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Author Revives 'Birther' Theory in Morristown

Controversial political commentator Jerome Corsi speaks to capacity crowd

If you think the controversy over President Obama’s birth certificate is old news, think again.

“The mainstream media has not given this fair treatment,” said political commentator, author and Denville resident Jerome Corsi, who spoke to a supportive, standing-room-only crowd Tuesday evening at the . “But this is not going away. … We really don’t know who our president is.”

Corsi, who holds a doctorate degree in political science from Harvard University, has written several books that many critics dismiss as conspiracy theory riddled with inaccuracies. His influence among conservatives and Tea Party faithful, though, is strong enough that two of his books have landed on the New York Times’ best-seller List.

As an author, he gained national attention with the 2004 publication of “Unfit to Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry,” which questioned the war record and subsequent anti-war activism of the former Democratic presidential candidate. In 2008, he published “The Obama Nation,” which painted Barak Obama as a radical leftist with strong ties to Islam. Both books were best-sellers, with the latter hitting the No. 1 position of the Times’ hardcover nonfiction list.

Tuesday in Morristown, he embraced the so-called “birther” movement that theorizes Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore not eligible for the office of president. Prior to his hour-long presentation in the second-floor meeting room of the lodge, Corsi did a brisk business in the lobby, selling and signing copies of his 2011 book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”

The capacity crowd of about 250 people included several prominent Morris County Republicans, including Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford, Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, Freeholder Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Morris Township Committeeman and former Mayor Scott Rosenbush and Morris County Republican Committee Chairman John Sette.

“I don’t do many local events, I like to stay out of local politics, but we did one not too long ago and the interest was great,” Corsi said.

According to the organizers, Corsi’s appearance last year at a Randolph Republican drew such a positive reaction that they looked for a larger venue in the area to meet the demand.

“We’ve been using the lodge as a meeting place for various grass-roots events and it seemed ideal for this,” said Billy Baer of Harding Township, who helped to organize the event with Randolph Resident Dan Haggerty. Baer and Haggerty cohost the radio program “Patriot’s Watch” on WNJC AM, which serves the Philadelphia area. Haggerty described his show as sympathetic to libertarian and conservative viewpoints.

Baer added the lodge was not a sponsor or affiliated with the event and the volunteers staffing the event, including members of the Americans for Liberty, had to pay for rent, equipment and the free hot buffet served before Corsi’s talk.

There was no charge to attend the event and Corsi was not paid for his participation, Haggerty said.

“We set the limit at 250 and it filled right up,” Baer said. “I think you’ll find that there are a lot of registered Republicans and conservatives here, but this is not a political issue. It is a constitutional issue and there is serious doubt about Obama’s eligibility to serve as president. I know for a fact there are some Democrats and independents here, and probably a lot of Tea Party members as well.”

Gordon Crawford, who attended the event with his wife, Cindy, said he was a registered Republican “but I’m really more of an independent.”

“I’m here because I believe in being as well-educated as possible when it comes to elections. That was the problem in 2008 and if we’re not careful, it’s going to be a problem in 2012,” Crawford said.

Crawford said he voted for John McCain in 2008, but only after reading “both of Obama’s books first.”

“More than anything, I’m an American and I want what’s best for the country,” he said.

“I am a friend of Jerome Corsi and his wife,” Rochford said. “The first time I met him I was very impressed. I was there when he spoke to the Randolph Republican Club, and he brought the house down. So Dan, myself and John Sette said let’s open this to a bigger audience. I’m very interested to hear what he has to say tonight.”

Drawing on research from “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” and using a MacBook to display documents on a screen, Corsi charmed the crowd with his calm, professorial rhetoric and jokes while pointing out the portions of Obama’s birth certificate and selective service papers that he claimed were proof that the documents were forged. He used Abode Illustrator software to separate the layers of the birth certificate and zoomed in on what he described as inconsistencies that prove the documents “were forgeries, in fact, bad forgeries.”

Several of his observations were greeted with spirited applause, including one prediction that, as his he said his investigation revealed new facts, that “Obama may not be the Democratic Candidate in 2012.”

“The noose is tightening for Obama,” he said.

Following his presentation, Corsi took several questions from the audience, including several people who identified themselves as members of local Tea Party organizations, including one who referred to Corsi as “a true American hero.”

Robert Christopher Laity September 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM
First of all,Obama is a mullato,both white and black. Obama's white genes are just as treasonous as his black genes. Racism is an empty charge. America cannot tolerate a traitor of any race. Beinf Black does not give one carte-blanche from being held accountable. Obama has never been the bona-fides President .He is a Usurper. Obama is both a Traitor and a Spy under US Law. If convicted,he SHOULD BE EXECUTED. If you feel that I have threatened the President why don't you report me to the Secret Service. They are already aware of my formal charegs of Treason against Barack Obama. So is the FBI. Obama is a criiminal.
Robert Christopher Laity September 15, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Chris jansen, I believe you are due a refund of "two cents" Obama and his DemonRats are amoral!
verbalobe September 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
"The Law of Nations defines an NBC as "One born in a nation of Parents who are citizens"." Wrong. It said "Les Naturels ou indigènes font ceux qui font nés dans le pays de Parens Citoyens." In addition, Vattel was *describing* the various practices of various countries -- not *prescribing* any sort of universal truth. Most European countries operated under "jus sanguinis" and that is (partly) what he was describing. He could not have been describing the USA because our Constitution wasn't even written at that point. And we know that the FF explicitly *rejected* royalism, including inherited titles. "The Happersett court addirmed the definition saying there is no doubt that those meeting that definition are NBCs." Are you dense or just trying to be clever? They also said that there IS doubt about children born in the US of *non-citizen* parents. How do you get to cite Happersett (which is not applicable in any case) and ignore the parts you don't like? You are trying to tell folks here that THERE IS NO DOUBT that Obama is NOT A CITIZEN, and that Happersett CONFIRMS this -- when Happersett PLAINLY says -- in direct, clear language, that THERE IS DOUBT, and furthermore that the Court is NOT GOING TO GIVE AN OPINION on that question. Anyone that can read can easily and quickly tell that Happersett HAS NOTHING INTERESTING TO SAY about whether Obama is a NBC or not. They offered NO OPINION on that DOUBT, and SAID THAT THEY WEREN'T.
verbalobe September 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Please provide the court name, jurisdiction, case title, parties, and docket number of the case where Obama stands accused of treason. Some blithering twit standing in his underwear in his mother's basement saying "I accuse Obama of treason" doesn't count.
Jim September 13, 2013 at 12:59 AM
@RC Laity.....I know this is an old post but I just had to chime in. Did anyone ever tell you that you are a complete and utter moron. Think back to your childhood. I bet one of your parents was a hard core Afro hater. You my friend, scream it. I bet you still voted for Romney didn't you? Though I'm with ya on that. But come on man.....get an education and stop trying to lead the blind astray. Here it is...in plain English for ya. An NBC...listen carefully now......Only has to have at least ONE parent be a citizen of this country and BORN in this country. Not two. This is also the same for a child born to a US citizen born outside the US who's father and/mother was on active duty or to a citizen acting on behalf of the US in a foreign land. Read below. If this doesn't sink in then you're just plain hopeless and should go hide under a rock somewhere. When you're done, let me know. I'll come visit you for coffee and bring my law and case books. We'll have a blast. The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term "natural born" citizen shall mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship "by birth" or "at birth", either by being born "in" the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship "at birth". Such term, however, shall not include a person who was not a U.S. citizen by birth or at birth, and who was thus born an "alien" required to go through the legal process of "naturalization" to become a U.S. citizen.

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