Thursday, March 11, 2010

Call me a 'birther' ~ By Barry Farber

Barry Farber writes about some of the strange facts, or rather, the strange LACK of facts, about Barry Soetoro, aka President Obama.
Remember the Sherlock Holmes tale of "The Dog That Did Not Bark"? That's a theme that may be worth moving on to.

Among the items in President Obama's biography, I hear a dog not barking. And, to me, the non-barking is quite loud. Obama's handlers have, naturally, enhanced his image by highlighting things that humanize and enlarge the man and impress the masses...
By Barry Farber

Posted: March 10, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

No single snowflake ever feels responsible for the avalanche. It's not just the "birth certificate"; President Obama has given us blizzards of reasons to question his autobiographical accuracy.
At my journalism school there were no lessons on how to ignore 800-pound gorillas. How did this current crowd get so good at it? Example: I attended the University of North Carolina with the great movie- and TV star Andy Griffith. When he became a national favorite, those who knew him slightly pretended they knew him well. Those who knew him well pretended they'd roomed with him. That's for a Hollywood star, mind you; not a president. Isn't there one mainstream journalist who finds it odd that, quite literally, nobody recalls going to Columbia University with Barack Obama? – or Barry Soetero?

Jack Cashill's literary sleuthing has convinced millions that Obama never wrote his own books. Interview yourself: Do you believe the president, after 20 years in his pew, was surprised to learn of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's racial views? Or that the president had no clue as to William Ayers' background beyond his being "a guy in the neighborhood"? I forgive myself for being reminded of a guy in my neighborhood whose relationship to the truth suffered perpetual estrangement. He never told the truth. Never! Well, once, I must concede, he did tell the truth, but he thought he was lying! Among my unalienable rights is the right to question everything about the president's past as presented to us.

I remember when American newsmen used to ridicule their French colleagues for their obsequious softball questioning of President Charles de Gaulle at Paris press conferences. Those French reporters were water-boarders compared to the American White House press corps today.

The treatment, by the president's political bodyguards, of those who believe he's not eligible to hold the office is an American disgrace. As King Christian of Denmark spat in Hitler's face by wearing the Star of David (which only Jews were obligated to wear), let me quickly don the label of a "birther," and then I'll move on. Or, let the president "show it" and we can all move on!


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1 comment:

  1. In my opinion this is what the small portions of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. They are good at “Follow the Leader” of their dullard leaders, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? The world is complicated and most republicans (Hamiliton, Lincoln, Roosevelt) believe that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. Although most republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe they have a long way to go.