Barack Obama, explain away this one...

by MBS1960
(San Diego Ca. The Democratic People's Republic of Californiastain)

MBS writes:

It makes the debate over Obama's citizenship a rather short and simple one.

The record shows that Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981, at age 20?

Q: What passport did he travel under?

A: There are only three possibilities.

1) He traveled with a U.S. Passport,
2) He traveled with a British passport, or
3) He traveled with an Indonesian passport.

Q: Is it possible that Obama traveled with a U.S. Passport in 1981?
A: It is possible, but unlikely. Pakistan was on the U.S. State Department's "no travel" list in 1981.

Conclusion: When Obama went to Pakistan in 1981 he likely was traveling either with a British passport or an Indonesian passport.

If he was traveling with a British passport that would provide proof that he was born in Kenya on August 4, 1961, not in Hawaii as he claims... And if he was traveling with an Indonesian passport, that would tend to prove that he relinquished whatever previous citizenship he held, British or American, prior to being adopted by his Indonesian Step-Dad.

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Meanwhile, back in the real world...
by: Anonymous

...never in Pakistan's history as a nation have Americans been banned from traveling there, either by the State Department or by anyone else.

Anon, thanks for pointing out that our earlier reader was a bit dogmatic in his/her statement that it would not have been possible for then-Barry Soetoro to have traveled to Pakistan on a U.S. passport in 1981.

However, there was a State Department Travel Advisory for Pakistan dated August 17, 1981, and non-Muslim travelers were not welcome unless sponsored by their embassy for official business.

We have edited the original statement, and we thank you for helping us keep things accurate. sheds more light on the issue:

"What made the trip controversial was not what Obama did once he got to Pakistan, but how he got there. In 1981, Pakistan was not an easy or likely destination for an American tourist.

This prompted some noise in the blogosphere that Obama could not have traveled to Pakistan as an American citizen. Quick to Obama’s defense as always, made the valid case that American citizens could travel to Pakistan in 1981 and thus dismissed the travel issue as "more ‘Birther’ nonsense."

The fact that Obama could have traveled to Pakistan on an American passport, however, does not mean that he did. Not surprisingly, FactCheck fails to mention the variable that prompted the controversy in the first place, namely Obama’s curious silence about the trip until April 2008.

Nor, of course, does FactCheck mention the event that took place just weeks before Obama’s first mention of the Pakistan visit, an event that should have made every reporter in America suspicious.

In March 2008, contract employees for the State Department were caught breaching the passport files of the three still viable presidential candidates, Obama, McCain and Clinton.

While the media allowed Obama to pontificate about the sanctity of confidential records, they spared the public the knowledge that Obama’s file was uniquely visited on three occasions.

Worse, the media scarcely mentioned another crucial detail. CNN reported the following in a throw-away piece on March 22 (a date I correctly guessed as a Saturday):

"The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday."

That CEO, John O. Brennan, spent nearly 30 years in the CIA. Incredibly, he is now deputy national security advisor for homeland security and counterterrorism.

One of the many media scandals of the 2008 campaign was the hasty burial of this story. Remnick does not mention the incident in "The Bridge." Nor do Mark Halperin and John Helleman mention it in "Game Change," their definitive book on the campaign.

How hard would it have been for Brennan’s man to add a 1981 Pakistan-Indonesia stamp to Obama’s American passport? If not this, what the hell was he doing in the files and why is no one asking?"


Pamela Geller, of, is quoted as having said, "He went to Pakistan as Barry Soetero and came back as Barack Hussein Obama. In the early 1980s, there were only two reasons to travel to Pakistan: drugs and jihad. Barack went there for drugs and came back with jihad." [Editor's note: We have been unable to locate the origin of this quote.]

Obviously, this is a much-debated topic, and it is doubtful the truth will be found.

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