By Jack Minor
- MGen Jerry Curry who has recently come out in support of Lt. Col. Lakin saying the President needs to show proof of his eligibility to the American people
A second General has come out in support of former Greeley resident Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lakin, who is challenging in court President Obama’s eligibility to be President, saying a good leader would gladly produce the documentation and put this issue to rest.
This past Friday, Lt. Col Lakin attended a military hearing to face several charges including missing a movement. Following the hearing, Lakin was ordered not to speak to the press and was immediately taken by military escort back to Walter Reed Medical Center without even being permitted to speak to his lawyer.
Lakin is being represented by both military and civilian counsel. Margaret Hemenway, spokeswoman for Lt. Col. Lakin said one of his attorneys Paul Rolf Jensen is considering filing a complaint over the manner his client was treated following the hearing.
Army Major General (Ret) Jerry Curry a decorated combat veteran has issued statement saying he agrees with Lakin that the President should provide proof of eligibility. Curry served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Carter Administration, as Press Secretary to the Secretary of Defense for the Reagan Administration, and has worked in international relations, public affairs, management, aviation, and research and development.
While on active duty, General Curry’s other duties included commanding the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (TECOM) headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. TECOM is responsible for performing Engineering Development Testing to determine whether all Army equipment including jeeps, trucks of all types, self propelled artillery, tanks, electronics, airplanes, helicopters and missiles is safe to operate, free from defects and is in compliance with all of the Army’s technical specifications.
General Curry lamented that members of the military were having to raise the issue “It shouldn’t be the Lieutenant Colonels, Sergeants and Generals in the Army it should be the Congressman and Senators on both sides of the issue asking this man to step up to the plate” and provide the proof to the American people. Curry expressed concern for Lakin telling the Gazette “the administration will do its best to destroy him personally.”
A recent CNN poll showed that only 42 percent of Americans feel that the President was definitely born in the United States. When asked how he feels the president should respond to the many Americans who have expressed doubt about his eligibility, Curry said as a leader the President should “look the American people in the eye” and say “I am under a cloud because there are some folks that think I am illegitimate. If you will tell me what you think I need to provide to cause you to throw this mess out the window, and to understand that I am legitimate then I will provide what you folks want because the most important thing is this country and carrying out the constitution.”
Many of the President’s supporters have encouraged Obama not to release the information claiming it would not silence the critics. Curry dismissed that claim saying the President should say “here it is, you wanted it you got it, now get off my back.”
As the Gazette previously reported, Major General Paul Vallely has also publically supported Lt. Col. Lakin saying in a radio interview “I think many in the military – and many out of the military – question the natural-birth status of Barack Obama. … I’m not convinced that he’s a natural-born citizen.”
Vallely said he was concerned over the Certification of Live Birth that was released online instead of the long form certificate showing the doctor’s name and hospital “His unwillingness to do it also concerns me. I think Lt. Col. Lakin has a valid point it’s a concern and I’m not sure it has been addressed properly. … He refuses to produce a birth certificate that states the witnessing of the birth, the date and who is the doctor. We don’t know why he won’t come out with that.”
A recent CNN poll revealed that 6 in 10 Americans are uncertain if the President was born in the United States. The poll taken July 16-21 asked the following question “Do you think Barack Obama was definitely born in the United States, probably born in the United States, probably born in another country, or definitely born in another country?”
Only 42 percent of the respondents said they believed the President was definitely born in the United States while probably in the United States received 29 percent meaning 6 in 10 Americans are uncertain about Obama’s birth.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews commenting on the CNN poll seemed to admit the president has not released his birth certificate. During the editorial Matthews showed a copy of the Certification of Live Birth and did not refer to it as the President’s birth certificate, instead simply calling it a “standard certificate released by the state of Hawaii.”
Matthews went on to say those who continued to doubt Obama’s eligibility were guilty of racism saying they want “to destroy this president not because of what he does but because of who he is, not because of where he was born but what his race is when he was born” and wanting to “assassinate him with their lies.”
Curry disputed Matthew’s claim saying if Obama is truly eligible producing the documentation would only strengthen his hand politically. Curry said people need to understand the purpose of pushing for the information is for the good of the country, not for personal reasons saying he does not want “to hurt Obama, we want the truth out so we don’t hurt the country.”