OK, how many people in Sunnyside believe President Barack Hussein Obama is foreign born? Come on, be honest. I know you're out there.
I hear it constantly on nut job AM radio. He's not an American, they scream. It's an outrage, the host answers back.
Well, I'm here to set the record straight. Obama is an American. How do I know? Two reasons. First, I'm not a nut-job, and second, I have some common sense.
I'm sure the same people who believe Obama was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii are the same level-headed, balanced people who believed, and probably still do, he was a Muslim.
"Corey," they say, "He hasn't been to church since he moved into the White House."
So! Maybe he's busy...running a country.
Of course, the people out there clinging to their guns, convinced Obama was going to tax ammunition so high they wouldn't be able to afford to hunt any longer, also probably believe Obama is a Kenyan.
People who believe that Obama wasn't born in America remind me of the left-leaning, loony lunatics that believe George W. Bush orchestrated 9-11. Yes, there are actually people to this day, see Rosie O'Donnell, that believe the U.S. Government was responsible for bringing down the twin towers in New York, the damage to the Pentagon and the airplane going down in a Pennsylvania field.
Pretty crazy, huh? Well just as crazy as the birthers, the name of so called citizens who believe Obama was born oversees. Ironically, these are probably the same people who wanted to see U.S. law changed so that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger could run for president in 2008.
Anyways, a few people that are off their rocker have actually managed to make this an issue and the story is creeping into the mainstream news media. Now, I know the liberal news media is in the tank for Obama, but what does it say when FoxNews sides with Obama? Is FoxNews now part of the liberal smear campaign? Oh no, where's a God fearing, decent Republican supposed to get his news now?
This is how bad it's got. California Rep. John Campbell, a Republican, joined other Republicans in sponsoring a bill that would require future presidential candidates to present copies of their birth certificates to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications. He was soundly ridiculed by Chris Matthews.
And though we all know why this piece of legislation is being introduced, Matthews got Campbell to admit he believed Obama was a natural citizen. Why would Campbell admit to this? Because it might be okay to stoke the fires of the wackos in one's party, but it's an entirely different thing when you go on record to the public that you believe Obama isn't a citizen. Even if Campbell believes this, which he probably does, he would never admit it publicly.
Another case in point, this time from Liz Cheney. She told James Carville that the reason people (nut-job Republicans) are so concerned about this is because they are uncomfortable with a president who is reluctant to defend America overseas. Huh?
What is she talking about? Not only did she give these wackos some credence, she opened a new front on Obama claiming he isn't willing to defend our country.
Some say Obama could end all of this by just producing his birth certificate. Well, he has. Not so fast Corey, say some. What he has produced is not an actual birth certificate. Really? According to the FBI it's real. Unless some people think the FBI is in the tank for Obama, too. Factcheck.org has seen, felt and photographed the birth certificate and has deemed it to be real.
Some birthers say they want to see the long form of his birth certificate, not the short form.
I have the long form and the short form certificates for my daughter. Guess what, only the short form is legal. Try to get a passport with the long form of your birth certificate. You will be told no and to go and get a copy of your birth certificate from the health department in the county you were born in. It will be a short form birth certificate.
In fact, I challenge anyone to request one's birth certificate in long form from the hospital they were born at. I tried to do it before I wrote this story and the lady had no idea what I was talking about. She was nice but told me I had to get all birth certificates from the county health department. When I called them and asked if I could get a copy of the long form of my birth certificate, I was told there is only one form.
I've compared mine and my daughter's birth certificates to Obama's and guess what? All three have the same type of information on them. Hmmm. Seems like a conspiracy.
Now, if there are any Sunnysiders still left who think Obama is a foreign born Muslim terrorist, I have one more card up my sleeve.
U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings is a very well-liked, respected man in Sunnyside. He's also a Republican. So I called his office in Washington D.C. and asked his press officer point blank, does Doc believe that Obama is a natural-born citizen of the United States of America. His answer...Yes.
So, I hope the healing can begin now. At least on this issue. Or should I say non-issue. Let's get back to the business at hand. You know, North Korea, Iran, the price of oil and the mounting debt.
There are many areas Republicans can point to where Obama is doing questionable things. Allowing pork into the stimulus package when he swore he wouldn't. Trying to ram health care reform through both houses before all the facts are known about what this legislation might possibly mean for Americans. Not doing anything about the rising price of energy, mainly crude oil.
These are just some of the legitimate issues Obama is facing. So wake up birthers, it's time to face the real issues instead of fanning some crazy tale that has been disproved over and over.