Obama: Where have all his records gone?
Obama: Where have
all his records gone?
Footprints of president’s own history either vanish or
remain covered up
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While nearly 400,000 concerned citizens demand President Obama present his elusive "long-form" birth
certificate, more than a dozen other
documents remain unreleased
or otherwise blocked from the public eye.
Numerous documents which have yet to be surrendered include
The Maui News reported that Obama attended kindergarten at Noelani Elementary
School on Oahu during the
school year 1966-67. It released a photo of two teachers, Katherine Nakamoto and Aimee Yatsushiro,
with five students. The teachers claim one of the children is Barack Obama.
Obama’s alleged kindergarten
class (photo: Maui News)
According to the Hawaii Department of Education, students
must submit a birth certificate to register. Parents may
bring a passport or student visa if the child is from a foreign country.
So far, no records have been released by the school. Noelani
officials have not responded to WND’s request for
Punahou School records
Though from a modest background, Obama
began attending the prestigious Punahou School in Honolulu, one of Hawaii’s top private
institutions. He reportedly received a scholarship and attended the school
from the fifth grade until he finished high school, though no financial
records have been released.
The Boston Globe reported, "In 1979, the year Obama graduated, tuition for high school students at Punahou was $1,990, a sizable expense compared with Hawaii’s median
family income of $22,750 that year.
a "B" student, studied among the island’s
richest and most accomplished students. According to the school’s website,
he also played forward on Punahou’s 1979 state
championship basketball team.
Occidental College records
Obama arrived at Occidental
College, a small liberal arts school in Los Angeles, Calif.,
in the fall of 1979. He only briefly mentions the school in his 1995
memoir, "Dreams from My Father."
Obama attended the
school on a scholarship. Some question whether the financial aid he
received was reserved for foreign
records have not been released.
In a legal action, handled largely by Gary Kreep of the U.S. Justice Foundation, officials
College were served
with a demand to produce
records concerning Barack Obama’s attendance
there during the 1980s because they could document whether he was attending
as a foreign national.
the college with a demand for its records concerning Obama.
Occidental College library
"The gravamen of the petition
is the question as to whether United States Senator Barack
Hussein Obama, of Illinois,
is eligible to serve as president of the United States pursuant to the
requirements for that office in the United States Constitution," he
wrote. "The records sought may provide documentary evidence, and/or
admissions by said defendant, as to said eligibility or lack thereof."
College officials then contacted Obama’s
lawyers, who argued to the court that the election was over and that future
concerns should be addressed to Congress.
The motion stated that the records, which could reveal on
what name Obama attended classes at Occidental
and whether he attended on scholarship money intended for foreign students,
"are of no relevance to this moot litigation."
The motion also claimed the petitioners failed to serve the
"The subpoena directed to Occidental College
should therefore be quashed. Alternatively, this court should issue an
order directing that the deposition of the custodian of records of Occidental College not take place," the
firm working on Obama’s behalf stated.
"The central issue in this lawsuit … is whether any
Respondent had a legal duty to demand proof of natural born citizenship
from Democratic Party’s nominee," the motion said. "None of the
documents sought by petitioners could possibly assist in answering this
A judge granted a motion to quash the subpoena.
"Obama’s attorneys bent over
backward to block us," Kreep told WND.
"Obama doesn’t want anyone to see those
records. He’s trying to hide them."
His efforts resulted in a threat from Obama’s
attorneys to seek financial sanctions against the plaintiff’s lawyers.
Kreep said a
notice of appeal will be filed next week.
A notice posted on the Occidental College website
states, "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations
protect the privacy of
records. We, therefore, cannot disclose students’ classes, grade point
averages, majors or other such information."
Columbia University records
from Occidental College to Columbia University
in 1981, at the age of 20.
According to the New York Times, Obama
"suggests in his book that his years in New York were a pivotal period: He ran
three miles a day, buckled
down to work and
’stopped getting high,’ which he says he had started doing in high school.
Yet he declined repeated requests to talk about his New
release his Columbia
transcript or identify even a single fellow student, co-worker, roommate or
friend from those years."
Campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told
the newspaper in October 2007, "He doesn’t remember the names of a lot
of people in his life."
In a 2005 profile in a Columbia
alumni magazine, Obama called his time at the
school "an intense period of study."
"I spent a lot of time in the library. I didn’t
socialize that much. I was like a monk," he said.
Columbia University hosts
outdoor viewing of 2009 Inauguration on large screen
Obama claimed to
be a part of the Black Student Organization and anti-apartheid activities.
But according to the New York Times, several well-known
student leaders did
not recall his involvement.
Fox News made contact with 400 of Obama’s
classmates. No one remembered him.
The Columbia University chapter in Obama’s
life remains blank, according to the New
"The Obama campaign has
refused to release his college transcript, despite an academic career that
led him to Harvard
and, later, to a
lecturing position at
of Chicago," the
Sun reported in September 2008. "The shroud surrounding his experience
with that of other major party nominees since 2000, all whom
have eventually released information about their college performance or
seen it leaked
When the newspaper inquired, the Obama
campaign did not offer an explanation for why the transcript had not been
According to the New York Sun, a
program from Columbia’s
1983 commencement ceremony lists Obama as a
graduate. University spokesman Brian
Connolly confirmed that Obama
graduated with a major in political science but without honors.
Nonetheless, he was later admitted to Harvard
"Soviet Nuclear Disarmament"
Before applying to Harvard, Obama
is said to have written a major thesis in his senior year. It has not been
Soviet nuclear missile
An Oct 30, 2007, a New York Times article stated,
"[Obama] barely mentions Columbia, training
ground for the elite, where he transferred in his junior year, majoring in
political science and international relations and writing his thesis on
Soviet nuclear disarmament."
professor, Michael Baron, told NBC News Obama
excelled in his year-long honors seminar called American Foreign Policy.
He also said Obama spent a whole
year writing a "thesis" or "senior thesis" on the topic
of nuclear negotiations with the former Soviet Union.
"My recollection is that the paper was an analysis of
the evolution of the arms reduction negotiations between the Soviet Union
and the United States,"
Baron told reporters in an e-mail. "At that time, a hot topic in
foreign policy circles was finding a way in which each country could safely
reduce the large arsenal of nuclear weapons pointed at the other … For U.S.
policy makers in both political parties, the aim was not disarmament, but
achieving deep reductions in the Soviet nuclear arsenal and keeping a
substantial and permanent American advantage. As I remember it, the paper
was about those negotiations, their tactics and chances for success. Barack got an A."
Baron said he saved Obama’s paper
and recently searched through boxes hoping to find it, but he told
reporters he may have thrown it away during a move several years ago.
Baron wrote a letter of recommendation when Obama applied to Harvard Law
School. According to
Federal Election Commission records, he also donated at least $1,250 to Obama’s presidential campaign.
On July 24, 2008, the Obama
administration told NBC News Obama was unable to
release copies of his thesis paper.
"We do not have a copy of the course paper you
requested and neither does Columbia
University," Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said.
According to MSNBC, Columbia University
officials claim they do not have a copy available in the college’s
Harvard Law School records
Obama at Harvard
(photo: Obama campaign)
With less than steller marks upon
his graduation from Columbia,
Obama was accepted into Harvard
WND columnist Jack Cashill wrote,
"If Obama’s LSAT scores merited admission
(to Harvard), we would know about
them. We don’t. The Obama camp guards
those scores, like his SAT scores, more tightly that Iran
does its nuclear
He continued, "We know enough about Obama’s
grades to know how
far they fall below the Harvard norm, likely even below the
adjusted black norm
Cashill wrote, Khalid al-Mansour,
principle adviser to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed
bin Talal, lobbied friends like
Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton to
intervene at Harvard
on Obama’s behalf. Al-Mansour
founders of the Black
Panther party in the early 1960s.
Cashill suggests Obama’s "shyness" about his Harvard
experience may stem
reluctance to broadcast his connections.
According to Politico, Obama’s
name does not appear on any legal scholarships during his time at Harvard.
His campaign reportedly said his Harvard
education was a
product of hard work and student loans. Obama
graduated magna cum laude in 1991.
Harvard Law Review articles
In 1990, Obama beat out 18 other
contenders to become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review,
where he spent at least 50 hours a week
from judges, scholars and authors.
According to Politico, there were "eight dense volumes
produced during his time in charge there – 2,083 pages in all."
Campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt
told Politico Obama didn’t write
any articles for the Review, but he did leave behind numerous case analyses
"notes" from Harvard students.
As Matthew Franck noted in National Review Online, "A
search of the HeinOnline database of law journals
turns up exactly nothing credited to Obama
in any law
review anywhere at any time."
Susan Estrich, the first female
president of the Review who served 14 years earlier, said Obama must have had something published that year, even
if his campaign denied it.
"They probably don’t want [to] have you [reporters]
going back" to examine the Review, she said.
Staff of the 1990-1991 Law Review with Obama at
center (photo: Obama campaign)
However, Politico later reported it had unearthed a 1990
article that "offers a glimpse at Obama’s
views on abortion policy and the law during his student days."
His six-page summary answers a legal question about whether
fetuses should be allowed to file lawsuits against their mothers.
"Obama’s answer, like most
courts’: No," Politico reported. "He wrote approvingly of an
Illinois Supreme Court ruling that the unborn cannot sue their mothers for
negligence, and he suggested that allowing fetuses to sue would violate the
mother’s rights and could, perversely, cause her to take more risks with
The report continued, "His article acknowledged a
public interest in the health of the fetus, but also seemed to demonstrate
his continuing commitment to abortion rights, and suggested that the
government may have more important concerns than ’ensuring that any
particular fetus is born.’"
Despite its earlier statement, the Obama
campaign later confirmed Obama’s authorship of
the article and claimed it was the only piece he had written for the
University of Chicago scholarly
(photo: Obama campaign)
Obama lectured at the University of Chicago Law School, a top
school where the faculty is known for voluminous scholarly publishing, from
1992 until 2004.
The university offered Obama a
full-time tenure-track position, an honor typically reserved for published
instructors. However, reporters have been unable to find scholarly articles
authored by him. The university reports that Obama
declined the tenure offer.
Sarah Galer, news editor at the
Law School and Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago,
told WND, "President Obama wrote ’Dreams
from My Father’ while at the law school but did not produce any scholarly
articles as far as I know."
According to March 2008 reports, State Department employees
conducted an unauthorized search of Obama’s
passport files during the recent presidential campaign. CNN reported that
three different contract workers accessed his information on separate
occasions – Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and March 14 – without authorization. Two
workers were fired and another faced discipline.
reportedly contained copies of passport applications, birth date, basic
biographical information, records of passport renewal and possibly
The Obama campaign demanded a
thorough investigation to determine which employees looked at the file and
"This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy,
even from an administration that has shown little regard for either over
the last eight years,"
spokesman Bill Burton told CNN in a statement. "Our government’s duty
is to protect the private information of the American people,
not use it for
Meanwhile, a key witness who had been cooperating with
federal investigators was later found fatally shot in front of a Washington, D.C., church.
found the body of Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, slumped dead inside his car.
At the time, investigators said they didn’t have any
information connecting the murder to the passport case. After one year of
investigation of the
homicide, there have
been no arrests.
The passport has not been released.
During his first presidential campaign in 1999, Sen. John
McCain released 1,500 pages of medical and psychiatric records collected by
the Navy. In 2008, McCain allowed reporters to spend three hours sifting
through 1,200 pages of health records.
In 1999, former Vice President Al Gore released medical records
revealing "mildly elevated"
cholesterol levels and
removal of a common form of skin cancer from his forehead in 1997. The
documents disclosed his weight, resting heart rate, resting
blood pressure, cardiovascular fitness
and a variety of
other health details. Gore’s records were compiled after a complete
examination by several
Likewise, President George W. Bush allowed the media to view
about 400 pages of personal medical
information in 2000 and
After initial reluctance, Sen. John Kerry allowed the Navy to release his full
medical records in 2004.
While not all have done so, it has been common practice for
presidential candidates to release
However, Barack Obama, a relatively young candidate who was said to
have been in "excellent
refused to release medical records. Instead,
he simply provided a six-paragraph note from his
physician briefly summarizing 21 years of doctor visits and health
The letter contained no supporting documentation.
Couple said to be Barack Obama
Sr. and Ann Dunham (photo: Obama campaign)
According to additional records listed at the The Obama File, other documents that remain
files and schedules of his years as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004
Obama’s client list from during his time in
private practice with the Chicago law firm
Miner, Barnhill and Gallard
State Bar Association records
Obama/Dunham marriage license
Obama/Dunham divorce documents
Soetoro/Dunham marriage license
WND has been reporting since before the election on
questions – and lawsuits – raised over Obama’s birth and eligibility. He reported in his book
he was born in Hawaii
and his half-sister agrees. But the woman the president says is his paternal
grandmother, Sarah Obama, claimed to have been
present at her grandson’s birth in Mombasa, Kenya.
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
Complicating the issue are Obama’s
move to Indonesia
as a child, where he reportedly attended that nation’s
public schools, and his later travels to Pakistan, raising questions
about on what nation’s passport was that travel
accomplished. Then there
are the multiple law firms hired to make certain Obama’s
long-form birth certificate
information, and other
documentation such as college records, remain sealed from public view.
campaign released to select news organizations only what is known as a
a document obtainable in Hawaii
in 1961 by Americans actually born outside the country. However,
Joseph Farah, WND editor and chief executive officer, has
been calling for the release of Obama’s long-form
birth certificate showing the hospital of his birth,
attending physician and other details to confirm his citizenship
Farah launched a national billboard campaign last month in
an effort to keep the issue before the American
billboards, being leased around the country, ask the simple question,
"Where’s the birth
The campaign got a boost recently when
WND White House correspondent Les Kinsolving
asked Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, why
the president wouldn’t release his birth certificate.
Gibbs’ response was covered live on C-SPAN and by Fox News
Channel and others – excluding CBS.
It was the first time any member of the press corps has
publicly asked a member of the administration a question directly related
for office as a "natural born citizen."
Congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen.
John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a
"natural born citizen," but
legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s
claim to a Hawaiian birth.
Both the petition and the billboard campaign are part of
what Farah calls an independent "truth and transparency
The first sign to be posted under the campaign, a digital,
electronic one, is up and online on Highway 165 in Ball, La.. In addition, based on the heavy
volume of financial donations in the first days of the
campaign, WND was able to commit to leasing three more standard billboards
– one in
Los Angeles, another in Orange County, Calif.
and a third in Pennsylvania.
Birth certificate question being raised in Ball, La
Farah said the campaign was born of frustration with timid
elected officials in Washington,
corrupt judges around the country and a news media that
show a stunning lack of curiosity about the most basic facts
of Obama’s background – especially how it relates
to constitutional eligibility for the highest
office in the land.
"As Obama transforms this
country from self-governing constitutional republic to one governed by a
central ruling elite, the simple fact remains that no
controlling legal authority has established that he is
indeed a ’natural born citizen’ as the Constitution requires," Farah
said. "Obama’s promises of
transparency have become
a bad joke as he continues to hide simple, innocuous documents like his
birth certificate and his student records."