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Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Shelby letter, Obama birth certificate, Dr. Fukino, Hawaii Health Department, Obama not eligible, COLB, Huffingtonpost, Ben Smith Politico, cullmantimes, Cullman Alabama, Congress Watch

Yesterday, the Citizen Wells blog reported on a statement made
by Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama and reported by a Cullman,
Alabama newspaper.
““Another local resident asked Shelby if there was any truth to a
rumor that appeared during the presidential campaign concerning
Obama’s U.S. citizenship, or lack thereof.
“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii,
but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have
to be born in America to be president.”
According to the Associated Press, state officials in Hawaii checked
health department records during the campaign and determined there
was no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii.”

The Huffington Post and Politico reported on this statement and
and immediately played the Obama Camp spin to discredit doubts
raised about Obama’s eligibility.

Citizen Wells article

Ben Smith of Politico.com is now reporting that a spokesman for
Shelby has denied that he questioned Obama’s eligibility and that
the Cullman newspaper is sticking with their story.

“Cullman Times editor Derek Price emails that his reporter,
Patrick McCreless, affirmed to him that “we reported Shelby’s
comments on Obama’s birth certificate accurately and completely.

“We stand by our story,” Price wrote.”

Politico article

It is clear what the position of Politico and Huffington Post
is. They are clearly pro Obama.

What is the position of Senator Richard Shelby?

Here is a letter from Senator Shelby posted on Congress Watch.

“Thank you for taking the time to contact me about President-elect
Barack Obama’s citizenship status. I always appreciate hearing from
my constituents.
Under the United States Constitution, Section 1 of Article II
contains a clause that 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; neither shall any
Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to
the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident
within the United States.”
Many have contacted me regarding the numerous claims and lawsuits
circulating on the internet asserting that Obama is not a natural born
citizen and therefore ineligible to become United States President.
However, President-elect Obama has presented his birth certificate,
showing that he was born in Hawaii, and it has been verified and
confirmed by Hawaiian officials. Additionally, the Supreme Court has
declined to act on any of the cases contesting Obama’s citizenship.
On January 8, 2009, Members of Congress were given the opportunity to
contest the issue in a joint session of Congress, but no such
obj ectlon was ralsed during the meeting. By-all accounts,
President-elect Barack Obama meets those requirements. Please be
assured that I will continue to monitor the situation should further
issues arise.
Thank you again for contacting me. If I may be of any further
assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,
~~
Richard Shelby
RCS/stt”

Congress Watch article and copy of letter

Senator Richard Shelby

Where do you stand?

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Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, Obama birth certificate, Dr. Fukino, Hawaii Health Department, Obama not natural born citizen, COLB, Huffingtonpost, Ben Smith Politico, cullmantimes, Allen Keyes video, Allen Keyes lawsuit, Lies, Deception, Factcheck.org

Definition of lie from Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary:

lie
1a: an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker
to be untrue with intent to deceive
1b: an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be
believed true by the speaker
2: something that misleads or deceives
3: a charge of lying

Throughout the past election year, concerns of bias and political
agendas have pervaded the thoughts of millions of Americans. Many
have turned to the internet to escape the heavy bias and promotion
of Obama by MSM on TV and print media. Two conspicuously biased
internet websites are Huffington Post and Politico. The Citizen
Wells blog has called out Ben Smith of Politico before. Even though
the 2008 election is over, these two sites are apparently committed
to performing as front organizations for the Obama Camp. So the
question still begs to be answered. What motivates these 2 sites
to cover the behind of the illegal POTUS, Barack Obama. Please
respond and tell the American People which of the following apply:

In the tank for Obama.

Sloppy reporting.

Paid by the Obama Camp.

No regard for the truth.

If you have some information that has been hidden from us and the
American public, please provide it. For example, a real birth
certificate. If you have a justification for what you have written,
please supply and we will publish it. In the absence of a cogent
response from you, the intelligent and informed reader will easily
discern which of the above that apply to you.

Here is the latest spin and misinformation from
Huffington Post and Ben Smith of Politico:

Huffington Post

“Richard Shelby, Alabama Senator, Questions Obama’s Citizenship”

“The Huffington Post  Rachel Weiner  February 22, 2009 10:18 AM”

“The Cullman Times reports that Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, in a
meeting with constituents, appeared to give some thought to rumors
questioning President Obama’s citizenship.”

“According to the Associated Press, state officials in Hawaii checked
health department records during the campaign and determined there
was no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii.

Politico’s Ben Smith says he has emailed Shelby’s spokesman to ask if
 the Senator actually believes there’s truth in the repeatedly
debunked rumor.”

Huffington Post article 

Politico

 “Shelby dabbles in citizenship rumor [UPDATED]

A dispatch from Cullman, Alabama:

Another local resident asked  [Alabama Senator Richard] Shelby if
there was any truth to a rumor that appeared during the presidential
campaign concerning Obama’s U.S. citizenship, or lack thereof.”

“I emailed Shelby’s spokesman, Jonathan Graffeo, to ask if Shelby
believes there’s substance to this rumor, for which no supporting
evidence has ever emerge, and which has been debunked repeatedly
and in detail.”

 Politico article

Cullman Times

“Another local resident asked Shelby if there was any truth to a
rumor that appeared during the presidential campaign concerning
Obama’s U.S. citizenship, or lack thereof.
“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii,
but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have
to be born in America to be president.”
According to the Associated Press, state officials in Hawaii checked
health department records during the campaign and determined there
was no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii.
The nonpartisan Web site Factcheck.org examined the original document
and said it does have a raised seal and the usual evidence of a genuine
document. In addition, Factcheck.org reproduced an announcement of
Obama’s birth, including his parents’ address in Honolulu, that was
published in the Honolulu Advertiser on Aug. 13, 1961.”

 Cullman Times article

What Dr. Fukino of the Hawaii Health
Department really said.

 

Hawaii Health Dept. News Release October 31, 2008:

“DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
News Release
LINDA LINGLE
GOVERNOR
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CHIYOME LEINAALA FUKINO M.D.
DIRECTOR
Phone:      (808) 586-4410     
Fax: (808) 586-4444
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release: October 31, 2008 08-93
STATEMENT BY DR. CHIYOME FUKINO
“There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record.
“Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.
“No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai‘i.”
###
For more information, contact:
Janice Okubo
Communications Office
Phone:      (808) 586-4442     ”

What the AP writer wrote to
misrepresent Dr. Fukino’s
statement in an Orwellian
tactic.

“State declares Obama birth certificate genuine
The Associated Press

Fri, Oct 31, 2008 (4:18 p.m.)

State officials say there’s no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said Friday she and
the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally
verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth
certificate.

Fukino says that no state official, including Republican Gov. Linda
Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently.

She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate
to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.

Some Obama critics claim he was not born in the US.

Earlier Friday, a southwest Ohio magistrate rejected a challenge to
Obama’s citizenship. Judges in Seattle and Philadelphia recently
dismissed similar suits.”
Notice the heading and first sentence implying that
the Hawaiian Health Department officials had stated
that Obama was born in Hawaii.

Next notice that there are no quotes from either
official that state that Obama was born in Hawaii.
Where I come from that is not just Orwellian, but
an outright lie.

From the Alan Keyes lawsuit

“A press release was issued on October 31, 2008, by the Hawaii Department
of Health by its Director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino. Dr. Fukino said that she
had “personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of
Health has Senator Obama’s original birth certificate on record in
accordance with state policies and procedures.” That statement failed to
resolve any of the questions being raised by litigation and press accounts.
Being “on record” could mean either that its contents are in the computer
database of the department or there is an actual “vault” original.”

“Further, the report does not say whether the birth certificate in the
“record” is a Certificate of Live Birth or a Certificate of Hawaiian Birth.
In Hawaii, a Certificate of Live Birth resulting from hospital documentation,
including a signature of an attending physician, is different from a
Certificate of Hawaiian Birth. For births prior to 1972, a Certificate of
Hawaiian Birth was the result of the uncorroborated testimony of one witness
and was not generated by a hospital. Such a Certificate could be obtained up
to one year from the date of the child’s birth. For that reason, its value
as prima facie evidence is limited and could be overcome if any of the
allegations of substantial evidence of birth outside Hawaii can be obtained.
The vault (long Version) birth certificate, per Hawaiian Statute 883.176
allows the birth in another State or another country to be registered in
Hawaii. Box 7C of the vault Certificate of Live Birth contains a question,
whether the birth was in Hawaii or another State or Country. Therefore,
the only way to verify the exact location of birth is to review a certified
copy or the original vault Certificate of Live Birth and compare the name of
the hospital and the name and the signature of the doctor against the
birthing records on file at the hospital noted on the Certificate of the
Live Birth.”

Latest statement from Allen Keyes

 

Why Obama is not eligible