Monte Kuligowski
Why Obama's college records matter
By Monte Kuligowski
July 22, 2012

In context of the "mounting pressure" for Mitt Romney to provide more tax and employment records, a reporter recently asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney whether President Obama would set an example in transparency and release some of his records that critics have asked for.

That question was fingernails on the chalkboard to Carney. "Is that from Donald Trump," Carey sneered, and laughed — this time conspicuously alone.

This time it was Carney's own boss who had recently opened the door by demanding that Romney be an "open book" on personal finances.

Carney responded with the audacious claim that Obama is an "open book" and has a record of "unprecedented transparency." And the sky is green and the grass is blue. Carney also suggested that the question wasn't specific.

When the reporter got specific and asked if Obama would release his college records, Carney replied: "Right, this is the Donald Trump question. It is preposterous. This is from the guy who insisted he didn't believe the president was born in the United States."

Asking for college records is preposterous?

Writing for the, Jason Howerton suggests:
    Carney was obviously trying to lump those who are interested to see what types of college courses Obama took in college into the same category as 'birthers.' However, many who want to see the president's college transcripts say wanting to see the president's transcripts has nothing to do with his citizenship. Rather they argue it could help provide insight into the types of courses Obama sought out while in college, which some believe promoted radical ideologies.
Yes, many want to see Obama's college records for grades and courses (as with G.W. Bush and others). But in Obama's case, the primary reason to see his college applications is to learn whether the president applied for college in the U.S. as a foreign student.

Why should the public want to confirm that Obama did not register as a foreigner while not having the same concern for other candidates? Read on.

Most of the basic records of Barack Obama's past — vital, hospital, medical, education, passport, draft registration, et al — are guarded as securely as the gold at Fort Knox. Notably, two documents — Elementary school and Selective Service registrations — were obtained by independent citizens. And independently obtained an interesting biographical brochure produced in 1991 by Obama's literary publicist.

The Associated Press (AP) was able to obtain a copy of Obama's elementary school registration from the Fransiskus Assisi School in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2007.

And Stephen Coffman, a retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, obtained a copy of Obama's Selective Service registration form via a FOIA request just days prior to the 2008 election.

From the 2012 Breitbart discovery we learned that Mr. Obama presented himself in 1991 as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii." From the AP discovery we learned that Barack Obama was registered for school in Jakarta as a citizen of Indonesia named Barry Soetoro. And from the Selective Service registration form we learned that the form itself had been forged.

Barack Obama lived in Islamic Indonesia as Barry Soetoro with his mother and stepfather, Lolo Soetoro and attended school in Jakarta from ages 6-10. It's beyond amazing that the general public is not aware of that fact. Last Thanksgiving I was with my in-laws and was surprised to learn that they had never heard that Obama lived in Indonesia as Barry Soetoro. And they are not uneducated people.

The "mainstream" media do not want to touch those facts.

The big question is whether little Barry was adopted by his stepfather who was a citizen of Indonesia. There is reason to believe that he was and that in order to have been enrolled in public school in Indonesia Barry must have been a citizen. Aaron Klein of notes that, "After attending the Assisi Primary School, Obama later was enrolled at SDN Menteng 1, an Indonesian public school."

That Obama might have been a citizen of Indonesia and later presented himself as a foreign student in the U.S., is no "birther" conspiracy theory. It's the gravamen of the college records question.

Let's stop right here and stipulate for the sake of argument that Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.

But even with the stipulation we nevertheless have a major problem with Obama's records and stanch secrecy.

Of the few records that we have seen relating to Obama's past all are problematic and they point to a potential citizenship problem for Barack Hussein Obama II a/k/a Barry Soetoro.

Mr. Obama's Arizona nemesis, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is readily dismissed by the establishment press as a man with an ax to grind; but his control-test findings have not been disproven.

Once again, the general public remains in the dark because the national one-voice media will not touch the story.

Sherriff Joe's law enforcement "posse" confirmed what a multitude of nonpartisan computer graphic experts have already known. The image Mr. Obama "released" on April 27, 2011 is a computer generated forgery. Irrespective of Mr. Obama's Hawaii birth, for some reason Obama did not upload a certified copy of his birth certificate to the internet; neither is he allowing Hawaii to send certified paper copies to interested state election officials.

Since Obama was born in Hawaii the question is: why the forgery? And why the continued secrecy?

Something is not right. I have speculated that Obama's secrecy over the birth certificate may have been a calculated diversion from the important constitutional requirement for presidential candidates to have been born with a natural, sole allegiance to the United States.

That could be partially correct. Additionally, Obama might be hiding an amendment to his birth certificate, reflecting his adoption by Lolo Soetoro.

Others have suggested that the reason for the forgery could be over a petty issue, such as his mother having signed the certificate with her maiden name. In other words, but for the secrecy and forgery the birth certificate may be completely irrelevant.

Nevertheless, if Obama has a citizenship problem because of Indonesia the rest of the oddities and secrecies begin to make sense.

Sheriff Joe's team found probable cause to conclude that Obama also forged his Selective Service registration form. The mismatched date stamp "80" instead of "1980" is not only evidence of forgery, but of a crude forgery.

Then there is the question of why is Obama using a Social Security number issued on application from Connecticut, a state in which he never lived?

If that's not a news story, what is? Romney's tax records?

In light of the few biographical documents we have seen so far, coupled with the bizarre secrecy of Obama it might be a good idea for "pressure to mount" for Obama to produce his college records.

And while we're at it, what passport did Obama use for his college break to Islamic Pakistan in 1981?

Since Obama is an "open book" producing informative records shouldn't be a problem for him.

© Monte Kuligowski


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Monte Kuligowski

Monte Kuligowski is an attorney and writer whose legal scholarship, including "Does the Declaration of Independence Pass the Lemon Test?" (Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy), has been published in several law journals... (more)

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