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Larry Bailey 'Birther' Remarks: Former Navy SEAL Questions Obama's Birthplace

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President Barack Obama campaigns Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Windham, N.H., at Windham High School. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama campaigns Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Windham, N.H., at Windham High School. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A former Navy SEAL leading an anti-Obama group is the latest to question the president's birthplace, noting he thinks Obama "is not who he says he is."

"I have to admit that I'm a Birther," said Larry Bailey, a retired veteran who founded Special Operations Speaks (SOS), a group that aims to portray Obama as anti-military.

"If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is," Bailey told Foreign Policy.

Bailey's theory is that Obama's true father is Frank Marshall Davis, "a member of Communist Party USA" who Bailey says was friends with Obama's mother.

"Barack Obama's a born red-diaper baby. He's a socialist," Bailey said. "His beliefs are the very antithesis of my beliefs. As far as I am concerned he is one of the most unlikeable and unprepared politicians we've ever had."

Despite the fact that the White House released Obama's "long-form" birth certificate in April 2011, many have continued to question the president's legitimacy to serve as the nation's commander in chief. Several high-profile figures have expressed "birther" doubts, including Donald Trump and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona.

In July 2012, the Conservative Majority Fund PAC even released a "birther" ad slamming Obama ahead of the 2012 election. HuffPost previously reported:

The Conservative Majority Fund PAC's spot looks like a cheaply produced infomercial, except instead of selling gadgets, it's pushing the notion that Obama is hiding something dark about his past. It includes all of the boilerplate fringe theories: Questions about Bill Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, characters in the president's book, his college records, his social security number, and of course, his birth certificate, all make an appearance.

"No one -- I mean no one -- has seen an actual physical copy of Barack Obama's birth certificate," the narrator says, before directing viewers to call a number to "disqualify Obama before the Democratic National Convention." They'll need 10,000 signatures from every congressional district in the United States to do this.

(Hat tip: Foreign Policy)

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