April 27, 2011

Obama’s Third Middle Finger: Certificate’s Release Demonstrates Punk President’s Electoral Weakness

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:20 pm

ObamaIssuedBirthCert042711ObamaMcCainMiddleFinger1108ObamaHillaryMiddleFinger0408To get to my point, I need to hearken back to high school and memories that are less than perfect, but accurate enough for the moment.

When I was a freshman at Saint Xavier High School in the Mesozoic Era, the school had a really good football team for the first time in forever. It became clear by about Game 6, after defeating then-perennial powerhouses Roger Bacon and Elder, that an undefeated season was a real possibility. It was obvious to all that the toughest win to get would be our last, as our opponent would be Moeller, then coached by the legendary Gerry Faust.

In Game 9 against a relative lightweight, the team got a bad case of the look-aheads, and was trailing late. Because of this, the coach had to call a play that he had been saving for Moeller, some kind of halfback pass that no one had seen all year that went for a touchdown, just to keep the perfect record intact.

The next week, we tied Moeller (see, I’m so old that football games sometimes ended in ties), and ended the season 9-0-1 (there were no state playoffs at the time). Given the expectations (Moeller had a relatively down year, finishing 6-2-2), it felt like loss. Surely the fact that the “secret play” wasn’t a secret any more was a factor.

The same can be said for Obama’s birth certificate gambit. They had to play it now because their guy’s support is hemorrhaging badly, and they know it. Though they would have preferred to save it until next year, they had to find something — anything — that they think might give them the upper hand and a chance to (in their fevered minds) embarrass and marginalize the people who have been raising the issue for almost three years. The birth certificate play was the only one available.

This may have some short-term advantage for Obama, but long-term, I think it’s a negative. It will take time, but ultimately enough Americans to matter will conclude that the holdout was a particularly egregious example of the type of in-your-face, petulant punk behavior we have sadly come to expect.

This where you have to remind yourself that the first people who raised the issue were Hillary Clinton supporters in Pennsylvania. The whole exercise was nothing but an extended middle finger to people of otherwise diverse political persuasions who asked for documentation anyone would reasonably have a right to expect, and which should have been released years ago.

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UPDATE: As to Trump’s claim of heroism, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — If Trump isn’t a Democratic plant whose mission is to distract sensible conservatives from the ruination being brought on this country by our Punk President and his Gangster Government, he might as well be.

UPDATE 2: Maggie’s point in a comment below about Jerome Corsi’s book having a possible impact on the timing is well-taken.

UPDATE 3: Corsi — “Obama blinked … All that did was fuel the fire. … When people read the book, they will see that Obama is not eligible to be president.”

I hope Mr. Corsi has a Plan B for publishing and/or disseminating. I would not be surprised to see tremendous pressure exerted on booksellers not to carry the book, and on broadcast outlets to refuse to interview him, despite the book’s apparently imminent best-seller status.

UPDATE 4: Great post by Aaron Worthing at Patterico’s place“The Damage Done by Obama’s Obstinance”

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12 Comments

  1. I have to disagree on that update. People have been trying since 2008 to get Obama to release his birth certificate. Unless it’s am amazing coincidence, it kinda hard to argue that Trumps pressing the issue had nothing to do with it. Also, I read some of his comments, and I think characterizing them as him calling himself a “hero” is a tad inaccurate.

    Also, Trump got Obama to release something that he never really wanted to release. Odd thing for a “Democratic plant” to do. Not that I think he should be the GOP candidate (he has a history of backing liberals that he needs to explain before he can do that) but let’s be fair.

    Comment by zf — April 27, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  2. #1, to be clear, it IS heroic in a sense if he’s not a plant, but’s part of the script if he is.

    Either way, at least temporarily, it elevates the status of a guy who is a fake conservative in his words, his deeds, and his political contributions through and through.

    As the primary post states, I don’t believe Obama ever intended on keeping the birth certificate shrouded in mystery forever.

    Comment by TBlumer — April 27, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  3. It is smoke and mirrors so yeah your right he is giving us a finger in a certain way, but you need to look arround to see where he plans on screwing the Tax payer, mainly he takes his taxes through the back door where less people can see the curency debasement….. I believe there are more free lunches for the Wall Street Gangs, please read the FOMC Statement just out in a certain light and focus in on the 600 Billion figure:

    “Release Date: April 27, 2011

    For immediate release Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that the economic recovery is proceeding at a moderate pace and overall conditions in the labor market are improving gradually. Household spending and business investment in equipment and software continue to expand. However, investment in nonresidential structures is still weak, and the housing sector continues to be depressed. Commodity prices have risen significantly since last summer, and concerns about global supplies of crude oil have contributed to a further increase in oil prices since the Committee met in March. Inflation has picked up in recent months, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable and measures of underlying inflation are still subdued.

    Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The unemployment rate remains elevated, and measures of underlying inflation continue to be somewhat low, relative to levels that the Committee judges to be consistent, over the longer run, with its dual mandate. Increases in the prices of energy and other commodities have pushed up inflation in recent months. The Committee expects these effects to be transitory, but it will pay close attention to the evolution of inflation and inflation expectations. The Committee continues to anticipate a gradual return to higher levels of resource utilization in a context of price stability.

    To promote a stronger pace of economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with its mandate, the Committee decided today to continue expanding its holdings of securities as announced in November. In particular, the Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its securities holdings and will complete purchases of $600 billion of longer-term Treasury securities by the end of the current quarter. The Committee will regularly review the size and composition of its securities holdings in light of incoming information and is prepared to adjust those holdings as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability.

    The Committee will maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and continues to anticipate that economic conditions, including low rates of resource utilization, subdued inflation trends, and stable inflation expectations, are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate for an extended period.

    The Committee will continue to monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and will employ its policy tools as necessary to support the economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with its mandate. ‘

    Comment by Greg — April 27, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  4. He released his birth certificate because he decries the “silliness” of the issue. If so, why has he reportedly spent nearly $10 million dollars on a legal team to keep the issue out of the courts? That to me seems to be the ultimate “silliness” if a legitimate birth certificate has been available all this time.

    Comment by Bill — April 27, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  5. While Trump’s emphasis on the certificate certainly played a role, I think Corsi’s upcoming book was the primary impetus for the release of the birth certificate. The book is already a bestseller and it doesn’t come out for a month, yet.

    I think Obama and company were more concerned about the impact that book might have, especially in light of recent polls, and this was a way to pre-empt the contents of the book – and they can say, ‘we addressed that a month ago – we’ve already covered that and we’re moving on…’

    Just my $.02

    Comment by Maggie — April 27, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  6. Trump will be useful to damage the Obama brand still further. Every time he challenges Obama to reveal something he has been hiding, it’s like a kick in the sweet spot to him.
    1. Unseal the grades
    2. Unseal the student loan applications
    3. Unseal the Illinois bar charges against Obama which includes the circumstances of him surrendering his license to practice law to avoid a ruling on said charges.

    As long as Obama continues to show his arrogant side in NOT releasing the information, every time Trump calls him out, it’s like Trump calling Obama a liar and so Obama is forced to prove otherwise. It’s called the appearance of impropriety.

    While I do not want Trump to be the GOP nominee, he is a useful tool that should be employed repeatedly since the GOP continues to trip over it’s own feet in the campaign PR department.

    The prime element of Judo is to take your opponent’s perceived strengths and turn them into their weakness. Obama’s obsessive secrecy while at the beginning was a strength, now is a major weakness. EXPLOIT IT!

    Obama’s arrogance (masquerading as composure and stature) was his strength, now it is time to turn that into a weakness by characterizing he is obstinate and a narrow minded rigid thinking person who is inflexible to the circumstances of the moment.

    Hmm, maybe Obama has a case of ODD on top of his narcissism? http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/what-is-oppositional-defiant-disorder-872772.html

    Comment by dscott — April 28, 2011 @ 9:06 am

  7. Now on to what is important. The Fake Birth Certificate.

    First of all, the birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961. It also lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya, East Africa”. This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could have Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “British East Africa Protectorate”. But, this is not the only thing that I found that just does not jive.

    The other item that I looked into was the hospital that Obama was born in. On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is “Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital”. This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, respectively. The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?

    Go ahead, look it up. I am not talking crazy talk, these are the facts. Like I said, I thought that this was a non-issue until the actual certificate was released. Now that it has been released, of course I had to look into it. I have found these issues, now I know that something is up.

    Comment by Greg — April 28, 2011 @ 9:38 am

  8. #7, Obama’s dad would have self-identified as Kenyan based on his politics. The area WAS known as Kenya well before its independence in 1963.

    As to the “fake” accusation revolving around “layering” and the like, there are three possibilities:
    1. It’s really a fake.
    2. It’s not a fake, and the scanning created PDF “layers.”
    3. It’s not a fake, and Team Obama deliberately created layers with multiple scans of a legitimate, existing original to mess with birthers’ heads.

    As to 1, if they really didn’t have it, they wouldn’t create a fake that could be so obviously discerned. As to 2, that’s the Occam’s Razor answer for now. As to 3, the Punk President is perfectly capable of doing this in hopes of keeping the “issue” alive in 2012 so he can continue to tar ALL of his opponents with the claims of a few.

    Comment by TBlumer — April 28, 2011 @ 9:56 am

  9. #7, The issue served it’s purpose, anymore fussing over it just gets you dismissed as a crank by the moderate and independent voters. Who cares what the MSM or Dems think about the issue in any event since the people we are trying to move are not them.

    The issue now is about Obama’s pathological need to keep secrets. This is a great issue since the release of the birth certificate proves Obama had absolutely nothing to hide and needlessly wasted millions of dollars in legal fees to play head games at best or displays the paranoid behavior of a mentally unbalanced person at worst. Politically, what’s not to love about this?

    On to the GRADES!!!!! How long will it be before he caves on the grades? If Trump pressures him enough? In the meantime Obama looks bad for again needlessly prolonging the distraction. At this point I assert Obama is dumb as a box of rocks and was a sloppy scholar! Who can prove me wrong without unsealing the grades? Obama made it an issue by being secretive. Is that what you want in a President?

    Comment by dscott — April 28, 2011 @ 11:56 am

  10. #7, I checked out the hospital name and it is CORRECT, see this link for the Nordyke twins who were born at the same hospital in the same month as Obama: http://www.biasedmediaboycott.com/index.php?topic=80.0

    Case Closed

    Comment by dscott — April 28, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

  11. Here we go again… The rubes really don’t get it. Bahahaha, ROFL, Bahahahah

    Valerie Jarrett: Obama Not Releasing College Records

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/04/28/valerie_jarrett_to_trump_nonsense_to_ask_for_obamas_college_records.html

    You can’t make this stuff up, are the libs are really this dumb? It’s called the Appearance of Impropriety. We have George W Bush’s grades, Al Gore’s grades and John Kerry’s grades. What’s the problem libs, afraid your candidate is dumb as a box of rocks or mediocre at best? A lack luster scholar? Afraid you might have to take back your snide crowing with Paul McCartney and Jerimiah Wright claiming Obama is smarter than W? ARROGANT.

    Comment by dscott — April 28, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

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