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The birther myth won't go away, Mr. Obama. Facts don't interest the birthers. At least facts that do not suit their needs.

The White House produced a long-form birth certificate for the media Wednesday, which then was followed by the President making some statements about it, saying that he wanted the birthers to end what he called "the silliness." He asked the public to focus on the real issues confronting us.

Sadly, this is not going to be the end of the birther movement...

Two Million More Reasons Why The Birther Myth Won't Go Away

Donald Trump, confronted by the media, revived the other great birther myth to keep this going: The $2M legal bill that Mr. Obama allegedly spent in legal fees to keep his long-form birth certificate out of the hot little hands of conservative conspiracy crazies.

WorldNetDaily, a conservative web publication, came up with the $2M figure, which political myth-buster checked out. Obama's law firm did indeed get close to $2.6M between 2008 and 2010, but it was for general legal business on a wide variety of issues to the wind down of their campaign. The number sounds big, but when you consider that the 2008 Obama Campaign was a $750M operation, the amount is in line with the many things that needed to be resolved as the Campaign closed up shop.  The McCain Campaign, which raised far less, spent $1.3 million.

Campaign finance documents do not require itemization of specific expenditures with the law firm.  The majority of the money though was spent fending off Republican challenges to Obama's fundraising with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).  Even though none of them had merit, hundreds of pages of documents had to be produced for each FEC request that followed up a GOP grouse.

Politifact found:

"After we looked through court records and spoke to experts in the field, we found insufficient evidence to support the claim that Obama for America spent $2 million solely on birth-certificate-related work.

Four campaign-finance experts we interviewed all agreed that after the campaign was over, a law firm in Perkins Coie’s situation would have a full plate of legal work to do that had nothing to do with birth certificate questions. Two of the experts who took this position have represented Republicans -- Trevor Potter, a campaign finance lawyer who worked for the 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns of John McCain and the 1988 campaign of George H.W. Bush, and Robert Kelner, who has represented the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee. A third attorney who agreed, Allison R. Hayward, is the vice president of policy for the Center for Competitive Politics, which filed an amicus brief opposing the Obama administration’s position in the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court case, which ended a broad swath of campaign finance restrictions."

Once the $2M rumor finally dies off, though, racists in the birther movement are more than happy to serve up more. Ian Mosley, a blogger on former Klansman David Duke's website, tries to spin the concept that Hawaiian birth certificates can be handed out to non-U.S. citizens:

"Why does the state of Hawaii repeatedly make the claim that the unsigned and unnumbered and unverifiable “Certificate of Live Birth” (COLB) waved aloft by the Obama groupies constitutes legal proof when in point of fact; it doesn’t. It sounds like it’s a birth certificate, but the state of Hawaii issues the COLB to Hawaiian parents even if their child was born in a foreign land. In the case of Obama, his mother was below the legal age to pass citizenship onto her child and the father was a Kenyan so if Obama were born in Kenya, he would be a Kenyan citizen, not a US citizen. But because he had a Hawaiian parent, Obama could still get the Hawaiian COLB even though he’s NOT a US citizen."

"[T]he state of Hawaii issues the COLB to Hawaiian parents even if their child was born in a foreign land."

Children born to American citizens were granted birth certificates from their state of their parents' residence provided that the parents showed them a Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350), which verified and naturalized the child,  as a condition of obtaining that birth certificate.  No such DS-1350 exists for Mr. Obama. No one has produced one, which would be a relatively easy thing to do under the Freedom of Information Act. Mosley's contention that "because he had a Hawaiian parent, Obama could still get the Hawaiian COLB even though he’s NOT a US citizen," is fantasy.

"In the case of Obama, his mother was below the legal age to pass citizenship onto her child..."

The age of a U.S. citizen bearing children is not a consideration. If a 17 year old, valid passport-carrying U.S. citizen were to have a child, they would still have filed the DS-1350, which has been replaced by a new consular form today.  The age of Barack Obama's mother, had she hypothetically given birth under age and out of the country, would not have mattered.

Many of the cases that were brought were handled by government attorneys, as in the case of the famed Orly Taitz challenge.  Robert Bauer, who tried to take his case to the Supreme Court, was handled by the private law firm, but no evidence exists that his futile filings came anywhere near a tiny fraction of the total of the Obama Campaign's legal bills.

So the myth machine goes on. The Birthers will find other "challenges" to Mr. Obama's legitimacy. Unless he becomes suddenly white, a large segment of the American public that was afraid of a black man in office, particularly in heavy Red states like Iowa and in race-challenged states like Mississippi,  is still going to find ways to justify their racism.

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA, regis

    Stop totalitarianism in the United States before it's too late. Speak truth to power! - Join me at

    by Brian Ross on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 06:30:47 PM PDT

  •  N1993r! N1993r! N1993r! nt (0+ / 0-)

    It's all so clear to me now. I'm the keeper of the cheese. And you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.

    by bernardpliers on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 06:37:47 PM PDT

  •  They Keep Widening The Conspiracy Circle..... (0+ / 0-)

    Birthers only watch FOX News & go to internet sites that reflect their birther beliefs or associate w/ other Birthers.  No one else is allowed in.  

    Now that they have the long form birth certificate in their hands, they must widen the circle.  Their belief system will not allow them to accept the reality of an African American as their President.  So he must be a fraud.

    So....everyone in Hawaii is in on the fraud....including former & present Hawaiian Governors, & all officials in the Dept of Health.  Newspapers 4l years ago were in on it too.  

    Orly Taitz has no where else to go, so she's invented a new scandal.  Now she's suing the President for Social Security fraud.  

    Ditto for Donald Trump.  Now he's trying to muck up the President's graduate & undergrad degrees because an African American shouldn't have gotten into Harvard when the scions of his rich friends couldn't.

    As each of their lies is debunked.....they move the goal posts to make way for a new conspiracy.  They'll take anything to keep the lies going.  

  •  This Has Nothing to Do With Obama or Mythbusting. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's about getting the Democratic POTUS off ballots in a score of states.

    That in turn is not about Obama or the White House. It's about killing Democratic turnout for House, Senate, and all the state, county and local elections. It's about voter suppression and one more wound toward killing the Democratic Party.

    Obama had to respond with his documentation to raise the bar for birth-bills in the interest of everybody in the party other than himself.

    Democratic voter suppression 2012 is a huge push by the conservatives in many different ways. This is the only one the President can influence, and while the number of ways I disapprove of him aren't easily counted, I give him the greatest possible props for tackling this issue long enough in advance as to maximize the odds he's on all 50 state slates.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 07:25:56 PM PDT

    •  Voter nullification (0+ / 0-)

      See my piece from Tuesday on voter nullification:

      Stop totalitarianism in the United States before it's too late. Speak truth to power! - Join me at

      by Brian Ross on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 07:47:49 PM PDT

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    •  pdf and fraud (0+ / 0-)

      The White House made a serious mistake in releasing the BC as a PDF document.  It turns out that PDF color images with OCR (optical character recognition) have "layers".  These can be peeled back, and several dozen ytubes on Free Republic and other wingnut sites show this.  Ex.

      It is therefore possible to "show" that the BC is fraudulent, has been changed, and so on.  This gets into a lot of very complicated stuff about how how scanners work, what pdf files are, digitalization algorithms, layers and OCR, color fringes, etc.

      The BC should have been posted as a simple bit map (BMP) file. Bit-map files admit of no manipulation, what you see is what you get (they tend to be large files, several MB, and this would discourage downloading, a good thing in this case).  Every pixel is defined.  Alternatively, it could have been posted as a JPG file, a photograph.

      Surely there are IT savvy people in the WH who should have foreseen the issues from a PDF file!  It is disappointing that WH staffers did not think about this line of attack.

  •  Orly is Back! (1+ / 0-)
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    I love this interview, especially when they zoom in and out. It's reminiscent of being on acid in the 60s (I suppose, since I wasn't actually on acid in the 60s.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Thu Apr 28, 2011 at 07:30:18 PM PDT

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