joanswirskyportrait.jpgOctober 27, 2008
by Joan Swirsky
As I speculated in a recent article, Obama had a dual purpose in leaving his campaign for Hawaii. And whaddaya know? His plane had barely touched down from his trip to Honolulu – ostensibly to visit his ailing granny – when the Republican governor of the Aloha State, Linda Lingle, placed his birth certificate under seal, directed the state’s Department of Health to bar access of the document to the press, and declared that the only people eligible to obtain it were the person born or someone acting on his behalf, a relative, or a legal guardian.

So did Obama request the document, the better to resolve the question of his eligibility to be president? With less than a week to go before the election – and with attorney Philip J. Berg’s lawsuit questioning that eligibility on the way to the Supreme Court – we still haven’t seen Obama’s birth certificate!

The peculiar events of the last week leave more questions than answers.

If Lingle sealed Obama’s birth certificate, then there is indeed a record of his birth in Hawaii. But as The Obama Nation author Jerome Corsi writes, there is still no answer about “whether the original document…was a hospital-generated birth certificate or a registration of birth that may have been filed subsequent to the birth.” In other words, we still don’t know if Obama was born in Hawaii or on foreign soil.

Corsi says that in Honolulu’s downtown library, he found a published notice in the Honolulu Advertiser: August 13, 1961…”Mr. and Mrs. Barack II Obama. 6085 Kalanianaole-Hwy, son, Aug. 4.” But the notice “does not list the hospital where the Obama son was born or the doctor who delivered the baby.” Further, Corsi was told by government authorities in Kenya that “all documents concerning Obama were under seal until after the U.S. presidential election on November 4.”

We have to wonder what took place between Lingle and Obama, and/or one of his representatives, to compel her at this late date to seal a document that is the very prerequisite of eligibility to be President of the United States.

The Chicago Way?

Was Lingle on the receiving end of “gentle persuasion”? You know the kind, where a political operative “suggests” that damning information will be kept under wraps for, say, a little bit of “cooperation.”

Did Jimmy Hoffa’s name come up?

Or did the Obama camp simply appeal to Lingle’s sense of “decorum” and “decency”? You know the kind, where the revelation of a deep-dark secret could “embarrass my family, so let’s not go there.”

Suffice it to say that whatever “way” Obama had with Lingle, it did the trick. Like an operative on his payroll, she walked the walk and talked the talk he wanted her to.

What Is He Hiding?

Here’s one plausible scenario, maybe to be revealed in the third of Obama’s seemingly endless autobiographies. Obama learns – perhaps in his youth, perhaps later – that his mother’s marriage to B. H. Obama, Sr., was unhappy. She has an affair with longtime family friend, Frank Marshall Davis, and gets pregnant. But she’s afraid to tell her volatile husband and, besides, Marshall has five children. But Obama Sr. suspects something anyway and so whisks his wife away to his family in Kenya, where his son is born in Mombasa Hospital, a birth his Kenyan grandmother is alleged to have said she attended.

In Barack Obama’s 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, he affectionately mentions an early mentor and influence, “Frank” – no last name, but later verified as Davis – who was a prolific writer, political activist in Chicago, Atlanta and – tada – Honolulu, longtime member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA), and self-admitted pervert..

Interestingly, several bloggers have recently circulated pictures of Obama, Obama Sr., and Davis, allowing viewers to note the resemblance between Obama and Davis and the distinct non-resemblance between Obama and his “birth father.”

Obama’s birth father vanished after his 18-year-old wife had given birth, just as he had vanished while his first 18-year-old wife was pregnant. His mother subsequently met and married an Indonesian man, Lolo Soetoro, and moved to Indonesia, where Barack Hussein Obama Jr. became Barry Soetoro.

Here the plot thickens. In August, reported that an AP story from January 2007 revealed Obama’s school registration in Jakarta. The AP caption read:  “This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as an Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed the boy’s religion as Islam. (AP Photo/ Tatan Syuflana).”

See the document here  or here:

According to, this revelation means that:

1.    Barack Obama had Indonesian citizenship.

2.    Barack Obama had the legal name Barry Soetoro.

3.    Barack Obama was a Muslim, despite his “fight the smears” claim that he never has been.

4.    Barack Obama apparently lied to the Illinois Supreme Court when asked to provide former names, according to this Attorney’s Registration Record.

Further, the website asks:

5.    Did Barack Obama travel to Pakistan in 1981 on an Indonesian passport?

6.    Does his birth certificate say Barry Soetoro?

7.    Did he ever legally change his name from Soetoro to Obama?

8.    Is the correct name on the ballot?

What is intriguing here is that the Indonesian document affirms Obama’s birth in Hawaii, which you would think would make him rush to prove this fact to the public. But it also reveals a Muslim-Islam past he has vigorously denied. Which leaves us to ask: is Obama, as some have alleged, an out-and-out fraud or a pathological liar or someone infinitely more nefarious and untrustworthy than his slick persona suggests?

The Chutzpah Factor

Unanswered questions and suspect legalities aside, what equips Obama to be president? When the Illinois senator took office in November 2004, he spent a total of 143 days “on the job” – the number of days the senate was actually in session and working -before beginning his campaign for President of the United States, Commander-in-Chief of America’s Armed Forces, and the most powerful man in the world.

Here is what he could never become after 143 days of experience: District Manager at McDonald’s, Chief of Surgery, Superintendent of Schools, a Colonel in the Army, or a nightly news anchor. Yet he and his acolytes think he’s ready! As, of course, does his wife Michelle, who is perfectly in sync with her husband’s campaign in taking every opportunity to ignite racial dissension.

Speaking to African Press International (API), which is based in Norway, Michelle Obama disclaimed: “”My husband and I know that there is no law that will stop him from becoming the president, just because some American white racists are bringing up the issue of my husband’s adoption by his step father.”

Writes the editor of Canada Free Press Judi McLeod, “In other words, according to the overzealous, you’re-all-racists wife of candidate for presidency Barack Hussein Obama, the fix is already in.” 

“With an arrogance that can only be described as stunning,” McLeod continues, “Michelle Obama said API would earn an invite to hubby’s upcoming inauguration ceremony when he will be installed as the next President of the United States of America next year, if only they wrote a `good’ story. Meanwhile, there is no doubt that without a single vote having been cast for her husband…Michelle is already off choosing her gown for his inauguration ball.”

The Elephant In The Living Room

Was Obama born in Hawaii?

Was Obama born in Kenya?

Was Obama born in Indonesia?

Curious people and those who revere the United States Constitution want to know. But as lawyers, judges, investigators, journalists, and political operatives dance around those questions, the real elephant in the living room – the subject Obama and his supporters want to avoid like the plague – is the whereabouts of his birth certificate.

So, Mr. Obama, are you ready to come clean with the American people?

Joan Swirsky ( is a New York-based journalist and author who can be reached at