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Dec 04 2013

Ooh, 2nd Generation Birthers

If you thought the birthers were bad, wait till you see the 2nd generation birthers — the ones who think President Obama’s daughters…well, it’s not clear what they think about them, only that they are demanding to see birth certificates and baby pictures. Because they apparently can’t use Google very well.

I got an email this morning from FOTM reader Dave McMullen, asking why there aren’t baby pictures of Obama’s two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Wikipedia says “Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann, born on July 4, 1998, and Natasha (known as Sasha), born on June 10, 2001.“

So I did a Google Image search for Obama’s daughters. I couldn’t find any baby pics of Malia or Sasha; neither could Dave.

The youngest-looking pic of the girls I found (see below) was in an article extolling Michelle Obama, dated August 20, 2007, on the website Afrobella. The pic is undated. If we go by the date of the Afrobella article, Malia would be 9 years old and Sasha would be 6 years old.

Our intrepid researcher then went to Ancestry.com and found no birth records for either daughter and behold, a vague conspiracy theory was born. Then some of his readers found pictures of the girls as babies and, of course, they were declared to be photoshopped fakes. I bet George Soros is behind the whole thing. And Saul Alinsky too. And they would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those pesky wingnuts.

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  1. 1
    Chiroptera

    I’m not even sure whether the Obama or his family exists at all. Are we really sure any story about Obama really isn’t a fake planted in our Commie newspapers by the International Jihadists?

    But seriously, what the hell is supposed to be the purpose having fake daughters? These conspiracy theories don’t seem to even try to make any damn sense any more!

  2. 2
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Horrible.

    And yet, I’m actually a bit relieved that it’s not a story about some 5 year old wearing a “Barrack Osama Faked His Momma” tshirt to kindergarten.

    And yet again, I do want to express my sympathy to Malia and Sasha. Racism, this is what you do to me: you make me have to clarify that I *don’t* mean that it’s okay to inflict harm on a President’s children.

  3. 3
    Randomfactor

    They’re overlooking the obvious. There is no such place as “Washington, DC.” I’ve checked, and it’s not in ANY of the recognized fifty states on the flag.

    We’re being ruled by a dammed furriner in a dammed furrin city!

  4. 4
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    Chiroptera:

    I’m not even sure whether the Obama or his family exists at all.

    They don’t. He’s a computer generated FAKE! This whole Presidency (and his previous “political” career) has been nothing more than an elaborate illusion by the Bilderberg-controlled Illuminati to make us all convert to Islam and force us to gay-marry and shove health care down our throats and make us produce more drones for the coming war against the lizard-men (who control the Republican computer-generated fake politicians — have you ever seen Santorum’s Birth Certificate, or his baby pictures?).

    I don’t know about you, but if I have to support a computer-generated overlord, it’s going to be that spiny rainbow guy from TRON. He at least gives away free Skittles.

  5. 5
    Raging Bee

    The bit you quoted sounded kind of half-assed. Maybe the birther movement is running out of steam, and we’re now seeing how it’s lamest dregs behave when their betters get tired and move on.

  6. 6
    Cathy W

    Umm, our intrepid researcher should not have been surprised to not find birth records on ancestry.com, because ancestry.com doesn’t generally publish recent birth records…

  7. 7
    cswella

    “Were you there?”

  8. 8
    roggg

    I did a google image search, and I cant find any images of my own kids online! Can it be that they dont really exist? Excuse me while I run home and check.

  9. 9
    colnago80

    Re Raging Bee @ #5

    Orly Taitz is still in there swinging away, hitting nothing but air, but is being ignored by the lamestream media.

  10. 10
    Scr... Archivist

    Chiroptera @1,

    I’m not even sure whether the Obama or his family exists at all.

    Don’t forget that the chair is empty.

  11. 11
    TCC

    Fark delivers.

  12. 12
    DaveL

    The youngest-looking pic of the girls I found (see below) was in an article extolling Michelle Obama, dated August 20, 2007, on the website Afrobella. The pic is undated. If we go by the date of the Afrobella article, Malia would be 9 years old and Sasha would be 6 years old.

    I can’t even figure out how their reasoning goes for this. The article is dated to 2007. It is now 2013. In the photo, Sasha is quite clearly NOT a newborn. They both look like school-aged girls.

  13. 13
    JustaTech

    Maybe this needs to actually be said, but the minor children of the president are off limits for nasty attacks. Regardless of party, kids should not be attacked just because some yahoo doesn’t like their dad’s party. Sheesh.

  14. 14
    paulg

    I’ve used Ancestry.com a bit, and records of people who are still living (and especially as young as the girls are) are not searchable. That’s not the point of the site, and would involve privacy issues. Clearly warranted issues.

  15. 15
    pianoman, Heathen & Torontophile

    I’m confused. I googled my own name and saw dozens of listings all over the country and numerous age brackets. Now I can’t be sure if I am really not in one of those places or how old I am!

  16. 16
    Area Man

    Birthers^2.

  17. 17
    Al Dente

    I’m like pianoman @15. I googled myself and discovered I was an electrical engineer in Oregon (a state I don’t recall ever being in) while simultaneously being a psychology professor at University College London. Plus I moonlight as a lawyer in Florida and a chiropractor in Australia. So I’m obviously a figment of my own imagination.

  18. 18
    Modusoperandi

    JustaTech “Maybe this needs to actually be said, but the minor children of the president are off limits for nasty attacks. Regardless of party, kids should not be attacked just because some yahoo doesn’t like their dad’s party. Sheesh.”
    To be fair, the Left started it, by pointing at Dubya’s daughters for drinking. So it’s perfectly fair for the Right to point at Obama’s daughters for existing.

  19. 19
    Synfandel

    Is there some reason why the nationalities (or the baby pictures) of the Obamas’ daughters is any of Dr. Eowyn’s or Dave McMullen’s business?

  20. 20
    paulg

    @17 According to Google, I probably live in the Netherlands and speak Dutch.

  21. 21
    Modusoperandi

    paulg, well, you do always split the bill.

  22. 22
    colnago80

    Well, I had an experience earlier in the week when I Googled the name Georgi Marinov and discovered an individual living in Bulgaria (I had reason to believe that the gentleman in question lived in Bulgaria). After posting this information on Larry Moran’s blog, I got a comment form Mr. Marinov stating that he was not the gentleman whose web site I had posted. There are lot’s of folks in this world of 7 billion people who have the same name.

  23. 23
    colnago80

    For instance, there are at least 5 people in the United States named Barack Obama according to anywho.com, none of whom appear to be the POTUS.

    http://goo.gl/jlt8PZ

  24. 24
    Nentuaby

    Is there any clear idea of where they’re hoping to GO with that? I mean, if the president’s daughters are secretly adopted, then… What? What’s step B? How do they gain from demonstrating this?

  25. 25
    JJ831

    Hm, a goggle image search of my name returns zero baby pictures for myself as well! And I’m the only person in the world with my first-last-name combo (or I’m about 99% sure of that). In fact, the only picture that shows up that i am actually in is a thumbnail of my current profile picture o Facebook. Then a bunch of random pictures that have little to nothing to do with me (some I can see why, others not so much. There are a few interesting ones, like that of a adult film star that has my first name as her last).

    I’ve never done an image search of my name (just a regular web search). That was fun.

  26. 26
    timgueguen

    Meanwhile, one of the tabloids has a story about Obama’s supposed secret first wife. Maybe the girls are actually her kids.

  27. 27
    caseloweraz

    I was going to post some absurd conspiracy theories. But then I thought, why give the wingnuts any ideas? Instead:

    Al Dente: So I’m obviously a figment of my own imagination.

    Either that, or you’re actually from the mining camp on Mars.

  28. 28
    freehand

    Bonus wingnuttery!
    From the fark.com article linked above:

    UPDATE (Dec. 3, 2013):

    Attorney Orly Taitz is wondering if Natasha Obama had been adopted from Morocco, and has issued a call for help, Dec. 1, 2013:

    I am looking for any and all information in regards to Michelle and Barack Obama travelling to Morocco in 2000-2001, one way trip for Natasha (Sasha) Obama from Morocco in and around 2000, possibly 2001, If you have such info, please, forward it to [email protected]

  29. 29
    criticaldragon1177

    Ed Brayton

    Will they never give up with this ridiculous birth certificate nonsense. We know for a fact that both Obama and his daughters where born in the US. Please give it up guys. They really hate him so much, they’ll only have to wait until late 2016, when he’ll have to stop being president by law.

  30. 30
    skinnercitycyclist

    Avo wrote:

    have you ever seen Santorum’s Birth Certificate, or his baby pictures?

    I imagine you could find evidence for the birth of santorum in many bedrooms throughout the republic…

  31. 31
    Michael Heath

    Chiroptera writes:

    But seriously, what the hell is supposed to be the purpose having fake daughters? These conspiracy theories don’t seem to even try to make any damn sense any more!

    Jerome Corsi is a fine example of what conservative Christians perceive as an intellectual. He’s the Harvard PhD who has been promoting the false assertion that Barack Obama is really gay. So the false claim Mr. Obama’s not the biological father of his children fits in nicely with the lie he’s gay.

    Let’s also not forget conservative Christians zeal for promoting policies that make it difficult for poor people to raise families or rise to middle class. That coupled to their support of policies that guarantee unequal protection under the law for black people. The result of the latter is disproportionately high black incarceration rates, this generation’s version of Jim Crow. These favored polices and their results then allow these Christians to point to the failures of black men to raise their children. So the lie Obama isn’t his children’s father is just another way of claiming Mr. Obama isn’t legit because he fails to meet their stereotype of the black man.

    We continually observe conservative Christian cognitive dissonance with Mr. Obama given his failure to live down to their stereotypes, e.g., his being a mainstream thinker, an establishmentarian, and a standard-bearer of an excellent husband and father. So the attempt to alleviate this cognitive dissonance is one of the things we see gets them most animated in the public square. They do so by manufacturing or spreading false stories to validate their stereotypes and attempt to justify their hatred and bigotry, which helps them deny and avoid the cognitive dissonance threats.

    Of course the gay lie contradicts the imagined archetype of the black male within the conservative movement, where the latter assertion predominates now. Perhaps this contradiction will suppress the popularity of the gay lie within conservative Christians circles, it hasn’t been a popular meme like the false claims he’s not one of us or even an American. However conservative Christians have long conditioned themselves to believe in contradictory assertions, they have to remain faithful to their dogma, so we could this meme rise up.

    The biggest reason I don’t think the gay meme will become popular is because Mr. Obama is on his way to lame-duck status. I think it’s more probable that the people who control conservative Christians in the public square will most likely spend their money and energies creating boogey-men of Democrats running for Congress in ’14 and whoever these conservative leaders perceive as a threat in the ’16 election, e.g., Hillary Clinton. Let’s not forget that conservative Christians react to their social dominators, they’re led by the nose, they don’t lead movements. So I don’t expect much from this attempt to make Obama gay.

    Corsi is a WorldNetDaily columnist and the primary propagator of the lies told about John Kerry’s military record during the 2004 presidential election.

    I recall some pollsters finding that Mr. Kerry lost about 4 points to Corsi’s meme, enough to lose him the 2004 election though there were other factors that also caused him to lose, e.g., the success the Bush campaign team had turning out conservative Christians to express their hatred of gay people via state referendums on gay marriage, the Ohio Republicans success at suppressing the vote in Democratic-heavy precincts within their state.

  32. 32
    Tsu Dho Nimh

    “I’m no photoshop expert, but the figures of [insert derogatory nickname here] look too sharply delineated from the background.”

    He’s obviously never been told about depth of field in photography.

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