ht: World Net Daily
The campaign challenging the legitimacy of Obama's 1961 birth certificate or the legality of his taking office is chronicled by WorldNetDaily, a popular, politically right-leaning site that was the 26th most-visited news and media Web site during November, according to Hitwise, which monitors Net traffic.
"It'll plague Obama throughout his presidency. It'll be a nagging issue and a sore on his administration, much like Monica Lewinsky was on [ President Bill] Clinton," Farah said. "It's not going to go away and it will drive a wedge in an already divided public."
That may underscore a landscape change in the media, where the Internet is playing a bigger role in setting the agenda. In 2004, the so-called swift boat campaign against Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, began on the Internet. In fact, the co-author of "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry," Jerome Corsi, also wrote "Obama Nation," a book critical of Obama, published earlier this year.
Brendan Nyhan, a political scientist at Duke University, said the Internet's role in forming public opinion is gaining strength. WorldNetDaily, for instance, has one of the faster-growing audiences on the Internet, up 62 percent in the past year, according to Hitwise.
Of course, Obama himself can end it now. All he has to do is prove for once and for all that he's natural-born. He simply needs to order the State of Hawaii to release the original, proper, genuine, authentic, actual certificate of birth that would (or wouldn't?) be the proof that puts the questions to rest for once and for all.
The question is: Why doesn't he? It'd be so easy. Just call up Hawaii- "Hi, Hawaii? Barack Obama here. Yep. President-Elect. Fine, thanks. Listen, I need you to do something for me...". Really, it's more or less that easy. That's something that a Republican would definitely have to do, but, well, we're talking about a very, very special person, Barack Obama... apparently he isn't to be held to the same standards as would a Republican, like, say, John McCain or Sarah Palin or George Bush... or any Republican at all.