A concerted effort was used to convince the press corps that special legal methods were necessary to acquire Obama’s long-form birth certificate from Hawaii
Bob Bauer, White House Counsel, went to extraordinary efforts to persuade the assembled press corps that receipt of Obama’s “Certificate of Live Birth” from the Hawaii Department of Health was a special “waiver”; he also alludes to special legal analysis and process to make this request. The following is from a transcript of the press gaggle held on the morning of April 27, 2011 before Obama spoke the immortal words “sideshows and carnival barkers.”
Bob Bauer makes this point on page 2, paragraph 8 & 9:
“Early last week the decision was made to review the legal basis for seeking a waiver from the longstanding prohibition in the state Department of Health on releasing the long-form birth certificate. And so we undertook a legal analysis and determined a waiver request could be made that we had the grounds upon which to make that request.
And by Thursday of last week, I spoke to private counsel to the President and asked her to contact the State Department of Health and to have a conversation about any requirements, further requirements, that they thought we had to satisfy to lodge that waiver request. She had that conversation with the state Department of Health on Thursday — counsel in question is Judy Corley at the law firm of Perkins Coie, and you have a copy of the letter she subsequently sent to the department with the President’s written request.”
Note: the underlined words are my emphasis
Again, Bob Bauer emphasizes the special nature of this request on page 2, paragraphs 12 & 13:
“Let me emphasize again, there is a specific statute that governs access to and inspection of vital records in the state of Hawaii. The birth certificate that we posted online is, in fact, and always has been, and remains, the legal birth certificate of the President that would be used for all legal purposes that any resident of Hawaii would want to use a birth certificate for.
However, there is legal authority in the department to make exceptions to the general policy on not releasing the long-form birth certificate. The policy in question, by the way, on non-release has been in effect since the mid-1980s, I understand. So while I cannot tell you what the entire history of exceptions has been, it is a limited one. This is one of very few that I understand have been granted for the reasons set out in private counsel’s letter.”
Mr. Bauer is referring to Hawaii Statute §338-18 Disclosure of records which is shown below:
“338-18 Disclosure of records. (a) To protect the integrity of vital statistics records, to ensure their proper use, and to ensure the efficient and proper administration of the vital statistics system, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit inspection of, or to disclose information contained in vital statistics records, or to copy or issue a copy of all or part of any such record, except as authorized by this part or by rules adopted by the department of health.
(b) The department shall not permit inspection of public health statistics records, or issue a certified copy of any such record or part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record. The following persons shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest in a public health statistics record:”
(1) The registrant;
We can stop right here as Obama is the registrant, however; to lend even more credence to any request made by anyone, much less a governmental request, and one so special as the President of the United States as a favorite son of the State of Hawaii, we have the following:
“(2) A governmental agency or organization who for a legitimate government purpose maintains and needs to update official lists of persons in the ordinary course of the agency’s or organization’s activities;
(3) A governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks confirmation of a certified copy of any such record submitted in support of or information provided about a vital event relating to any such record and contained in an official application made in the ordinary course of the agency’s or organization’s activities by an individual seeking employment with, entrance to, or the services or products of the agency or organization;
(4) A private or government attorney who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record which was acquired during the course of or for purposes of legal proceedings; or
(5) An individual employed, endorsed, or sponsored by a governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record in preparation of reports or publications by the agency or organization for research or educational purposes.”
It can be seen by the other portions of the statute that a government request has “special status” to the State of Hawaii and obliterates the “special waiver status “or “complicated legal analysis” Bob Bauer said was necessary. He used law as a pretense to establish and embellish their request to give plausible denial and cover to their actions; we can now discuss the false extraordinary nature of the request itself as is seen with the following.
A reporter puts this point in perspective on page 7, paragraph 4; Bob Bauer answers on 5:
“Are these letters supposed to demonstrate the legal steps that were involved in releasing it to the White House counsel?”
Answered by Bob Bauer in the next sentence:
“ The letters that you have, the personal request from the President, along with the accompanying letter from private counsel, is merely meant to document the legal path to getting the waiver of that policy so we could get the long-form certificate.“
The Latin phrase, “res Ipsa Loquitur” is appropriate here; “the thing speaks for itself.”
In the end, the complicated “legal analysis” and “special waiver request” process described by Bob Bauer was nothing more than a simple letter that Obama had to sign. I guess that counts as extraordinary efforts in the White House these days; our President had to sign another letter, ugh.
By this time the press corps has swallowed the “sideshow“ messaging without any reservations, the excuses made by Bob Bauer were nothing but boisterous legalese and veiled justification for Obama taking action, knowing that Jerome Cori’s latest book “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” was about to be released. In the end, to quote Shakespeare, it was “much ado about nothing”, other than someone placing a known forged document on a government website.
The press was simply had, and been played; they bit down hard on Bob Bauer’s obfuscation and swallowed all of it hook line and sinker. All Bob Bauer, Dan Pheiffer, and Jay Carney needed to do was reel them in as they were already floating belly up. It was as easy as fishing with dynamite; all you need is a net to haul them in. The legal diatribe and mambo-jumbo was necessary to give cover for the posting of the forged long-form birth certificate on whitehouse.gov as they were about to stifle any debate about this issue before it could even happen. Last but not least, it was the warm-up act for Obama‘s infamous “sideshows and carnival barkers” comment he would deliver right after the press gaggle to a waiting nation, a fawning press corps, and worldwide news media to send the message home.
Part Four discusses the Current Director of the Department of Health; she is the neglected member of the triad that granted the “special waiver.” Then we find out Obama’s long-form birth certificate is MIA, as least from an official statement viewpoint.
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