Gee, Gordon’s Giddy!


Advancing the conspiracy theory that President Obama lacks a valid birth certificate and is therefore ineligible to be president, radio host G. Gordon Liddy falsely claimed during the July 23 edition of MSNBC’s Hardball that there is “a deposition, which is a sworn statement, from the stepgrandmother, who says, ‘I was present and saw [Obama] born in Mombasa, Kenya.’ ” In fact, while the conservative news website WorldNetDaily claims to be “in possession” of affidavits from Anabaptist minister Ron McRae and Rev. Kweli Shuhubia, two individuals who purportedly took part in a telephone interview with the president’s stepgrandmother, McRae’s and Shuhubia’s accounts have been discredited, and even WorldNetDaily does not claim to have a “sworn statement” from the stepgrandmother herself.

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(That’s Lou Dobbs in the upper right corner, if you were wondering.)

According to WorldNetDaily, McRae and Shuhubia each asserted in their affidavits that President Obama’s stepgrandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, told them that President Obama was born in Mombasa. However, in a December 4, 2008, article, David Weigel noted that McRae provided Pennsylvania attorney Philip J. Berg with only a “partial transcript of the call” and that the “rest of the call” showed that McRae was repeatedly told during the interview that “the president-elect was born in Hawaii”:

On Oct. 16, an Anabaptist minister named Ron McRae called Sarah Hussein Obama, the president-elect’s 86-year-old paternal step-grandmother, at her home in Kenya. Two translators were on the line when McRae asked if the elder Obama was “present” when the president-elect was born. One of the translators says “yes.” McRae contacted Berg and gave him a partial transcript of the call with a signed affidavit. He opted not to include the rest of the call, in which he asks the question more directly — “Was he born in Mombassa?” — and the translators, finally understanding him, tell him repeatedly that the president-elect was born in Hawaii.

In a December 5, 2008, War Room post,’s Alex Koppelman similarly noted that the full audio of the interview indicates that McRae was told “over and over again, that Obama was born in the U.S.”:

During the interview, which was conducted through a translator by a street preacher named Ron McRae, Sarah Obama does in fact say she was present. But it’s clear that there was a mistranslation, because as soon as McRae very excitedly starts to try to get additional details, the people on the other end of the line realize what’s happened and say, over and over again, that Obama was born in the U.S.


As Media Matters has detailed, Liddy served four and a half years in prison in connection with his conviction for his role in the Watergate break-in and the break-in at the office of the psychiatrist of Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Liddy has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in “if necessary”; plotting to kill journalist Jack Anderson; plotting with a “gangland figure” to kill Howard Hunt to stop him from cooperating with investigators; plotting to firebomb the Brookings Institution; and plotting to kidnap “leftist guerillas” at the 1972 Republican National Convention — a plan he outlined to the Nixon administration using terminology borrowed from the Nazis. (The homicide, firebombing, and kidnapping plots were never carried out; the break-ins were.) During the 1990s, Liddy reportedly instructed his radio audience on multiple occasions on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents and also reportedly said he had named his shooting targets after Bill and Hillary Clinton.

You can read the partial transcripts of the conversation with Obama’s stepgrandmother and Chris Matthew’s interview with G. Gordo, as well as watch the Hardball interview over at the Media Matters link.

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Tip of the hat to uc booker for the Werther’s idea!


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26 responses to “Gee, Gordon’s Giddy!

  1. Why Tweety puts Liddy on his show, or anyone give Liddy a radio show.. and allows him any credence at all is beyond the pall.. I realize he has “paid his debt” but still.. the man is barely able to hold his head up, either due to drugs or alcohol.. not sure.. but he sure seemed to be under the influence of something, and he really made little sense. But then none of these birthers make much sense, if they did they would realize how crazy they all are…lol

    I don’t know.. I really am torn about this.. as I said before, it seems the more they are on it gives them validity, but as you said, the more they are exposed the crazier they look, so there is both sides of the equation.

    • tweety made mincemeat out of him, and gordo looked like a senile old fool. let him, orly taitz, princess sarah, joe the plumber, and michael phathead steele be the faces of the rethug party. i’m good with that.

  2. Jenn/jlms qkw

    rimjob had an excellent comment: i should find it and frame it. it was about the basic mindset of conspiracy theorists. that in the face of direct evidence they still persist in believing and promoting their fake idea.

    birther’s shmucks! lol.

    • the best part about this group is that their claims are so easily taken apart. did they think that nobody would find the full transcript? the idiocy of the entire concept to begin with was ridiculous, especially after the birth announcements in the papers were found.

  3. G. Gordon Liddy is Gonzo? That’s an insult to the Muppet!

  4. jeb

    Obviously he was born in Mombasa but even though there was no possibility of an African-American being elected President when he was born in 1961, they actually knew how the world would change in the future and they obviously had the foresight to put a birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper. They then forged a birth certificate with the State of Hawaii. It’s obvious that there was a whole elaborate conspiracy 48 years ago to cover Obama’s tracks and to ensure that he’d get into the White House.

    Damn G. Gordon for figuring this out!

  5. Yes, Jon Stewart totally destroyed the entire conspiracy… that was brilliant. That’s why I included it when I wrote about that crazy Cynthia Davis trying to help them pass a bill in Missouri about this.. I think they finally killed it.. but Taitz was here for 2 meetings on July 4th so who knows…She was collecting money more than anything.. only managed to get about 100 people at the 2 meetings.. that’s 50 at each.. if that many…but she did have She is a kook..but then we knew that when she talked about putting kids to work so they wouldn’t go hungry.. saying God would give Seniors jobs if they wanted and needed them, and so on…but that’s what birthers are. Crazy.

    • just imagine if a serious journalist (is there one left?) sat down and went step by step like he did and laid out how many people would have to be involved in a conspiracy like that and how intricate the lies would have to be. tweety came close in his cross-examination of gordo.

  6. As long as the fools of the MSM FuxNoizNitwit give these birther assholes a platform, they’ll require unceasing exposure as the nutballs and liars they are.
    Anyway; thanks for introducing me to Bertha, nonnie; I need to get out more. πŸ™„

  7. I thought G. Gordon Liddy had been relegated to those discount D-list pseudo-celebrity reality shows. Are there still people that actually take him seriously?

  8. What I’d like from any Birther is their evidence.

    The State of Hawaii confirms Pres. Obama was born there — including the Republican governor.

    What contradicts that? A mistranslated statement from a stepgrandmother? That’s just absurd.

    You know, I heard that G. Gordon Liddy was actually born on the moon. I have a statement from his stepcousin to back it up!


    • wickle,
      how many of them can prove without a shadow of a doubt that they were born where they say they were? no matter how much documentation given them, they’ll always demand something else.

      by the way, the powers that be at cnn have told lou dobbs to knock off the birther nonsense. i don’t think that’s enough. i think he should be fired.

      • I agree.

        CNN is supposed to be a news organization. This crap isn’t news. That’s what Fox is for.

        • exactly. i wrote to them and said that i wouldn’t watch until he’s gone, because they have no journalistic integrity whatsoever as long as he’s employed by cnn. funny thing is that i used to watch his show every day. that was until he started on immigration and got increasingly hateful and delusional.

  9. liddy has been delusional since the day he was born – he worked for Nixon!

    as did buchanan and cheney – which says a lot

    ps – i was born on Romulus. really. Spock knows – ask him

    • some people feel sorry for liddy after seeing him looking like a doddering old man on hardball. however, he’s been a mean son of a bitch for decades. he’s got meanness in his bones. he thrives on hate.

  10. I’m amazed that this is still an issue.

    • nice to see you again, lilian!

      the rethugs don’t have much else. they have to grab onto anything they think the public might react to and make as big a deal over it as possible. they have no self-awareness, so they don’t realize that it makes them look ridiculous.

  11. When I saw your Matthews/Liddy picture I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s brilliant!

    But on a more serious note, the birthers are here to stay. Nothing anyone anywhere provides as proof positive of Obama’s birth in Hawaii will ever be accepted by these nuts, so we just need to subject the birthers to scorn and ridicule. Period. Fuck ’em.

    • thanks zirgar. finding the bertha cover was a gift!

      the birthers will be always be around. when they get tired of the birth certificate crap, it will go on the back burner while they bitch about something else. it’s okay with me, as they stop the rethugs from controlling what’s being discussed.