Conservative blogger Brooks Bayne is looking to shed some sunlight on President Barack Obama's past academic record. Bayne says he is part of a group of eight individuals who have offered up a $10,000 bounty in exchange for authentic copies of Obama's transcripts from any of his past universities -- Occidental College, Harvard University or Columbia University.
The initial call for the college records was announced on a web site -- TheTrenches.us -- and did not state Bayne's name (nor did it mention the others who are joining him in this unique initiative). After proclaiming that the media have failed at properly vetting Obama, the official announcement for the effort offers up the financial incentive for accurate records. The web site reads:
You've failed, media.
You've had over three years to vet President Barack Obama. Yet in three years in office and over a year of campaigning beforehand, you have either been oddly uninterested or purposefully ignorant of Barack Obama's educational history. You were, however, quite interested in George Bush's transcripts.
This uncharacteristic absence of curiosity about an American president alarms us. At $15 trillion, our nation's debt is the highest it has ever been - and it keeps growing. We're not convinced that Barack is as smart as you media elitists keep insisting he is.
We therefore offer in reward $10,000 to anyone who provides the college transcripts of President Barack Obama. Occidental, Harvard, Columbia...any would represent more intellectual curiosity about the leader of the free world than the media has demonstrated since Obama won the Democrat primary.
Then, an e-mail address is offered for those who wish to submit Obama's transcripts and individuals are encouraged to "'spread the wealth around' to vet the prez." Following the site's publication, Bayne came out of the shadows this week.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, he admitted that he's the individual behind the originally-anonymous web site and that some of the people joining him in advancing it are "recognizable" figures (although he didn't name any of them).
"We are doing this because we are tired of the media not doing their job. We are tired of the PR propaganda coming out of places like Media Matters, and we are tired of this administration stonewalling over things like Fast and Furious," Bayne told TheDC. "We are tired of a lot of things."
Bayne said that his team will be assembling the money needed for the reward and insisted that anyone with viable copies would be compensated. Obama, he said, is not eligible to participate, although he encouraged the president to willingly release his records.
Additionally, the blogger confirmed that neither Republican Mitt Romney nor his campaign have anything at all to do with the transcript-procurement mission. Furthermore, he maintained that no "shadow groups" or "beltway douche-bag groups" are assisting in the measure. This effort, Bayne maintains, is purely organic and citizen-driven, as it seeks to find the truth about the president's academic background.
"All we have heard from the media is how much smarter Barack is than all the other candidates," Bayne said, going on to claim that Obama's coursework may serve as the basis for his "hardcore leftist-slash-progressive-slash-neo-marxist point of view."
Bayne, like many others, believes the president may be hiding something, academically-speaking, by continuing to withhold his college records.
(H/T: Daily Caller)