Just Google “Obama Sideshow” this simple phrase “sideshow” gave cover to what has become the single greatest HOAX ever perpetrated on the American people by a sitting president with the sole purpose to place a forged birth certificate on the White House website. I have dubbed it “Operation Sideshow.” My browser showed 5,380,000 hits for this search string, you are welcome to try to ascertain this for yourself.
This is my favorite from the Huffington Post “Carnival Barkers Slam Obama’s ‘Sideshow’ Remark“; posted on April 28, 2011, the day after the release of Obama’s latest birth certificate.
Couched Phrasing & Misdirection Accompanied the Discussion During the Press Gaggle on Why Obama was Releasing his Long-Form Birth Certificate
A careful reading of the transcript is lacking some important details about why they were actually dealing with the issue of president Obama‘s long-form birth certificate at this time. Jay Carney passes out their press packets moments before the briefing starts:
“You can read the paperwork we just handed out in a minute.”
Dan Pfeiffer let’s them know what is in the “press packet” that was given to them moments before and gives a 30,000 foot perspective to bring them quickly up to speed on what they wanted them to know in paragraph 2:
“Thanks, Jay. What you have in front of you now is a packet of papers that includes the President’s long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, the original birth certificate that the President requested and we posted online in 2008, and then the correspondence between the President’s counsel and the Hawaii State Department of Health that led to the release of those documents.”
A reporter asks on page 4 paragraph 16:
“Did the President change his own mind about this? In other words, was he advocating during the campaign let’s just put it out there and get it over with, or was this an internal shift in thinking based — in other words, was it the President who steadfastly during the campaign said this is ridiculous, I don’t want to give this any more ground, and has now changed his mind? Or is this the –”
Dan Pfeiffer answers in the next paragraph:
“Let’s be very clear. You were there for the campaign. There was never a question about the original birth certificate during the campaign. It was a settled issue. I was there for the original decision to release the birth certificate. I was there when we posted it online. I’m not sure I even knew there was an original one that was different than the one we posted online because it wasn’t an issue. So it wasn’t like — let’s be very clear. We were asked for the President’s birth certificate in 2008; we released the President’s birth certificate; and it was done. That was it.”
Dan Pfeiffer is again “messaging” using experiences of the campaign trail, reminding them of their shared uncertainties harking back as comrades from 2008, he was sharing “war stories” with them. Several of the reporters were wondering what is prompting this sudden turn of events out of the white house and ….
Another reporter asks the $64 dollar question at page 3 paragraph 10:
“Bob, can you explain why President Obama let this drag on for four years? Was it Donald Trump that prompted you to issue this?”
Dan Pfeiffer answers it on page 3 paragraph 13:
“MR. PFEIFFER: He even said you would be the one who would ask it. (Laughter.)
I don’t think this dragged on for four years because this was a resolved — for those of you who remember the campaign, this issue was resolved in 2008. And it has not been an issue, none of you have asked about it, called about it, reported on it until the last few weeks.
And as I said earlier, it probably would have been — a lot of the pundits out there have talked about the fact that this whole birther debate has been really bad for the Republican Party and would probably be good for the President politically. But despite that, the President, as I said, was struck by how this was crowding out the debate, particularly around the budget, on important issues, and was an example of the sort of sideshows that our politics focuses on instead of the real challenges that we have to confront as a country.
And so that’s why he made this decision now, because it became an issue that transcended sort of this — it essentially was something that was talked about, as I said, from the nether regions of the Internet onto mainstream network newscasts. In fact, Jay has been asked about this just yesterday in this room.”
When does any story from the “nether regions of the Internet onto mainstream network newscasts” actually happen? Dan Pfeiffer tars the Republicans with the “birther” brush and attempts to convince the press corps that somehow keeping this issue alive is good for Obama who is only thinking what is best for the country to finally resolve this issue. It is disingenuous at best and pandering to their prejudices at worst, again they are messaging and manipulating the media.
This stinks of nothing but a cheap attempt to wrap Obama in the flag as the din is now a loud roar on this issue thanks to Donald Trump, by the way, “the Donald” is completely ignored in his response, typical.
Just to bring some truth to this process, the Republican House had passed a budget two weeks previously to this press gaggle. Democrats, thanks to Harry Reid have not even brought one to the floor for and up or down vote, in over 700 days by 2011 much less passed one, it is now over 1079 days, so Dan is deliberately lying.
A reporter asks this question and makes a crucial point that at least one reporter got a “whiff” that something was up on page 7 paragraph 2 :
“When was this gaggle put on — when was this planned?”
With the answer from Dan Pfeiffer on page 7 paragraph 3, just before the conclusion of the briefing:
“Whatever time you received your guidance suggesting that it would be “this time tomorrow
By this time, the hook had been set and the “sideshow” message firmly ensconced into the minds of the assembled press corps however, someone is suspicious?
The confusion of the press corps is evident as they know the white house had been content to sit back and let anyone that questions Obama fall on their own sword as “fringe” elements and “birthers,“ both pejorative terms they used early on. Since the assembled media was not aware of any real debate about this issue, other than Donald Trump making some noise about this, much less any stories from the “nether regions of the internet.”
The biggest reason for this is the media itself, as they squelch almost any story before it rises to anything the White House would have to deal with. Some of the press corps were wondering why this about face was coming from the White House at this time? However, they failed to connect the dots on this U-turn by Obama in regard to Donald Trump and Jerome Corsi’s newest book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate” which had become a No.1 best seller on Amazon in pre-release sales from the week before on April 21st.
This is further evidence that a pliant press corps and media had accepted their “sideshow” message and would prime the pump for the media cycle to follow. Since they had given up their objectivity long ago when is comes to Obama and are simply acting as cheerleaders for Team Obama. Dan Pfieffer, Bob Bauer and Jay Carney could now be assured that they would assist the White House to squelch any noise about this issue in the future.
Part Three delves into the fantasy about the extraordinary means that was needed to acquire Obama’s “Certificate of Live Birth” from Hawaii.
The Law Firm Perkins Coie, was mistakenly noted as being misspelled as “Perkins Cole“, an error in Part One and is correctly spelled in the transcript of the Press Gaggle of April 27, 2011.
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