After some questions about whether Barack Obama qualifies as a “natural born citizen” under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Barack Obama campaign released an electronic copy of what they purported to be Barack Obama’s birth certificate. There’s a bit of a problem, however. The document that the campaign released does not appear to be legitimate, and officials of the State of Hawaii say they cannot authenticate it. At this point not only are some asking about whether he is legally qualified to be president, but whether he is actually a United States citizen.
Above is the birth certificate that the Obama campaign released. For anyone that doesn’t regularly deal with public documents, or can’t dig up a Hawaii birth certificate to compare this with, it looks legitimate. However there are folks out there who aren’t as easily satisfied as the rest of us, and after seeing this document they started asking some questions, such as why there’s no embossed seal on this, why there’s no signature, and why the certificate number is redacted. A blog called “Israeli Insider” has been doing some digging and asked state officials about this birth certificate, and those officials can’t confirm the authenticity of this document nor adequately explain why it differs so significantly from a legitimate birth certificate such as this one:
Here are a few of the issues the Barack Obama campaign could clear up by providing a paper copy which could be authenticated by Hawaii State officials:
- Why do the colors and border elements on Obama’s birth certificate seem to be so different from a legitimate birth certificate?
- Why is there no embossed seal on Obama’s birth certificate?
- Why is there no embossed registrar’s signature on Obama’s birth certificate?
- Why does Obama’s birth certificate appear to have the embossed date stamp of June  2007, but no other embossings?
- Why does Obama’s birth certificate have a “Date Filed by Registrar” whereas other birth certificates show a “Date Accepted”?
- Why does Obama’s pristine copy not have folds, when Hawaii will only send these by mail in an envelope that requires folding?
Does this necessarily mean that Barack Obama’s birth certificate, as provided by his campaign is fraudulent? No. Nor does this necessarily demonstrate that Obama’s citizenship may not be American. It does raise a question that should be pretty easy to put to rest and has not, however, and that in itself is pretty disturbing. Why would there be lingering questions at all about something as fundamental as Barack Obama’s basic constitutional qualifications for the office of President of the United States? When you or I apply for a job, we provide physical documents as a matter of course. Why wouldn’t a person who wants us to hire him as our President not be eager to do the same?
To the extent that the Obama campaign has attempted to address these questions, they have posted this uncertifiable image of Obama’s birth certificate online, presented an irrelevant passage from the Constitution and mentioned the date that Hawaii became a state. Other than that, they have done absolutely nothing to address this. How do you think that might work for you if you flat out ignored a potential employer’s request for documentation that would conclusively prove your identity and ensure their compliance with the law?
Israeli Insider sums up the significance of this potential problem this way:
If Obama lacks a certified Hawaiian birth certificate, he’s not a natural born American. If he’s not a natural born American, he can’t be president. That’s the law of the land.
If Obama is a legitimate candidate, a natural born citizen of the United States, he must prove it. If he is not, he must admit the truth, and accept the consequences. Now, not later.
This is a matter of US national security. Because there are people in this world who know the truth and can prove it. They would be able to hold that knowledge and proof over his head to make him do their bidding, or else expose him as a fraud, liar and, yes, an illegal alien. That is not a risk that it is reasonable for the American people to take.
Beyond the vulnerability to blackmail, there is a more fundamental question that must be asked if Obama is not forthcoming in producing the requisite documentation of his citizenship: does the American people really want to elect a man who would conceal his past and identity? Does it want to elect a man who would withhold the full truth and stonewall legitimate questions in his pursuit of the presidency, all the while claiming to be a victim and accusing others of fraud?
There’s only one way for Obama to show he’s a natural born citizen eligible to be President: produce the paper proof.
I agree. This can and should be cleared up quickly and conclusively. Trotting out a potentially suspect computer graphic along with some irrelevant verbiage does not put this question to bed one bit. Obama is and should be absolutely required to answer any and all questions regarding his constitutional eligibility for the office he seeks to the complete satisfaction of the electorate. Any perceived obfuscation in answering such questions should disqualify him as a candidate just as it would disqualify you or I were we to act in the same manner when applying for our much less sensitive and critical employment.
UPDATE: The actual source of this birth certificate posted on the Obama campaign website was not apparently Barack Obama, but Daily Kos blogger Marcos Moulitsas. That alone should raise some questions here. If Obama will supposedly give his birth certificate to Kos, why won’t he make it available to someone more capable of determining the authenticity of the document? Last I’ve heard, this wasn’t exactly what Moulitsas was qualified for, and he is certainly not an objective source of information on this subject.
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