First, the country’s most listened-to talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh brought up the eligibility question. Then, Salon.com columnist and feminist Camille Paglia broached the issue. More recently, She Who Would Be President ™ faced the question head-on. And now talk radio show host and Fox News commentator Sean Hannity similarly dove in, backing WorldNetDaily’s right to question Mr. Obama’s bona fides (h/t WND):
WASHINGTON – Sean Hannity today defended Sarah Palin’s recent comments about Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility for the presidency and WND’s pursuit of the story.
He said the question about his original, long-form birth certificate has still not been answered.
“What was so wrong in saying that, ‘Can we see your birth certificate?’ … We were told early on that, in fact, somebody else had looked at it and confirmed that it was legitimate. So, I mean, what was wrong with people saying, ‘Wait a minute. You know what? In light of the fact of where your, your father came from, et cetera, uh, let’s just make sure that this is a legitimate birth certificate’? … It was not asked by the mainstream media. It was asked by places like WorldNetDaily, who, I think, were just doing due diligence considering it’s a constitutional mandate. … I think a lot of people were just afraid to ask the question.”
CitizenWells presents the actual conversation via YouTube:
I think that, while such questioning — or at least the “allowance” for such questioning — on the part of high-profile political commentators has been a long time in coming, I do believe that Mr. Hannity is exactly right when he says that there is a lot of fear in questioning Mr. Obama. Since no original documentation has ever been produced concerning this man’s background, the fear of the unknown is greatly enhanced, especially by those who fully support the President. Not only this, but since a situation of questioning a President’s legitimacy has never formally occurred in the history of the republic, nobody really knows how the results of an official determination would transpire.
And like Mr. Limbaugh, I appreciate the fact that — at least in the sound bite — Mr. Hannity seems perfectly comfortable in facing the issue squarely, especially in light of a caller who clearly could not care less about fully enforcing the Constitution, no matter who’s in office. Further, it would appear that Mr. Hannity has not bought into the allegations that somehow the FactCheck.org blog is qualified to either declare by inference that Mr. Obama is qualified for office or that they are the arbiters of determining exactly what information and how much of it is required to substantiate those qualifications (or potential lack thereof).
Despite a brief media frenzy, indictments sought against President Obama, a grand jury foreman and an assistant district attorney were not returned by the Monroe County grand jury.
Walt Fitzpatrick has been seeking to indict President Barack Obama on treason charges, but the grand jury failed to grant his request. Grand jury proceedings are kept secret until indictments are handed down, and when the December session for Monroe County was released, neither the president’s name nor Gary Pettway or Jim Stutts was on the list.
See the following links regarding the eligibility saga:
Retired Lieutenant Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III posted his own update per his new site, TheJagHunter. The following are pertinent excerpts:
Interactions with the Monroe County Grand Jury “committee” yesterday were most unsatisfying, however…
TREASON is alive as a criminal accusation naming OBAMA! It was agreed yesterday the crime of TREASON CAN BE advanced against OBAMA in a Tennessee State criminal trial. It was established also the formal accusation for TREASON CAN BE advanced into a Federal criminal trial received from Tennessee State.
But we’re not there yet.
The Monroe County Grand Jury “committee” was comprised of four men. Gary Pettway was absent. Monroe County Deputy Sheriff Byrum was present. The lead Juryman, standing at a speakers podium to my left was in contact with the County Prosecutor’s Office by cell phone.
It took 45-minutes for clarity and focus to take a seat in the room and participate in the deliberations.
The four Jurymen were not clear about the criminal actors or the particular crimes the four Jurors were to inspect.
There was a pointed conversation about what the four Jurors had been tasked to do. …
“Coach” was told the four men were to consider only whether Gary Pettway (Foreman), and Assistant District Attorney James Stutts obstructed efforts on 3 September and 1 October 2009 to report criminal conduct to the full Grand Jury.
TREASON and FORGERY were the two specific criminal acts the four Jurors scrutinized as it went to the obstruction of STUTTS and PETTWAY. …
The end result is this: The STUTTS and PETTWAY issue moves to the side. Interesting, but no longer relevant. Their obstructions are cleared away.
It is not clear when the full Monroe Grand Jury (numbering thirteen) will sit to receive the document record proving OBAMA’S criminal escapades. I’ll tell you all I know when I know. Updates will be posted hear. …
The four Grand Jurymen openly discussed yesterday a second criminal complaint from a Monroe County man naming OBAMA in commission of TREASON. The committee was unclear regarding the status of the second criminal accusation.
And, unfortunately, it’s too bad that there are those individuals on this planet that simply cannot find any way to agree to disagree with the LTCDR:
This comment came in to The JAG HUNTER yesterday afternoon at 1334 hours local (1:34 PM):
“I’m sure glad I live in a different state than you do.
“If I lived near you, I’d take the time to make a special trip to put a bullet right between your TREASONOUS eyes.
“I sure hope you (expletives) America-hating tea-bag waving traitors hurry up and have your civil war. I want to be the first kid on the block with a confirmed kill of a Republican!!!”
I’ll moderate this comment by reporting it today to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Monroe County Sheriff and local police.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 update:
I have received evidence from two sources that the Tennessee grand jury has not returned any sort of decision yet with respect to LTCDR Fitzpatrick’s presentation.
*UPDATE: James Stutts, the Monroe County District Attorney, left a message Monday night saying that in fact, Fitzpatrick testified for two hours before the grand jury in August and the jury declined to bring any charges based on his testimony. He also disputes Fitzpatrick’s characterization of that appearance and says the former Navy man was not physicially restrained in any way nor was he forced from the courtroom.
However, AmericanGrandJury.org posted the following from a certain Phil Dedrick, a concerned citizen who says he was on site:
Outside the courthouse with 36 supporters who showed up from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Iowa…I also advised the crowd that The AGJ will be incorporating the Pendleton 8 in it’s next Jury…Even Channel 10 WBIR from Knoxville showed up and listened to all of Walter’s story today…With the big box and back pack that had all of Walters evidence, I can not see how the Monroe County Jury could even comptemplate not returning a TRUE BILL in favor of handing down the charges…
Representatives who showed up are from these following organizations:
(Tennessee Patriots from ResistNet.com)
(2 Un-Named individuals with Tennessee OathKeepers)
(TN. SonsOfLiberty.org President, Phil Hoffman, (Constitution Party of Tennessee 1st Vice State Chairman, Mr. Jim Headings, Mr. Doyle Pritchard and 6 more member un-named, they are also with the Tea Party Nation)
(Unknown??? County, Chairman from The Constitution Party of TN., Mr. Corky McDonald)
(Mike Williams, McMinn County, TN. Tea Party)
(Dorothy Cook, John Coker, and Barry Toomey with the TeaPartyNation, Athens, TN.)
(Jerry Henderson, Unknown Organization)
(Naomi Swanson with Chattanooga Patriots, but from Dalton, GA.)
(Joy Duval with Chattanooga Patriots/SmartGirlsPolitics.com)
(J.K. Williams and several other Smokey Mountain 9/12′ers)
(Glenda Marshall with Unknown Organization)
(and several un-named supporters totaling 36 supporers)…
My group left after Walter went into the Grand Jury room because we learned today that the Grand Jury will give their decision in a few days and not today…
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, retired Navy Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III referenced a CanadaFreePress article via his blog stating that his treason charges over Mr. Obama’s eligibility for the presidency will be presented before a Tennessee grand jury (a Court-appointed grand jury, not a citizen grand jury) tomorrow, December 1:
After visits from the Secret Service and months of rejection by the courts, Commander Walter Fitzpatrick may get his day in court.
On Tuesday December 1st 2009, Retired Navy Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III will present the evidence behind his treason complaint against Obama/Soetoro to all thirteen members of a Tennessee Grand Jury in Monroe County Tennessee. [emphases original]
Much more is at the referenced link. LTCDR Fitzpatrick apparently had some previous issues with this grand jury:
Fitzpatrick had to go so far as to file criminal obstruction charges against Foreman Pettway before he would gain access to the court. Despite it all, Commander Fitzpatrick forged ahead and on December 1st, his complaint will be heard by his local Monroe County Tennessee Grand Jury.
It is not immediately clear at this time what the reason is for the grand jury’s formation nor at what time or to what extent that LTCDR Fitzpatrick would be presenting his evidence.
In related news, Charles Kerchner, lead Plaintiff in Kerchner v. Obama, released the following concerning his case being appealed:
25 Nov 2009 – For Immediate Release
There is activity in the Kerchner v Obama & Congress lawsuit. The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia PA has issued a Briefing Notice schedule for the Kerchner v Obama & Congress case.
Brief due dates for the Appeal are now set for 4 Jan 2010. We look forward to moving ahead with this very important constitutional case along the legal pathway to the ultimate decision maker for this historic and precedence setting lawsuit, the U.S. Supreme Court. They will determine the answer to the pressing legal question of what is a “natural born Citizen” of the USA per Article II constitutional standards and did Obama and the U.S. Congress violate the Constitution and statutory laws and my constitutional rights during the 2008 election cycle. And, the Supreme Court will also be asked to refer their legal definition to Congress to determine if Obama meets that legal ruled definition. I say Obama does not meet the founders and framers intent for the Article II eligibility clause. I say Obama is a deceiver and a usurper.
Is it really too much to think that Mr. Obama could not have lied about his background to ensure his own political ascendancy? What does anyone really know about this man’s past outside of an alleged certification of live birth?
See the following links regarding the eligibility saga: