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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Obama trumps book on birth certificate


Jerome Corsi's "Where's the Birth Certificate?"
Last week, Jerome Corsi’s “Where’s the Birth Certificate?: The Case that Barack Obama Is Not Eligible to be President ” reached the top of Amazon’s best-seller list — and it doesn’t publish until May 17.

Today the White House answered the question in the book’s title by making public President Obama’s long-form birth certificate. In light of the release, what happens to Corsi’s book?

WorldNetDaily, a conservative Web site based in Washington, D.C., is releasing Corsi’s book through its publishing imprint, WND Books. In an interview with The Washington Post, publisher Joseph Farah said that he “fully expected this to happen” and takes credit for Obama releasing his birth certificate. “I’m delighted! I’m triumphant!”

“There were two pressure points,” Farah said. “This book and its success, and Trump’s big megaphone. Those two things raised the stakes for Obama. He had to do something.”

And now that Obama has acted, is the question of his birth certificate moot?

Farah is not giving up that easily. He said that producing the birth certificate won’t end the debate.

Debate?

“Now we can have an intelligent discussion about what it means to be a natural born citizen,” Farah said, suggesting in what direction conservatives will now push the issue. “If your father is Kenyan, how are you an American citizen? If your adopted step-father was Indonesian, how are you an American citizen? At best you are a dual-citizen.”

Farah takes issue with the legal fact that a child born in the United States is a citizen no matter the nationality of the parents.

“We don’t have clear definition about what it means to be a natural born citizen from the founders,” Farah said.

As for the book, Farah said there were no plans to update it before it release next month.

Jerome Corsi isn’t new to controversy. He co-wrote 2004’s “Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry,” which accused Kerry of lying about his military service. The charges were widely discredited. He also wrote “The Late Great USA: The Coming Merger with Mexico and Canada” and “Atomic Iran,” among other books.

Farah, who spoke with Corsi earlier today, said the author’s reaction was “just like I expected.”

“He is deeply suspicious of the authenticity of this document,” Farah said, “and believes that we shouldn’t jump to conclusion about it.”

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