Conservative radio hosts repeat discredited claim that Obama has not produced valid U.S. birth certificate

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Radio hosts Michael Savage, Rick Roberts, and Chris Baker repeated the discredited claim that Sen. Barack Obama has not produced a valid U.S. birth certificate. In fact, the Obama campaign posted a copy of Obama's birth certificate on its "Fight the Smears" website, and reportedly provided the original document to FactCheck.org, whose staff concluded that it "meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship."

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Rehashing a long-debunked claim, conservative radio hosts Michael Savage, Rick Roberts and Chris Baker each asserted that Sen. Barack Obama has not produced a valid birth certificate proving that he was born in the United States and is therefore eligible to run for president. In broadcasts between October 8 and 10, Roberts, Baker and Savage said, respectively, that Obama's birth certificate "hasn't ... been produced"; that there "has never been a real birth certificate presented" by Obama; and that the birth certificate "that was produced is a forgery." In fact, the Obama campaign posted a copy of Obama's birth certificate on its "Fight the Smears" website, and reportedly provided the original document to the nonpartisan watchdog group FactCheck.org, whose staff concluded in an August 21 post that it "meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship." Further, a Hawaiian Health Department official confirmed to PolitiFact.com that Obama's birth certificate is authentic. Indeed, even the conservative website WorldNetDaily.com reported in an August 23 article that a "WND investigation into Obama's birth certificate utilizing forgery experts also found the document to be authentic," as Media Matters for America has documented.

On the October 9 broadcast of his Minneapolis-based radio show, Baker discussed a lawsuit filed in August by Philip J. Berg, who baselessly charged that Obama was born in Kenya. Baker stated that "when you really start looking into this, there apparently has never been a real birth certificate presented. There's been a certificate, but it's not a birth certificate. ... Just get the damn birth certificate presented and let's move on with our lives."

Savage and guest host Roberts repeatedly questioned Obama's citizenship on the October 8, October 9 and October 10 broadcasts of the nationally syndicated Savage Nation. For instance, Savage falsely claimed that Obama's birth certificate "does not exist, they can't find it in the Hawaii government. It's never been produced. The one that was produced is a forgery." Roberts stated, "[Y]ou're running for the president of the United States, OK? Show them the birth certificate and say, 'OK, here's my birth certificate, get out of my face.' Why hasn't it been produced? Why?"

Additionally, while baselessly stating that Obama has not proven his U.S. citizenship, Savage revived other falsehoods about Obama. He falsely suggested that Obama is a Muslim, stating: "How could he not be Muslim if he has a Muslim name? How could he not be Muslim if his father and grandfather were Muslims? How is that possible, when he has no known birth certificate?" Savage also claimed that Jerome Corsi, author of The Obama Nation, "went over to Kenya to investigate [Obama's] relatives in Kenya, and he was arrested by the Muslim leader of Kenya because Mr. Corsi uncovered the true birthplace, I believe, of Hussein Obama and the connections that exist between Barack Hussein Obama and this Muslim leader ... "

However, Media Matters has documented that while Corsi recently baselessly claimed that he "came out of Kenya" with "documents" proving that Obama "made a pact with this radical leftist politician Odinga," the only "documents" Corsi has thus far provided -- purported emails listing the contact in his Senate office to work with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga -- do not establish that Obama "made a pact" with Odinga, and they "appear not to have been written by a native English speaker," as the Politico's Ben Smith has noted. Media Matters has also noted that PolitiFact.com wrote on August 20 that Corsi's claim that Obama "openly supported" Odinga during his 2006 bid for the presidency of Kenya is "false," as PolitiFact "scour[ed] the public record for evidence that Obama supported Odinga" and concluded that "Obama has remained neutral in Kenyan politics." Also, contrary to Savage's claim that the "leader" of Kenya is a Muslim, neither Odinga nor Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki are Muslim, according to news reports.

On October 8, Roberts also said: "[I]f you look at some of his policies and his guidelines and certain political agendas and even more than that, certain social agendas at the outset, you know, the similarities are staggering between Adolf Hitler and Barack Obama."

From the October 8 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:

SAVAGE: So here we are, here we are, here we are, here we are. We're getting ready for the communist takeover of America with a noncitizen at the helm -- I love it. He won't even produce a birth certificate. Don't you love that? Something as basic as Obama's birth certificate now is an issue. I mean, if he's got nothing to hide, show it to me. Doesn't exist. It does not exist, they can't find it in the Hawaii government. It's never been produced. The one that was produced is a forgery. Go to my website, read the story. Who's proposing this notion? Not me. It's a Democrat. A leading Democrat from Pennsylvania is suing the Obama campaign, claiming he's not a citizen.

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RICK ROBERTS (guest host): Yeah, he needs to remember, Pete, not that I could tell McCain anything, but it is my opinion. He needs to remember he's fighting not only for a job, he's fighting for this country. Once again, maybe that's too much to ask in one lifetime of any one man, given everything he's gone through. But you're absolutely spot on. Barack Obama is the most dangerous -- and I've said this before and people take exception with it -- but if you look, and I'm not Ph.D. in world history, but I can read -- if you look at world history and you look at Germany when Adolf Hitler was not initially but shortly after he first came on the scene and started making his rise to power as a community organizer, and you look at all the people he surround himself -- himself with, and if you look at some of his policies and his guidelines and certain political agendas and even more than that, certain social agendas at the outset, you know, the similarities are staggering between Adolf Hitler and Barack Obama. You know, sorry, that's the way I feel. I can read and I can look and I can compare and contrast and what I see -- the early, early days of Adolf Hitler and the very early days in this presidential campaign of Barack Obama, the similarities are absolutely staggering. Now, people say you -- you just don't like black men. It has nothing to do with his race, his theology, his point of origin -- which is in question, by the way. You heard Michael talking about that. There is some question, some question as to whether he's even a U.S. citizen and, sorry, that's something you kinda have to have to run for president. And I thought to myself, wouldn't that be something? We'd get a week away from the presidency and all of a sudden we find out he's actually born in Kenya and then taken to Hawaii where a duplicate birth certificate was produced. That -- that -- I don't know -- that'd be great -- that's a TV movie right there.

From the October 9 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:

SAVAGE: McCain is a genuine war hero. He's suffered for this country. He didn't crack, he has honor, he comes from a great family. We can trust him on national security, we cannot trust him on almost anything else. And that's the problem here. If he was clearly to be trusted on the economy, and to be trusted on the borders, and to be trusted on the onslaught of illegal aliens, we wouldn't even be having this conversation, would we? But we know we can't trust him on those other things. However, the other guy is so off the map, so far off the ken, out of the ken of reality. Obama is an unknown man, may not be a citizen, surrounded by radicals, surrounded by terrorists, that we have no choice.

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SAVAGE: As far as this election goes, I vote for McCain on national security issues only, one reason only, which is I trust him with not selling the country down the river to the Islamofascists. I cannot and will not trust the unknown entity called Obama. I will not turn the country over to him. I understand that McCain comes from -- his father and his grandfather, both very, very good American men, both admirals. That's good enough for me. A military family to me is platinum, it is platinum as far as I am concerned. I have no faith in McCain on any other issue. But if I have nothing else, I'll even take that sad old hack. I will never vote for a man who nobody knows who he is. I will never vote for a man who did nothing for his country. I will never vote for a man who creates groups like ACORN, which are registering the dead and unknown. I will never work for a man who has a birth certificate nobody can find. In other words, if you vote for Obama, you're insane.

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SAVAGE: Here's another article from the Grand Rapids Press on my website. PBS anchor declares Obama a pseudo -- Obama pseudo controversies really hide racism. Characterizing Obama as Muslim, quote, "is a way to confer otherness on him for those people who are uncomfortable saying they're against him because he's black," says -- says a red diaper doper baby vermin from PBS. Again, it's always the white communists who are stirring up blacks against whites and whites against black. Every time you investigate, you see it's a white liberal or a person who wants a race war in the country, who works for PBS, who will not acknowledge that there are real controversies about Obama. How could he not be Muslim if he has a Muslim name? How could he not be Muslim if his father and grandfather were Muslims? How is that possible, when he has no known birth certificate?

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SAVAGE: How about his relatives in Kenya? Mr. [Jerome] Corsi went over to Kenya to investigate his relatives in Kenya, and he was arrested by the Muslim leader of Kenya because Mr. Corsi uncovered the true birthplace, I believe, of Hussein Obama and the connections that exist between Barack Hussein Obama and this Muslim leader, and what this Muslim leader said he would do after this election. And yet McCain says, "Why should I care about this?" Well, as you well know, Obama's first father left him and his mother, and he was a Muslim. And Obama's mother then remarried with her new husband, who was again a Muslim. And yet we're not supposed to say the M-word. Now, as I said to you, I am a believer in all five of the world's religions. As long as they're peace-loving and are pro-American, as far as I'm concerned, all religions are equal. However, what you consider the fact that not all Muslims are terrorists but all terrorists happen to be Muslim, and that the 19 hijackers that destroyed the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were Muslim, mainly from Saudi Arabia, we have a very real obligation to remember that. Never mind that we've been told not to remember it by the -- both party candidates. Never mind that PBS, which should be defunded, tries to embarrass you every time your remember reality. I remember reality.

So the mother remarries and goes to Indonesia with a new husband who is also a Muslim. Barack Hussein Obama is enrolled and reported on the rolls of the Islamic Muslim school he attended under the name Barry Soetoro, S-O-E-T-O-R-O. And when Obama's mother remarried, this new Muslim husband adopted Obama and his name was changed to Barry Mohammed Soetoro legally, through the court system not in America but the court system in Indonesia. However, if you do extensive research, there are no court filings or petitions to the courts of the states of Hawaii and Illinois where this Barack Hussein Obama has his name legally changed to Barry Mohammed Soetoro, so therefore, that there is no court order allowing a name change -- name change, Barrack Hussein Obama, that he's been using, it is an illegal alias for many years. And so, therefore, it's a valid question. There are websites out there that have been filed in federal courts in Philadelphia where a Democrat attorney had to file a federal lawsuit to obtain a simple copy of this alias, Barack Hussein Obama's birth certificate. When in reality, under the Freedom of Information Act, any request made my any citizen to the senator should have been answered and the documents supplied. Especially since this person is not only a federal employee working in a federal agency as a senator but he's preparing under our Constitution which requires birth on U.S. soil, and instead of complying with his request, Barack Hussein Obama, or Hussein, sent his SA to Philadelphia to fight a simple request to show a valid birth certificate. There are websites you can go to read the writ for the attorney and the rationale that Hussein's and the entire DC attorneys gave the federal judge to dismiss this lawsuit. They said that if only one person requested it, it is not a valid issue in clear violation of the actual meaning of the Freedom of Information Act where anyone, anyone by themselves may request any document relating to presidential candidates or even sitting presidents, which includes senators. And so, ladies and gentlemen, we do not even know where Hussein Obama was born, we cannot find a legal birth certificate for him. I believe we are watching one of the greatest frauds in the history of this country unfolding before our eyes, at the same time that the gangsters of Wall Street are melting down our economy. This man may melt down our country altogether.

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ROBERTS: The question was asked earlier today by many people in the lamestream media outlets: Is Barack Obama stealing the vote or is it a right-wing conspiracy, another smear? Another smear? Tell me the first smear. Tell me the first smear. Is any of this resonating with the American people? Is -- are the American people getting any of this? I'll tell you, probably not, and I'll tell you why. I'll tell you why. First of all, the birth certificate issue. The birth certificate issue. You know the story goes his father moved to Kenya, his mother followed, she was pregnant with him, she didn't like the way Muslim men treated the women, she wanted to go back to Hawaii, she was too far along in her pregnancy, they said, "No, you can't fly." She had the baby in Kenya, then got on a plane with the child back to Hawaii and got a registry of birth. You know, if that's not an issue, if that's not a problem -- you're running for the president of the United States, OK? Show them the birth certificate and say, "OK, here's my birth certificate, get out of my face." Why hasn't it been produced? Why?

From the October 10 broadcast of Talk Radio Network's The Savage Nation:

SAVAGE: We're taking a gamble on Barack Hussein Obama. It doesn't matter that he doesn't have a birth certificate. It doesn't matter that he may not be an American citizen. Doesn't matter that he sat in a church for 20 years where a preacher preached the most vile hatred you could imagine -- hatred toward whites, hatred toward America, because that's when he was younger. It doesn't matter that he associates with known terrorists who plotted blowing up the Pentagon and said they didn't do enough -- that doesn't matter because the important thing is that he's a young man who speaks well and can bring about change.

From the October 9 broadcast of KTLK's The Chris Baker Show:

BAKER: According to an investigation by Philip Berg, who has quite a extensive -- he was an assistant attorney general of Pennsylvania, if I'm not mistaken -- I could be, whatever. Assistant attorney general somewhere, which is certainly more attorney general school than I've ever had. So there. Anyway, he says Barack Obama is not a citizen, and now as I've kept up with this story -- and again, just kinda flying around the outside, because when I heard it I thought, "OK, yeah, great, this is what we need, right?" but now when you really start looking into this, there apparently has never been a real birth certificate presented. There's been a certificate, but it's not a birth certificate. And according to Philip Berg, Barack Obama was born in Kenya. And he presents a pretty -- pretty strong case, and I don't know if he's right and I don't know if he's wrong. But I do know that this is an incredibly important issue for a couple of -- a couple of huge reasons. One, I do not want to go through -- if Barack Obama wins the election, I do not want to go into a Barack Obama presidency with a bunch of people running around saying "He's illegitimate. He's not my president. He was selected, not elected. He's not even a citizen. He's not even certified. This whole thing is a fraud" -- I don't need that, OK? I don't need that distraction because the things like this distract us from policy. Now the second part of this is, it's only building suspicion. Now, as I've read about this story, I've read that the Democrat [sic] Party's trying to delay this, they want to keep it out of the courts until after the election -- and listen, here's the deal. Just get the damn birth certificate presented and let's move on with our lives.

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Talk Radio Network, 100.3 KTLK-FM
Person
Michael Savage, Chris Baker, Rick Roberts
Show/Publication
The Savage Nation, The Chris Baker Show
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Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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