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People seeking to undermine Barack Obama's legitimacy as president circulated a rumor that he was not born in the United States. On April 27, 2011, Obama releases his long-form birth certificate and asks that the American people and press put an end to the "silliness" and focus on more important matters.
Trump's birther hype
The birther conspiracy held that Mr Obama was born in Kenya or in Indonesia, where he lived as a child, or that the birth certificate revealed other unwholesome information about the president.
During the 2008 presidential campaign Mr Obama released a computer print-out of the birth certificate information that is recognised as an official record of his birth - on passport applications, for instance - and Hawaiian public health officials vouched for its authenticity.
But the move did little to quell the birthers, even as most mainstream Republicans have sought to quash the movement, calling it a distraction from substantive policy disagreements.
New York real estate entrepreneur and reality television star Donald Trump, meanwhile, has publicly flirted with a Republican presidential bid in recent weeks, founded in large part by stoking questions about Mr Obama's origins.
And on Wednesday, Mr Trump took credit for forcing Mr Obama's hand.
"I've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish," Mr Trump told reporters. "He should have done it a long time ago."
The White House released copies of the original birth certificate, with a stamp verifying its authenticity. White House officials said they had been given a waiver by Hawaii public health officials, as the state's policy in general bars release of long-form birth certificates.
Fact Check: Obama releases long-form birth certificate to try to satisfy critics
President Barack Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate, yet another piece of concrete evidence that shows he was born in the United States. The White House said he received a special exemption from the Hawaii Department of Health, which keeps the long-form documents confidential.
The pdf version of the document can be seen here.
In remarks to the press, Obama said that his campaign had already released his birth certificate in 2008. And, in fact, FactCheck.org staffers handled, examined and photographed the “certification of live birth.” That short-form document is what Hawaii releases to citizens who request a copy of their birth certificate, and we confirmed that it meets legal requirements for proving citizenship and obtaining a passport. We concluded: “Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.”
If that wasn’t enough, Hawaii newspapers had run birth announcements in August 1961, shortly after Obama’s birth.
And on top of that, Chiyome Fukino, the then-director of Hawaii’s Department of Health, released a statement in 2008, saying she had seen the original birth certificate on file verifying that Obama was born in Hawaii. Fukino released a second statement in 2009, saying that Obama “is a natural-born American citizen.”
The long-form version that the president released today has a few additional details, beyond what the short-form includes. It says he was born at Kapi’olani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, just as the president has said. And it lists his mother’s birthplace as Wichita, Kansas, and his father’s as Kenya, East Africa. The certificate is also signed by Obama’s mother and an attending physician.
An attorney for Obama, Judith Corley, wrote to the Hawaii Department of Health on April 22, requesting “a waiver of the Department of Health’s policy, so that my client can obtain two certified copies of his original, ‘long form’ birth certificate. Waiver of the Department’s policy in this instance would allow my client to make a certified copy of his original birth certificate publicly available and would also relieve the burden currently being placed on the Department of Health by the numerous inquiries it receives from the media and others relating to my client’s birth record.” Corley also included a letter from Obama, requesting the copies.
On April 25, state Director of Health Loretta J. Fuddy wrote to Obama, saying that she was “making an exception to current departmental policy” and issuing copies of the original Certificate of Live Birth.
Obama said he sought release of the long-form birth certificate so that the nation could focus on more serious matters. “We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” he said.
We certainly have debunked a fair share of silliness on this issue.
But Obama also said he’s sure that no matter what evidence he produced, for some segment of society “this issue will not be put to rest.” Tell us about it, Mr. President.
Obama releases long-form birth certificate
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House released copies of President Barack Obama's original long-form birth certificate Wednesday, seeking to put an end to persistent rumors that he was not born in the United States.
"We do not have time for this kind of silliness," Obama told reporters at the White House.
"Normally I would not comment on something like this," the president said. But the country has "enormous challenges" that it will not be able to effectively meet "if we're distracted."
The president ripped what he characterized as a recent focus on "side shows" and "carnival barkers."
Obama released a shorter, legally binding "certificate of live birth" in 2008, but many opponents of the president continued to assert he was born overseas.
The administration had to make a special request from the state ofHawaiito get the long-form birth certificate released, White House legal counsel Bob Bauer said. Typically, the state only releases what's called a certificate of live birth when people request a birth certificate.
While the president has tried to make light of the controversy, the question has remained political red meat for some of his critics. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed that nearly 75% of Americans believe Obama was definitely or probably born in theUnited States. More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born inAmerica.
The U.S. Constitution says only "natural born" citizens can become president - a vague clause that some members of the "birther" movement contend disqualifies Obama from the presidency, since they believe he was born overseas.
"The president believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said. "It may have been good politics and good (television), but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country.
"At a time of great consequence for this country - when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East,Washington,D.C., was once again distracted by a fake issue," Pfeiffer said. "The president's hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country."
Pfeiffer told reporters that the so-called "birther debate" has been politically damaging to the Republican Party.
Skeptics contend, among other things, that Obama was born in his father's home country ofKenya. Potential GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump recently seized on the issue, saying he had doubts about Obama's background.
Following the White House's release of the long-form birth certificate, Trump told reporters in New Hampshire Wednesday morning that he is "very proud" of himself for helping to bring about the release of the document.
"I've accomplished something nobody else was able to accomplish," Trump said. "I'd want to look at (the birth certificate), but I hope it's true so that we can get on to much more important matters."
Obama "should have (released the certificate) a long, long time ago," he said.
Trump, a billionaire business tycoon and reality television star, blamed the media for repeatedly bringing up the issue. Trump, however, has frequently raised questions about Obama's birthplace during his climb in recent GOP primary polls.
Allegations that Obama was not born in theUnited Stateshave been repeatedly discredited. A recent CNN investigation turned up no evidence to support the birther claims.
Trump admits Obama was born in U.S., but falsely blames Clinton for starting rumors
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday acknowledged for the first time that President Obama was born in the United States, ending his long history of stoking unfounded doubts about the nation’s first African-American president but also seeking to falsely blame Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for starting the rumors.
"Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it, you know what I mean," Trump said at his newly opened luxury hotel in Washington on Friday morning. "President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period."
This is not the first time that Trump has accused Clinton of first raising questions about Obama's birthplace, an assertion that has been repeatedly disproved by fact-checkers who found no evidence that Clinton or her campaign questioned Obama's birth certificate or his citizenship.
Clinton, who also spoke in D.C. on Friday morning, said Trump owes Obama an apology for promoting a false theory about his birthplace. She did not directly address the Trump assertion that her own 2008 campaign promoted the same theory, but her current campaign flatly rejected that claim.
“For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president,” Clinton said. "His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie. There is no erasing it in history."
Obama told reporters on Friday that he “was pretty confident about where I was born,” and White House press secretary Josh Earnest added on Friday afternoon: “With regard to an apology, I don’t think the president much cares.”
Trump's brief statement came during a campaign event at his newly opened hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. The event began more than an hour later than scheduled, and for the first 25 minutes, a series of military veterans talked about why they support him for president. The line-up included Lt. General Thomas G. McInerney, who has also publicly questioned the president's place of birth. Many of the major cable networks carried these comments live, although several cut away as the event dragged on.
Trump took no questions from reporters, who were seated behind several rows of cheering Trump supporters. Reporters, some standing on chairs, tried to shout out questions, with one reporter yelling: "Take some questions!"
Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement that the event was "disgraceful."
"After five years of pushing a racist conspiracy theory into the mainstream, it was appalling to watch Trump appoint himself the judge of whether the President of the United States is American," Mook said. "This sickening display shows more than ever why Donald Trump is totally unfit to be president.”
For years, Trump has been the most prominent backer of the so-called birther movement, which lurked in the dark corners of the Internet until Trump forced it into the mainstream. While drumming up publicity for his own possible run for the White House during the last election cycle, Trump began to aggressively question Obama’s qualifications for office. Trump never came out and said where he thinks the president was born, but he demanded to see the president’s longform birth certificate and other records. Trump also claimed to have hired investigators.
Questions about Obama's birthplace first surfaced in 2008 as he faced Clinton in the Democratic primary. In the spring of that year, some of Clinton's supporters circulated anonymous emails questioning Obama's citizenship but there is no evidence linking those messages to Clinton or her campaign. The Hawaii Department of Health confirmed that Obama was born in Honolulu.
In April 2011, following renewed questions raised by Trump, Obama released his longform Hawaiian birth certificate in the name of putting all of the conspiracy theories to rest, and Trump congratulated himself and said that he "accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish."
But Trump didn’t revise his position and repeatedly questioned the validity of the document Obama released. In an October 2011 interview with CNN, Trump said that if "you check out the Internet, many people say it is not real." In August 2012, Trump tweeted that "an 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."
Days before the 2012 election, Trump posted a video online that labeled Obama "the least transparent president in the history of this country" and demanded that Obama release his college records, college applications and passport records. Trump said that if he ran for president, he would release his tax returns — something that he now refuses to do because he says several years of his returns are under audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Trump is the first nominee from a major party since 1976 to not release his returns, and he has also declined to release documentation of his wife's immigration from Slovenia, full medical records and other documents typically shared by nominees.
When Trump launched his long-shot presidential bid in June 2015, he continued to say in interviews that he didn't know if Obama was born in the United States, but he didn't dwell on the issue as he once did. On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly suggested that the president might not be Christian or that he might sympathize with Islamic State terrorists. In January, Trump said on CNN that he doesn't know where the president was born.
President Obama Releases Birth Certificate to End Birther 'Silliness'
April 27, 2011 -- The White House released copies of President Obama's original birth certificate today to try to put to rest conspiracy theories surrounding the circumstances of his birth and eligibility for office.
The extraordinary move, more than two years into the Obama presidency, followed weeks of mounting frustration inside the White House over what Obama described as a "distraction" and a "sideshow" that was drawing attention away from more pressing issues.
"We've got some enormous challenges out there," the president told reporters at the White House. "There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. We're going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt."
But, he said, the American people are not going to be able to rise to these challenges "if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers."
Later Wednesday, in Chicago, during a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show, the President was in a more jovial mood, joking with Oprah about the "birther" controversy that he hopes today's release will finally "put to rest."
"Can I just say --I was there, so I knew that -- I knew I had been born. I remembered it," Obama said.
"He was born here," First Lady Michelle Obama, sitting by her husband's side for the interview interjected.
Among the documents distributed by White House Counsel Bob Bauer are the president's "long form" birth certificate and correspondence between Bauer and the state of Hawaii, where the president was born.
The president's personal attorney, Judith Corley, flew to Hawaii to pick up the original, certified copies and carry them back to the White House, where she arrived around 5 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.
Unlike the Hawaii certification of live birth, which the Obama campaign released in 2008, the certificate of live birth includes the original, handwritten signatures of Obama's mother Ann Dunham Obama, the attending doctor, and the local registrar.
The document also reveals the location of Obama's birth to be Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu as well as the age, birthplace and occupation of both his father, Barack Obama, Sr., and mother.
His father's birthplace in Kenya was the basis of many unfounded claims that President Obama was born in Kenya, not the U.S. The Constitution stipulates only natural born citizens can be eligible for the presidency.
Obama said he "normally would not comment on stuff like this," but that the urgency of budget problems necessitated his taking steps to put the story to rest.
"We don't have time for this kind of silliness," Obama said before departing for Chicago. "We've got better stuff to do. I've got better stuff to do."
Republican House Speaker John Boehner indicated through a spokesman that he agrees. "This has long been a settled issue," Kevin Smith said in a statement. "The Speaker's focus is on cutting spending, lowering gas prices, and creating American jobs."
Many Americans Believed Birther Claims
Despite claims by Obama and Boehner that Obama's birth is not an issue, polls indicate that more and more Americans have been doubting the president was born in the U.S. Only 33 percent of Republicans said that the president was born in the U.S., with 45 percent sure he was born outside the U.S., and 22 percent unsure where he was born, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll from earlier this month reported.
Even Democrats were unsure of his birthplace with 19 percent of Democrats believing the president was born outside the U.S. or weren't sure where he was born. Among independents, 48 percent were either sure he was born outside the U.S. or weren't clear either way.
While some members of the so-called "birther" movement contend they have questioned the circumstances of Obama's birth well before his presidential campaign, it wasn't until the spring of 2008 when Democratic supporters of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton helped to thrust the issue onto the national stage.
Then-Sen. Obama posted on his campaign website the certificate of live birth that the state of Hawaii provides for those who request copies of their birth certificate instead of the original "long form" copy.
But critics of Obama suggested Obama's refusal to release his long-form birth certificate indicated he had something to hide, a claim that has persisted in the months and years since.
The rumor has been given voice most recently by Donald Trump as Trump considers running for the White House.
Obama Releases His Birth Certificate - HISTORY
Spring 2008: As it becomes clear that Obama is going to win the Democratic nomination, blogs and chain e-mails spread claims that he was not born in Hawaii and may not be eligible to run for president.
June 13, 2008: After many inquiries from reporters, the Obama campaign launches a website called Fight the Smears to address rumors about the candidate. It posts a copy of the Certification of Live Birth, a computer-generated document that says he was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.
Summer 2008: The birth claims continue to be widely circulated. A reporter for FactCheck.org travels to the campaign's Chicago headquarters and is allowed to hold the document. FactCheck declares it is legit.
Oct. 31, 2008: Hawaii's director of the Department of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, declares that he and the head of Vital Statistics "have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obama's original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures." Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle, who is campaigning for Republican presidential contender John McCain, says the document is authentic.
Nov. 4, 2008: Obama is elected.
Spring 2009: Claims of doctored evidence and a cover-up about Obama's foreign birth are rekindled by bloggers and chain e-mails.
May 28, 2009: At a White House press briefing, World Net Daily correspondent Lester Kinsolving asks why the administration won't release "a certified copy of his long form birth certificate listing hospital and physician?" Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responds that the copy posted on the Web is a legitimate birth certificate.
January-February 2011: Republican officials in several states introduce bills requiring future presidential candidates to provide copies of original birth certificates. Businessman Donald Trump speaks to the Conservative Political Action Conference and then begins mentioning his doubts about Obama's birth in media interviews.
April 7, 2011: Trump claims on morning talk shows that Obama's Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth. PoliltiFact rates the claim False.
He also claims that the president "spent $2 million in legal fees trying to get away from this issue." PolitiFact rates that False.
Week of April 18, 2011: White House decides to seek a waiver from Hawaii's prohibition on releasing the long-form birth certificate.
Thursday, April 21: White House counsel Robert F. Bauer speaks with private counsel to the president, Judith Corley, from the law firm of Perkins Coie, and asks her to contact Hawaii officials about how to make the request.
Friday April 2:, President Obama signs a letter to the Hawaii Department of Health requesting two certified copies. Corley is sent to Hawaii to pick it up on Monday, April 25.
Tuesday, April 26: The birth certificate is delivered to the White House.
Wednesday, April 27: White House releases the document. Obama says, "I know that there&rsquos going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest. But I&rsquom speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press. We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We&rsquove got better stuff to do."
Fact check: Old fabricated Obama “Kenyan birth certificate” resurfaces
Users on social media are sharing an old fake birth certificate claiming it belongs to former president Barack Obama, feeding into the false claims that he was born in Kenya. This long-standing false claim has been circulating online since 2009.
The claim recently resurfaced after Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother, tweeted an image of the forgery ( archive.vn/Ejj75 ) on June 15. Different iterations of the claim are visible here and here .
False allegations around Barack Obama’s birthplace have been circulating for years, promoted by people who challenged his eligibility to be president ( here , here ). As a result of the controversy, Obama publicly released his Hawaiian birth certificate on two occasions: a shorter version in 2008 bit.ly/2UVsf6p and a more detailed one in 2011 reut.rs/3fvyyoY .
The false certificate shown in the posts started circulating in August 2009 and has since been debunked by multiple fact checkers (see Snopes here and PolitiFact here ).
According to Snopes, the fake document was created based on a copy of the birth certificate of Australian David Jeffrey Bomford, issued in South Australia in 1959 ( here ). The faux Kenyan certificate indeed has a seal on its bottom-left-hand corner reading “South Australia”.
According to PolitiFact, a blogger identified the original Bomford birth certificate as having been used in the fake spinoffs after finding it on a genealogy website.
Another visible error pointed out by social media users ( here and here ) is that the fake certificate wrongly states Kenya was a republic in 1961 (date of the alleged registration and Obama’s year of birth). Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963 and was declared a republic in 1964 ( here , bit.ly/2zGLzNl ).
The colors of the image shared by Malik Obama resemble the hoax documents that can be created on the prank website Kenyan Birth Certificate Generator ( here ). The site has been around since 2009 ( here ).
Examples of “certificates” generated via this site are visible here ( bit.ly/3df1Qqd and bit.ly/3hF070Q ).
The website appears to use a copy of Bomford’s birth certificate as its template, as the folding lines and certificate number are identical.
The fake Obama certificate has apparently been edited to remove references to the generator, such as the notice reading “certified fake” on the yellow seal and the label “kenyanbirthcertificategenerator.com” at the bottom.
It is not the first time that Malik Obama, a vocal Donald Trump supporter ( here , here ), has tweeted a false birth certificate of Barack Obama ( here ).
Obama admin spent $36M on lawsuits to keep info secret
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.
The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.
In courtrooms, the number of lawsuits filed by news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act surged during the past four years, led by the New York Times, Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press, according to a litigation study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The AP on Monday settled its 2015 lawsuit against the State Department for files about Hillary Clinton&rsquos time as secretary of state, at AP&rsquos request, and received $150,546 from the department to cover part of its legal fees.
The AP has pending lawsuits against the FBI for records about its decision to impersonate an AP journalist during a criminal investigation and about who helped the FBI hack into a mass shooting suspect&rsquos iPhone and how much the government paid to do it.
Of the $36.2 million in legal costs fighting such lawsuits last year, the Justice Department accounted for $12 million, the Homeland Security Department for $6.3 million and the Pentagon for $4.8 million. The three departments accounted for more than half the government&rsquos total records requests last year.
The figures reflect the final struggles of the Obama administration during the 2016 election to meet President Barack Obama&rsquos pledge that it was &ldquothe most transparent administration in history,&rdquo despite wide recognition of serious problems coping with requests under the information law. It received a record 788,769 requests for files last year and spent a record $478 million answering them and employed 4,263 full-time FOIA employees across more than 100 federal departments and agencies. That was higher by 142 such employees the previous year.
A spokesman for former President Obama did not immediately respond to an email request for comment late Monday. The White House under Obama routinely defended its efforts under the information law in recent years and said federal employees worked diligently on such requests for records.
It remains unclear how President Donald Trump&rsquos administration will perform under the Freedom of Information Act or other measures of government transparency. Trump has not spoken extensively about transparency. In his private business and his presidential campaign, Trump required employees and advisers to sign non-disclosure agreements that barred them from discussing their work. His administration has barred some mainstream news organizations from campaign rallies and one White House press briefing. And Trump broke with tradition by refusing to disclose his tax returns.
Trump&rsquos secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, is traveling to Asia this week on a small plane without a contingent of journalists or a designated pool reporter who would send reports to the broader diplomatic press corps, departing from 50 years of practice.
Overall, in the final year of Obama&rsquos administration, people who asked for records last year under the law received censored files or nothing in 77 percent of requests, about the same as the previous year. In the first full year after Obama&rsquos election, that figure was only 65 percent of cases. The government released the new figures in the days ahead of Sunshine Week, which ends Sunday, when news organizations promote open government and freedom of information.
Under the records law, citizens and foreigners can compel the U.S. government to turn over copies of federal records for zero or little cost. Anyone who seeks information through the law is generally supposed to get it unless disclosure would hurt national security, violate personal privacy or expose business secrets or confidential decision-making in certain areas.
First published on March 14, 2017 / 7:51 AM
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Issues: Obama's Birth Certificate
In view of today’s date, we’d like to pay tribute to the longest-running and most successful April Fools’ hoax we’ve yet encountered.
In the spring of 2009, a chain e-mail started circulating with claims of a "smoking gun" proving President Obama was a foreigner.
AP- WASHINGTON D.C. – In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama&rsquos qualifications for the presidency, the group &ldquoAmericans for Freedom of Information&rdquo has released copies of President Obama&rsquos college transcripts from Occidental College.
No Trial for Obama
Q: Is federal judge David O. Carter starting a trial on Jan. 26 to determine whether Obama is qualified to be president?
A: No. This is yet another bogus claim circulated by persons who cling to a belief that Obama was not born in the U.S.A. The judge threw the case out of court back in October.
Q: What’s up with “Columbo” and his questions for Obama?
A: The interrogator in a chain e-mail gets his facts fouled up and makes false accusations.
Whoppers of 2009
Although 2009 was not an election year, it kept us exceptionally busy, and led to millions of visits to our site. In this year-end summary, we offer some of the worst examples of the falsehoods we encountered during the first year of the Obama administration. The list of howlers includes the false claim that the stimulus bill would dictate …
Yesterday, we wearily acknowledged that nothing would dissuade birth-certificate doubters from their conviction that Barack Obama is not a United States natural-born citizen. As if on cue, dentist/lawyer Orly Taitz appeared on the "Colbert Report," and told the faux pundit that nothing short of retroactive zombie naturalization would convince her that Obama was qualified to be prez.
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The Last Word? We Wish.
We at FactCheck.org are grateful to the Obama birth certificate conspiracy theorists for hundreds of thousands of page views to our "Born in the U.S.A." article from last November, and to our other items debunking some of their more outrageously false claims. We’re less grateful for their thousands of sometimes abusive e-mails claiming that we’re perpetuating a dangerous falsehood, among the more printable comments. Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii Department of Health, is also fed up.
More “Birther” Nonsense: Obama’s 1981 Pakistan Trip
We continue to receive queries about claims and theories advanced by "birthers," who wish to believe that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the USA or that he somehow gave up his citizenship and thus is not qualified to hold the office he occupies. One is a claim, first advanced last year, that his trip to Pakistan in 1981 proves he must not have been a U.S. citizen because Americans were not permitted to travel there at the time.
Was Obama Born in the USA?
Q: Has a “smoking gun” been found to prove Obama was not born a U.S. citizen? Did he attend Occidental College on a scholarship for foreign students?
A: This chain e-mail is a transparent April Fools’ Day hoax. It fabricates an AP news story about an nonexistent group, and makes false claims about Obama and the Fulbright program.
More Citizenship Quibbles
Since our article about Barack Obama’s birth certificate came out in August, we’ve heard many frivolous claims, nutty theories and made-up facts advanced by a small clique of Obama deniers. It seems that every time a rumor is debunked, a new one crops up to take its place. Sometimes contradictory rumors even circulate simultaneously.
The most recent claim is that Obama’s short-form birth certificate is legitimate, but that it was made up after his birth in Kenya,
It’s Official: Obama “Born in the U.S.A.”
Of all the nutty rumors, baseless conspiracy theories and sheer disinformation that we&rsquove dealt with at FactCheck.org during campaign 2008, perhaps the goofiest is the claim that Barack Obama is not a &ldquonatural-born citizen&rdquo and therefore not eligible to be president under the constitution.
This claim was first advanced by diehard Hillary Clinton supporters as her campaign for the party&rsquos nomination faded, and has enjoyed a revival among John McCain&rsquos partisans as he fell substantially behind Obama in public opinion polls.
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