Luke Scott, Orioles star, takes 'birther' side -- Obama was not born in the United States
Luke Scott has joined the ranks of birthers, those people who say they do not believe that Barack H. Obama was born in the United States. Which is a fine thing if you are anyone other than the president.
The belief that Obama was foreign-born has stubbornly stuck around since his campaign long before his election 25 months ago. The well-heeled Obama campaign early on released a copy of his Certificate of Live Birth, saying he was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961. The Ticket published that certificate here in June 2008, still viewable right here.
State officials say they have viewed the official birth certificate but for unexplained reasons Obama has never permitted its release.
So, the Orioles' 32-year-old star first baseman-DH Scott was talking with....
"He was not born here," Scott asserted. Then the player added:
That's my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, "See? Look! Here it is. Here it is." The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn't answer anything. And why? Because he's hiding something.
You know what? People who have bad intentions, people that are deceivers or are not of honor and integrity — that's how they act. I've seen it in every — it doesn't matter what level. It can be in politics, it can be in business, it can be in sports, it can be in the construction field. Doesn't matter. It's all the same attitude. It's t he same thing.
The Orioles organization, of course, immediately noted that Scott was not speaking for it, adding: "The fact is that Barack Obama is our president, duly elected by the people of the United States. End of story."
It seems not.
One in five Americans believe Obama is Muslim, but most don't know what he is
Mystery solved: Barack Obama was American-born
-- Andrew Malcolm
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