Happy Birther to You!

From Salon:

President Obama released his long-form birth certificate months ago, but leading Birther activist Orly Taitz is still insisting to anyone who will listen that the president is not a natural-born citizen. Last Thursday she traveled to Capitol Hill to make her pitch to staffers for some of the most influential conservative members of Congress, some of whom were apparently quite receptive to her message.

Taitz told me she flew on the red-eye from her home state of California to Washington  for a series of meetings on Thursday with aides to Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Allen West (R-FL), and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), among others.

“The ones that were most positive was a meeting with two counsels for Marco Rubio. They read all the pleadings, they are aware of the issues,” said Taitz, reached at her Orange County dental office.

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She now believes both that the birth certificate Obama released in April is a forgery and also that Obama is committing “clear social security fraud — for which anybody would be in prison.”

The two Rubio staffers, according to Taitz, were general counsel Leonard Collins and legislative assistant J.R. Sanchez.


A spokeswoman for Allen West confirmed that the congressman’s chief of staff, Jonathan Blyth, met with Taitz on Thursday, but she maintained the congressman has no interest in Birtherism.


Taitz maintains that Blyth “promised if the issue comes along, West well vote in favor of disclosure for application of a social security number that Obama is fraudulently using, and access to the original birth certificate.”

West himself has previously flirted with Birtherism.

Taitz tells me her goal in all this is to obtain for an invitation to testify at a congressional committee about her never-ending legal crusade to prove the president is not a natural-born citizen.

She said that Jonathan Nabavi, legislative counsel to Rep. Steve King (R-IA), “stated that they do follow the issue. They believe that the social security issue is much more explosive than the birth certificate issue.”

King famously joked on the floor of the House last year, that ” there’s one [birth certificate] in this country we haven’t seen.”

Among the other staffers Taitz says she met with are: Michael Schwartz, chief of staff to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK); Holt Lackey, counsel at the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Lamar Smith (R-TX); Luke Holland, a legislative assistant to Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) (who once said Birthers “have a point”); and an assistant to Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).


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40 responses to “Happy Birther to You!

  1. John Erickson

    So, if a nuclear war ever does occur, all that will be left are cockroaches and Birthers?
    We should call it the boomerang movement. Throw ’em out, and they come right back…..

  2. jean-philippe

    You have to admire how gifted Allen West to keep hitting the news in the most diverse kind of crazy stories.

  3. elizabeth3hersh

    I wouldn’t care if an alien from another galaxy was running the country and was performing competently. Give it a rest birthers! I want to smack some of these people upside the head with a fly swatter.

    • these people will never stop. joe arpaio is putting together a “cold case posse” to look into the birth certificate matter. the birth certificate bullshit is just a cover for racism. they can’t stand that the president is not a wasp.

      • elizabeth3hersh

        I never bought into the Obama hype and didn’t vote for him. Strangely enough, I’m in the minority who think he is doing a fine and capable job (especially with what he has to work with). Birthers would accomplish far, far more supporting the president than trying to tear him down. One thing I like about O’Reilly and that is his assertion that you respect the office of the presidency…no matter what.

        • i don’t buy into any candidate’s hype. i take everything they promise with a huge grain of salt so that i’m not disappointed later on. it’s just the nature of this ugly thing politics has become.

          perhaps bill0 should do more of doing what he says. did you see the pre-super bowl interview? i couldn’t believe that a so-called journalist would ever be that rude and disrespectful to a president.

          • elizabeth3hersh

            I just watched the entire interview again…he seemed very respectful throughout. Obama has done several interviews with O’Reilly and Obama has always held up very well, and I always left with the impression they would enjoy each other’s company at a game if the opportunity presented itself.

            Imagine Obama being interviewed by Netanyahu…lol!!!!

            • i thought he was unbelievably rude. he didn’t allow obama to finish a sentence.

              • elizabeth3hersh

                That’s his style (even with guests he agrees with wholeheartedly)…he does it to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. I actually have that bad habit too. I explain it away as “thinking like a New Yorker” (you should see me drive!).

                • he’s a bombastic asshole who can’t stand the sound of anyone’s voice other than his own. he thinks he’s brilliant. i’m a native new yawker, and i cannot be accused of being patient, and i sometimes have a problem with shutting up. however, i’m still capable of carrying on a respectful dialogue, and i don’t believe that i’m always right. bill0 doesn’t want to cover more ground with his interviewing style. he just wants to wall people in with forced sound bytes so he can declare victory.

  4. I was just reading the lowdown yesterday at Oh For Goodness Sakes about her foray into the congressional halls. The most she would get is five minutes with a staffer or told to beat it. She really needs to go back to Moldavia and have bad dreams about Stalin sticking pins in her grandma. And. of course, we get the Sheriff Joe story bouncing around with his super-posse of right wing kookery with their protected idenities. The only outcome I can envision is a scene like in Blazing Saddles with the posse all gathered up and, coming over the hill is the sheriff bringing in the userper mofo with his hands tied saying “whe de white wimmen”.

    • most of what she said is probably pure bullshit, but i fully believe that steve king and some of the others welcomed her with open arms, knowing that it would appeal to the teabaggers.

      the rethugs can distance themselves from orly, but they can’t distance themselves from arpaio. he’s one of their own, and they’re stuck with him.

  5. jeb

    I have it on good authority that the President also tears the tags off of mattresses.

  6. Robert

    What is happening in American policy?That was actually a question raised on danish television last night and the word embarrassing came up.The issue was about FEMA. It was also said that the teaparty’s goal is to obstruct everything that comes from Obama.Could this be true in some way,and if it is,why call it policy.

    • most americans would like to know the same thing, robert. it sounds like the foreign media is doing a much better job than the american media is doing. they’re almost as shameful as the politicians, and the politicians are so shameful, in large part, because the media are co-conspirators. they either look the other way or excuse the shameful behavior of the pols.

  7. Fred

    Have you noticed that Allen West’s haircut is along the same lines of the German High Command including Hitler during WWII? High and tight on the sides with a helo-landing zone on top!

  8. OMG that chick is still at it? I guess people have their hobbies. Bizarro

  9. OH my … Of all days for me to return to the scene to see this. Crap … I knew birthers still existed, but at least I thought they were out of the news. ZZZZZAAAAAAAPPPP … A big wrongo for me. And to think Rubio’s team was receptive enough to listen is an extra bite. Nonetheless, thank you Nonnie for the scoop. Meanwhile – here’s the good news … two more project days!

    • that’s what gets me. i have no doubt that orly exaggerated the story. however, none of them have said that their staff member didn’t meet with her, so i assume that part is true. that leads to the question–why? she’s not a constituent of any of them. why do they give her any credibility whatsoever?

      i hope the project is going well. how’s the golfing going?

  10. Montana

    We won the election and now these sore losers will continue to spew their hate with lies (They hate and can’t debate). The way our court system works is that you get a competent lawyer (Strike One), verifiable facts (Strike Two) and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, you proceed to trial (Strike three). The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so call facts (internet lies) that they present. Let’s face it no reasonable man or woman will go along with you until you guys win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. You guys are a bunch of sore losers and feeding on your own is still foolish.

    • it doesn’t really matter, montana. they are either delusional (as in the case of orly), or they are just taking advantage of those who are in order to promote their own agendas (the rethuglican party and the koch brothers). stupid or deranged on one side and selfish and opportunistic on the other.