Monday, April 19, 2010

Obama's born-in-USA mandate ~ By Joseph Farah

In Joseph's column, he has a good point that when the New York Times/CBS News Poll asks about Obama's eligibility, their wording of the question is to ask if the respondent THINKS Obama was born in the USA or in another country. They should have asked if the respondent is SURE about where Obama was born. The problem is, who could really be sure - besides Bill O'Reilly, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann - without seeing the long form birth certificate?

After reading Farah's column, I was looking at the actual poll results from the New York Times/CBS News Poll: National Survey of Tea Party Supporters, and I found this:

"Tea party supporters are wealthier and more well-educated than the general public, tend to be Republican, white, male, and married, and their strong opposition to the Obama administration is more rooted in political ideology than anxiety about their personal economic well-being, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll."
What I found interesting was that the question Farah was responding to on page 24, Question #50, 41 percent of the Tea Party respondents thought that Obama was born in the U.S. as compared to the 58 percent of all respondents. So, in other words, Obama was wrong when he said that many of the tea partiers were out on the "fringe." It means that out of that bunch of "wealthier and more educated than the general population" people, there were still 41 percent that believed Obama is eligible to be President.  I don't call that a fringe group.

March 30, 2010 - Obama: Tea Party Divided Between Fringe And Those With 'Legitimate Concerns'

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Okay, enough of what I was expounding on. Let's finally see what Joseph Farah has to say.

I've been saying since last summer that half the country has grave doubts about Obama – not just about the birth certificate, but about who he truly is. They are wondering why he is hiding his birth certificate, why he is hiding his school records, why he is hiding his college records, why he is hiding his travel records, why he is hiding his medical records.

And, most of all, I suspect, they are getting very suspicious about why the so-called "watchdogs" in the press show curiosity and concern only about those who ask the president to stop stonewalling and start living up to his pledge to run the most open and transparent administration in history.
By Joseph Farah

Posted: April 19, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

You had to search deep down in the 40-some pages of responses to find it. It was nowhere to be found in the reporting on the poll.

This was a non-story for the New York Times and CBS and every other news organization that looked at the results.

After more than two years of virtual media blackout on any of the serious unanswered questions about Obama's inability or unwillingness to prove his constitutional eligibility for office, a resounding 58 percent of Americans think he was born in the USA.

I repeat: They think he was born in the USA.

Of course, that 58 percent includes the combined staffs of the New York Times, CBS News, Fox News, CNN (since the departure of Lou Dobbs), MSNBC, the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press and all those permitted to attend the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this year. Given the number of times Bill O'Reilly has refuted the possibility that anyone could have any legitimate concern about Obama's eligibility, I'm guessing he voted five or six times in this poll.

After all of the unequivocal denouncements and ridicule of "birthers" and the absolute refusal even to entertain a serious discussion of this issue, only 58 percent of Americans polled by CBS and the New York Times think he was born in America. I wonder how many would have replied they are certain. I'm pretty sure O'Reilly and Glenn Beck would still be out on that limb along with Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. But the air of certainty is a lot thinner than thinking he was born in the U.S.

And certainty, of course, is what all Americans should have at this late date when it comes to the constitutional eligibility of their president. It shouldn't be a matter of guessing. It shouldn't be a matter of opinion. It should be a matter determined by absolute proof.

By the way, fully 20 percent of Americans polled said they believe Obama was born in another country. Now, I have to tell you, as one of those characterized as a leader of the "birther" movement, I would not have answered that way. I would have answered the way another 23 percent of Americans did – I don't know.

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