Forgive my absence. Two-and-a-half hours one way and, with traffic, almost four hours back! No Internet access at the venue, and work awaiting me upon my return home.
I am in the middle of putting together a synopsis of today’s very, um, interesting news conference, though I have a number of things here at home with regard to work and school which need to be done first. About 45 people were packed into the Edward R. Murrow Room at the National Press Club. Until I’m able to tie everything together (I have some hurried photographs, too), here are a few quotes, just to give you a taste of what happened:
“Last week, Sen. Mel Martinez gave a statement that the voters are responsible for vetting candidates. Mr. Martinez is wrong. He would have us believe that our form of govt is a democracy rather than a constitutional republic. It is not too great a burden to demand that one who seeks the office of the president simply produce documents proving his legal eligibility.”
– Robert Schulz, We The People Organization
“My case in district court was dismissed for one reason — standing. According to the court, I don’t have standing, Bob doesn’t have standing, no one in this room has standing. We’re asking for one qualification out of three. We know he’s at least 35 years old. We’ll give him the 14 years in the country. We just want to know that he is natural born. It’s not that difficult.”
– Philip Berg, attorney
“During this election, the media in the United States of America was worse than the media in communist Russia. The anchormen and anchorwomen were reading from the same script. They might have had different haircuts and they might have had different outfits, but they were reading from the same script. The only reason that the vast majority of Americans do not know the details [of these cases] is because the media was aiding and abetting Obama in defrauding 300 million Americans.”
– Orly Taitz, attorney, who was born in Kischinev (I mistakenly thought she said “Chechnya”)
“I pray, Lord, that we can overcome the wickedness which has overtaken our politicians, the media, and even in our court systems at the highest level, and that this long-legged mack-daddy would not be allowed to take the oath on the 20th of January.”
– Rev. James David Manning, an African-American pastor from Harlem, NY
Oh, but it wasn’t that cut-and-dry. These were the more calm and collected, mainstream things which were said. We had people asking 25-minute “questions” which rambled on about everything from NAFTA to Saudi oil to John Ashcroft and the World Bank, we had Taitz herself talking about Osama bin Laden and asking why the federal government would fine the broadcasters for the Super Bowl appearance of Janet Jackson’s right nipple but not the media for overlooking these lawsuits, and we had Rev. Manning opining that Obama came to the office of president-elect through a “white womb,” and that a “black womb may never produce a president.”
Ladies and gentlemen, I am not a conspiracy theorist. From August 21, 2008, when I first broke the story about Philip Berg’s lawsuit against Barack Obama, I have been interesting in upholding our Constitution — and still am. However, many of the things I saw today did little to help the movement which so many ordinary, non-tin-foil-hat-wearing Americans have put their hopes behind.
Stay tuned. I’ll present what happened as objectively as I can, and then must weigh in with a commentary about this whole business.
In a few hours, I’ll be heading down to D.C. after handling some loose ends for work. After all, I need to make a living, and ensure that my job is done. I’ll probably be in transit when the decision from the Supreme Court on the Donofrio case is announced — but I’m sure you’ll find it somewhere.
After all, if the disposition is positive, in the unlikely event that Leo Donofrio comes out on top, the media will have no choice but to report on it. If it’s negative, and Donofrio’s chances at the Supreme Court go up in smoke, the media will leap upon the chance to tell the world that their Messiah is safe from legal challenge — at least for now.
Now, I do think that Donofrio’s case presents a question more attractive to the Court than that of Philip Berg’s case, but both have significant statistical hurdles to overcome. As I’ve written before, the odds of ANY case being heard by the Court is slim. Still, my fingers will be crossed as I plod along down I-95.
I do not know the situation with the Internet at the National Press Club, nor do I know completely my schedule for the day. Much of today will be fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants, so bear with me and check back often, because I cannot tell you exactly when or from where the updates will come.
What I will tell you is that I will be writing as things progress (at least, I hope so) and will have my camera with me should the folks allow me to get some official-looking shots. It’s been a while since I’ve shot any press conferences, but I’ve done a few weddings here and there, so it’ll basically be the same, minus the cake, band, and frilly dresses. As I’ll have the photo transfer apparatus with me as well, hopefully we’ll have some photos up by the end of the day.
Most likely, you’ll see some little time-centric updates like this one, with something a little more formal done at the end of the day as I procrastinate instead of doing more studying.
Well, for now, it’s back to work.