Thursday, September 2, 2010

Out of the mouth of Obama

Joseph Farah WND

"The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."

Barack Obama made this statement recently in his weekly televised address to the nation.

You can see it for yourself on the White House website.

The context in which Obama said it had to do with his notions of campaign-finance reform. As usual, he was accusing someone else of wrongdoing – in this case, and as in most cases, Republicans.

Yet it's refreshing to hear Obama utter even one coherent sentence that is essentially true.

The trouble with this one is how it applies to him.

I've been saying for two years or more that when politicians hide the truth, there's a reason for it. Obama confirmed that fact.

Now, who is it in high public office in Washington who seems most determined to hide at nearly any cost the most basic documents we would ordinarily expect to see from a president?

More than a year ago, WND reported on the extensive list of documents Obama has refused to release publicly.

That list includes:
  • His long-form birth certificate
  • His kindergarten records
  • His Punahou School records
  • His Occidental College records
  • His Columbia University records
  • His Columbia thesis on Soviet nuclear disarmament
  • His Harvard Law School records
  • His Harvard Law Review articles
  • His University of Chicago scholarly articles
  • His passport records
  • His medical records
  • Complete files and schedules of his years as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004
  • Obama's client list from during his time in private practice with the Chicago law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Gallard
  • Illinois State Bar Association records
  • Baptism records
  • Obama/Dunham marriage license
  • Obama/Dunham divorce documents
  • Soetoro/Dunham marriage license
  • Adoption records

Let's read that quote again: "The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."

That's what I've been saying.

Surprisingly, most of my colleagues in the news business have failed to understand this simple journalistic axiom.

Instead, many of them are willing to rely on the scantiest of evidence that Obama really is who he says he is.

Some suggest there's something conspiratorial or "fringy" about just demanding Obama prove his constitutional eligibility. They want the American people to give him a pass.

I can't understand that kind of journalistic malpractice.

I was taught that unless you can document it, it didn't happen. The Constitution requires proof, and that settles it for me.

But when you have a pattern of secrecy about your life, the way Obama does, it demands even more scrutiny – not less.

That pattern of hiding the truth is the smoke that proves there's a raging fire.

I have no doubts Obama is hiding something about his past. What other explanation is possible when you examine that list of documents he refuses to release?

While members of the media aren't curious, the American people have better sense. Recent polls show 58 percent no longer believe even Obama's official birth story. Why? Because he refuses to disclose the most innocent of all documents – his birth certificate.

This is one time we can take Obama at his word.

This is a statement with which I can heartily and enthusiastically agree. It's always true of politicians. This is the thing to remember when someone accuses you of being some kind of a nut because you want to see Barack Obama's records.

"The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."

Truer words were never spoken.