Monthly Archives: July 2012

MPSL VLog: Check-Up on Health Care Policy

How does the recent Supreme Court health care decision affect Obama’s chance at re-election? Professor Gaffaney explains.


Weekly Quiz: Test Yourself on this Week’s Events

The weekly quiz is now live in Mypoliscilab. Good luck!

Weekly Poll: Your Opinion on Obama’s Comment

President Obama has been harshly criticized by some of his political opponents that he doesn’t understand the American way because of his recent “you didn’t build that” comment. What do you think?

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Smear and Loathing

Michele Bachmann and four Republican colleagues accuse Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin of being circuitously connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.

America’s “Foreign” President?

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At a press conference on July 17, a team of volunteer investigators working for Arizona’s tea-party conservative “Sheriff Joe” Arpaio claimed President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was a fake. President Obama released the copy of his long-form birth certificate last year in attempt to quell conspiracy theories pushed by Donald Trump.

According to Article II of the U.S Constitution, the President of the United States of America must be: a natural born citizen of the United States;  at least 35 years old; and have been a permanent resident in the United States for at least 14 years. However, there has currently existed a controversy, mainly among tea-party conservatives, regarding the legitimacy of Obama’s citizenship. Some believe President Obama was born outside the U.S. and consequently ineligible to hold the office.

Needless to say, the only people who truly question Obama’s legitimacy are the very people who were severely opposed to his administration for ideological, political, and possibly racial reasons. In fact, the current governor of Hawaii already revealed last year that congressional leaders actually have the legal authority and ability to view President Obama’s official birth certificate. Nevertheless, prominent republican members of congress, who also believe Obama’s natural born status is unquestionably valid behind closed doors, are willing to let misconceptions remain to politically weaken the Obama administration. Even Mitt Romney, Obama’s republican challenger, has started to describe the president’s policies as “foreign” in a not so subtle attempt to perpetuate the idea that President Barack Obama is not truly American.

Despite Obama’s birth certificate being accepted as legitimate by Congressional leaders and the state government of Hawaii, is there anything President Obama can do to persuade the members of the so-called birther movement? Will anything matter to those detractors who are already convinced Obama is illegitimate?


MPSL VLog:Executive Privilege and Gun Walking

How will Eric Holder’s claim of executive privilege affect this fall’s elections? Professor Gaffaney explains.