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08-11-2012, 01:44 PM
<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Claims of Sealed Obama Records Proven False</span>
Written by Samuel Warde | August 10, 2012
Samuel-Warde.com (http://samuel-warde.com/2012/08/claims-of-sealed-obama-records-proven-false/)


No United States President in history has had as many false and malicious rumors spread about him. As part of an ongoing public service commitment by this website, we present the latest in our series of article debunking right wing myths (http://samuel-warde.com/category/right-wing-myths/) .

You can review the full directory of articles here: Right Wing Myths Debunked.

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 reporter have already been told that Obama did not keep a copy and as reported by Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/columbiathesis.asp) 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 (http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html) , 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 (http://pjmedia.com/blog/obama-did-obama-actually-register-for-selective-service/2/) by the Selective Service Administration and has been posted publicly (http://wiki.birtherdebunkers.net/index.php?title=President_Obama%27s_Selective_Serv ice_Registration#Selective_Service_Registration) .

Myth: Obama’s Medical Records are sealed

Reality: Obama released (http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/05/obama_releases_health_informat.html) 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 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/potus_med_exam_feb2010.pdf) on February 28, 2010 and his second exam (http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/The_President%27s_Periodic_Physical_Exam.pdf) 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 (http://www.factcheck.org/2008/09/obamas-legislative-record/) . The website for the Illinois General Assembly has transcripts (http://www.ilga.gov/PreviousGA.asp) of all Senate debates in which Obama took part posted as well.

Myth: Obama’s Law Practice Record are sealed

Reality: Obama routinely disclosed (http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/9328/why-getting-obama-disclose-his-legal-clients-pulling-teeth) 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 (http://mediamatters.org/research/2008/10/15/ap-cnn-report-that-obama-represented-acorn-but/145668) when asked to include the liberal organization Acorn, who he represented in 1995.

08-11-2012, 02:36 PM
So his recordsvaren't "sealed" ... it's just that nobody is allowed to see them.

Got it.

08-11-2012, 02:45 PM
The claim against Obama is that he's spent millions of dollars (the claimed amounts vary, but they're all in the millions), to HAVE THOSE RECORDS SEALED. As an unusual thing that he alone among presidents has done himself, personally.

However, he took no such action, nor would it have cost him any money to get that privacy protection, which has long been in the law. That is, there was no 'sealing' done specifically as to his records, but instead, long ago, that was done as an across the board thing, for presidential candidates, presidents, and all others as well.