Ooh, here’s an amusing new wingnut conspiracy theory. It comes from Janet Porter (previously Janet Folger), a raving anti-abortion loony, Worldnutdaily columnist and Mike Huckabee confidant. And I somehow missed this when she first wrote about it in at WND, but Porter actually thinks that Obama is a Soviet spy. Mother Jones reports:
“Brace yourself for what I am about to say next,” Porter began one column, published shortly after the inauguration. She then detailed an email that had been forwarded to her raising questions about the president’s status as an American citizen. But that was the least of it: If the email were correct, the president was a Soviet agent–and so were his parents. He had been conceived, in other words, with the sole purpose of destroying the nation from within.
I’m tingling with anticipation, aren’t you?
As Porter explained, the letter had originally been composed by a software developer named Tom Fife. “All I know is that Tom Fife is a real guy–not some e-mail scam,” she wrote. “I’ve talked to him.” In the email, Fife recounted a dinner-party conversation he’d had with a Soviet scientist in Moscow in the early 1990s.
“Since I had dabbled in languages,” Fife wrote, “I knew a smattering of Arabic. I made a comment: ‘If I remember correctly, ‘Barack’ comes from the Arabic word for ‘Blessing.’ That seems to be an odd name for an American.’ [The Soviet scientist] replied quickly, ‘Yes. It is ‘African,’ she insisted, ‘and he will be a blessing for world Communism. We will regain our strength and become the number one power in the world.’”
So looney tune wingnut Porter talked to a guy who claims to have talked to an anonymous “Soviet scientist” — after the Soviet Union collapsed — who said that a man that neither of them had conceivably heard of at the time (this was long before Barack Obama was a public figure; he didn’t graduate from law school until 1991) was someday going to be a blessing for communism and would rebuild the failed Soviet Union. Gosh, I can’t poke any logical holes in that argument. I’m convinced.