Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Did Michelle say Barack born in Kenya? Video clip of reference in speech goes viral on Internet

A video of Michelle Obama telling a group of homosexual-rights activists that Kenya was her husband's "home country" went viral over the Easter weekend.

The video, posted April 3 on YouTube and forwarded by a score of Internet e-mails, shows Michelle Obama saying, "When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country in Kenya, we took a public HIV test."

The clip comes from a June 2008 campaign speech she delivered to the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee in New York City, as reported by Reuters.

Many who circulated a link to the video clip concluded the first lady was acknowledging her husband was born in Kenya and, therefore, not eligible for the Oval Office under the requirement of Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution that the president be a "natural born citizen."

The reference, however, appears to have been aimed at burnishing her husband's credentials in the U.S. civil rights movement in an Alex Haley-like "roots" moment, drawing his heritage back to his father's birthplace.

Unlike the leaders of the civil-rights movement, Barack Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a Kenyan, cannot trace his heritage back to pre-Civil War slavery.

In the speech, Michelle Obama attempted to draw a moral equivalence between the civil rights movement's push to obtain equal rights under U.S. law for blacks and the agenda of homosexual-rights activists. READ MORE...

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