April 6, 2009, - 4:52 pm

NAUSEATING: Obama Avoided Normandy Cemetery To Avoid Offending Brits, Germans

By Debbie Schlussel
A longtime friend e-mailed me:

Do you suppose Obama could have visited at least one American war dead cemetery while in France, especially since this is his first trip there as President? I guess it doesn’t fit in well with his agenda of apologizing for American “arrogance.”

But it’s even worse than my friend suggested. In fact, Barack Hussein Obama was urged by French President Nicholas Sarkozy to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where American soldiers who gave their lives in WWII’s invasion at Normandy are buried. But he declined so as not to offend Germany and Britain. HUH?
Yes, he’s now so worried what the walking-dead Europeans think that an American President won’t visit the graves of those who gave their lives for America (and, I might add, for Germany and Britain–without us, they might not be here).

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Obama Skips Normandy Visit So He Won’t Offend Germans, Brits

White House officials travelled to France at the start of March to discuss a visit by Mr Obama to Omaha Beach, the site of the American Cemetery, established in 1944 just after D-Day and where 9,387 American personnel are buried. Among them is Theodore Roosevelt Jr the eldest son of the 26th US President.
French officials and senior American military officers walked with White House staff through the cemetery discussing how the two presidents might follow the same route. But even before their trip, the White House had decided that Mr Obama would not travel there this week.
“It wasn’t going to happen,” said an American official in Washington. “We went through the motions to placate President Sarkozy but giving special treatment to France was not on our agenda.
“During this trip, we wanted to maintain a balance between the British, German and France”. A White House spokesman in London declined to comment. Last month, White House officials briefed that a Normandy visit had been considered but it had not been logistically possible. . . .
According to French reports, Mr Obama was to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-mer, just north of Omaha Beach. The pair were apparently to have dined at the nearby chateau de Benouville in Caen.
The White House rejected the offer.

Yes, this is the new “symmetry” of the Obama administration. Tit-for-tat bean counting silliness. If you visit the American war dead in France, then you are somehow showing favoritism against Germany and Britain. But if you visit the queen and a school in Britain, you aren’t showing favoritism? The logic isn’t there.
And please don’t tell me about how the Prez is going back to France, this summer, for the 65th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. There is never an inappropriate time for an American President to visit the graves of those who gave their lives so we could be free.
A cemetery visit should have been among the visits in Europe.
And by cemetery visit, I don’t mean Michelle Obama’s tour of a Jewish cemetery in Prague.
If the Obamas had time for that, they certainly had time for our fallen troops.
By the way, you know who else Obama might offend in a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery?
Well, there are lots of crosses and a number of Jewish stars marking the graves of those who died there. But guess what there aren’t a lot of? Islamic crescents. In fact, there may not be any at all.

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Obama’s true colors are now beginning to show. He is not the man the press makes him to be. I predict that Americans will become very tired very quickly of this president as he moves from one gaffe to another. He is afraid to offend muslims. why? because he is a closet muslim who will go to great lengths to sell out Americans to them.

Chuck W on April 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Obama is not a closet Muslim–he is a Muslim, period. His father was a Muslim which makes him a Muslim. Obama is also not a natural born US citizen and may not even be a US citizen at all. Our POTUS may be an illegal alien!
He could produce his Hawaiian birth certificate for authentification and put the issue to rest but he refuses to do so. His Punahou, Occidental and Columbia records probably have him as a foreign student.
I really don’t want the Obamas polluting any Jewish cemetaries. But that’s just me.

lexi on April 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Lexi:
How long are you going to beat that dead horse?

Middleman on April 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Middleman: When Obama produces proof that he is a natural born US citizen.
Don’t you, as an intelligent individual, wonder why he doesn’t put an end to the questions about his eligibility to be POTUS?

lexi on April 6, 2009 at 6:29 pm

This man is sick. I don’t even call him President. He is the “alleged” President as Alan Keyes stated. And he had the nerve to call America arrogant in front of Europe after we saved their asses 3 times.
Lexi, I am with you. Why has he paid lawyers millions to so he doesn’t have to show any of his documents? Well there is a movement in various Republican legislatures to require burden of proof of citizenship on Presidential Candidates. Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia and other states may require all presidential candidates including COBRAMA to prove eligibility and prove natural born citizen status. Wow, how much will COBRAMA and ACLU pay to fight these laws in court?

californiascreaming on April 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Previous comment: Bills targeted for 2012 elections.
Arizona bill SB1158
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/1r/bills/sb1158p.pdf
Oklahoma bill
http://www.therightsideoflife.com/?p=3584

californiascreaming on April 6, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Lexi:
The Certification of Live Birth produced by Obama on several websites including his own Fight the Smears site, and photographed in detail on Factcheck, is a prima facie document certifying that he was born in Hawaii in August of 1961. It’s the document that Hawaii sends you when you ask for your birth certificate. The Certification of Live Birth is good to get a passport, join little league; it’s valid in any court proceedings and yes, to prove that one is at least 35 years old and a natural born citizen of the U.S. The birthers contend that Hawaii issued COLBs to babies born out of state, but Obama’s COLB clearly states that he was born in Hawaii in August of 1961 — and state officials verified that information.
There is no reason to believe the COLB is not authentic, even if a charlatan calling himself Dr. Polarik on Free Republic contends otherwise. He is not a doctor and his report is amateurish, if you’ve had a look at it.
Birth annoucements ran in two different Hawaiian publications; the same list of annoucements, in the same exact wording, indicated that the list came from Hawaii’s Department of Health.
And I’ve heard all the nonsense about his supposed Kenyan birth. Obama’s maternal grandmother corrects herself when she mistakenly says he was born in Kenya on that tape that’s on the net. The Kenyan official who appeared on a Detroit radio station and said that Obama was born in Kenya corrected himself in a retraction.
Obama was born at the Kapiol’lani Medical Center. There are HIPAA laws which forbid hospitals from telling you who was admitted to their hosipital – so, no, they are not going to verify it.
So why won’t Obama release the original long-form birth certifcate? Firstly, he is under no legal obligation to do so as the COLB proves his eligibility, but secondly, why would he appease a fringle element of his detractors? Let them keep this nonsense up. It’s a distraction that only makes an element of the extreme right wing look silly.
Here’s an interesting story about Obama’s boyhood years in Hawaii.
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20081109/NEWS01/811090361/-1/specialobama08
Debbie, I apologize for the length of this post.

Middleman on April 6, 2009 at 7:09 pm

now wait a minute, maybe he had another reason not to visit. maybe they couldn’t get enough media attention there. After all he canceled visiting wounded troops in Germany because they wouldn’t let him get his photo op. So they figured a photo op in the cemetery wasn’t a good idea either.
I was with the fleet when we landed in Nettuno, Italy, 1989, to participate in the memorial of the landing at Anzio in WW2. It was the first time since WW2 that American Navy ships visited Nettuno. President Bush Sr. was there for the memorial at the cemetery. He even came aboard the ships to meet and greet the troops.
He at least understood and respected the sacrifice that those who served and those who are currently serving are making for their Nation.
The fraud holding the office now has no idea, or does he care about the servicemen. All he cares is about himself and nothing else, least of all our great Nation.

ender on April 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm

B.O. will go down in history with Carter and Hoover as utter failures. One can only imagine the damage to this country he will do after he’s out of office. Again look to Carter for a clue.

samurai on April 6, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Middleman:
FYI, Kapiolani Medical Center DID NOT EXIST when Obama was born.
Of course the COLB is genuine. It’s just meaningless–all the COLB does is state that Obama was indeed born. We already know that. The COLB is not the same as a Birth Certificate sealed and signed by the physician.
Why don’t you, as an intelligent Obama apologist, urge him to end this brouhaha once and for all by proving that he is a US citizen? Wouldn’t that be wise for the good of the country? One would think you’d welcome that.

lexi on April 6, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Lexi:
It was known as the Kapio’lani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital at the time.
http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2008/Dec/22/ln/hawaii812220320.html
He has proved that he is a citizen. The COLB is a prima facie document.

Middleman on April 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I am almost glad he did not go-he does not deserve to be around real heroes, living or dead

mindy1 on April 6, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Ummm, no, the COLB is sort of the equivalent of the Matricula Consular card that illegals produce to open bank accounts and such in the US. At its best, it proves who they are, unless it’s a forgery and there are many of those. It does not prove citizenship and neither does a COLB.
I originally dismissed this claim until I noticed that the COLB on Obama’s site and the one on Factcheck.org’s are not the same. Namely, on Obama’s site it lacks a state seal which appears clearly on Fact Check’s. What’s up with that?

Greg on April 6, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Duh, I thought Germany wasn’t a Nazi state anymore. Does this mean the Germans still support Hitler? Well, after all, demagogues rise during tough economic times when entrenched political structures prove themselves completely irrelevant to solving the problems. This is happening today in many parts of the world; it is just a matter of time in the US and Western Europe, unfortunately. But the established political structure seems incapable or responding to our real problems. The dumbest form of appeasement was by Robert Shiller, who should know better. He made a stupid comparison of the Versailles treaty and people losing their homes. Just as the German ‘victims’ of the Versailles treaty embraced fascism in part because of their resentment of onerous debt repayment terms, so the victims of oppressive mortgages may, by implication, follow fascism because of their rage; of course this leaves aside the need for people to be responsible for their actions.

c f on April 6, 2009 at 11:05 pm

No time at all to honor Americas war hero’e but he had time for this:
Obama’s final day in Turkey also featured a meeting with religious leaders and stops at top tourist sites in this city on the Bosporus that spans Europe and Asia. Accompanied by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he toured the Hagia Sophia museum and the Blue Mosque.
At the Blue Mosque, just across a square and manicured gardens from Hagia Sophia, the president padded, shoeless like his entire entourage in accordance with religious custom, across the carpeted mosque interior. All around were intricate stained-glass windows and a series of domes, thick columns and walls entirely covered in blue, red and white tile mosaic. Again, he appeared to speak little, as he was schooled in what he was seeing by a guide. He spent about 40 minutes at both places.
priorities.

ender on April 7, 2009 at 9:24 am

Hawaii never confirmed what his birth certificate says, just that they have one on file. Since the one that he shows doesn’t have a location (state or hospital) you have to wonder what he is hiding on his so called “long” form certificate.

ender on April 7, 2009 at 9:25 am

I visited the Old-New Synagogue in Prague (as well as other synagogues in the Jewish Quarter) last November. It was great.

Ripper on April 7, 2009 at 9:40 am

Greg and ender: I believe Obama is an illegal alien.
Greg, you’re correct–the COLB is the equivilent of the Matricular card.

lexi on April 7, 2009 at 9:49 am

Since Hawaii became a state of the Union, they have always registered and given out COLB’s to anyone who wanted one. It does not matter if you were born in this country or not. Nationals from other countries can go to Hawaii with a “Birth Certificate” from their country of origin and Hawaii will give them a Certificate of live birth. The two documents are not the same thing. Don’t forget, Maya Soetoro, Obama’s half sister also has a COLB from Hawaii, but she was born in Indonesia.
Sadly everyone is caught up on the Natural Born Citizen issue, the Constitution also states quite clearly, that no person can be president of the United States if at any time in thier lives they have held dual citizenship, weather they were a child at the time or not, it doesn’t stipulate your age, or if you had knowledge of dual citizenship. Obama’s own website, and his book, state that he did have dual citizenship. He would have had citizenship from Kenya because of his father, Indonesia, because of his adopted father, and British, because Kenya was under British rule. Dual citizenship alone disqualified him from running for president-but when you’re a democrat the constitution is meaningless.

wolf2012 on April 7, 2009 at 10:20 am

Greg: The bottom of Obama’s COLB clearly states: “This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.”
http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/birth_certificate_2.jpg
More about the COLB from the Hawaii Dept. of Health: Vital records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates) for events that occurred in Hawaii are received and preserved by the Office of Health Status Monitoring, a unit of the Department of Health. In Hawaii, access to vital records is restricted by statute (HRS ?338-18).
Certified copies of these records may be issued to authorized individuals and used for such diverse purposes as school entry, passports, Social Security participation, driver’s licenses, employment, sports participation, survivor’s benefits, proof of property rights, and other needs.
http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/vital-records/index.html
The seal is simply not visible on Fight the Smears, but is certainly visible here, in a closeup shot:
http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/birth_certificate_5.jpg
The documents are the same.
Ender: Hawaii confirmed the information on the birth certificate.
“Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai’i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai’i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures,” Fukino said in the three paragraph statement.
“No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai’i,” the statement concludes.
Does this mean Obama was born in Hawaii?
“Yes,” said Hawaii Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo, in both email and telephone interviews with the Tribune. “That’s what Dr. Fukino is saying.”
http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/11/obama_hawaaianborn_citizen_for.html

Middleman on April 7, 2009 at 10:45 am

Wolf:
“Nationals from other countries can go to Hawaii with a “Birth Certificate” from their country of origin and Hawaii will give them a Certificate of live birth.”
Obama’s COLB clearly states where and when he was born. See the link above. The state of Hawaii is not in the business of falsifying official records.
“Don’t forget, Maya Soetoro, Obama’s half sister also has a COLB from Hawaii, but she was born in Indonesia.”
This is an internet myth of which there is no official record.
“…the Constitution also states quite clearly, that no person can be president of the United States if at any time in thier lives they have held dual citizenship, weather they were a child at the time or not, it doesn’t stipulate your age, or if you had knowledge of dual citizenship.”
The U.S. constitution says no such thing.

Middleman on April 7, 2009 at 10:51 am

Question for Middleman:
Why do you try so frantically to convince us that Obama is a natural born US citizen when the matter could be put to rest very easily. All Obama has to do is produce his Hawaiian Birth Certificate for examination and authentication by a professional document examiner.
FYI, factcheck.org is an arm of the Obama campaign. Did you know that?
I SUSPECT Obama is not a US citizen. I would love for him to prove me wrong by producing his birth certificate. If his Hawaiian birth certificate exists, we need to see it.

lexi on April 7, 2009 at 11:32 am

Middleman, crawl back under the rock from which you spawned. Hate to inform your pea brain, but everything in my post is indeed true, the information has been detailed and researched by me personally and by others. Your information and links are from obama’s own website and extended lobbying groups-thats like accepting the word of a mass murder who states he didn’t do it, simply because he said so.
Sorry, but your liberal, and Muslim diatribes won’t work here….but thanks for stopping by anyway.

wolf2012 on April 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Lexi: I’ve already answered your question.
Wolf: Weak refutation.

Middleman on April 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm

After 20 years under Jeremiah Wright’s spiritual guidance and the misguided notion that an American President should bow before Muslim monarchs, Obama lacks the qualities and character necessary to visit such hallowed ground. One can only imagine what he thinks of the ‚Äúblue eyed devils‚Äù who gave their lives to save Europe from fascism. Obama’s unmerited apologies prove his misunderstanding of US history.
As a former marine and father of a marine, I would prefer that Obama not desecrate America’s heroes by walking in their midst.

Clark Baker on April 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm

My grandfather was on Juno Beach on D-Day (Canadian Army). He lived to tell the tale, but wouldn’t talk about it, like a lot of survivors.
I’m glad he didn’t live long enough to see modern times.
This snub is a slap in the face of all those brave souls who gave their lives that day.

mplumb on April 7, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Obama doesn’t understand US history because he is not a US citizen. He has more affinity with his people, the Muslims, than Americans.
He is a citizen of Kenya and Indonesia, not the US.
He is a Muslim, not a Christian.
He also whistles when he talks.

lexi on April 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Obama probably now holds the record for a newly elected president losing credibility in the shortest amount of time since taking office.

Hooey on April 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Wolf2012 wrote:
The bottom of Obama’s COLB clearly states: “This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.”
My reply:
Counterfeit 100’s also say they’re legal tender. So a docuement of unknown authenticity asserts it is real, isn’t that a bit self-referential? It’s real because it says it is?
Also, looking at the document in your link, isn’t it odd that it was not scanned flat but was photographed with its folds intact and sideways to boot? Is that normal procedure for document handling?

Greg on April 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Greg:
That nonsense about the COLB was from Middleman, not wolf1220. Middleman has his orders. He’s probably an ACORN troll left over from the campaign.

lexi on April 7, 2009 at 11:16 pm

My apologies, I forgot the “by line” follows the post, doesn’t precede it.
I will be surprsied if he responds any further.
The odd photo of the COLB should raise a red flag. Of course it’s easier to hide a bad print job if you fold it and photograph it the way it’s been photographed.

Greg on April 8, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Here are a few more angles, Greg.
http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/birth_certificate_1.jpg
http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/birth_certificate_3.jpg
http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/birth_certificate_4.jpg
http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/birth_certificate_5.jpg
http://www.factcheck.org/UploadedFiles/birth_certificate_6.jpg
These are all from the the Annenberg Political Fact Check, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which was established by Republicans Walter and Leonore Annenberg. Mrs. Annenberg was a good friend of the Reagans, contributed to his campaign, and endorsed John McCain for President.
Not good enough? You need a flat scan?
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2008/jun/27/obamas-birth-certificate-part-ii/
Now why would Obama, a U.S. Senator at the time, release an inauthentic COLB and risk flushing his political career down the toilet?

Middleman on April 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm

@ Middleman
“There is no reason to believe the COLB is not authentic, even if a charlatan calling himself Dr. Polarik on Free Republic contends otherwise. He is not a doctor and his report is amateurish, if you’ve had a look at it.”
Here is the link you are referring to:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2136816/posts
Whether he’s a doctor or not is irrelevant. What is pertinent to the story though are the FACTS. (something you libs try to avoid at all costs) He gives scientific and forensic proof that the COLB in those pictures are fakes! “Amaturish” you say? I think not. I know data and image manipulation (something I actually study and went to school for, unlike you I’m sure) and his analysis is SPOT ON! You can say what you want about Polarik, lexi, even me for all I care, but what you can’t dispute are the FACTS. You can try to run from the truth, you can try to discredit it too, but you can’t dispute facts…wait, what am I talking about. You’re a lib…that’s all you people do.
Run Littleman…err I mean Middleman. Run as fast as you can. If you run fast enough, you just might stay ahead of the truth…but I doubt it.

Baki on April 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Baki —
Whether he’s a doctor or not is irrelevant?
Impersonating a doctor not only deserves scorn and ridicule, it’s illegal. You’re putting faith in an anonymous Internet poster who should be in jail. Why do you think he uses a phony name and disguises his voice and image on his youtube video? To avoid arrest and slander charges, that’s why.
Polarik has been posting on Free Republic for years and all of a suddem, in that cockamanie report you linked to, he’s Ron Polarik, PhD. I’ve read through his gibberish. It’s written on a junior-high school level, and he repeats himself ad nauseum. Sorry Baki, this is no expert. Any reasonable person clicking on your link cannot conclude otherwise.
Polarik did not examine Obama’s COLB – he examined computer images of the COLB. And you call this a spot-on analysis?
You mention the need for FACTS and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve posted plenty of them – from the Republican-funded FactCheck to the state of Hawaii’s website to the Honolulu Advertiser. Read through them, and learn the real story here.

Middleman on April 9, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Middleman,
Sorry about the delay in responding.
The flat scan is CLEARLY not the same document. The other pics all show deep folds in the paper, which do not appear in the flat scan. Even if you flattened the COLB the folds should show clearly. They are absent completely, therefore they are not the same document. All the other pics are also very strangely taken, with shadows across the page and odd angles.

Greg on April 15, 2009 at 12:31 am

I see Middleman never came back after I exposed the fact that the COLBs he linked to are not the same documents. How many birth cerificates does Obama have? Obviously one or more or all are fake.

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