The President Obama birth certificate issue just keeps getting weirder.
Last Tuesday, the case of Purpura and Moran v. Obama, STE 4534-12, came to trial before Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin. Nick Purpura of Wall, NJ, and Ted Moran of Toms River, NJ, said that Barack H. Obama should not appear on the ballot of the June 5 New Jersey Democratic Primary. They gave two reasons:
- Obama has never shown that he was born in Hawaii, or even who he is.
- Obama cannot qualify to be President because his father was a British colonial subject.
[…]the part that has excited observers nationwide happened in the second hour of the hearing. Alexandra M. Hill, of Genova, Burns, Giantomasi and Webster, represented the Obama campaign at the hearing. Apuzzo called Brian Wilcox, an Internet document expert, to the stand, to attack the Obama birth certificate document that the White House served to the Internet on April 27, 2011. Ms. Hill then said that the PDF document was irrelevant to the case at hand, and conceded that Obama never once gave his birth certificate, or any good copy of it, hard or soft, to the New Jersey Secretary of State or the Division of Elections. Hill then claimed that New Jersey law did not force Obama to give anything to qualify himself for a primary ballot, and that New Jersey residents could nominate Mickey Mouse if they could get enough signatures to nominate him.
I keep trying to come up with plausible theories that would explain all the facts on the ground but I can’t. Is that PDF a fake, or not? Is it fake but accurate? Was Hill just caught in the headlights because she has no idea either and hadn’t been briefed? I begin to wonder if anyone, including Obama, actually knows. Any suggestions from the peanut gallery would be appreciated.
P.S. In typical Obama Administration fashion, their first reaction is to suppress information by demanding (through the law firm cited) that videos of the hearing be “struck from the record”. Of course those videos are not in fact part of any court record so it’s hard to see how they could be struck. It is apparently legal in New Jersey for private citizens to record public hearings such as this, but there has never been much concern for actual law in the Obama Administration.