Thursday, May 26, 2011

UNITED STATES - Obama badly in the American recognition

This document does not prove anything. It could be a fake. While this case is really fishy. Do not we see multiple layers on the document scanned and posted on the website of the White House? And why did we wait so long before publishing? People who do not believe that Obama was indeed born in the United States today show that a good conspiracy theory is like a fire in a coal mine: it does not go off overnight.

Pressed by "birthers [nativist] since 2008, Barack Obama finally felt compelled to try to put an end to the controversy by publishing for the first time, April 27, his birth certificate. "Yes, indeed, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Hospital," he told a press conference with correspondents in the White House.

He then asked away with this debate "absurd" that has diverted public attention from far more pressing issues like war, debt and the economy. "I know there will always be a handful of people who, whatever we do, this issue is not resolved," he added. He's right. Far from being discouraged, the nativists redoubled energy and mistrust.

[This] raises many more questions than answers, "said Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative website WolrdNetDaily. Farah, who has published on its site hundreds of articles questioning the nationality of the president these past two years, admits to being delighted with the recent initiative of the White House.

Same reaction on the side of Donald Trump, the famous businessman and putative candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, that this controversy is obviously a boon. He said also "honored" to have played its part in the decision of the White House to publish the full birth certificate of the president.

For any neutral observer, such a decision could only put an end to this controversy carefully maintained by the detractors of Obama. We could not do more official: Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m., August 4, 1961, on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii. But then, conspiracy theories have a gift to grow and multiply.

For the real advocates of conspiracy theory, there is always a new angle to approach the problem, always a mistake to consider. Orly Taitz, a fierce opponent of Obama, said on the website Conservative Talking Points Memo that the document released by the White House raises questions because Obama's father is portrayed as a human race "African".

"Looks like it was written today in the era of political correctness and not in 1961 when we said 'white', 'Asian' or 'negro,'" she says. The nativist theories have many similarities with recent conspiracy theories, such as saying the U.S. government was complicit in the attacks of September 11, 2001 or that conceals the presence of extraterrestrial visitors.

All these theories have one thing in common: the emotional involvement of their followers. They are not mere ideas or points of view, but deep convictions that are part of the identity of those who hold them as true. The publication of the birth certificate of the President could, however, affect those who are not as convinced that the nativists.

Recent polls show that before April 27, much of the American electorate was not entirely convinced that Barack Obama was born in the United States. According to a survey New York Times / CBS News published in early April, only 41% of Republicans and 53% of independent voters thought Barack Obama was really born on American soil.

The continuing erosion of these figures as Donald Trump made his bread and butter of the controversy seems to have ended up alerting the White House. Within a few days, in fact, a new poll New York Times / CBS News showed that only 33% of Republicans believed the president was indeed born in the United States.

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