Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Rees Lloyd: Trump Trumps Obama's Rhetoric with $5-Million Offer for Records
Now, Donald Trump has trumped the rhetoric of Obama, who proclaimed himself to be the "most transparent" president in history, by making Obama an offer he that cannot refuse -- or should not be allowed to refuse by the American people whose trust Obama has continued to solicit while continuing to keep even his college records sealed from public knowledge:
WND.com was one of the first to report that Trump has offered Obama "$5-million" to any charity of Obama's choice if Obama will publicly release his college records and applications, and his passport records. (See, "Donald Trump Drops Obama Bombshell" (http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/kaboom-trump-drops-obama-bombshell/ )
That is, Trump has offered $5-million to charity if Obama will produce transcripts and other records that many Americans are routinely asked to produce to verify claims made in resumes or curriculum vitae.
Obama wrote extensively in his two Hamlet-like autobiographies about attending Occidental College in L.A., Columbia in NY, and Harvard Law, apparently on scholarships in whole or in part, but has ordered all records and applications "sealed."
It may be recalled that even in the Democrat John Kerry- Republican George W. Bush presidential campaign their records from Yale were released. Indeed, they were released to John Kerry's chagrin when those records proved that George W. Bush -- about whom Kerry once lamented: "How can I be losing to that idiot?" ---in fact had better grades at Yale than did the ever so-conceited John Kerry. (John Kerry blamed his rejection on the Swift Boaters who published "Unfit For Command," revealing Kerry's lies pertaining to his own Vietnam war record and alleged war crimes by American troops --not one of which Kerry was able to provide any evidence of names, dates, times, places, etc.)
It has long been known that Barack Obama enrolled at Occidental college as "Barry Soetero," the name of the step-father who adopted him, his mother's second foreign, Muslim, husband.Obama was registered Barry Soetero, and as a Muslim, in elementary school in Indonesia from the age 6-10, when living there with his mother and stepfather. Obama wrote in "Dreams From My Father" that he did not begin using the name Barack Obama until he was attending Columbia.
Therefore, questions have long been raised as to whether Obama received a "foreign student" scholarship in applying as Barry Soetero, his name from Indonesia.
Obama could have easily ended such questioning by allowing his college records to be unsealed. But, Obama has refused to unseal his education records, just as he retained one or more of the best-known law firms in the country to fight against multiple lawsuits asking the courts to order Obama to produce a birth certificate. After years of unnecessary controversy, and litigation, Obama finally released what he claims is the long form birth certificate. Obama did this only after Donald Trump became involved in the controversy and challenged Obama to release a birth certificate.
Similarly, and peculiarly, Obama took the unusual step of "resigning" as a lawyer with the Illinois State Bar after his election. Why has never been explained. Other presidents have not done so. Bill Clinton, for instance, became the first president to lose his law license (debarred for five-years) after he was found guilty of perjury in the Paula Jones scandal involving her claim of sexual harassment by Clinton. The Court found Clinton committed perjury in lies in deposition concerning his sexcapades with Monica Lewinsky. But even the perjurer Clinton tried to keep his license. He was able to get the Bar to reduce it to a debarment (suspension for five years instead of a disbarment for life.) Obama, however, resigned his license entirely, losing the right to practice law, give legal advice, or hold himself out as a lawyer.
Why? Obama has never said. Further, the media has apparently has not found it something about which to inquire at Obama's infrequent press conferences, daily White House press briefings, or on the campaign trail. Instead, the records concerning Obama's law license are sealed, other than notice that he resigned. Why would he keep the reasons secret? Why hasn't the media asked why he wants the reasons kept secret?
Similarly, Michelle Obama was ordered on inactive status by the the court, according to the Illinois State Bar.
Why? No reason has been given.
The Illinois State Bar refuses to reveal information pertaining to either Barack Obama resigning his law license, or Michelle Obama being ordered by the court to go on inactive status. (Call the Illinois State Bar yourself, and you will get the same Iron Curtain-like refusal to provide any information or records on Barack Obama's resignation as a lawyer, and Michelle Obama being on inactive status by "court order.")
Why? Why such secrecy about the man serving as President of the United States? Will he "have more flexibility" release records about himself after re-election in this "last election," to use the words Obama used in reassuring then-Russion President Medvedev without realizing his words were being picked up by a hot microphone?
Now, Trump has confronted Obama with a choice: Deny Trump's donation of $5-million to the charity of Obama's choice in order to keep his passport records secret, and education records under seal and secret; or, simply allow those educational institutions to release Obama's education records and applications.
Will Obama choose to continue to hide his education records from public scrutiny while asking Americans to re-elect him and the candidate whom can be trusted, and thereby deny Trumps $5-million to charity? It should be a simple decision: Release the records, and help the kids and families that will benefit from Trump's donation.
If Obama denies those charities Trump's $5-million, it will speak more as to who and what he really is then all of his rhetoric, and all of the gushing media reports which got him elected in 2008, which seek to have him re-elected with his records still secret and under seal.
While it is an utter failure of character for Obama to have hidden so much for so long, whether he does no now or not, it is also an indictment of the contemporary liberal media for its failure to demand that Obama, the President of the United States, unseal these records.
It should not take Donald Trump and a $5-million bribe to cause Obama to finally and belatedly make public records that impact on his claims that he is the candidate who Americans should "trust." The public -- and most particularly those who support Obama -- should demand that he release those passport and educational records. If he does not, even his most fanatical, fawning supporters should admit he is not to be trusted, not fit to continue to have the honor of holding the office of President of the United States.
(Rees Lloyd is a longtime California civil rights attorney, veterans activist, and member of the Victoria Taft Blog.)
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