Friday, January 20, 2012

Obama's Social Security Number? Don't Think So!

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There's an e-mail circulating this week with the subject line "Re: Stolen SSN 042-xx-xxxx" -- I'm not including the full number in case it is a real one that belongs to someone, but the full number is in the subject line and body of the e-mail.  This note claims that President Obama's SSN was stolen by his grandmother from a man who immigrated to the U.S. in 1924 named Jean Paul Ludwig.  Now, if red flags haven't already popped up in your mind, they should.  But let's have some fun with this preposterous attempt to extend the dead controversy about President Obama's U.S. citizenship and his birth certificate.  Let's take the note one paragraph at a time and do a little debunking.... 

Paragraph 1: "An intensive investigation has revealed the identity of the man whose Social Security Number (SSN) is being used by President Obama: Was Jean Paul Ludwig, who was born in France in 1890, immigrated to the United States in 1924, and was assigned SSN 042-xx-xxxx (Obama's current SSN) rec'd on or about March 1977."

Sources?  If an intensive investigation has truly occurred, who conducted it?  Was there a report? 
Have the police been called in?  Is there a police report?  Has the Social Security Administration and Office of Personnel Management been notified?  What has their response been?  None of this most helpful information, if the claim were true, has been offered, so no substantiation exists.  Also, how did the writer get this specific SSN?


Jean Paul Ludwig?  If this man existed, he was 34 years old when he immigrated to the U.S. and would have wanted a job, I would guess.  So when the SSA was established in the 1930's, in order for him to work, he'd have been issued an SSN at that time.  Why he'd be assigned an SSN in 1977 when he would be 87 years old and retired is beyond me.  There's no substantiating material about Mr. Ludwig's existence: Where'd he live in France?  Was he married?  A father? What was his profession?

President Obama?  He's proved his U.S. citizenship by releasing his birth certificate.  I think it's also relevant to note that for him to be employed in the U.S. by anyone since 2001, he'd have to fill out the I9 form and verify that he can work legally here.  Along with that goes a background check, credit check, which often includes verification of the SSN.  The Office of Personnel Management, I would expect, did all of this when Obama became a U.S. Senator.  If there had been any serious problems with his information, he would not have served as a U.S. Senator.  I expect the GOP vetted Obama carefully in 2007-08, looking for any real problems with his service and background they could use against him.  The issue of his citizenship came up then and was addressed with Obama releasing his birth certificate.

President Obama was born in the mid-1960's and would have been assigned an SSN at that time, not after 1977.  Isn't it a shame that Obama's grandmother is no longer alive to verify when he received his SSN?

Paragraph 2: "Ludwig lived most of his adult life in Connecticut.  Because of that, his SSN begins with the digits 042, which are among only a select few reserved for Connecticut residents.  Obama never lived or worked in that state!  Therefore, there is no reason on earth for his SSN to start with the digits 042.  None whatsoever!"

SSN?  It's no secret that the SSA uses a specific "code" to create SSNs.  The first three digits identify the region or state the person was born in or lives when applying if a naturalized citizen or legal immigrant with a green card.  What is the proof that this SSN beginning with 042 is Obama's?  I went to the SSA's website yesterday to see if I could verify it.  They offer a verification service for businesses but not for individuals.  I'd love for someone with access to the verification service to verify Obama does not hold the SSN beginning with 042.

Paragraph 3: "Now comes the best part!  Ludwig spent the final months of his life in Hawaii, where he died.  Conveniently, Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, worked part-time in the Probate Office in the Honolulu, Hawaii, Courthouse, and therefore had access to the SSNs of deceased individuals.  The Social Security Administration was never informed of Ludwig's death, and because he never received Social Security benefits there were no benefits to stop and therefore, no questions were ever raised."

Ludwig's death?  How does the e-mail writer know the SSA was not informed of Ludwig's death?  When did he die?  Where is the documentation?

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Obama's grandmother?  She worked at the Bank of Hawaii until her retirement in 1986.  She did not work for the Probate Court.  She was a Vice President at the Bank of Hawaii.  This is public record.  She did not have the access to the deceased persons' SSNs that the writer claims.

Paragraph 4:  "The suspicion, of course, is that Dunham, knowing her grandson was not a U.S. citizen, either because he was born in Kenya or became a citizen of Indonesia upon his adoption by Lolo Soetoro simply scoured the probate records until she found someone who died who was not receiving Social Security benefits, and selected Mr. Ludwigs Connecticut SSN for Obama."

???  Obama was not born in Kenya, his father was.  An adoption does not confer citizenship on someone, although I don't know what the law in Indonesia is about becoming a citizen, and it sure would have been helpful for that documentation to be provided.  But it wasn't..  Since Madelyn Dunham did not work at the Probate Court, she could not scour the records there.

Paragraph 5:  "Just wait until Trump gets past the birth certificate and onto the issue of Barry O's use of a stolen SSN.  You will see leftist heads exploding, because they will have no way of defending Obama.  Although many Americans do not understand the meaning of the term 'natural born' there are few who do not understand that if you are using someone else's SSN it is a clear indication of fraud."

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Trump?  Well, I guess we now know the source of this message.  If not Mr. Trump himself, then a supporter of his.

"Natural born" -- Leftist heads will not be exploding because there is no issue here.  Obama is a natural born citizen of the U.S.

"Using someone else's SSN"?  Still no evidence, no proof, no substantiation.  And I'd suggest that whoever wrote this e-mail is a prime example of complete stupidity, irresponsibility, and deception.  If any of these claims was true, there'd be evidence and the writer would be more than happy to provide it.

Paragraph 6: "Let's all get this information out to everybody on our mailing lists.  If the voters of this great nation can succeed in bringing this lying, deceitful, cheating, corrupt, impostor to justice it will be the biggest and best news in decades for our country and the world. "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.' Benjamin Franklin  If you can just say 'oh well, ho hum' after reading this you get what you deserve."

Deceitful? Clearly a rant against Obama that lacks any substance whatsoever.  And the e-mail itself is 100% deceitful and I'd hope that when the writer is brought to justice, it will be the biggest and best news in decades for our country and the democratic election process.....

Think, people!  Don't fall for cheap lies no matter who the target is.  Deconstruct the message and find the holes.  Look for evidence and logical substantiation.  If you demand evidence, proof and documentation from the opposition, you must demand it from your own side, too.  I've notified Obama's campaign of the existence of this e-mail using an SSN that the writer claims to be Obama's and I'll be happy to forward the e-mail to them if they want it.

I am just astounded by the stupidity of this e-mail and its message......

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