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Birther Debate: Retired General, a Fox News Analyst, Questions Obama's Legitimacy

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A retired Air Force general, who also weighs in as a Fox News contributor, has joined the ranks of "birthers" by defending Army doctor Terrence Lakin, who refused to serve in Afghanistan because he does not believe President Obama was born in the United States and therefore has no authority to deploy him. Lt. Col. Lakin is facing a court martial.

Now, Talking Points Memo says retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney has filed an affidavit on Lakin's behalf. The document raises concerns about Obama's legitimacy and demands release of his birth records.
Retired Air Force Gen. Thomas McInerney joins
"It is my opinion that LTC Lakin's request for discovery relating to the president's birth records in Hawaii is absolutely essential to determining not merely his guilt or innocence but to reassuring all military personnel once and for all for this president whether his service as Commander in Chief is Constitutionally proper," McInerney wrote to the court. ". . . According to our Constitution, the Commander in Chief must now, in the face of serious -- and widely held -- concerns that he is ineligible, either voluntarily establish his credibility by authorizing release of his birth records, or this court must authorize their discovery. The invasion of privacy in these records is utterly trivial compared to the issues at stake here."

Hawaiian authorities have stated repeatedly that Obama's birth certificate is on file and in order. But the rumor that he was not born in the United States is alive and well on the Internet.

McInerney, a graduate of West Point who retired in 1994, served in Vietnam and was commander of the 11th Air Force in Alaska.

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I just don't know for sure about Obama's birthplace because he spent millions of dollars to seal his school and life records. Why? That just keeps me wondering. Why would anyone do this unless they are trying hide something? I am not a kook. I am just wondering and so should you...

September 02 2010 at 10:42 PM

Perhaps the reason Obama will not release his birth certificate is because they often have religion stated on them. Mine does. I know you can convert or change later in life but I beleive Obama has consistently stated he is not now nor ever has been a Muslim. The birth certificate may prove he is a liar.

September 02 2010 at 10:12 PM +3
1 reply to albertabre's comment

Just looked at my birth certificate and no mention of religion anywhere. Parents, yes. Besides, the birth certificate is filled out at the time of birth and before any baptism. Get used to the idea that President Obama was and is a legitimate US born citizen. Then give it a rest.

September 02 2010 at 10:31 PM +1

I believe that Obama was not born in the United States and not to his supposedly white mother. The only possible reason Obama refuses to show his birth certificate is that it shows a black woman and not a white woman. The "white woman" was used as a paid host to ensure the birth was registered in hawaii. I want to see a DNA test of Obama and the "white mother"(exhume the body) by an independent facility.

September 02 2010 at 10:10 PM +3

I think this is a non-issue. When Mr. Obama filed his candidacy in each state, the authority certifying elections in each state would have had to verify his eligibility to be placed on the ballot. Since he was on the ballot in all 50 states it is safe to say he met the eleigibility requirement. @hjluck: As to the type of document, original or certified copy, each state or locality provides birth documentation according to their own rules. Generally, a certified copy of the birth record is provided when the original document given to the mother is lost or destroyed. I know this is the case in NY, NJ, CA, SC and GA. The original certificate on file in the archives may not be taken from the archive by law. Sometimes the only document provided is a certified copy sent to the mother. Since we don't know the whereabouts of the record given to his mother, Mr. Obama could only produce what was provided to him by the State of Hawaii when the document was requested. And by the way, a number of divergent sources have filed sworn affadvits that they've seen the original birth record.

September 02 2010 at 10:09 PM -5

The candidate, Obama, should have been vetted before he qualified to run for election. Every other presidential candidate and president have been required to bare some very private details about their lives and, why not, they hold the position, or are running for the position, of "leader of the free world." Being a natural-born citizen is a basic constitutional requirement. This controversy should not even exist, and the president should be willing, IF he has nothing to hide, to provide any information to quell any speculation about his qualifications to hold the office he presently holds. If he refuses to disclose on the basis that it is personal and private information, it just fuels the controversy and leaves one to conclude that he does, indeed, have something to hide!

September 02 2010 at 10:09 PM +5

There is a depressing pattern in this whole birther issue. In 2004, John Kerry's legitimacy was also questioned when it was mysteriously "discovered" that he did not deserve his medals. When Max Cleland came out against the Bush administration, his war record was challenged as bogus. Then John Murtha, too! And now the Roger Ailes-Karl Rove lie-a-thon machine is abetting a retired general's delusion. Americans who watch and believe this drivel, do you realize how foolish this looks from abroad? Do you realize how dumb this makes the American population look? If your response is "Who cares what them furriners think?", you look even dumber than that.

September 02 2010 at 10:04 PM +1
1 reply to howwil's comment

It's only an issue because the president has not effectively responded. All he has to do is release the birth and college records and then the issue is resolved. Unless there is a problem.........

September 02 2010 at 10:30 PM -1

General you should hang your head in shame!

September 02 2010 at 10:03 PM

I'm pretty comfortable that he was born in the US. The bigger concern is that his mom may have renounced her citizenship when she left for Indonesia. If true, I'm not sure he still has his citizenship. I suppose that is why they are refusing to release his college records. He probably applied as a foreign student. This would mean that he is either ineligible to be president or he committed fraud on the application. Either would be a problem.

September 02 2010 at 10:02 PM +3
Wayne W Bixenman

I have been told by more than one person who have worked for state of Hawaii that in years past, if you were born in Hawaii, you would have been issued a "Birth Certificate" stating such. If,on the other hand, you were born outside of Hawaii and your parents wished to legitimize your residency as an infant or child, you would be issued a "Certificate of Live Birth". On the internet we can find copies of Mr. Obama's "Certificate of Live Birth". So decide for yourself.

September 02 2010 at 10:01 PM -1

Since retiring, this general seems to need a hobby, something meaningful to occupy his time. Fox to the rescue! If I recall, wasn't he depicted as the crazed Air Force general in Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove." I'm sure his wife is happy to get him out of the house if she hasn't kicked him out already.

September 02 2010 at 9:56 PM -8

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