Claim: Barack Obama must have used a non-U.S. passport to travel to Pakistan in 1981.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2009]
More questions, and this time some good questions.
While I’ve little interest in getting in the middle of the Obama birth issue, Paul Hollrah over at FSM did so yesterday and believes the issue can be resolved by Obama answering one simple question:
What passport did he use when he was shuttling between
So how did a young man who arrived in
And once he was on a plane, shuttling between
The American people not only deserve to have answers to these questions, they must have answers.
It makes the debate over Obama’s citizenship a rather short and simple one.
Q: Did he travel to Pakistan in 1981, at age 20?
A: YES, by his own admission.
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 Indonesia passport.
Q: Is it possible that Obama traveled with a U.S. Passport in 1981?
A: No. It is not possible.
Pakistan was on the U.S. State Department’s “no travel” list in 1981.
Conclusion: When Obama went to Pakistan in 1981 he 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
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
Whatever the truth of the matter, the American people need to know how he managed to become a “natural born” American citizen between 1981 and 2008.
Given the destructive nature of his plans for America, as illustrated by his speech before Congress and the disastrous spending plan he has presented to Congress, the sooner we learn the truth of all this, the better.
Count me in as one of those inquiring minds who’d at least like to know the answers to these easily answered (by Obama) questions.
Origins: This item is yet another of many similar pieces purporting to offer some bit of evidence demonstrating that Barack Obama is not a native-born citizen of the U.S. and thus is ineligible to be President of the United States. The premise in this case is that a young Barack Obama visited Pakistan back in 1981, a country he allegedly could not have traveled to on a
During a fundraiser in San Francisco in April 2008, Barack Obama made reference to a visit he had undertaken to Pakistan during his college years (a journey he
had not mentioned in either of his books). His campaign press secretary, Bill Burton, later provided some additional detail about that trip to curious journalists: During the summer of 1981, when he was twenty years old, Barack Obama visited with his mother and half-sister in Indonesia, then embarked on a three-week trip to Pakistan with a college friend whose family lived in Karachi. However, the claim that Barack Obama must have set out on that trip to Pakistan using a
The U.S. State Department issues Travel Warnings (which caution travelers about “long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable”) and
Moreover, during that same time period (mid-1981), New York Times assistant news editor Barbara Crossette visited Pakistan and wrote a column about her experiences, a piece in which she offered tips to other Americans who might wish to visit that country. Additionally, her column prompted a
But please caution them. While tourists can obtain a free, 30-day, non-extendable visa to Pakistan at the Wagah border crossing (on the rail route from
One of the pleasures of the Foreign Service is being able to serve in cities like Lahore, and I would welcome an influx of Americans who might have been inspired to come by Barbara Crossette’s piece, “Lahore, a Survivor With a Bittersweet History.”
But please caution them.
While tourists can obtain a free, 30-day, non-extendable visa to Pakistan at the Wagah border crossing (on the rail route from
Many other news articles from 1981 reference either Americans’ traveling to Pakistan or the Pakistan government’s making efforts to encourage visits from U.S. tourists.
In short, if Barack Obama did visit Pakistan in the summer of 1981,
Last updated: 14 July 2009
Giegerich, Steve. “Pakistani Tourism Promotion Misfires with Local Agent.” The [Fredericksburg] Free Lance-Star. 11 March 1981 (p. 16). Brims, John S. “Lahore.” The New York Times. 23 August 1981. Crossette, Barbara. “Lahore, a Survivor with a Bittersweet History.” The New York Times. 14 June 1981. Goodenough, Patrick. “Few Details Known About Obama’s Three Weeks in Pakistan.” CNSNews. 3 November 2008.