The Chicago Tribune has become nothing but an arm of David Axelrod's campaign consulting firm. Col. Robert McCormick would weep if he were alive today to see what a leftist propaganda rag his newspaper has become. The Tribune has covered up all of Barack Obama's political corruption in Chicago, while digging up every piece of dirt it can find on any person who has ever opposed him in a political election no matter how trivial to help pave the way for his election victories.
The Tribune played an early role in dismissing any one who questioned Obama's natural born status as the lunatic fringe. Forget that Obama first told his publicist back in the 1990s that he was born in Kenya, a supposed "factual error" of the publicist that remained on the publicist's website for the following 16 years until Obama announced he was running for President. Those school records in Indonesia which identified him by a completely different name and listed his citizenship as Indonesian are totally irrelevant. And never mind that there is a serious legal argument that even a person born in the U.S. to an alien parent cannot be considered a natural born citizen--according to the only authoritative Supreme Court decision on the subject and the common sense notion that a dual citizen cannot be a natural born citizen. Let's do talk, however, about the fact that Mitt Romney's birth certificate shows that his father was born in Mexico:
Finally, there is definitive proof: The presidential candidate was born in the United States, and his father was not.
Yes, Republican Mitt Romney appears eligible to be president, according to a copy of Romney's birth certificate released to Reuters by his campaign. Willard Mitt Romney, the certificate says, was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947.
His mother, Lenore, was born in Utah and his father, former Michigan governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate George Romney, was born in Mexico.
So on a day when real estate and media mogul Donald Trump was trying to help Mitt Romney by stirring up a new round of questions about whether Democratic President Barack Obama was born in the United States, Romney's own birth record became a reminder that in the 1968 presidential campaign, his father had faced his own "birther" controversy.
Back then, George Romney - who died in 1995 - was a moderate who was challenging eventual President Richard Nixon in the Republican primaries.
Records in a George Romney archive at the University of Michigan describe how questions about his eligibility to be president surfaced almost as soon as he began his short-lived campaign.
In many ways, they appear to echo today's complaints that Trump and some other conservative "birthers" have made about Obama while questioning whether Obama - whose father was from Kenya and mother was from Kansas - was born in Hawaii.
In George Romney's case, most of the questions were raised initially by Democrats who cited the Constitution's requirement that only a "natural born citizen" can be president.
As early as February 1967 - a year before the first 1968 presidential primary - some newspapers were raising questions as to whether George Romney's place of birth disqualified him from the presidency.
By May 1967, U.S. congressman Emmanuel Celler, a Democrat who chaired the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, was expressing "serious doubts" about George Romney's eligibility.
At one point, the Congressional Research Service - an arm of the Library of Congress that is supposed to provide authoritative but impartial research for elected members - advised that its analysts agreed with George Romney, according to a congressional source.
In a paper in November aimed at clarifying presidential eligibility, the Congressional Research Service declared that the practical, legal meaning of "natural born citizen" would "most likely include" not only anyone born on U.S. soil but anyone born overseas of at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen.