provided by Schulz.

Without a copy of the recording and independent translation, there’s no reason to believe that this allegation is true.

• Schulz says that “U.S. law in effect in 1961 [the year of Obama’s birth] denied citizenship to any child born in Kenya if the father was Kenyan and the mother was not yet 19 years of age.”

If a child is born in the United States—as Hawaiian officials state that Obama was—that child is a U.S. citizen regardless of his or her parents’ nationalities. If born to an American parent outside the U.S., the law at the time would require the U.S. citizen parent to be at least 19, which Obama’s mother was not. The provisions of this law were subsequently loosened and made retroactive for government employees serving abroad and their families. It appears that this would not apply to Obama’s mother. The matter would seem to be academic: Hawaiian officials vouch for Obama’s birth certificate.

There’s simply no evidence that Barack Obama was born anywhere other than Honolulu Hawaii.

•Schulz says that in 1965, Obama’s mother relinquished whatever Kenyan or U.S. citizenship she and Obama had by marrying an Indonesian and becoming a naturalized Indonesian citizen.

U.S. law lists the specific acts and formal procedures necessary to relinquish U.S. nationality. The statute requires the acts be performed voluntarily and with the intention of relinquishing one’s nationality. In many instances, one must be 18 to renounce one’s citizenship. Obama moved to Indonesia in 1968 and moved back to Hawaii while still in grade school. There is no indication that Obama renounced his U.S. citizenship.

And no legal argument supporting the assertion that his mother could have renounced his citizenship for him before he reached 18.

Schulz supports his argument with a reproduced Indonesian school document that states Obama’s citizenship at that time as “Indonesian.” But the same document also lists Obama’s birthplace as ” Honolulu, Hawaii.”

Oops on that one, I guess.

Game. Set. Match.