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Shelby says he has no doubts on Obama citizenship
Politico ^ | February 25, 2009 | Ben Smith

Posted on 02/26/2009 5:22:42 AM PST by AJMCQ

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said today that he has no doubts about President Obama’s citizenship and that a news account from a town hall meeting last weekend that suggested he did was erroneous.

Shelby, in a brief interview with POLITICO after he appeared at the White House, dismissed a report in the Cullman (Ala.) Times in which he was captured as indulging a constituent’s question about whether the president was born on American soil, a widely debunked rumor held over from the presidential campaign.

“Someone asked me that in a meeting and basically what I did is paraphrase, you know just quote for the crowd, what they said and I said that has been settled,” Shelby recounted today, calling his remark “distorted.”

In the Cullman Times, Shelby was quoted as saying: “Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate. You have to be born in America to be president.”

Shelby’s staff quickly said the paper had offered an incomplete account of the senator’s remarks. No video or audio tape has emerged from the meeting.

Shelby, who as the senior Republican on the Senate Banking Committee was appearing with Obama and other members of Congress to discuss financial regulation, made clear that he believed the president was a citizen.

“[I] never had any doubts,” he said. “I didn’t raise the doubt. They raised it in a meeting.”

Shelby, who was captured on television Tuesday night chatting with Obama before his address to Congress, said he had not addressed the issue with the president.

“No, he didn’t bring it up. He wouldn’t dignify it.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: birthcertificate; pork; shelby
I saw Senator Shelby, the King of Alabama Pork, standing next to "the president" as Obama gave his "regulate the b*stards" speech yesterday afternoon. Shelby must be walking away with something really big in his pocket.
1 posted on 02/26/2009 5:22:43 AM PST by AJMCQ
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To: AJMCQ

I wish I could get a government job like this. Nobody doubts me, no vetting process, and no proof. Sounds like hope and change is where it’s at. If Obama had to get a TSC, he wouldn’t make it to the interview.


2 posted on 02/26/2009 5:26:10 AM PST by Henry.David
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To: AJMCQ

They got to him.


3 posted on 02/26/2009 5:26:57 AM PST by shoutingandpointing
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To: AJMCQ

Implying that everyone who disagrees with you about Obama’s citizenship is either a traitor-to-the-cause or somehow corrupt is going eventually put you in the 9/11 truthers category.


4 posted on 02/26/2009 5:27:39 AM PST by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: AJMCQ
Whoa, Senator Shelby! Step back in line or you WILL be punished! Danke!
5 posted on 02/26/2009 5:28:03 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: AJMCQ
widely debunked

LOL sure.

As far as Shelby is concerned, he said he hadn't seen it so he really doesn't know.
6 posted on 02/26/2009 5:29:44 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Tribune7

What Tribune7 is giving us here is a perfect example of Saul Alikski’s Rule # 5.


7 posted on 02/26/2009 5:31:11 AM PST by AJMCQ (Who is Khalid al-Mansour? You mean Obama didn't get into Harvard on his grades?)
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To: AJMCQ

Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal...

Is that enough Mr. President??? No?

Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal...

Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal, Backpedal...

How about NOW?


8 posted on 02/26/2009 5:32:02 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

Darn it!!!

I left the butt-smooching sound-effects out of my post!!

Please provide your own.

Thank you.


9 posted on 02/26/2009 5:33:21 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: AJMCQ
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said today that he has no doubts about President Obama’s citizenship

Based on what evidence?

10 posted on 02/26/2009 5:35:04 AM PST by Jess Kitting
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To: Tribune7
Implying that everyone who disagrees with you about Obama’s citizenship is either a traitor-to-the-cause or somehow corrupt is going eventually put you in the 9/11 truthers category.

Still, wouldn't you have to say that Shelby's "standard of proof" is on the low side, given the available information?

11 posted on 02/26/2009 5:36:31 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: AJMCQ

“widely debunked rumor”

Says who?


12 posted on 02/26/2009 5:37:09 AM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: AJMCQ

Hmm. I didn’t think the question was about citizenship at all. After all, Arnie is a citizen. Sounds like the Senatuh is mixing the issue to avoid having to answer it.


13 posted on 02/26/2009 5:38:20 AM PST by saganite (What would Sully do?)
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To: AJMCQ

Senator, if what you say is true, please answer these simple questions:

1. If this has been “debunked,” why won’t Obama spend the ten bucks to produce his real birth certificate for the world to see?

2. If this has been “settled,” pray tell exactly what hospital he was born in, and the Doctor’s name that delivered him into this world.


14 posted on 02/26/2009 5:42:37 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Where every principled conservative belongs: http://aipnews.com/mxPage.asp?ID=3)
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To: AJMCQ

Can anyone name me a more useless creature to liberty than a Republican United States Senator?


15 posted on 02/26/2009 5:43:35 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Where every principled conservative belongs: http://aipnews.com/mxPage.asp?ID=3)
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To: AJMCQ; Tribune7

There’s also this:

“neurological linguistic control offensive is directed at sweeping all resident notions from the victim’s mind and psyche, and replacing them with ‘slides’ , or the ‘politically correct’ notions that the control manipulators seek to impose”

*9-11 truthers, tin foilers, conspiracy nuts, would be *slides* (conversation stoppers)

http://www.worldreports.org/news/7_what_next_for_britis


16 posted on 02/26/2009 5:43:36 AM PST by wolfcreek (There is no 2 party system only arrogant Pols and their handlers)
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To: AJMCQ

What AJMCQ is giving us here is a perfect example of how to marginalize oneself. Saul Alinsky would look at you like a hungry dog would look at a pork chop.


17 posted on 02/26/2009 5:45:50 AM PST by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: saganite

Good point.


18 posted on 02/26/2009 5:49:36 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: EternalVigilance

Only a democrat United States Senator.

But even THAT is debateable, since no one with a sound mind really EXPECTS a democrat Semator to be on the side of liberty.


19 posted on 02/26/2009 5:51:16 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: AJMCQ

Just when you thought there might be a Republican with a backbone.


20 posted on 02/26/2009 6:01:02 AM PST by all the best
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To: EternalVigilance

Surely you jest. Your standard of proof is entirely too high—especially considering we’re talking about the political elite.


21 posted on 02/26/2009 6:05:51 AM PST by dools007
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To: AJMCQ

born on American soil, a widely debunked rumor

Widely debunked rumor - is so much Verbal diarrhea.

Where is this debunked data? The long BC form has never been produced.


22 posted on 02/26/2009 6:10:57 AM PST by chainsaw (The Democrat Party=The Party of Corruption,tax evasion & Racism.)
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To: WayneS
"I left the butt-smooching sound-effects out of my post!!"

'puff-kiss-puff-kiss-puff-kiss-puff-kiss . . .

23 posted on 02/26/2009 6:13:28 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: AJMCQ

Shelby’s Democrat past seems to surface from time to time. The smell of roasting swine must have sent him running to the left.


24 posted on 02/26/2009 6:14:03 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Eastbound

There ya’ go!!!

;^)


25 posted on 02/26/2009 6:15:22 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: AJMCQ

You said it. Personally, I know that the mainstream already despises conservatives, so piss on ‘em. I’ll say what I think, appearances be damned.


26 posted on 02/26/2009 6:15:54 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Sure is. It’s a clumsy play on your screen name but “casting swine before a pol” might be a logical explanation.


27 posted on 02/26/2009 6:17:54 AM PST by Scanian
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To: AJMCQ

Maybe he is using their own love for semantics on them.. He didn’t say he had no doubts he was a natural born citizen. Or, maybe I am just being too lenient on Shelby?


28 posted on 02/26/2009 6:18:10 AM PST by jcb2009 ((I can't tell who the Chi-Coms are anymore))
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To: IrishCatholic

That’s OK. Politico is one of the naive places where they actually trust Fact Check and Fight the Smears.


29 posted on 02/26/2009 6:18:50 AM PST by Scanian
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To: saganite

Naw! A politician resorting to weasel words and trying to have it both ways? Who would think of such a thing?


30 posted on 02/26/2009 6:20:03 AM PST by Scanian
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To: AJMCQ
...a widely debunked rumor...

Interesting claim. Where has this rumor been widely debunked? If a rumor is debunked widely and no one sees the evidence, is it really debunked?
31 posted on 02/26/2009 6:21:53 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: AJMCQ
At least we have two patriotic members of the military that are openly questioning Obama's eligibility.

Heaven forbid that a US Senator lower himself to demand that all the records be seen.

Should he do this he might be viewed as serving his constituents, no ruling them..

The time is near to throw politicians as well as the tea into they bay.

32 posted on 02/26/2009 6:48:36 AM PST by TYVets
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To: AJMCQ
a widely debunked rumor

Only in the eyes of the MSM which would have gladly accepted a birth certificate written on cocktail napkin from the "Y'all Come Back Saloon".

33 posted on 02/26/2009 6:52:20 AM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: AJMCQ

One day a book may be written about Shelby.

It will be titled” The case of the Shrunken Testicles”.


34 posted on 02/26/2009 7:08:37 AM PST by Venturer
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