Donald Trump was hardly the first “birther.” Neither was I. Nor was my colleague Jerome Corsi. And neither was Hillary Clinton.

That honor belongs to one person and one person alone – Barack Obama.

We all followed suit, but were not the first to raise it.

Obama went to extreme lengths to conceal his past. And, indeed, if he was born in the U.S. and was eligible to serve as president, he certainly did his best to create the mystery that led to the question being asked.

Years earlier, he billed himself as having been born in Kenya.

Maybe he thought it was a sexy way to sell books, get a foreign-student scholarship, attract women or men – who knows? But, indeed he did, according to many sources.

But it’s a fact that he boasted about it. (See the image of his bio used by his literary agent to get a contract for his first book, right.)

Barack Obama’s literary bio from 1991 to 2007.

Why does this subject come up now – again? Because the world this week will celebrate Obama’s birthday, which he claims as Aug. 4.

His fans in the media will look back on their hero with feelings of nostalgia. Watch for it. There may be “birther” recaps written about me. I, after all, published the bestselling book “Where’s the Birth Certificate,” by Corsi.

I won’t go into the voluminous amount of evidence of a cover-up, or all the valid reasons for questioning not only where Obama was born, but whether he had even retained citizenship when he and his mother left the country to move to Indonesia and enroll him in a Muslim school there over the objections of U.S. immigration officials concerned, at the time, about his citizenship status.

I won’t go into his missing college records, which might shed light on whether Obama had claimed to be a foreign student, as many at Columbia assumed.

I won’t go into the fact that his supposed “birth hospital” in Hawaii steadfastly refused to acknowledge publicly that simple fact for years, inexplicably.

Would that not be reason enough to investigate his background? But there’s more.

The governor of Hawaii at the time, Neil Abercrombie, searched for the birth certificate and said he could not find it.

Then Obama refused to release his long form birth certificate throughout his entire first term in office, despite the controversies he had ignited years earlier.

The question of eligibility was real. His father was a native of Kenya and his mother was an under-age 17-year-old who might not be have been able to confer citizenship to her son.

A birth certificate was eventually released for two reasons:

WND Books published “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” by Jerome Corsi – and it went to No. 1 on Amazon. And, secondly, Obama’s favorite fix-it law firm, Perkins Coie, was dispatch to Hawaii to finally “find” it, or so they say. Perkins Coie is the Democratic law firm that boasts “sharing” space with the FBI. Isn’t that cozy?

I will add that the document has never been authenticated as genuine.

Personally, I thought it was important to establish that Obama met the minimal constitutional litmus test for eligibility. For that I was vilified, called a racist, lampooned, besmirched, called a conspiracy theorist and worse.

It’s worth recalling that in the 2008 election, the only “birther” issue to be raised by any media was the question of John McCain’s eligibility. That one was driven home by the New York Times and had to be settled by a U.S. Senate investigation and unanimous vote that he was. McCain needed to turn over his birth certificate – because he was born in Panama. His parents were stationed there in the war. Obama never needed to show his birth certificate.

And that’s the real story of who the first “birther” really was. It was Barack Hussein Obama.

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