Obama’s MySpace page: I’m 52 years old, not 48
(WND) If President Obama were indeed born in Hawaii, was it while the islands were a territory of the United States?
A new wrinkle in the dispute over his birth – and whether he is eligible to be president under the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural born” citizen – appeared today when Obama’s official MySpace page declared his age is 52, thus placing his birth year at 1957 instead of 1961 as has been claimed.
That would mean he would have been born during the archipelago’s time as a territory of the U.S., the islands’ status from about 1900 until statehood in 1959.
The birth year also conflicts with campaign and other White House information that have discussed his 48th birthday this month.
Obama’s personal web page, BarackObama.com, has numerous links to related sites including Facebook and MySpace, confirming that MySpace.com/barackobama is the president’s page on MySpace.
Even when one puts the words “MySpace” and “Barack Obama” into search engines such as Google, the top result is the same page and indicates: “Official profile page for Barack Obama includes his blog, blurbs, news clips, videos and comments from his MySpace friends.”
Obama’s Facebook listing does not display his age, but shows his date of birth as Aug. 4, 1961.
A WND request to the White House for comment did not generate an immediate response.
It was the Associated Press that reported on Aug. 4 Obama was having Senate Democrats to lunch because “it’s the president’s birthday and Chuck E. Cheese was booked.”
AP credited Obama with being the nation’s third youngest president who turned 48 this month.
Interestingly, a check of the Internet archive “Wayback Machine” finds that on April 10, 2007, Obama had his age listed as 45 on MySpace, which would be correct if, in fact, he had been born in August 1961 as has been trumpeted.
Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, several times has raised the question over Obama’s eligibility at White House news briefings – initially asking why the president didn’t just release a copy of his original long-form birth certificate.
Robert Gibbs, Obama’s press secretary, at first laughed at the idea, stating the “birth certificate” was on the Internet. That image, however, shows a “certification of live birth” which is not the same document and until recently wasn’t even accepted as identification by the state of Hawaii for some of its programs.
But a multitude of other records that also have not been released would shed light on the president’s past, including his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and adoption records.
Even when a hospital in Honolulu started using an image of a letter purporting to be from Obama acknowledging the facility as his place of birth, the White House refused to confirm the validity of the letter.
The dispute rages because Obama has not provided simple, incontrovertible proof of his exact birthplace. That information would be included on his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate which Obama has steadfastly refused to release amid a flurry of conflicting reports.
Hawaiian law specifically allows “an adult or the legal parents of a minor child” to apply to the health department and, upon unspecified proof, be given the birth document.
WND has reported on the dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen” – challenges that all have been confronted by attorneys acting on the president’s behalf to keep his records sealed.
The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Complicating the situation is Obama’s decision to spend sums estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid releasing a state birth certificate that would put to rest all of the questions.
The key question in the dispute also is being raised on billboards nationwide.
The billboard campaign follows an ongoing petition campaign launched several months ago by WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah.
They are intended to raise public awareness of the fact that Obama has never released the standard “long-form” birth certificate that would show which hospital he was born in, the attending physician and establish that he truly was born in Hawaii, as his autobiography maintains.