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Posted on 11/18/2011 10:29:30 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Photo by Alexander Cohn / Concord Monitor Politicians get a lot harder to photograph once the Secret Service gets involved. In New Hampshire we are somewhat spoiled by our access to politicians when they are running for national office. Then contrast that with a visit by an elected President and the layers of security that accompany it to see a huge difference. When President Obama visited Nashua in February there were not only layers of security, but I ended up in the outer tier of access, photographing the event from the far side of a basketball court on a riser with about a dozen other photographers and cameramen. Way out there. This was not someone's living room. Though it wasn't the best vantage point, I rolled with it. As the questions came in from the audience President Obama seemed less an less at ease and his frame reflects that. This was the first time we had covered the President since he had been a candidate and the change seemed dramatic. --Alexander Cohn President Obama listens to a question on energy policy from former Congressman Dick Swett of Bow, NH after discussing the economy, health care and more at Nashua North High School; Tuesday, February 2, 2010. Photo caption.
Don't pencil in a victory for President Obama in New Hampshire's Democratic primary just yet. Today, the incumbent president must withstand a legal challenge that again questions his eligibility to seek the country's highest office.
At 2 p.m. in Room 307 of the legislative office building, the state's Ballot Law Commission is set to hear a complaint filed by Orly Taitz, a California lawyer who has continued to question the validity of Obama's birth certificate and Social Security number since his 2008 election.
Backing her complaint, Taitz said, are four Republican members of the New Hampshire House: Harry Accornero of Laconia, Larry Rappaport of Colebrook, and Lucien and Carol Vita of Middleton.
"There's sufficient controversy that I want it investigated," Rappaport, a Ron Paul supporter, said yesterday. "Every time this is brought up . . . we get a lot of flak, but we've never gotten an answer."
Obama released his birth certificate in response to media inquiries in 2008, but the document did little to quiet skepticism from the so-called "birther" movement. In April, in response to continued interest in the president's nationality - fueled by statements by real estate mogul Donald Trump as he toyed with a presidential run - Obama also released a copy of his long-form birth certificate.
"I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but even I could take that apart and see that it was fraudulent," Rappaport said of the long-form certificate.
Lucien Vita said the birth certificate issue "should have been put to bed years ago" and also believes the documents released by Obama were forged.
"Don't believe anything you read and only half of what you see," he said.
Vita considers himself a constitutionalist and both he and his wife support Ron Paul, he said.
"I have doubts because of the delay in the time it actually took to come out with a long-form birth certificate," Vita said. "I don't want to go through another four years of the same tripe."
Vita said he's confident the Republican candidates are American citizens "because these people have all held other state offices" - though he acknowledged that could also apply to Obama, who was a U.S. senator before being elected president.
"We know where they were born," Vita said of the Republicans. "There's a level of credibility with Obama that has not sufficiently been met in my eyes. If he's a citizen, he should be able to prove it."
Taitz's complaint also questions the validity of Obama's Social Security number, and she said the exhibits presented to the Ballot Law Commission show "undeniable, irrefutable evidence that Barack Obama is using a Social Security number that was never assigned to him."
"I'm hoping that the board will decide not to allow him on the ballot," Taitz said. "And if he wants to be on the ballot, he will have to provide an explanation."
Taitz was born in the Soviet Union. Though she cannot run for president, she is running as a Republican for a seat in the California Senate.
"I know what it is to live in a dictatorship . . . where the whole system is corrupt," Taitz said. "And that's what we're seeing here."
BZ, you sounded a bit weary last night in the rest of your #33. If so, we all recognize that for the past several years you are one of a handful that have stepped away from their keyboards and actually expended substantial time and effort in the public arena on this issue.
Many of us who have made but a fraction of your efforts are in a state of disbelief or are numb. This is much more than an adult version of there-is-a-monster-in-my-closet and any who think otherwise are naïve.
To reiterate the bad news:
Orly was perfunctorily dismissed by the SOS and its political stepchild commission. It was the senior assistant AG at the meeting that essentially muzzled the Commission, so there is a basis for concluding the AGs office will be of no future help. Under this view, if politics are at work, there is no practical local enforcement mechanism and Orly can be criticized for not making that calculation prior to paying the airfare to NH.
The good news:
There remain a lot of possibilities. As a GregNH link tells us, the NH legislature enacted two very important election code modifications as recently as July, 2010.
First, presidential candidates are now required to swear an oath of eligibility under penalties of perjury (most likely a felony). That requirement stands out because it is presently the only declaration by any NH candidate at any level required to be so sworn - and it was not required in 2008
Second, the declaration to be sworn by presidential candidates now refers to Art II of the U.S. Constitution and sets out the NBC language therein which it did not in 2008.
(Admittedly, the legislative effort to require presidential candidates to submit a BC with the declaration failed to get out of committee, but that may have been a tactical decision - e.g., the AG rather than the SOS is the office best prepared to test the authenticity of legal documents at trial if necessary).
Thus, perhaps as a result of the 2008 election, it appears the NH legislature has recognized the importance of presenting a valid presidential ballot to its citizens. There is the possibility the AGs office desires to gain control of the issue and that it, or perhaps a state court will honor the legislatures intent.
Just as NH easily recognized a candidate who was born in Egypt is ineligible, it ought to recognize at some level that there is something patently suspicious about a candidate who has plastered fabricated BCs all over the internet but who at the same time strenuously and successfully resists submitting a BC to a court of law for examination.
It also seems possible that Orly, who appears willing to learn the expensive and hard way how to become a litigator, has ignited a flame that will spread spontaneously across NH. It will not be surprising to see local patriots pick up the baton and go forward. If so, whether she is present or not, Orly will have earned our gratitude.