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Senator David Vitter misleads about Obama certificate issue (and Dave Weigel helps)

Someone wrote senator David Vitter about the Obama citizenship matter, and his office apparently replied as follows:

"Thank you for contacting me with concerns about President-elect Barack Obama’s citizenship status... I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue... Hawaii state officials have verified that President-elect Obama was born in Honolulu on August 4, 1961, making him a natural born citizen."

Now, please go read the full 10/31/08 statement from those "Hawaii state officials".

As pointed out repeatedly, they only confirm that Obama has a valid cert on file. They did not confirm anything on the cert. They did not verify the cert on BHO's site. And, they most certainly did not verify that he was born in Honolulu. That's a FactCheck invention based on the 10/31 statement.

The Vitter office is on a retreat until Monday, and if I hear back I'll post an update.

The quote above appears in "GOP Senators Give Hope to Anti-Obama Activists" (link) in which Dave Weigel continues misleading about this issue. I've left several comments suggesting that he simply picks up the phone and calls Hawaii - and sent an email to his editor suggesting the same - without Weigel showing any interest in the basic journalistic task of verifying his assumptions.

UPDATE: I had a rather unproductive conversation with Laura McCann, editor of the Washington Independent, about this issue.

Thu, 01/08/2009 - 16:06 · Importance: 4

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 00:14
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

once more obama is a foreign and people don't care, its part of the plan that was set-in-to-monition many years ago and our nation was murdered by the people in power right now. sad fact is people are so stupid that most just don't see that fact yet.

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 00:18
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

Oh yes you do know obama just handed over your social security system to foreign banks don't you?? and the $1500.00 he told people when he would become president was also handed over right?

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 05:24
petty bourgeois

TLB, can you install an "ignore fred" button through haloscan so we don't have to read him anymore?

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 05:39
Ted

Obama can't be POTUS. Since no congressman and senator objected on 1/8/09 to Congress' count and certification of the electoral vote which would have turned resolution of Obama's eligibility issue over to Congress, rendering moot both the Berg and Lightfoot cases, Berg finally does achieve standing on the issue of actual harm, to be addressed at the 1/9/09 SCOTUS Conference on Writ of Certiorari. Obama's failure to submit evidence of his constitutional qualification for the 1/9/09 conference will mean he cannot thereafter challenge Berg's request to enjoin the 1/8/09 Congressional electoral count and certification, albeit retroactive, scheduled for SCOTUS conference 1/16/09. Moreover, Chief Justice Roberts has scheduled a full Court conference on the Lightfoot case 1/23/09 in the event there needs to be a Constitutionally mandated action, the Inauguration itself, to enjoin retroactively. Checkmate! (WHERE IS THE NEWS MEDIA?)

Sun, 01/11/2009 - 15:48
Fred Dawes
www.myspace.com/freddawes1776

Thank you Ted but obama, now has his political protectors and people will just fall-into-line behind this little rats. Laws mean nothing inside a minorities dictatorship of hate. note i did not use the word monkey any place!!!!!