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The Obama Timeline: Part II

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« Reply #90 on: July 31, 2009, 05:57:37 pm »



A person claiming to have a certified copy of Obama’s original Kenyan birth certificate places it for sale on the Internet site eBay, as item number 160344928067. The eBay site then repeatedly removes the listing as the seller (colmado_naranja) adds it back. (The founder of eBay, billionaire Pierre Omidyar, is an Obama supporter and member of the “President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.” Omidyar was also a student at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, which Obama attended.) The seller states that he (or she) traveled to Mombasa, Kenya to obtain the certified copy, and remarks, “Kenyans were amused at how gullible Americans could be when it came to obvious things like the fact that Kenyans overtly admit to Barack Jr.’s Kenyan birth, yet the Americans continue to believe that they know better.” Most people are skeptical of the claim that the seller has a certified copy of a Kenyan birth certificate for Obama, either because they do not believe he was born in Kenya or because they do not believe the Kenyan hospital or the Kenyan government would allow the release of the document. Investigators have traveled to Kenya to obtain the birth certificate but encountered resistance from authorities. [3623, 3624, 3651, 3659, 3686, 3687, 3688, 3723, 3724]

 

“Inspired” by Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) launches a “Share the Quran” campaign to distribute copies of the Quran to 100,000 local, state, and national leaders, as well as members of the media and individuals “…who shape public opinion or determine policy.” (Obama used the phrase “holy Quran” four times in his June 4 address, including the statement, “As the Holy Quran tells us, ‘Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.’ That is what I will try to do—to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.”) [3627]

 

Former Federal Reserve Board governor Frederic Mishkin states, “We’re really worried about a fiscal train wreck, and we know that if fiscal policy becomes unsustainable, no central bank in the world can keep inflation under control… But unless we see the federal government get serious, Congress and the Obama administration, thinking about long-run fiscal sustainability, that creates a real problem for the Fed.” [3632]

 

In a Wall Street Journal editorial, former prime minister of Spain (1996–2004) Josť Maria Aznar writes of the protests in Iran, “This is no time for hesitation on the part of the West. If, as part of an attempt to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, the leaders of democratic nations turn their backs on the dissidents they will be making a terrible mistake. President Obama has said he refuses to ‘meddle’ in Iran’s internal affairs, but this is a poor excuse for passivity. If the international community is not able to stop, or at least set limits on, the repressive violence of the Islamic regime, the protesters will end up as so many have in the past—in exile, in prison, or in the cemetery. And with them, all hope for change will be gone. To be clear: Nobody in the circles of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei or Ahmadinejad is going to reward us for silence or inaction. On the contrary, failing to support the regime’s critics will leave us with an emboldened Ahmadinejad, an atomic Iran, and dissidents that are disenchanted and critical of us. We cannot talk about freedom and democracy if we abandon our own principles… Delayed public displays of indignation may be good for internal political consumption. But the consequences of Western inaction have already materialized. Watching videos of innocent Iranians being brutalized, it’s hard to defend silence.” [3635]

 

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin refuses a full-page ad (and the $7,168.0 fee) soliciting assistance in gathering evidence to prove whether Obama was born in Hawaii. The classified advertising manager, Cyd Kamakea, states, “I spoke to my publisher and unfortunately we cannot accept the ad because it is political.” (Newspapers routinely accept political advertising.) [3636]

 

The Obama administration purportedly tells the Palestinian Authority (PA) it will put an end to all Israeli construction in the West Bank. An unnamed PA source states, “The U.S. assured us that for the first time since 1967, we are going into a period where there will not be allowed a single construction effort on the part of the Israelis in the settlements, including in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumum and eastern Jerusalem. The U.S. used to differentiate between natural grown and adding new communities. Not anymore. No construction will be allowed, not even natural growth.” (Obama has no legal basis for telling Israel it cannot expand in the West Bank any more than the Israeli government can tell Americans where they can and cannot build homes.) A group called the Syrian Committee for the Liberation of the Golan states it may attack Israel and capture the Golan because Israel has refused to turn over the land; Israel has assembled tanks at the Syrian border to defend against an attack. [3637, 3638, 3663]

 

Obama aide David Axelrod says on NBC’s June 28 Meet the Press broadcast that a second “stimulus bill” is not out of the question. “Let’s see in the fall where we are, but right now we believe what we have done is adequate to the task. If more is needed, we’ll have that discussion.” Axelrod tells ABC News’ George Stephanopolous “We are also mindful of the fact that the nuclear weapons in Iran and the nuclearization of that whole region is a threat to that country, all countries in the region, and the world. And we have to address that. We can’t let that lie.” To many, Axelrod’s statement is the first admission by the Obama administration that Iran already has nuclear weapons and is not simply working on developing them. [3639, 3653]

 

Obama’s United Nations ambassador, Susan Rice, appears on CBS’ Face the Nation and states, “Legitimacy obviously is in the eyes of the people. And obviously the government’s legitimacy has been called into question by the protests in the streets. But that’s not the critical issue in terms of our dealings with Iran.” In other words, Obama doesn’t care if the Iranian government is legitimate or if the Iranian people are ruled by thugs who order them butchered in the streets—as long as he can work a deal with the mullahs on nuclear weapons and get a Nobel Peace Prize. Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are likely amused by Obama’s inaction. He could be working with other nations to freeze their billions of dollars in assets to put pressure on them, and instead does nothing but beg for a “dialogue.” Rice also comments that Iran must decide whether to end its nuclear program or “face increased isolation and pressure,” yet the Obama administration is doing nothing to contribute to isolation or pressure. [3649, 3650, 3653]

 

Although he roundly criticized opponent John McCain during the campaign for suggesting employer-provided health insurance might need to be taxed as part of any health care reform, Obama has left the option open for his national health care plan. Aide David Axelrod states on June 28, “There are a number of formulations and we’ll wait and see. The important thing at this point is to keep the process moving, to keep people at the table, to the keep the discussions going. We’ve gotten a long way down the road and we want to finish that journey.” Taxing health insurance would break Obama’s campaign promise, “I pledge that under my plan, no one making less than $250,000 a year will see any type of tax increase. Not income tax, not capital gains taxes, not any kind of tax.” Obama ran several campaign ads criticizing McCain’s plan. One stated, “…taxing health benefits for the first time ever… taxing health care instead of fixing it. We can’t afford John McCain.” (McCain’s plan was to tax employer-paid health insurance while also providing a tax credit.) Obama advisors Peter Orszag and Jason Furman both support such a tax. [3642]

 

The president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, coordinates an illegal referendum to scrap the nation’s constitution and make it possible for him to remain president for life. After the Honduran Supreme Court rules against Zelaya, he leads a mob to the military installation where the ballots (printed for Zelaya in Venezuela by Hugo Chavez) were stored. Zelaya is arrested and exiled to Costa Rica on June 28. Zelaya’s actions were in direct violation of the Honduran constitution and he was warned by his Supreme Court and attorney general not to proceed. Strangely, the Obama administration sides with Zelaya—and against the citizens of Honduras and democracy—saying it will not recognize any other leader. Obama states he is “deeply concerned by reports coming out of Honduras regarding the detention and expulsion of president Mel Zelaya” and asks Hondurans to “respect democratic norms”—yet it is Zelaya who violated his constitution. (Meanwhile, Hugo Chavez places the Venezuelan armed forces on alert.) In the Middle East, Obama sides with Iran’s corrupt leaders by doing nothing to support the citizens who seek liberty; in Central America, Obama acts against the citizens of Honduras by siding with a leader who is attempting to thwart the constitution. The media refers to the Honduran event as a coup (coup d’etat), which is a sudden (and often violent) unconstitutional deposition of a legitimate government. The action in Honduras was not a coup; it was a legal removal of a president who acted in defiance of the nation’s constitution. (Arguably, Zelaya was attempting a coup by acting in defiance of his nation’s constitution.) Honduran citizens congregate by the thousands to celebrate the arrest of Zelaya, happy to have rid themselves of a Chavez-style thug. (Although Obama took what seemed like an eternity to utter any string words of condemnation against the brutal treatment of demonstrators in Iran, he stated his support for Zelaya within hours of his arrest and deportation.) [3644, 3645, 3650, 3655, 3666, 3709, 3714, 3735, 3768]

 
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