FactCheck.org Exposes the False Claims
The first president I remember, maybe because my father was a Strategic Air Command (SAC) flight engineer and career master sargeant, was Dwight D. Eisenhower. So, when I read of the false claims and irrational demands people make of current our President’s personal history, I can only shake my head in despair. No other President in my lifetime has ever been subjected to this kind of harassment and consistent denial of his American citizenship or his validity as a college graduate, law student, lawyer, law professor and democratically elected political representative.
The attacks make me ashamed of my fellow citizens.
Nevertheless, FactCheck.org sets the record straight.
Q: Are Obama’s early records “sealed”?
A: No. Many records that presidential candidates don’t ordinarily release do remain confidential, but they are not “sealed” by a court. The 16 claims in a widely distributed graphic are mostly false or distorted.
Is this true?
This is an example of mostly old baloney in a new casing. It mainly recycles years-old falsehoods and insinuations, most of which we covered long ago, in connection with an earlier viral email.
But with President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign heating up, this new graphic has appeared on countless anti-Obama websites and in viral emails like the one we’ve reprinted here. Very little that it contains is new, and the old falsehoods have not improved with age.
The idea that any Obama record is “sealed” is a falsehood, to start. The word “sealed” when applied to documents ordinarily refers to records that would normally be public, but that a judge has ruled cannot be released without the court’s permission. Common examples of truly “sealed” documents include records of crimes committed as a juvenile or records of adoptions. None of the claims in this message refers to records actually “sealed” in that usual sense.
In some cases, the records this screed claims are “sealed” are actually public, and open for anyone to see. Other supposedly “sealed” records are normally private documents that Obama hasn’t released — and that other presidential candidates haven’t released either.
So as with earlier versions, this is little more than an attempt to raise suspicions by asking for records that aren’t ordinarily made public, without any evidence that those records contain anything derogatory.
I can’t determine the reason for every question regarding Obama’s background, but it’s not hard to conclude that they derive from either racial or religious prejudice.
I thought America was better than those prejudices. I thought America had put most of its prejudicial background behind it to “create that most perfect union” our ancestors imagined.
I guess I was a fool to believe America would be a nation that believed in equal rights and opportunity, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender.
Maybe what my dad taught me about the greatness and goodness of this country was wrong.