Here’s a Colorado Independent story just posted to the Internet that indicates that instead of reporting to Fort Campbell, as ordered, birther Army LTC Terrence Lakin showed up today at the Pentagon’s medical clinic — the duty station from which he was supposed to detach.
Note two things about the statements by spokesperson Margaret Hemenway, who is reportedly the daughter-in-law of one of the leading birther lawyers, John D. Hemenway. First, this exercise in logic: “Obviously if you have questions whether the president and commander in chief legally has the job, then all orders become unlawful . . . .” Obviously. Rather than orders being presumed lawful or rather than the de facto officer doctrine kicking in, if a mere question is raised about a President’s qualifications for office, then the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard must all stand down, leaving our nation to be defended only by the National Guard and Air National Guard under control of the various governors.
Second, note this statement: “of course no one has seen an original birth certificate.” There’s probably about a zero percent chance that Ms. Hemenway is unaware that, as we discussed here, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Hawaii’s Director of Health under Republican Governor Linda Lingle, has issued statements saying that she has seen President Obama’s “original birth certificate on record” and that the Hawaii Registrar of Vital Statistics has seen President Obama’s “original birth certificate on record.” So, Ms. Hemenway, there are two people who have seen the original birth certificate. The birthers usually concoct fanciful (or downright guano-crazy) rationales to avoid inconvenient facts — as they did in claiming that Dr. Fukino’s initial 31 October 2008 statement was carefully parsed and didn’t confirm that the official Hawaii birth certificate she saw indicated that President Obama was born in Hawaii. But Dr. Fukino’s July 2009 statement, probably in reaction to the birthers’ parsing argument, expressly said that she saw “the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai’i State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai’i and is a natural-born American citizen.” Not only haven’t I seen a credible explanation for why Dr. Fukino’s July 2009 statement doesn’t drive a stake through the heart of the birthers’ conspiracy theories, I haven’t even seen an incredible explanation. Rather, like Ms. Hemenway’s statement issued today, the birthers seem to simply ignore Dr. Fukino’s inconvenient July 2009 statement.