Obama’s Hawaiian Vacation: Bodysurfing, Boogie-boarding, and Birth Certificate?

By Rick Saunders
America’s Right

Berg v. Obama, perhaps the last case still standing–no pun intended … okay, maybe a little–before the U.S. Supreme Court and drawing into question whether Barack Obama is eligible to serve as president goes before the Justices in conference on January 9, 2009.

At that conference, detailed earlier by America’s Right, the Justices will take up the question of whether Philip Berg’s petition for certiorari (the normal vehicle to compel the Court to review an asserted erroneous decision of a lower court) should be granted. The core issue, however, will not be whether Obama is a “natural born Citizen,” a requirement of the U.S. Constitution for any person to be eligible to take office and serve as president. Rather, the threshold question will be whether Berg possesses the requisite “standing” or “stake in the outcome” of the substantive legal citizenship issue to warrant allowing him entry into the Court in the first place to even make the argument.

Thus far, several others have tried to get the issue before the Court, but none have yet succeeded. Meanwhile, the mainstream media–always attentive to the crying needs of the U.S. Supreme Court for those objective, unbiased facts necessary to make “correct” decisions on matters of importance–continues to either (a) ignore the substantive citizenship issue; (b) denigrate and trivialize the “tinfoil hat” nature of those who would have the temerity to even question Obama’s citizenship; or (c) do some not-so-stealth amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefing, camouflaged as “reporting,” assuring everyone that Obama is, in fact, a natural born citizen.

One great example of that unfolding masquerade is now seen in the stories covering Obama’s family vacation to Hawaii. The only thing missing is the Family Truckster. Arriving there instead in a chartered United Airlines 767, the reporters dutifully relate that Obama is vacationing back “in his home state” and has returned to “his native Hawaii” for the holidays.

Home state? Native Hawaii? What, pray tell, happened to Illinois?

And, Virginia, lest you have any confusion over the objectives of the “amicus journalism” going on, the Associated Press and MSNBC go for the whole enchilada, assuring everyone–including, perhaps, those nine kind folks getting set to conference next January 9–that “[t]he president-elect was born in Hawaii.” Here’s more of that wonderful, hard-hitting journalism:

On their last family vacation to the islands in August, Obama went bodysurfing and took his daughters, Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, a nature reserve that is one of Hawaii’s most popular tourist destinations.

The family also visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, walked along the beach and ate shave ice.

In fairness, snorkeling and shave ice aside, it may very well be that Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii. On the other hand, however, legitimate and substantive “non-tinfoil hat” questions remain which cast substantial, reasonable doubt on that claim. And, given the ease with which these questions could be answered by Obama through merely authorizing the full and complete disclosure of his “vault” birth certificate and related documents by Hawaiian authorities, including the Governor of Hawaii (who had ordered his birth records sealed), the burning and ever-pertinent question remains — why does he continue to stonewall disclosure? If, as he inferentially claims, he is eligible to serve as president, the documents now sealed from public view should be unveiled.

If he is a natural born citizen and thus, presumably, has nothing to hide on the matter–and since the issue would be buried once and for all through disclosure, thereby promoting the “change” and governmental “transparency” he has promised–why won’t he just do it? Hey, he’s already there in Hawaii, fer cryin’ out loud, and the governor as well as the hospital’s records vault custodian are but two phone calls and a short SUV convoy jaunt away.

They could even stop for more shave ice on the way back. Make it a family affair.

Regardless, Obama should heed Spike Lee’s advice and “do the right thing.” We are not, after all, talking about a person’s eligibility to serve as PR spin-meister to Illinois Gov. Rod “Hot Rod” Blagojevich — we’re talking about eligibility to serve as the president of the United States of America.

But don’t hold your breath. Don’t bet the ranch, or the farm or the pineapple plantation that President-Elect Barack Obama will do anything of the sort. Messiahs, after all, don’t stoop to things like that.

Rick Saunders is a freelance writer who splits his time between endeavors in southern California and the American southwest. He began writing for America’s Right in December 2008.



  1. Bobby says:

    It is funny how Obama all of the sudden wants to go to Hawaii. I thought his home was in Chicago?

  2. cltvcoyote says:

    Right on Rick, great article and exactly on POINT. Obama will never stoop to be so low as to have to prove to anyone that he is the Messiah – after all, why should he, we are all so stupid and illiterate that we can’t even read what he put on his own fightthesmears website for all the world to see…. and we can’t understand that he is a USURPER and everything that he will put his signature on is ILLEGAL and NULL and VOID and he is NOT POTUS to any one of us or to the whole Country at all.


    Reno, NV

  3. Jose Alvarez says:

    Rick: Meaga cuddos for this story. Let us not be freaked out if Magician Extraordinaire, Obama pulls out a white rabbit out of his COLB hat during this trip to Hawaii and wows his followers once again.

  4. Janet says:

    First, he doesn’t have to have a Christmas tree in Hawaii since he’s not “home” and then pretend to be Christian.

    Second, he then gains access to the sealed birth certificate. Lord only knows what he’s going to do with that, but I imagine it will happen on Monday or Tuesday. Yes, let’s get that out of the way. I do hope a private detective or two are monitoring his EVERY move.

    Get any grades back yet, Jeff?
    I’m crossing my fingers for you.(happy face)
    As for Soetoro, I’m crossing my finger for him, too. (bronx cheer face)

  5. RatTrader says:

    With a -1 degree temperature today in Chicago which is around -30 degrees with the windchill, I know where I would rather be right now.

    Rick Saunders article is genuine and reflects how a lot of folks are feeling right now.

    Merry Christmas to all and thanks for keeping us informed Jeff.

  6. Author says:

    Could it be that he has had NEW certs made up and they will be delivered to where he’s staying?

  7. syc says:

    regardless of the birth certificate, he was born with British citizenship via his father. That means along with the US citizenship from his mother, he was born with Dual Citizenship.
    That disqualifies him from being a “Natural Born” US Citizen.
    Then tack on the adoption to another foreigner, listing him as Barry Soetoro.
    His mother’s divorce papers list him as an adult over 18, however all names listed are Soetoro.
    Face facts, not being “Natural Born” in the stake through this vampire’s chest.

  8. gailbullock says:

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if members of Congress would initiate a movement that, unless Obama produces proof of eligibility to serve as POTUS, they would not pass legislation for his signature? And, unless Obama produces such proof of authority to make Presidential Orders, they would not be valid? Do you suppose the SCOTUS would recognize that Congress would have standing for such a law suit?

    I am going to write to my US Senators and Reps to ask that they register their objections to the Electoral votes cast. All it takes is one senator and one representative…and the reminder “In God We Trust.”

    I read on another site that America’s Right is one of the best sites on the Internet for good information. It also gave a link to America’s Right. (Nice to get recognition for excellence, Jeff and Rick.)

  9. John Galt says:

    I would imagine that it is a bit warmer in Hawaii than Illinois or Washington D.C.

    It is also a bit off the track of the Blago train.

    Yes Obama should come clean, but then again he is a member of the Illinois polictial machine so his actions are par for the course.

    I think at this point for a lot of people it comes down to Obama or Biden and I am sure that most of those by far prefer Obama.

  10. syc says:

    Senators and Rep’s are sending out form letters to anyone who questions Obama’s eligibility and asks them to do their sworn duty.

    The letters refer to FactCheck and even snopes.com as their proof that Obama meets the qualifications as per the Constitution. Or they bring up the fact that NO court has excepted any case about Obama.

    I write back, or initialy write with all the facts, and we the citizens are shrugged off.

    I have even stated by failing to do their sworn duty as they have taken an Oath to “protect and defend the Constitution” they are both dereliction of duty and treason for their inaction.

    They themselves are going to cause a second civil war.

  11. Jan says:

    Excellent article, Rick! Glad to have you on board.

  12. kris says:

    Aren’t ANY of Obama’s sealed records (everything in his history) able to be obtained through the Freedom of Information Act? Why couldn’t any other minorities who were turned away from admission to Columbia or Harvard have standing to demand to see what was acceptable and why in order to get Obama’s entrance and use of such coveted spaces?

    There ought to be a group of citizens like the groups that have written to Electors, etc., who will object everytime some new legislation is passed – that it stands in jeopardy due to the real possibility of an illegitimate POTUS and use the divorce decree with Obama still a dependent of both parents. That couldn’t happen, to my understanding, unless the Soetoro parent has some legal right to this dependent at the time. And unless proof is offered by Obama that he has gone through the drill to establish himself as at least a naturalized citizen he hasn’t even been eligible to be Senator…with even more implications. That divorce decree has not as yet been used.

  13. goddessdivine says:

    No, Obama will be too busy surfing and sucking on shaved us for important details like obtaining an actual birth certificate to end this utter mess. Like you said, ‘The Messiah’ can’t be troubled with that sort of menial task.

    Great piece, Rick. I thoroughly enjoy political satire…..this did not disappoint. Nice to have you on this site.

  14. cpabooks says:

    It’s good that the story questioning OB’s natural born citizen status is getting traction. Readers, like the ones here, are getting more aggressive and correcting the factcheck.org and Hawaii “official” nonsense spread in the MSM. Some of those stock answers are now coming from our Senators and Representatives when asked to object in writing after the Electoral vote count.
    Further, it was encouraging to hear Monica Crowley mention the “birth certificate” today. She said that it was locked in a vault with the Kashidi tapes and records of conversations with Blago. (She has a talent for the hyperbole.) While I don’t listen to her radio program every day, I have never before heard her mention the problem with OB’s citizenship. That subject was supposed to have been “resolved” during the campaign, never to be mentioned again by “responsible” journalists.

  15. Jackie says:

    To John Galt who said “I think at this point for a lot of people it comes down to Obama or Biden and I am sure that most of those by far prefer Obama.”, don’t you understand that if Obama is found to be unqualified to be President by not being a natural-born citizen, his whole ticket would be disqualified and a new election would have to be held. This or the electoral college would choose the candidate who got the next most amount of votes. Obama, if there is any justice in this land, should then be put in jail for perpetrating a fraud, and perhaps, for being an illegal alien.

  16. MUJERLATINA says:

    What about BHO’s Global warming concern? Yet another private jet to Hawaii?! This guy is a farce and he’s going to take all of us on a long ride on a HUGE wave — down into the sand and then into a rip current… Brace yourself folks for a long four years — hope we stay afloat.

    And yes, welcome Rick to this site, Looking forward to reading more of your articles.

  17. Let us move forward says:

    After the death of an immediate family member, it is necessary for the children or other next of kin to handle the final affairs of the deceased. Hawaii would be the logical place for Mr. O to be now so that these details can be wrapped up before he goes to Washington.
    Mr. O and his sister should be cleaning up any debts and cleaning out and releasing her apartment. (Who knows what he might find in the the apartment?)
    The will should be read and the possessions of the deceased should be sold or distributed to the next of kin. Perhaps there will be a private memorial. (A public memorial service would have been a zoo.)

  18. PattyW says:

    Shows a lot about this man’s character when he couldn’t go to Hawaii for his grandmother’s funeral but he finds the time to body surf when she is “out of the picture”.

  19. J. Wolsey Riggs says:

    Hi Rick,

    There’s no longer anything inferential about Obama’s declaration of eligibility. Go to http://www.yourfellowcitizen.com/2008/12/hawaii-answers-two-of-my-questions.html and you’ll see that state and national Democratic Party leaders explicitly state that he’s “legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.”

    My question: how do we convince the party to share the evidence they were presented which allowed them to make this determination?

    Any ideas?

  20. Mark says:

    Obama is in Hawaii, and Rahm Emmanuel is in Africa now.


    Isn’t Kenya in Africa?

    Is everyone gone hunting a BC?

    Maybe I’m just to suspicious of those guys.

    What do you think?

  21. Sam Sewell says:

    Jackie is correct about what would happen if Obama were to be found inelligble. My guess is that in a new round of voting Hillary would be our next President.

  22. Jivehammer says:

    How hilarious. The author rails on the MSM for failing to cover “the truth” about Obama’s citizenship, and then himself puts a long ago debunked lie into his own report. Well, several actually, but let’s go with this one:

    “the Governor of Hawaii (who had ordered his birth records sealed)”

    She did not, and has stated this. She does not have to order his records sealed because they aren’t accessible to the general public anyway. According to Hawaii Revised Statute 338-18:

    “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.”


    If you want to question the thoroughness of other reporters’ research, you should first make sure your report is bullet proof.

  23. Jivehammer says:

    The 20th Amendment actually makes it clear what would happen. Biden would be act as President if Obama were disqualified. If Biden were disqualified as well, the Congress would decide who would act as president, or how the person would be selected. Where it says “until a President or Vice President shall have qualified” means 2012. There’s no provisions for special elections, and the Congress certainly wouldn’t call for one when they could just name a Democrat themselves.

    Amendment 20 – Presidential, Congressional Terms

    3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.


  24. Mark says:

    syc says

    >>regardless of the birth certificate, he was born with British citizenship via his father. That means along with the US citizenship from his mother, he was born with Dual Citizenship.
    That disqualifies him from being a "Natural Born" US Citizen.<<

    Oh really? How do you know this? Are you on the U.S Supreme Court or just an amateur lawyer? The Supreme Court will determine this and that will be that.

    If you don't like their opinion, too bad. They interpret the constitution. It does not say if Dual Citizens by birth are or are not "Natural Born" US citzens.

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