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Monday, June 29, 2009
BORN IN THE USA?
Obama secrecy could prevent recognition of birthplace
Most presidents’ homes provided federal designation
Posted: June 29, 2009
9:57 pm Eastern
Is President Obama’s birthplace, wherever it is, destined to lie unrepaired and unrecognized in perpetuity? If the phalanxes of lawyers currently fighting a number of lawsuits seeking to open up detailed information about the president’s origins succeed that’s a distinct possibility, since the ordinary National Park Service recognition of presidents’ birthplaces does not even begin unless members of Congress or a president seek the distinction.
That’s according to Kathy Kupper, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, who was interviewed on the subject by Greg Corombos of RadioAmerica/WND.
“All 391 National Park Service sites are designated either by the president or by Congress. So it always is initiated by one of those entities,” Kupper said.
Right now, she said, work is being done on recognition of the birthplaces for both Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
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The park service publicizes and profiles its sites, including presidential birth locations, both online and in published form. The sites are considered a part of the heritage of the United States.
Kupper confirmed that not every president so far has a National Park Service site, but many do, and the entire process hinges on instructions either from Congress or a president to begin work.
Under the law, presidents can declare national monuments, which sets sites aside just as national parks, which are set up by Congress.
But without that affirmative order, no site work is begun, she said.
The question then remains, would Obama, after spending considerable sums keeping secret his birth certificate and other personal documents, suddenly decide to announce a birth location to obtain public recognition.
The location of Obama’s birthplace is central to many of the legal challenges that have been brought alleging he does not meet constitutional requirements to be president.