Obama’s hidden past

October 24, 2012: Billionaire Donald Trump offered Barack Obama a check for $5 million for his choice of charities if he would produce his college and passport records.

From the Desk of Donald Trump: Major Announcement [2:45]

November 1, 2012: Mr. Caring and Transparency ignored Trump’s offer. (I wonder how those calls to the White House for help with hurricane relief are going?)

In the video clip above, The Donald rightly claims that he is responsible for getting Obama to finally release his long-form birth certificate (or some faked up facsimile thereof).

Obama did this only under POLITICAL pressure that was damaging him personally.

But when Lt. Col. Terry Lakin asked to see proof that Obama had the Constitutional right to order him into harm’s way, Obama didn’t lift a finger, not even to keep the man out of prison.

The Terry Lakin case ranks at the top of scurvy, slimey, makes-my-hair-smolder-with-anger things Barack Obama has ever done.

Why Did Barack Obama Let Terry Lakin Go to Jail?

By Jack Cashill – July 5, 2012

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/why_did_barack_obama_let_terry_lakin_go_to_jail.html

Former Lt. Col. Terry Lakin knows what despair feels like. He felt it full-bore on a late December day in 2010. Having been stripped of his rank, income, benefits, pension, and authority at court martial, this much-honored 17-year U.S. Army veteran was about to lose his freedom.

The good doctor had refused deployment to Afghanistan. He had been there before in his role as flight surgeon and would have been happy to go again. He had his bags packed and was ready to leave. All he asked from his commander-in-chief before boarding the plane was a sign, a nod to the constitutional niceties, a show of his birth certificate. It was not forthcoming.

Now, Lakin was on his way to Fort Leavenworth’s Joint Regional Correctional Facility. Of all his hardship deployments, Bosnia included, this would be the hardest. After he bid a tearful farewell to his wife and three young children, his military minders chained his hands together and attached those chains to a band around his waist. They chained his legs and attached those, too. They then loaded him into a van and drove him to Reagan National.

There, Lakin endured his ultimate humiliation: a seemingly endless perp walk — a shuffle really — through a concourse filled with flags and patriotic bunting and the happy sight of returning soldiers. None of the display had lost its appeal, but Lakin could not overlook the irony of his being chained and bound amidst it all.

The civilian psychologist who did intake assessments at Fort Leavenworth claimed to know why the soft-spoken doctor refused deployment, or at least he thought he did. As he put it, Lakin did not believe Obama to have been born in the United States or to be constitutionally eligible to be president.

Lakin corrected him. As he explained, he did not know where the president was born or whether the president was eligible. The problem was that no one did. As Lakin saw it, the oath that he took as an officer in the U.S. Army — “I, Terrence Lee Lakin, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” — all but dictated that he seek the truth.

After exhausting all military channels, Lakin took the one honorable step that he thought would force the president to respond, even if it meant a court martial. The psychologist didn’t get it. He could not quite factor “honor” into a mental illness evaluation.

The White House, which was aware of Lakin’s ordeal, could have spared him imprisonment had the president done in April 2010 what he did in April 2011. Under pressure from Donald Trump, President Obama presented at least a facsimile of a birth certificate. At the churlish little press conference surrounding the event, Obama mocked those who had questioned him.

“We’re not going to be able to [address our problems] if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts,” said the president. “We’re not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”

Lakin watched this presentation on his cell block’s communal TV with dismay. After all he had sacrificed, the president considered him, if he considered him at all, as nothing more than a sideshow freak. That burned.

What burned even more was his later realization that Obama himself had been feeding the story that he was foreign-born. In May of this year, Lakin, like the rest of us, learned that Obama claimed a Kenyan birth in the bio distributed by his literary agent, Jane Dystel, in 1991.

From early on, no doubt, Barack Obama saw that it paid to be exotic. Foreign birth gave him a romantic allure and allowed him to distance himself from the bitter clingers of the country he barely deigned to inhabit.

“I chose my friends carefully,” Obama wrote in his memoir, Dreams from My Father: “The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.” These were the people with whom he felt comfortable.

Of course, a Kenyan birth would preclude his becoming president, but in 1991, Obama was not thinking that far ahead. He was likely thinking marketability. In the years that followed, various news services would repeat the Kenyan birth claim, and Obama’s stubborn refusal to show a birth certificate fed the Kenyan birth narrative that he himself had created.

At his April 2011 press conference, Obama chided those who “just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts,” but Lakin sensed even then there was no greater pretender than the president himself. Long before his court-martial, he knew that Obama’s origin’s story, the one on which he built his 2008 candidacy, was a fiction. There was no “improbable love,” no idyllic multicultural family. His parents never lived together. They did not even live in the same state.

It was not until the release of David Maraniss’ book, Barack Obama: The Story, in June 2012 that the media began to concede that the story Obama had been spinning all along was fabricated. Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith, an Obama supporter like Maraniss, “counted 38 instances in which the biographer convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history.” By then, of course, it was too late for Terry Lakin. The media had paid little attention to his ordeal, and then only to belittle him.

Terry Lakin, now freed from prison and military obligations, has finally gotten his chance to set the record straight. His memoir, Officer’s Oath, on which I collaborated, is available for purchase.

In this memoir, unlike Dreams, there are no composite characters, no fabrications, no deceptions. I am hoping that the psychologist who assessed Terry will read it. If he does, he will no longer ask why Lt. Col. Lakin did what he did, but rather why others who had sworn to defend the Constitution — Congress included — did not do the same.

Sources:

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/why_did_barack_obama_let_terry_lakin_go_to_jail.html

http://officersoath.com/

http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/kaboom-trump-drops-obama-bombshell/

http://www.wnd.com/2012/11/trump-obama-records-very-bad/

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6 responses to “Obama’s hidden past

  1. GP

    I hope President Romney restores this mans credentials and the pension he earned.
    And I hope the marxist in chief is exposed and his pension is taken away!

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  2. “I am hoping that the psychologist who assessed Terry will read [Larkin’s biography]. If he does, he will no longer ask why Lt. Col. Lakin did what he did, but rather why others who had sworn to defend the Constitution — Congress included — did not do the same.”

    Cashill nails it, doesn’t he? The real tragedy isn’t the one man who took his oath seriously and stood by the Constitution. Larkin is a hero, not a tragic figure, because he did the right thing and kept his honor, regardless of what he suffered for doing so.

    Now, I won’t deeply fault others who just didn’t see the issue his way, much less didn’t see it as related to their oath, but there must have been plenty of people who did have his questions, who did see the Constitutional and honorable issues at stake, who did take their oaths seriously, yet not seriously enough to stand up as he did. I hesitate to call cowardice on anyone, having no surfeit of courage myself, but you’d think, out of all the military personnel, more than just one man would do this, even after seeing what happened to him, and maybe even especially after what happened to him.

    To the unthinking world, all alone, you’re just one nut. Where were his brothers in arms and spirit? Where was the First Follower, who gave courage to the next and the next, as movements must build? Every person who knew better but did not join him, even unto ruin of career and prison, is complicit in doing him such injustice. He was the one who stood up first, with whom others should have quickly joined in, until the very idea of stripping rank from and imprisoning all of them was unthinkable. Even without a movement, I expected at least a couple more. Nothing!

    To be fair, I have to admit, giving up your service to your country (much less your freedom) in the service of your country is a tough choice the like of which I hope I never have to face.

    Never forgetting, these are just symptoms, the larger matter is, of course, the soon-to-be-ex-Commander-in-Chief’s invisible life itself — his still-hidden past.

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    • GP

      The same can be said for democrats, who in their hearts know what this regime is all about, but cover up for them none the less, putting their own necks before the country they are sworn to serve.
      I have long said that BHO was a good thing for our country. We had to go through this because too many people were blind to what is happening.
      The Tea Party movement was the awakening.
      WE will not stand down anymore.
      We will no longer let President Romney or any other politician take away our liberties.
      The election may be on Tuesday, but we are just getting started.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      Since the fruit of my womb is in this category, I’ve been following Lakin’s story since the beginning.

      I can’t answer for all military personnel who obeyed orders to deploy during this _Residents’ tenure, only for my own. But I can answer for my own.

      My kids are intelligent, well-informed patriots who are very aware of the constitutional issues. And they are certainly not cowards lacking in moral fiber. For goodness sake, they would have thrown themselves on a bomb to save others. One of their best friends’ did exactly that.

      But it’s not as simple as career, pension, and possible jail time. There was also the MISSION.

      Lakin said he felt called to become the poster boy for the issue. It wasn’t easy for him. He’s a physician who had served multiple tours. He knew that his absence from the battle field could cost lives. That’s no small thing. But as I said, he said he felt specifically called.

      And I know for a fact that my kids felt called to obey their deployment orders, to go into harm’s way with their units and do their duty in the Middle East.

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      • “And they are certainly not cowards lacking in moral fiber. For goodness sake, they would have thrown themselves on a bomb to save others. One of their best friends’ did exactly that.

        “But it’s not as simple as career, pension, and possible jail time. There was also the MISSION….”

        Thank you for sharpening up what I said so poorly about the difficulty of that decision!

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  3. “The same can be said for democrats, who in their hearts know what this regime is all about, but cover up for them none the less….”

    Yes.

    “The election may be on Tuesday, but we are just getting started.”

    and Yes! Or, at least, boy howdy I sure hope so!!

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