Corsi Finds His ‘Smoking Gun’

Corsi Finds His ‘Smoking Gun’ September 3, 2012

Jerome Corsi continues to beat the birther drum and he’s terribly excited to find what he calls the “smoking gun” that proves that Obama was really born in Kenyan. I’m sure you’ll be shocked to find out that his “smoking gun” is nothing of the sort and would only be convincing to those who are completely devoid of rationality.

Barack Obama’s step-grandmother in Kenya, Sarah Oyango Obama, has a 2005 poster calendar on the wall of her home that proclaims “The Kenyan Wonder-Boy in the U.S.: Senator Barrack Obama,” according to a British documentary film.

A clip of the documentary by Journeyman Pictures provides a close-up of the calendar, which was made when Obama was an Illinois state senator.

Mentions of the calendar on the Web date back to 2008, but the documentary film provides an exceptionally clear image of the wall poster.

Yep, that’s it. A calendar that refers to him as the “Kenyan wonder boy.” So the next time anyone refers to Andrew Cuomo as an Italian politician, that proves that he was actually born in Italy. Same for Marco Rubio whenever anyone mentions him being of Cuban descent. Seriously, what more proof do you need that George Soros invented a time machine and traveled back to 1961 to plant fake birth announcements in two newspapers in Hawaii?


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  • llewelly

    Given the frequency with which Corsi and others like him behave as if they had been recently abducted from the distant past, and brought to this time by cruel aliens, it is no surprise so many of their notions seem to assume time travel.

  • what more proof do you need that George Soros invented a time machine and traveled back to 1961 to plant fake birth announcements in two newspapers in Hawaii?

    … and, actually, had Jerome Corsi’s brain surgically removed and dropped it in the Pacific Ocean on his way.

  • StevoR

    I’m sure you’ll be shocked to find out that his “smoking gun” is nothing of the sort and would only be convincing to those who are completely devoid of rationality.

    O’ of Corsi! (Not.)

  • StevoR

    Corsi claims to find smoking gun, turns out to be his own heated breath in cold air?

  • Larry

    OMG! How did this totally conclusive proof ever get by Sheriff Arpaio or Donald Trump?

  • Francisco Bacopa

    What’s really funny is that nobody is making a big deal about how the Teabagger Senate candidate for Texas, Ted Cruz, was born in Canada and his father was not a US citizen at the time. Somehow the fact that Cruz’ mother was a US citizen is enough.

    Cruz’s father worked with the pro-Castro revolutionary forces and had a supposed falling sit Castro and fled to Canada, but how do we know that Cruz was not actually raised as Castro’s secret weapon to destroy the United States? (Just kidding here, saying what a birther would say.)

    And what is up with these Cuban-Americans? There’s enough of them here in SE Texas going into politics that I can get a sense of how insane things must be in Florida where there are so many more.

  • Chiroptera

    …plant fake birth announcements in two newspapers in Hawaii?

    You know what really surprises me? That there isn’t a meme going around among conservatives that “Barak Obama” is a very common name in Hawaii, so those birth announcements don’t mean a thing.

    I mean, make the claim that one-fourth of all men born in Hawaii in the 1960s are named “Obama” and that half of these are named “Barak.” Hey, statisticalistic facts! It must be true!

  • wscott

    George Soros invented a time machine and traveled back to 1961 to plant fake birth announcements in two newspapers in Hawaii?

    Someone needs to greenlight that script ASAP!

  • I’m a Portuguese wonder boy. (Portuguese is even my first language.) Guess how many times I’ve been in Portugal. Yeah. Zero.

  • Tony •King of the Hellmouth•

    Someone needs to greenlight that script ASAP!

    I’m sure they can find a way to include it in the sequel to the record shattering 2016: Obama. ::sarcasm::

  • MikeMa

    Corsi seems to be making it his life’s work to find Obama’s Kenyan roots. What a waste of life, even Corsi’s.

    It is reminiscent of Cervante’s tilting at windmills but the in this case even the windmill is imaginary.

  • Chiroptera

    Barack Obama’s step-grandmother in Kenya, Sarah Oyango Obama, has a 2005 poster calendar on the wall of her home that proclaims “The Kenyan Wonder-Boy in the U.S.: Senator Barrack Obama,” according to a British documentary film.

    How is this a smoking gun? Obama’s Kenyan relatives have been saying things like this for a while, and no one has disputed this. Corsi has found proof of a fact that everyone already pretty much accepts!

  • Say it ain’t so! By Corsi’s logic the Fightin’ Irish of Notre Dame are not American, either!

  • Michael Heath

    Francisco Bacopa writes:

    What’s really funny is that nobody is making a big deal about how the Teabagger Senate candidate for Texas, Ted Cruz, was born in Canada and his father was not a US citizen at the time. Somehow the fact that Cruz’ mother was a US citizen is enough.

    The birther meme was started in 2008 as an attempt to claim Barack Obama wasn’t a real American. The biggest hypocrisy I encountered coming out of birthers was their enthusiastic support for those Americans who demonstrated their antipathy for the U.S. Birtherism rose at the very time Sarah Palin was running as the GOP VP nominee, a person whose spouse Todd was a long-time secessionist and where then-Gov. Palin also played gracious host as governor to secessionists within her state. That was followed by Gov. Rick Perry amping up secessionist threats in his state. So we have facts ground in reality which go ignored while they imagine and promote lies about their opponent.

  • Michael Heath, the difference is that Obama hates America. The Secessionists only hate part of it. So that’s okay.

  • dmcclean

    What’s really funny is that nobody is making a big deal about how the Teabagger Senate candidate for Texas, Ted Cruz, was born in Canada and his father was not a US citizen at the time. Somehow the fact that Cruz’ mother was a US citizen is enough.

    Article I, Section 3 covers qualifications for Senators. Being a natural born citizen isn’t among them, only having been a citizen for 9 years. So in fairness, the bar for Cruz is a bit lower.

  • caseloweraz

    Star Trek Politics: In the Eyes of Conservatives Barack Obama isn’t a Vulcan; He is a Klingon

    Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM PDT

    “In keeping with the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series, it would seem that the sins of the father are now the sins of the son for President Obama. Because Conservatives actually see President Obama as a Klingon (a perpetual outsider and Other), the deeds and (dis)honor of his father [pass] down several generations. Even Obama’s children’s children would not be spared this shame!”

    What’s astounding is that there is proof. As president, Obama kept Guantánamo running, implicitly endorsing torture. He foiled numerous terrorist incursions in this country. He stepped up drone attacks and commando raids in Pakistan, ultimately taking out Osama bin Laden. These are all the actions of a Klingon warrior.

    (My conclusion in the previous paragraph is satiric.)

    The article sometimes goes over the top in its rhetoric. But it also makes some good points. Like these:

    “The spectacle is entertaining, if not bizarre, theater. In all, this charade is symbolic of a fractured and sick political culture. For example, during the past four years President Obama has been accused of hating white people, being controlled by ghosts, faking his grades at Columbia, being a Manchurian candidate who was not a U.S. citizen, using crack and having sex with male prostitutes, drinking 40’s at the White House with dangerous “gangsta” rappers, is a secret Muslim, and also a closet Socialist controlled by an evil cabal of Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Saul Alisnky, James Cone, Derrick Bell, and Frances Fox Piven. These conspiracy theories are not even internally consistent or coherent—but that is the point of the paranoid style, is it not?”

    (Emphasis added.)

  • busterggi

    Silly fellow that Corsi! If he ever stopped in the calendar section of a book store he’s know kittens rule the world.

  • Fun fact: my brain initially read “Corsi” as “Cersei,” as in the insane queen from the Song of Fire and Ice series (A Game of Thrones to you TV viewers), who tries to frame her enemies for heinous crimes because she’s sure they’re really guilty anyways.

  • cag

    only be convincing to those who are completely devoid of rationality.

    So only half of the population.

  • jesse

    You know, even funnier is that even if he was born in Kenya, according to the Constitution he would still qualify. Same as John McCain –oh, right, he’s black. Silly me.

  • Michael Heath

    Jesse writes:

    You know, even funnier is that even if he was born in Kenya, according to the Constitution he would still qualify. Same as John McCain –oh, right, he’s black. Silly me.

    Wrong on both counts. John McCain was a natural born citizen in spite of being born in Panama because both his parents were citizens. If Barack Obama’s mother bore Barack in Kenya, the prevailing U.S. statutory law at the time wouldn’t have included Barack as natural born. That’s because his father wasn’t a citizen and his mother’s young age didn’t have her living in the U.S. for a sufficient number of years after she reached a certain age (IIRC 14); where she was 18 when Barack was borne (I think she’d have had to have been at least 19 IIRC). That law is no longer valid but was in 1961.

    Now perhaps that law could have been appealed and found to be unconstitutional, but it was the law at the time and therefore your conclusion is invalid.

  • slc1

    Re Michael Heath @ #22

    As I argued previously, the question as to whether the 5 year law or the 2 year law is to be applied is not straightforward. Even if the 2 year law did not explicitly state that it was to be applied retroactively, the SCOTUS could decide to do so anyway or, more likely, punt, citing lack of standing or that the court has no jurisdiction over the qualifications for president because only the Congress can remove him from office.

    There is a precedent at the state level for applying the law retroactively, namely the case of State of Connecticut vs Michael Skakel for the murder of Martha Moxley. There, a reduction in the age for trying a defendant in superior court rather then juvenile court from 16 to 14 was applied to Mr. Skakel retroactively (he was 15 at the time of the offense).

  • satanaugustine

    As the response I tried to post on the WND site will probably never show up, I’ll just leave it here:

    The fact that this “birther” nonsense, long ago debunked, is still going on is a testament to human gullibility, ignorance (often intentional ignorance), inability to assess and process evidence, dogmatic adherence to what one wants to believe in spite of evidence to the contrary, and – in this particular case – racism. Anyone who honestly believes that Obama was born in Kenya should donate their brain to someone who would actually make good use of it…as a paperweight perhaps.

    I can only assume the WND stands for WingNutDittoheads.

    And the idiotic Chuck Norris as a columnist? Seriously? The man has nothing relevant to say about anything outside of kung fu and horrible acting. The author of this article at least has a PhD from Harvard, though he’s apparently put it to use as toilet paper.

    If this site were representative of humanity we’d all die from the sheer stupidity it wallows in in a matter of weeks. Just disgusting!

    I’d never actually visited the site before and doing so was painful

  • Christoph Burschka

    Barack Obama’s step-grandmother in Kenya, Sarah Oyango Obama, has a 2005 poster calendar on the wall of her home that proclaims “The Kenyan Wonder-Boy in the U.S.: Senator Barrack Obama,” according to a British documentary film.

    In other news, I just heard a speech by Kennedy in which he said “Ich bin ein Berliner.” This is a clear admission of having been born in Berlin, Germany, and therefore German rather than American. Thus, I have conclusively proved that JFK was never actually eligible to be President of the US!

  • d cwilson

    In other news, I just heard a speech by Kennedy in which he said “Ich bin ein Berliner.” This is a clear admission of having been born in Berlin, Germany, and therefore German rather than American. Thus, I have conclusively proved that JFK was never actually eligible to be President of the US!

    Either that, or he was a jelly donut.

  • dave

    slc1@24 —

    I think the case for retroactive application of the change to statutue is a bit strained by the fact that Congress explicitly made other parts of the change retroactive, thereby implying that those parts they did not explicity refer to as retroactive are not.

    Even if it were retroactive, Im not sure how that would affect “Natural Born” status. After all, Obama would not have been a citizen at birth, but would have subsequently become one by operation of statute; That is contrary to the natural sense of the phrase, “natural born.”

    I suspect that you are right, the courts wouldnt touch the issue with a 20ft pole. The only way I could see the issue before a judge (re Obama, since he is already sitting as President) would be before Roberts as the Chief Justice is the presiding judge in an impeachment. (This would be an issue of statutory interpretation and so be decided by the judge, not the Senate operating as jury. Assuming that an impeachment operates similar to a normal court.)

    It is all moot, as Obama was born in HI and is therefore unquestionably* a citizen, but it does present an interesting hypothetical of statutory construction.

    * For all questions that are rational.

  • slc1

    Re dave @ #28

    Mr. dave points out the interesting constitutional issues that would arise if the birthers could ever come up with clear and convincing evidence that Obama was not born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961.

    I don’t want to play constitutional lawyer (I am not a lawyer of any kind) but the entire issue of retroactively applying a law seems to me to be tricky. For instance, it is forbidden to apply a law that makes a certain activity illegal to someone who engaged in the activity prior to the law’s passage. That’s called an ex post facto law that is explicitly forbidden in the Constitution. I don’t know the extent to which applications of retroactive application of statutes has been litigated.

    As an example, currently, the Skakel case is being litigated in the appeals courts with his attorneys arguing that applying the statute that changed the age for trying a juvenile in superior court instead of juvenile court retroactively amounts to an ex post facto situation and therefore his trial was unconstitutional, even though he was 42 years old when the trial took place.

  • All the talk of the Constitution requires a time machine to be relevant, because Obama is an American citizen no matter where he is born for pretty much every possible purpose conceivable except MAYBE the presidency. There was ZERO reason, none, zilch, nada for anyone in 1961 for anyone to falsify anything regarding Barack Obama as an infant. The idea that 18 year old Stanley Ann Dunham was part of a conspiracy to fake the location of the birth of her half-black son with the funny name in order to ensure his eligibility for president nearly 5 decades later is so enormously stupid that “time machine” actually makes more sense.

  • kermit.

    Improbable Joe: There was ZERO reason, none, zilch, nada for anyone in 1961 for anyone to falsify anything regarding Barack Obama as an infant.

    This is what baffles me. What is going on in the heads of these birthers when they imagine the decisions made in their imaginary scenario?

    Why not give him a more “American” name?

    Why not simply go to Hawaii and stay there until the kid is born?

    Seems like rather a long shot, and they didn’t make any of the easy decisions which would have made the outcome more likely.

    There’s a lot of magical thinking involved here. The “annointed one”. Blood ties guaranteeing adult loyalty to… what? Is Obama going to hand over the country to Kenya? I’m having trouble understanding how that works. Perhaps Kenyans are just naturally antipathetic to capitalism and colonialism.

    Sigh. I know that their heads are filled with non sequitors, and I’ll drive myself crazy by trying to figure out how to make these various statements work with each other, let alone in the real world.

  • Now, look, what happened is that Obama went back and told his “mother” what to do. And also the lizard people helped.

    It’s really just that simple.

  • jesse

    @Michael Heath: what about this:

    The Naturalization Act of 1790: “the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens”.

    (Wikipiedia)

    Seems to me that by that definition anyone born of a U.S. parent(s) would be considered a natural-born citizen. You could, I guess, make a case that someone born outside the US with one non-US parent isn’t, but that would go against the precedents set for at least the last 100 years. (example: all those children of U.S. servicemen are entitled to citizenship — or at least, that is the way the INS/ USCIS used to operate).

    Was this superseded by some law later on?

  • jesse

    Also nobody questioned George Romney.

  • jesse

    Or Lowell Weicker.

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