Obama, the Birther Issue and Political Myths by Gregory Hilton

Every major conservative media outlet has gone on record saying President Obama was born in the United States. This includes Fox News, The American Spectator, Human Events and National Review. There is no compelling evidence indicating he was born in Kenya or Indonesia, but this rumor will not die. The story does not interest me, but conspiracy theory adherents are prevalent on both sides. Here are some popular political myths:
— If we don’t enact cap and trade soon global warming will cause sea levels to rise 20 feet;
— Bush shirked his National Guard duty and is an uneducated hick;
— Sarah Palin’s infant child, Trig, was actually the child of her daughter;
— Justice Antonin Scalia threw the 2000 election to Bush so that his son could get a job;
— The spectacularly guilty Mumia Abu-Jamal was framed;
— Nancy Pelosi was never told about waterboarding;
— John Edwards’ campaign aide Andrew Young is the father of Rielle Hunter’s child.
— Obama will cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term;
The President released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate which was created in 2007, and the State of Hawaii supports him. The President will not release the original document. I wish he would do that to end all of this speculation. Two birth announcements from Hawaiian local papers are further proof of Obama’s birth in that state.
The President also refuses to show how his very expensive tuition at Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School were paid for. The allegation is that the records will show Obama received financial aid as a foreign born student. Obama says they won’t, and I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I have no idea why the original documents are not being released. Fox News has said more than once that they have done a thorough investigation into this and have found nothing.

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