WND founder offers
The WorldNetDaily founder who launched a campaign to post billboards asking "Where's the birth certificate?" now has upped the offering for a charitable donation to the hospital that is listed on President Obama's long-form birth certificate.
That is, if that information ever becomes available.
Joseph Farah, in his Between the Lines column today, noted he had been amused to see Hawaii's many plans for honoring the first American president to claim the island state as his birthplace.
"More than five months ago now, around Obama's alleged Aug. 4 birthday, I stepped out publicly and offered a $10,000 charitable gift to the hospital found on his long-form birth certificate. All he or the hospital or the state of Hawaii would have to do to claim the prize is show the American public the document that should have been produced long ago to claim the presidency as a natural born citizen," he wrote.
"Obama has said he was born in Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu. He participated in a fund-raiser for the medical center in January. WND will send a check to whatever birth hospital is listed on his long-form birth certificate. All Obama has to do to see that donation made is to release it publicly."
Farah said that offer now is being amended.
"Since politicians in Hawaii are so interested in honoring Obama, why not use their influence on him to produce the proof that will lead to a cash contribution – no strings attached – to a worthy charity. In fact, I'll make it $15,000!" he wrote.
He said those who are concerned about the issue also can help raise that amount even higher by donating to a kitty that will either go directly to the charity or to raising the visibility of this all-important eligibility issue.
Farah's billboard campaign followed a petition that has collected a figure now approaching 500,000 signatures demanding proof of Obama's eligibility, the availability of yard signs raising the question and the production of permanent, detachable magnetic bumper stickers asking the question.
"Why is the medical establishment he was born in still a better kept secret than who ghost-wrote his autobiography?" Farah asked. "With all the hoopla over Obama in Hawaii, why is no institution willing to come forward and proclaim, with pride, that Obama was born there – and provide some evidence while it's at it," he wrote.
"Obviously, Obama is not going to produce the birth certificate just to satisfy an overlooked, obscure constitutional requirement. But I thought, given his compassionate concern about health care and charity, that he might be persuaded to end this national mystery with a significant cash pledge to the hospital in which he entered the world," he continued.
"Think about it. Obama claims to have been born in Honolulu Aug. 4, 1961. His entire constitutional claim to the presidency rests on this premise. Yet, he refuses to release a copy of his long-form birth certificate – the only document that could possibly corroborate his claim. Instead, he has released to select news organizations and posted on the Internet a document that could never serve as proof he was born in the United States – a so-called 'certification of live birth,' a digital document that could, can and has been obtained by people who were actually born outside the country."
"I'm sure the hospital would love to get a quick $15,000," he said.
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama's status as a "natural born citizen." The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."
Some of the lawsuits question whether Obama was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama's American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama's citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Further, others question his citizenship by virtue of his attendance in Indonesian schools during his childhood and question on what passport did he travel to Pakistan three decades ago.
Adding fuel to the fire is Obama's persistent refusal to release documents that could provide answers and the appointment – at a cost confirmed to be at least $1.7 million – of myriad lawyers to defend against all requests for his documentation.
It was because of the dearth of information about Obama's eligibility, WND founder Joseph Farah has launched a campaign to raise contributions to post billboards asking a simple question: "Where's the birth certificate?"
The "certification of live birth" posted online and widely touted as "Obama's birth certificate" does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same "short-form" document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true "long-form" birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a "natural born citizen," no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama's claim to a Hawaiian birth.