Debunking Right Wing Lies: Obama’s Records


Debunking Right Wing Lies: Caught in a web of lies, Ben Carson dredges up a litany of old lies about Obama.

Last Friday, Republican Presidential hopeful Ben Carson lashed out at members of the press during a press conference in Florida.

Cornered by reporters about his many lies, Carson did what any man of his stature would do – he moaned and groaned, whined and complained, and he pointed his finger and accused. As has been his pattern, Carson complained that he was being picked on for a book that was written twelve years ago and that Barack Obama was never scrutinized by the media for his past.

***I guess Carson must have been sleeping for the roughly 8+ years the “birther movement” has been in full swing.***

During Friday’s press conference battle with reality, the Republican front-runner specifically cited a long debunked claim that Obama’s records were sealed. (Hell, we debunked those lies years ago along with many other attempts to defame and discredit the president.)

With that in mind, the rest of this article is dedicated to Ben Carson’s ongoing battle with reality.

Myth: Obama’s thesis paper is sealed

Reality: Obama did not actually write the kind of ‘thesis’ that some universities require for graduation, and accordingly there are none on file. Obama did write a ‘thesis’ about nuclear disarmament for an honors course his senior year, but reporters have already been told that Obama did not keep a copy and, as reported by Snopes back in 2008, Columbia had not retained a copy either. NBC News contacted Professor Michael Baron, his former professor back in 2008 but he advised he thought it had been tossed out during a move he made back in 2000.

Myth: Obama’s College records are sealed from Occidental College, Columbia and Harvard

Reality: Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, it would be illegal under federal law for Occidental, Columbia or Harvard to release the records of any student to reporters or member of the general public without specific written permission from said student. Obama has not released those records, but neither has any other presidential candidate in history.

Myth: Obama’s Selective Service Registration is sealed

Reality: This myth is actually pretty moot since there has not been a draft in the United States since 1972, the year Obama turned 11. Nevertheless, Obama’s Selective Service registration is public. His registration number is 61-1125539-1 and was registered by Obama on September 4, 1980 as confirmed by the Selective Service Administration and has been posted publicly.

Myth: Obama’s Medical Records are sealed

Reality: Obama released summary medical information during the 2008 campaign, and since taking office has followed the same practice of other presidents, releasing the results of his first medical exam on February 28, 2010 and his second exam October 31, 2011.

Myth: Obama’s State Senate Records are sealed

Reality: Obama’s voting record as an Illinois State Senator is a matter of public record and during the 2008 campaign reporters extensively reviewed them. The website for the Illinois General Assembly has transcripts of all Senate debates in which Obama took part posted as well.

Myth: Obama’s Law Practice Record are sealed

Reality: Obama routinely disclosed a full list clients for the firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Gallard where he worked while serving in the state senate, although he did not release the list of specific clients he worked for personally. However, while campaigning in 2008 he did confirm several specific clients when asked to include the liberal organization Acorn, who he represented in 1995.


Photo, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Laughing, is copyright (c) 2008 by Marc Nozell and made available under an Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) license.

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