Several weeks ago there were rumors floating around the Barack Obama was not born in the United States, and therefore not a natural born citizen. In an effort to dispel the rumors, left wing blogger Kos obtained a copy of Obama's "Certification of Live Birth", later posted on Obama's Fight The Smears website, and declared the rumors "debunked". Unfortunately for Obama, the release of this certification raised more questions than it answered.
Polarik at Townhall raised some of these issues last week, including:
- Use of a second generation reproduction of the seal of the State of Hawaii at the top
- Blacking out of the Certificate number in an attempt to prevent it from being traced
- Absence of any official signature or seal which typically appear on such documents
- Crudely arranged borders inconsistent with a professionally produced official document
- The use of an identical typeface for all text items on the page.
I had neglted to write about this at the time because I generally try and avoid being involved in rumor spreading whenever possible. After further research however, it appears that Polarik has proven rumors of this being a falsified document may actually be true. He has obtained a certified Certificate of Live Birth from the State of Hawaii and compared it to the one the Obama campaign released, and it does indeed appear that Obama's was a fake.
The most noticable difference between the two documents is also the most important, and that is the absence of the embossed seal. Israel Insider recently spoke with Janice Okubo, Director of Communications of the State of Hawaii Department of Health who stated "At this time there are no circumstances in which the State of Hawaii Department of Health would issue a birth certification or certification of live birth only electronically." And, she added, "In the State of Hawaii all certified copies of certificates of live birth have the embossed seal and registrar signature on the back of the document."
The question over Obama's place of brith is an important one, because if the rumors of him being born overseas are true, he would not be elligible to hold the office of the Presidency.