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The Mystery of the Kenyan Birth
PJ Media ^ | 5-18-2012 | Roger L. Simon

Posted on 05/18/2012 6:03:06 AM PDT by smoothsailing

May 18, 2012

The Mystery of the Kenyan Birth

Roger L. Simon

Reading the extraordinary revelation about Barack Obama’s youthful literary career on Breitbart.com [1] — that his agents published a promotional book in 1991 with a bio of Obama saying he was born in Kenya — set my old mystery writer mind ablaze.

How could that be? Why would they think such a thing?

There are only two forks in this road — either he was born in Kenya or he wasn’t.

I have never been a conspiracy theorist and will assume the latter, although I have to confess that for the first time, given this revelation, I have the tiniest soupçon of doubt.

Nevertheless, the more interesting, and actually frightening and depressing, conclusion is the former. So what if he was born in Kenya? At least we know why he lied about it. He wanted to be president.

But why did Obama’s agents think he was born in Kenya? That’s a more interesting question. (Obama, of course, is a liar either way.)

I will leave aside for the moment the question of whether he vetted the agent’s material himself. As the author of eleven published books and seven produced feature films, I have had plenty of dealings with agents and publicity people and always looked over the bios they had written about me. Every author I ever talked to about it always did too. We’re those kind of egotists. But I have no way of proving that Obama did — although I would faint if he hadn’t.

But whatever he did, the question remains. Why did they put “Born in Kenya” in his bio and leave it there until 2007? The latter part of that question can of course be ascribed to normal human sloth, but the first part — there’s the rub.

Here are the explanations I can think of:

  1. Obama told them.
  2. It was in some early draft of Obama’s abandoned book (Journeys in Black and White) he submitted to them.
  3. Obama wrote it in his book proposal to them.
  4. Obama told them in a query letter.
  5. Obama answered one of those biographical forms.
  6. … Well, I’m running out because they all amount to the same thing.

There is one other possibility. The agents simply made up the place of Obama’s birth, but I have never in all my life heard of a literary agent doing such a thing. It’s possible I suppose, but hardly likely. And why?

Anyway, per Occam’s Razor, I am going with the obvious — the agent’s source for Obama’s birthplace was… Barack Obama.

But again why? Why would he lie about where he was born?

Well, he might have wanted to glamorize his past, but if that’s so, it’s pathetic. I suspected there was a more substantive reason, one that would cause him to leave his African birth place in place in the bio. But to take the risk of being found out, it would have to be strong.

My wife Sheryl and I, like Nick and Nora Charles, discussed it over gimlets this evening. We both agreed the mystery lay somewhere in Obama’s college and university years at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard. We knew, as you do, there must be an explanation for why the court eunuchs of the mainstream media have never bothered even to investigate the scholastic career of the most powerful person in the world.

Because Obama got bad grades? Yawn — so did Bush, Kerry, Biden, Ted Kennedy, and dozens of others who later found themselves making life or death decisions over our lives.

No, it had to be something more significant, more potentially dangerous. What if, we thought, as others have suggested, the reason Obama’s school records have not surfaced is that he enrolled, at one of those institutions at least, as a foreign student — a Kenyan?

But why would he choose to do that? Well, maybe for a grant, a subvention, a scholarship that was available uniquely to students from Africa or similar locales.

Yes, I know that’s not “fair,” in the lexicon of the Lord of Fairness, to have adopted a phony identity and deprived others of an opportunity they may have more richly deserved. But it would certainly fit with Obama’s early need to be recognized as a Kenyan by his agent and, presumably, his publisher. As we all know, it’s not the crime, but the cover-up. (In this case, actually, it’s both.)

As time went on, of course, college drifted away and politics reared its head. The Kenyan identity became less necessary, even a liability, so it was dropped.

I don’t know about you — but this makes sense to me. It also fits with the tomb-like silence around his college years.

But I could be wrong. After all, I am only a mystery writer and, worse yet, a screenwriter. The professional investigative journalists at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times will no doubt dig deep and give us the true explanation.

But if they don’t, and I know you’re skeptical, we have to keep pushing, every one of us. We must learn the truth of this. We owe it to Andrew B. — and to our country.

(Illustration based on a modified Shutterstock.com [2] image.)

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[1] Breitbart.com: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/17/The-Vetting-Barack-Obama-Literary-Agent-1991-Born-in-Kenya-Raised-Indonesia-Hawaii

[2] Shutterstock.com: http://www.shutterstock.com

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Hawaii; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: actonanddystel; birthcertificate; birthers; certifigate; dystel; eligibility; fraud; hawaii; illinois; indonesia; janedystel; kenya; liar; naturalborncitizen; obama; usurper
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Or it could be both...he could have been born in Kenya AND he used that info to get scholarships.

I stayed out of the birther thing because I figured people smarter than me would figure it out.
I’m leaning towards this scenario now because Obama is using the social security number of a dead connecticut man.

If he were born in Hawaii....then what is UP with the social security number?


51 posted on 05/18/2012 6:58:21 AM PDT by Scotswife
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Whatever the truth is will eventually come out regardless of what I think. What will remain is that he is an utterly contemptible fraud and liar. That won’t change.


52 posted on 05/18/2012 6:59:29 AM PDT by Jenny217
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To: treetopsandroofs
I think Barry-O had a problem with being a "run of the mill American negro" and thought the Kenyan angle made him more special.

He is bigoted towards blacks as well.

53 posted on 05/18/2012 6:59:53 AM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: paddles

That’s right. Jesse Jackson doesn’t like how he talks down to black people.


54 posted on 05/18/2012 7:01:42 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: TexasFreeper2009

My hunch is that he was first truthful about his birth place in Kenya and he then he lied about Hawaii. How else would you explain the massive amount of money he paid lawyers in recent years to prevent release of the long form birth certificate and then when forced, disclosure the poorly forged Hawaii birth certificate?


55 posted on 05/18/2012 7:01:56 AM PDT by Save-the-Union
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To: smoothsailing
Baby Barack at Waikiki


56 posted on 05/18/2012 7:02:18 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If you want total security, go to prison. The only thing lacking is freedom - Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: InterceptPoint

The answer is pretty simple.

Obama was born in Kenya when that served him.
Obama was not born in Kenya when that served him.

Even the most trivially left leaning liberal can understand this.
Don’t you know it’s a test of true intellect to be able to accept that two contradictory facts are both true?


57 posted on 05/18/2012 7:02:52 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: smoothsailing

So who wrote the bio blurb? Are they still alive? It’d sure be interesting to hear from them on this.


58 posted on 05/18/2012 7:03:29 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: smoothsailing

Media newsroom floors must look like the aftermath of a ticker tape parade today as they scramble for something else to report. Avoiding this story and the suicide of Robert Kennedy Jr’s wife over his affair must be giving them fits.


59 posted on 05/18/2012 7:03:54 AM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: paddles

“I think Barry-O had a problem with being a “run of the mill American negro” and thought the Kenyan angle made him more special.
He is bigoted towards blacks as well.”

Ah, then he’s really an OK guy, just troubled and trying to succeed, and has a few faults like the rest of us?

No culture of cover-up and fraud, huh?

That Connecticutt SSN, just right wing propaganda?

His grandma said he was born in Kenya just to give him a chance for success?

And his refusal to produce valid documents is just trying to save face and not his job?

So let’s give him his “space” and another term?

GEESH.


60 posted on 05/18/2012 7:05:34 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: skeeter

I’ll go with his grandmother and family who said he was born there and is so documented with a monument. How else does he get a passport to Pakistan and why carry this charade until 2007?


61 posted on 05/18/2012 7:06:44 AM PDT by mcshot (God bless the USA!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Well, he certainly governs like he’s from the Third World.

Since that is fraud, NOW can we toss the crook in jail?


62 posted on 05/18/2012 7:08:19 AM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: MrB
Don’t you know it’s a test of true intellect to be able to accept that two contradictory facts are both true?

I keep forgetting that I learned that lesson in movie and a book from long ago.


63 posted on 05/18/2012 7:08:50 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: smoothsailing

What’s the difference between former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson and Barack Hussein 0bama?

Thompson was forced to resign after it was discovered he had padded his resume’ and lied about his credentials.

0bama is still in the White House as of this morning, usurping that which is not lawfully his.

I am amazed at the number of people who want to justify or at least provide an easy out for the Kenyan fraud, since 20 January 2009, that effin douchebag has conducted himself as someone who has no respect whatsoever for our Constitution, nor for the law.

Is it beginning to dawn on some of the naive and deluded souls WHY he has behaved in such a fashion?

THINK people, THINK.

“Lies have to be covered up, truth can run around naked”
~ the late Johnny Cash in ‘The Farmers Almanac’


64 posted on 05/18/2012 7:11:13 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: RoosterRedux

O’bummer may use recent CEO busts of their padded resumes to justify his lies...
They do it on Wall Street so why can’t I?


65 posted on 05/18/2012 7:11:56 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: smoothsailing

I think he probably went to Occidental College on an Indonesian foreign student scholarship that was procured for him by his stepfather Lolo Soetoro. Barry had Indonesian citizenship as a child and that alone would have kept him out of the Whitehouse even if he was born in Hawaii.


66 posted on 05/18/2012 7:12:22 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: IrishPennant

Felt the same when I saw this on Drudge this AM.
Anything to put doubt in the public’s mind and keep this poseur on the ropes...
Kenya...the gift that keeps on giving....


67 posted on 05/18/2012 7:14:14 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Iron Munro; Berlin_Freeper; Hotlanta Mike; Silentgypsy; repubmom; HANG THE EXPENSE; Nepeta; ...


New photo of Baby Barack!
68 posted on 05/18/2012 7:14:50 AM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: smoothsailing
But isn't Obama 1/32nd Kenyan?

Oh, wait. Different liberal liar.

69 posted on 05/18/2012 7:15:08 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Yardstick
Literary Agent Responds to ‘Born in Kenya’ Obama Bio: ‘Nothing More Than a Fact Checking Error’
70 posted on 05/18/2012 7:16:36 AM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: DrC

Correct....Biden will be “Walpin’d”.


71 posted on 05/18/2012 7:18:59 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: mkjessup

“I am amazed at the number of people who want to justify or at least provide an easy out for the Kenyan fraud, since 20 January 2009, that effin douchebag has conducted himself as someone who has no respect whatsoever for our Constitution, nor for the law.”

Hard to believe how many are HERE.


72 posted on 05/18/2012 7:20:19 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: SaraJohnson
Also, Arizonia’s SOS wants the documentation from Hawaii in order for Obama to get on the ballot.

I had not heard that. Do you have a source link?

73 posted on 05/18/2012 7:20:46 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing
While "labels" are not my thing, it seems that being called a "birther" is something to be ashamed of...

That could be interpreted as an Alinsky tactic to cast shame and ridicule on anyone who dares to talk about this questionable situation.

The Constitution sets forth the requirement for holding the office of President, but according to the labelers, no one can even question the adherence to those Constitutional requirements without being scorned?

So much for the First Amendment.

If there is smoke, there's probably fire...and there is a LOT of smoke in this situation.

We have not only the Constitutional right to ask questions...but the DUTY as well.
74 posted on 05/18/2012 7:22:41 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: Sgt_Schultze

And...it nails down the “African” in his claim to be African-American (since he isn’t of slave descent...you know...down with the struggle).


75 posted on 05/18/2012 7:22:48 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: treetopsandroofs

There is no doubt in my mind that this issue attracts both individual and organized hard left posters that try multiple tactics to bury, discredit, and take this issue off-track.

There is at least one site dedicated to organizing opposition to seeking the truth about Obama’s birth, documentation, and the definition of a natural born citizen.


76 posted on 05/18/2012 7:23:35 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Marko413

:: I do believe he is a natural born citizen. ::

He’s not. That said, I’ve come to the conclusion that the courts see his winning the POTUS as having “automatically” conferred NBC on him.


77 posted on 05/18/2012 7:27:26 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

A couple hours old....

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/05/18/ariz-secretary-state-threatens-remove-obama-ballot/


78 posted on 05/18/2012 7:27:44 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: glennaro; Marko413

There is no doubt Obama is a “US citizen” — that’s not at issue. What remains open to serious discussion is whether, as the Constitution requires, he is a natural-born citizen ... a profound difference.

Marko413 is pretty sure. . . Well that settles it then. Being a US citizen isn’t good enough, as you say,

When will some of these folks read Article 2 Sect 1?


79 posted on 05/18/2012 7:30:20 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: InterceptPoint
- Add to fact list of Occum's Razor.. Obama seems to have an alliance with Kenya, involved in their elections and sending millions in US tax dollars
80 posted on 05/18/2012 7:30:35 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

“Obama seems to have an alliance with Kenya, involved in their elections and sending millions in US tax dollars”

And SOLDIERS fighting on “my behalf”.


81 posted on 05/18/2012 7:32:49 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Does Obama owe an apology to all those formally “misinformed” people what somehow got the crazy idea in their heads that Obama was foreign born?
I believe they have been laughed at


82 posted on 05/18/2012 7:33:17 AM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“Barry had Indonesian citizenship as a child and......”

Sorry to burst your bubble but the subsequent actions of parents after a child’s birth cannot alter the citizenship status of a child. Only the child’s actions upon reaching his/her majority can change that citizenship status.

That said, realize that Obama does not meet Article II Constitutional eligibility requirements because he is not a natural born citizen due to his father’s foreign citizenship. That, and that only, is the operating disqualification. All other speculation concerning Obama is moot and being promoted by Obama apologists as a red herring in order to make any serious discussion of his eligibility look like a kook convention.


83 posted on 05/18/2012 7:34:05 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: Yardstick

That would be the “question of the day” now wouldn’t it?


84 posted on 05/18/2012 7:34:27 AM PDT by Scotswife
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To: BuckeyeTexan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2884842/posts


85 posted on 05/18/2012 7:35:03 AM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: Brown Deer

LOL!


86 posted on 05/18/2012 7:36:16 AM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: Baynative
LOL!


87 posted on 05/18/2012 7:36:55 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: MrB

Michelle bragged during a speech about obama’s birthplace was Kenya. Fit the need at the time.
baraq probably got into all those colleges on a scholorship for foreigner/minorities.
He told Alan Keyes that his Kenyan birth didn’t matter because he wasn’t going to run for president. He knew about the NBC/citizenship requirement.
The Chicago media crowed about the new kenyan born senator.
Then the democrat birthers come along and POOF, a majical COLB appears.

Add to that, the birthplaces/homes of Presidents like to brag about the fact that the President is from there.

Even Arkansas claimed Bill Clinton.

Kenya has been enthusiatically claiming obama, but obama claims Hawaii.


88 posted on 05/18/2012 7:38:32 AM PDT by Texas resident (November 6 - Vote Against obama)
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To: smoothsailing
Any way you slice it he is a liar. The question is; "What doesn't he lie about?"
89 posted on 05/18/2012 7:39:08 AM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Wow. That’s pretty big news. The HDoH hasn’t responded to his confirmation request for eight weeks.


90 posted on 05/18/2012 7:40:52 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: treetopsandroofs

A couple days old...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2884842/posts?page=1


91 posted on 05/18/2012 7:41:38 AM PDT by Brown Deer (Pray for 0bama. Psalm 109:8)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2885248/posts


92 posted on 05/18/2012 7:41:38 AM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: I am Richard Brandon
My guess is that Obama could not endure registering for the selective service. That was a brand new requirement in 1980, when he would have been entering his sophomore year. Anti-Vietnam war and anti-military sentiment was still strong in the college-going social classes - there was fear, outrage, resentment - I remember even though I was exempt, being female. Now it's much more routine, one form among dozens.

Under current law, all male U.S. citizens are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday. In addition, foreign males between the ages of 18 and 25 living in the United States must register. This includes permanent residents (holders of Green Cards), refugees, asylees, dual citizens, and illegal immigrants.[2] Foreign males in the United States as lawful non-immigrants (international students, visitors, diplomats, etc.) are not required to register.

Source: Wikipedia

I believe at that time he claimed exemption to Columbia U. as an Indonesian citizen because of his adoption by Soetoro, without dual citizenship. Possibly he even claimed Kenyan birth at that time. Hence the dubious-looking selective service registration form that has been released.

The social security number would never have been a problem - there seems always to have been a sufficient paper trail of a Hawaiian birth for him (or his grandmother on his behalf) to apply for one.

My take is that he was born in Hawaii, lied about it sometimes to glamorize himself, and denied being a US citizen when it was convenient.

93 posted on 05/18/2012 7:43:30 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: muawiyah

Actually, the “baby daddy” was Frank Marshall Davis, the militant communist with the FBI rap sheet that mentored him. The one that took naked pictures of his mom AT HIS HOUSE!. Probably the REAL reason we aren’t allowed to see real birth certificates or school records. B.O.Sr was a marriage of convenience so he could study at Harvard. Also note the resemblance of Obama to Davis, and the lack of resemblance to Sr.
http://www.obamasrealfather.com/


94 posted on 05/18/2012 7:44:04 AM PDT by Boiling point
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To: InterceptPoint

What are the odds he drops out “Jim McGreavy” style?


95 posted on 05/18/2012 7:47:49 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: treetopsandroofs

Obama is correct when he states that the Armed Forces of the United States are fighting and dying in “my behalf” -

He is NOT legally the Commander in Chief - therefore US Armed Forces, including US Nuclear forces are under the operational control of a madman.

Let’s just ponder these implications for a moment, shall we?


96 posted on 05/18/2012 7:48:04 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: smoothsailing

His grandma has always maintained that she was at his Kenyan birth.


97 posted on 05/18/2012 7:48:56 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: abishai

When you are doing a bio on anyone, the place where you start is at birth, its not an after thought. It sets the stage for the entire project.


98 posted on 05/18/2012 7:52:18 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: Boiling point
Davis bears no resemblance to Obama ~ none.

Stanley Ann and her father look like Obama, and Obama looks like them ~ and given the strong tendency in human beings for the young to resemble the father, odds are that Grandpa is the baby daddy, and one of Obama Sr's sisters the mother ~ with Stanley Ann simply raising him.

99 posted on 05/18/2012 7:54:15 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Marko413
I'm pretty sure he is a US citizen.

British and Indonesian one too!
100 posted on 05/18/2012 7:56:07 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Conservative Christian Black Man!)
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