An archived article from 2004 on Barack Obama's run for the U.S. Senate in Illinois describes
the relative political newcomer as "Kenyan-born," providing further fuel for speculation over the president's eligibilty for
WND has noted various news reports that have either stated or implied Obama's birthplace is not Hawaii,
as he has claimed, but Africa.
The issue is significant, since there are a number of lawsuits challenging Obama's eligibility
that argue if he was not born in the U.S., he does not meet the requirement in the Constitution that the president be a "natural
WND further has reported on the disagreement among those documenting Obama's presidency over which Hawaii
hospital was his birth place.
Now have come a flood of blog questions and e-mails regarding the apparently archived article from the Sunday Standard in Kenya.
The report starts out, "Kenyan-born US Senate hopeful, Barrack (sic) Obama, appeared set to take over
the Illinois Senate seat after his main rival, Jack Ryan, dropped out of the race on Friday night amid a furor over lurid
sex club allegations."
The report continues to discuss the allegations against Ryan, Obama's opponent in his race for the
U.S. Senate, and his decision to drop out, virtually handing the Senate seat to the political newcomer.
The article is credited to the wire service Associated Press at the bottom of the page. However, the
article could not be found either in the AP archives available to the public online or the archive on the newspaper's website.
WND telephone calls and e-mails to the newspaper did not generate a response.
At the Post & Email blog, writer John Charlton offered several explanations, including the suggestion references to Obama's birth
have been scrubbed.
He wrote that a search of Google for the issue produced unusual results.
"When you attempt to search for 'Kenyan-born Obama'; results are missing; years prior to 2004 seem
scrubbed; and when you click a link to an article in 2000, you get an article in 2004.
"Deliberate sabotage of their own news archive?" he wondered.
He said searching Google for the reference words "Kenyan-born U.S. Senator Obama hopeful…" came
up with a 1981 New York times reference, but Obama is not in the article.
"There is no mention of Obama from 1981 to 2000; despite all his 'work with the poor' in Chicago,"
The June 27, 2004, article from the Standard doesn't appear.
A further link to PBS leads to a story about Obama's Senate victory, another to USA Today talks about
Obama's father being Kenyan-born and another from 2004 does the same.
"Then, you would not believe it; but all the newspapers in the world, during the period from Jan. 1,
2005 to April 12, 2006, don't make one mention of Obama! Not even one," he said.
The bottom line, however, Charlton wrote, should not be what published reports have said, but what
proof Obama can provide.
"If Obama cannot show documents which prove he is born in the USA; the mere fact that he has claimed
to be born overseas and in the U.S.A.; first at one hospital in Hawaii and then at another; means that nothing he says in
court, and no document presented by his campaign could be taken as prima facie evidence of anything."
Earlier this year, an African news site and an MSNBC broadcaster delivered references to President Obama's birthplace as
being outside of the United States, even as a controversy had developed over a letter purporting to be from the president
claiming Kapi'olani hospital in Honolulu as his birth location.
Network correspondent Mara Schiavocampo was reporting on the celebratory atmosphere in Accra, Ghana,
immediately prior to Obama's visit to the west African nation.
Interviewing a person who appeared to be a shop operator, she suggested, "Barack Obama is Kenyan …
but Ghanaians are still proud of him."
The video of the report is at this link.
Her report talks about the party atmosphere and the Obama fan clubs who has posted "Welcome home" signs.
Meanwhile, a report at Modern Ghana also posted in advance of the president's visit cited his birthplace on the continent of Africa.
"For Ghana, Obama's visit will be a celebration of another milestone in African history as it hosts
the first-ever African-American president on this presidential visit to the continent of his birth," the report said.
The Modern Ghana report also cited the expectations that Obama would make a foreign policy pronouncement
during his visit.
Kenya's East African Standard also, in an Aug. 24, 2006, article titled "From Young 'Barry' to Top
American Senator," previously said of Obama: "The Harvard Law School and Columbia University graduate was born at the Queen's
Medical Centre in Honolulu in Hawaii, where his parents were studying at the East-West Centre of the University of Hawaii
WND also reported, Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro, claimed Obama was born in Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii,
a testimony reported as fact by several news sources and the myth-busting site Snopes.com.
But after WND drew attention to a letter from the president declaring as his birthplace the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu instead,
news sources and websites jumped to scrub the Queens location and replace it with Kapi'olani.
As WND reported, the White House insists Obama was born in Hawaii but has thus far refused to verify which hospital the
president claims as his birthplace or whether the letter – purportedly from President Obama claiming Kapi'olani –
is, in fact, real.
The lawsuits over Obama's eligibility continue in several parts of the country, and in fact a California
federal judge has scheduled a trial on the dispute to begin in January.
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama's status as a "natural born citizen." The Constitution,
Article 2, Section 1, 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."
Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born
out of the country, Obama's American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American
citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama's citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction
of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution
excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Complicating the situation is Obama's decision to spend sums exceeding $1 million to avoid releasing an original long-form state birth certificate that would put to rest the questions.
WND also has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia
University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the
University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar
Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records.
Because of the dearth of information about Obama's eligibility, WND founder Joseph Farah has launched
a campaign to raise contributions to post billboards asking a simple question: "Where's the birth certificate?"
The campaign followed a petition that has collected more than 475,000 signatures demanding proof of his eligibility, the availability of yard signs raising the question and the production of permanent, detachable magnetic bumper stickers asking the question.
The "certification of live birth" posted online and widely touted as "Obama's birth certificate" does
not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same "short-form" document is easily obtainable for children not born
in Hawaii. The true "long-form" birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital
and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted
its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally
eligible to be president as a "natural born citizen," no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama's claim to
a Hawaiian birth.
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