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    Obama: ‘I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States’

    July 27, 2015 | Michael Dorstewitz | 106 Comments

    [Putative] President Obama might be visiting Kenya, but his mind is stuck on baiting critics back home.

    A crack Sunday in Nairobi is a case in point: It seemed aimed more at the so-called birthers — Americans who claim he was born in Kenya rather than Hawaii — than at his Kenyan audience.

    “I am proud to be the first American president to come to Kenya,” Obama told a crowd Sunday. “And of course I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States.”

    [ED.: But because he has made himself anathema to Kenyans by espousing
    the homosexual agenda and promoting abortion as a means of birth control, now Kenya neither wants him, claims him, nor acclaims him as Kenyan-born. This solves his Kenya problem, reduces his risk of being outed as a native Kenyan, defuses the danger of a "Kenyan-born eruption," and renders what previously was off-limits for the press into safe material for jokes.]

    He made a similar reference Saturday evening, when he cracked a joke at a state dinner that he didn’t go to Kenya to search for his birth certificate.


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    (Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015) At Donald Trump's press conference, a member of the press publicly addressed Mr. Trump with a question about Mr. Obama being a Mus1im. The press member ended his question with the offhand remark,
    You know, he's not even an American.
    Did anyone catch Mr. Trump's answer?
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    Trump finally admits it: 'President Barack Obama was born in the United States'

    By Stephen Collinson and Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Updated 1:31 PM ET, Fri
    September 16, 2016

    Washington (CNN)Donald Trump finally admitted Friday that "President Barack Obama was born in the United States," reversing himself on the issue that propelled him into national politics five years ago.

    Trump sought to end his longstanding attempt to discredit the nation's first African-American president with just a few sentences tacked on at the end as he unveiled his new hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.

    But the issue isn't likely to die down any time soon -- especially as Trump continues to falsely blame Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for starting the "birtherism" controversy. Clinton said earlier Friday that Trump's acknowledgment of Obama's birthplace doesn't go far enough and that he must also apologize.


    "For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president," Clinton said at an event in Washington. "His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie."




    Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

    Trump offered no apologies for his leading role in the birther movement and didn't explain what drove him to change his mind.

    The President dismissed Trump's criticism Friday, joking with reporters at the White House and saying, "I was pretty confident about where I was born."


    Donald Trump: Hillary Clinton started birther movement


    The birtherism controversy exploded the previous night when Trump said in an interview with The Washington Post that he still wasn't prepared to acknowledge Obama's birthplace. Within a few hours, the campaign released a statement -- attributed to his spokesman -- that said Trump now believes Obama was born in the United States.


    Trump finally said the words out loud Friday morning.


    Trump's history of suggesting Obama is a Muslim


    "President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period," Trump said, ignoring reporters' questions despite earlier indications he would hold a press conference. "Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again."




    The developments over the past day were steeped in political motivations. With 53 days before the presidential election, Trump is moving into a margin of error race with Clinton and trying to broaden his appeal while maintaining his grip on the GOP base.

    Trump has tried to improve his dismal standing among minority voters and moderate Republicans in recent weeks, many of whom see birtherism as racially motivated and an insult to Obama.


    He is also aiming to take the issue of Obama's birthplace and legitimacy off the table by the time of the crucial debate with Clinton September 26.




    12 of Trump's most outrageous 'birther' claims

    Trump has declined other opportunities during the past two weeks to refute his original birtherism.


    When local Philadelphia TV station WPVI asked Trump on September 2 about his past statements, Trump replied: "I don't talk about it anymore. I told you, I don't talk about it anymore."


    He repeated the same line when asked about it during a gaggle with reporters aboard his plane last week.


    And in an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last week, Trump again said, "I don't bother talking about it."


    Trump's extraordinary attempt to prove Obama was not a natural-born US citizen and was therefore not qualified to be president started on the conservative fringe but gathered momentum and became a major issue. The White House initially tried to ignore the birtherism movement as the work of conspiracy theorists, but Trump's huge media profile propelled the issue through conservative media and it eventually gained traction.


    The saga only ended in a surreal and extraordinary moment in American politics when the sitting President went to the White House briefing room in April 2011 and produced his long-form birth certificate.


    "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers," Obama said at the time, in a clear reference to Trump.


    Trump campaign blames Clinton


    In his statement Thursday night, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said, "Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised."

    He was referring to a controversy from the 2008 Democratic primary fight between Obama and Clinton. In a March 2008 interview with "60 Minutes," Clinton said she took then-Sen. Obama's word that he was not a Muslim, but when pressed if she believed he was, she replied, "No. No, there is nothing to base that on -- as far as I know."

    Clinton, however, was not questioning Obama's birthplace.


    Clinton slammed Trump's comments to the Post while speaking at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute event in Washington Thursday, saying he needs to stop his "ugliness" and "bigotry."


    Donald Trump's unfulfilled promises


    "He was asked one more time: Where was President Obama born?

    And he still wouldn't say Hawaii. He still wouldn't say America.

    This man wants to be our next president? When will he stop this ugliness, this bigotry?" she said. "This is the best he can do. This is who he is. And so we need to decide who we are."


    Clinton's campaign later tweeted, "President Obama's successor cannot and will not be the man who led the racist birther movement. Period."


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    President Obama’s successor cannot and will not be the man who led the racist birther movement. Period.
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    The 'birther' controversy

    Trump's embrace of the birther controversy seemed outlandish when it began. In retrospect, it looks like a template for the fact-challenged approach he has adopted in his presidential campaign.
    After Obama's news conference, the real-estate developer claimed credit for getting the President to produce evidence of his birthplace.

    "Today I'm very proud of myself because I've accomplished something that nobody else was able to accomplish," Trump said in New Hampshire, after Obama's news conference.


    In subsequent years, Obama poked fun at the birtherism controversy and used it to ridicule Trump, most memorably in a savage takedown at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in 2011.


    "Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald," Obama said.


    "And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter -- like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

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    No, Clinton didn't start the birther thing. This guy did.


    Despite what Trump says, the 2008 Clinton campaign and the candidate herself never trafficked in the rumors.

    By KYLE CHENEY

    09/16/16 03:55 PM EDT
    Updated 09/16/16 04:24 PM EDT


    TV news correspondents hold copies of President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate as they prepare for live shots prior to a statement by Obama on April 27, 2011. Obama sought to quash conspiracy theories alleging he was not born in the United States by releasing the document. | Getty

    After years of denying the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency, it was only in the midst of his own presidential campaign that Donald Trump began falsely claiming Hillary Clinton was the true progenitor of the “birther” conspiracy theory claiming Obama was not born in the United States.

    But that’s swapping one discredited claim for another. Numerous fact checks, reports and interviews — in 2008 and 2011, when Trump revived the controversy — revealed that although some Clinton supporters circulated rumors about Obama’s citizenship, the campaign and Clinton herself never trafficked in it.


    “There has never been evidence that Clinton or her campaign started the birther rumors,” said Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed, who as a POLITICO reporter in 2011 linked the origin of the “birther” movement to a fringe politician in Illinois. Some hardcore Clinton backers circulated the rumors in 2008, but the campaign itself steered clear.

    “As we reported, some of her supporters flirted with the idea in 2008 — but it has its origins in the fever swamps beginning in Illinois in 2004,” he said.


    In fact, birtherism, as it’s been called, reportedly began with innuendo by serial Illinois political candidate Andy Martin, who painted Obama as a closet Muslim in 2004. That spiraled into a concerted effort by conspiracy theorists to raise doubts about Obama’s birthplace and religion — and essentially paint him as un-American.


    Martin, who briefly launched a little-noticed presidential campaign last year, has disavowed the movement he’s often credited with starting, though he still foments similarly discredited doubts about Obama’s religion.


    Clinton’s 2008 hands are recoiling at Trump’s revisionism about their role in propagating the lie about Obama’s citizenship. “The suggestion that the Hillary campaign was pushing birtherism in 2008 is bunk. It's fiction,” said Phil Singer, who was Clinton’s 2008 press secretary.


    Much of the insinuation that Clinton had a hand in birtherism traces to the role of her then-senior strategist Mark Penn, who issued a memo in 2007 suggesting that Clinton emphasize Obama’s upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia and paint him as fundamentally un-American. The memo never questioned Obama’s citizenship but did suggest highlighting his “lack of American roots.”

    “[H]is roots to basic American values and culture are at best limited,” Penn wrote. “I cannot imagine electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally American in his thinking and in his values.”

    The Clinton campaign never employed Penn’s strategy, and to this day it provokes sharply different perceptions among those who remember discussing it. Two sources with knowledge of the deliberations say Penn’s memo caused a “near-staff revolt” at the time it came up and contributed to factional infighting that would later hobble the campaign.


    Another source who recalled the discussion dismissed that perception as revisionist, arguing instead that the memo was barely considered at all. “This memo got about 30 seconds of discussion and the only recommendation was that she emphasize her Midwest upbringing,” the source said. “While the campaign may have disagreed on going negative on Barack Obama, this paragraph had nothing to do with those discussions and it did not in any cause any discussion of his citizenship.”


    Later, in the spring 2008, as Clinton’s chances of winning the Democratic primary grew thin, some of her hardcore supporters circulated rumors that Obama may not be a U.S. citizen, picking up on some of Martin’s innuendo and extending it further.


    “Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth,” read one of those emails posted, at the time, by Snopes.com, a site that attempts to debunk internet rumors.


    Birtherism reportedly began with innuendo by serial Illinois political candidate Andy Martin, who painted Obama as a closet Muslim in 2004. | AP Photo

    On Friday, Clinton’s former senior aide Patti Solis Doyle acknowledged that a volunteer coordinator in Iowa forwarded a birther-related email. “Hillary made the decision immediately let that person go,” she said. “We let that person go. It was so beyond the pale of the campaign Hillary wanted to run and that we as a staff wanted to run that I called David Plouffe who was managing Barack Obama to apologize to say this is not coming from us, that this was rogue volunteer.”

    “The campaign nor Hillary did not start the birther movement, period,” she said.


    The rumors that Obama was born in Kenya dogged him as he entered the general election fight against John McCain (who similarly steered clear of the issue). Some conservative blogs picked up the rumor as well. To counter the claim, the Obama campaign released a copy of his short-form “certification of live birth” to the liberal Daily Kos.


    But it was that gesture that proved the durability of the birther conspiracy theories. Immediately, those who questioned Obama’s birth declared the short-form birth certificate insufficient proof or even a forgery. But the issue had clearly moved even further to the fringe and seemed to dissipate until Donald Trump revived it in 2011, demanding a “long-form” birth certificate.

    Donald Trump speaks to the media at Pease International Trade Port in Portsmouth, N.H., on April 27, 2011, about the release of President Barack Obama’s release original birth certificate. | Getty

    During a March 23, 2011 appearance on The View, Trump sparred with Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters about Obama’s birth.
    “Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?” Trump said. “I wish he would because I think it’s a terrible pall that’s hanging over him …

    There’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like.”


    When panelists asked Trump why George W. Bush was never asked to produce his birth certificate, Trump added, “I’m not saying I’m a fan of George Bush. You know that better than anybody. But George Bush was born in this country.”


    For the next few months, Trump courted believers in the conspiracy and even advised advocates for state laws requiring future presidents to produce proof of their U.S. birth. Ironically, an Arizona bill on the matter, which Trump specifically advocated for, was vetoed by then-Gov. Jan Brewer – now a top Trump surrogate.

    Brewer questioned its requirement to force presidential candidates to release “baptismal or circumcision certificates” in lieu of a birth certificate.


    At that time, polling showed Republicans were far more inclined to believe that Obama wasn’t a U.S. citizen. At that time, as they do now, the Clintons forcefully disavowed the notion.


    Glenn Thrush and Brent Griffiths contributed reporting.


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