Writer wants more information about Obama

Greater Media Newspapers columnist Greg Bean makes very valid statements regarding a presidential candidate’s personal background and historical knowledge being released and questioned in order for them to run and be elected to our highest office, but he seems to only point to the Tea Party candidates or for any Republican candidates for this office.

He seems to neglect the fact that our current president has not lived up to the many criteria he finds so appalling with possible Tea Party/Republican candidates, Bachman and Palin, et al.

As we can all recall, it took President Barack Obama well over three years to finally show a birth certificate that he had repeatedly been asked to do just to put to rest his eligibility to run for the presidency.

John McCain was also asked to show his birth certificate as well since his family was military and he was born on a military base outside the United States. Mr. McCain showed it immediately.

President Obama refused to show his birth certificate, causing all kinds of speculation which could have been avoided, but nevertheless became president.

President Obama has also refused to release his school transcripts from Harvard and Columbia. Yet in his own words he was not a very serious student at his undergraduate college before entering these very prestigious Ivy League schools.

How was he able to get into them with these grades and why does he not want to release his school records?

Yet, President George W. Bush, who released his Yale school records, was always questioned and criticized about his ability to run the country. And as I recall, forgetting about the history of his country, President Obama does not even know a very basic current question that 50 states make up America. He himself stated that he visited all 57 states when he was campaigning for the presidency in 2008.

Nor does he have an understanding of world history as well, or his policies would not reflect the directions they are leaning to.

He would not release health information when he was campaigning, and as president he still will not release that information other than the fact that he had his annual physical and is OK.

The liberal Democrats refer to Mormons and Evangelical Christian candidates as not being in the best interest or ideal to be president of all the people, yet they stood behind a presidential candidate with direct affiliations with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a selfproclaimed American-hating, white-hating, Jew-hating preacher. This is not hearsay. Everyone has seen these rantings from the very preacher President Obama worshipped with in his church.

Mr. Bean states that he does not want to sound like another smug liberal pundit from the lamestream media, but I disagree with him: that is exactly what he sounds like, and as he quotes, “If you are not a part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.”

His suggestion is for presidential candidates to open up their lives for inspection in every area and this should be mandatory, which I wholeheartedly agree. Well, does that mean his candidate Barack Obama as well?

E.J. Mitchell Manalapan