Obama’s “Birth Certificate” Released: Is it Fake?


After spending $2 million fighting lawsuits and three years refusing to release his official long form birth certificate, Obama suddenly released his “birth certificate” Wednesday. Recently, pressure has been mounting with potential presidential candidate Donald Trump demanding to see the birth certificate, various states considering legislation requiring birth certificates from future candidates, and the imminent release of a book questioning Obama’s eligibility having already topped the NY Times best-seller list.


The White House is hoping this will end the ongoing controversy regarding Obama’s eligibility to be President under the requirements of the Constitution, Article 2, Section 1.  However, the document came under immediate scrutiny and it has already been analyzed by numerous individuals claiming various levels of expertise, but the conclusion seems to be that the “birth certificate” is composed of multiple layers and is therefore highly suspect if not an outright forgery. 


Among other questions the document has raised are why is Obama senior listed as “African” instead of “negro” or “colored” as would have been expected in 1961; why is his country of origin listed as “Kenya” instead of British East Africa which was its name in 1961; why is the hospital listed as “Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital” when it did not have that name until 1978; why is the number on the document a later number than one found on twin girls born a day later in the same hospital when it should be an earlier number?

Even if the birth certificate were authentic the constitutional question remains. The Constitution requires that the President be a “natural born” citizen, usually interpreted to mean that both parents are American citizens. Since the document clearly shows Obama senior is not an American citizen, then Obama can qualify only as a “native born” citizen not a “natural born” citizen. At best he would hold dual citizenship, but the Constitution also clearly states that the President cannot hold dual citizenship.


It maybe that the White House’s attempt to end the controversy has instead stirred the fires and brought about more questions than before.  Many critics and challengers of Obama’s eligibility believe the document actually proves he is not eligible and this will finally bring the issue to a head.


Until now the courts have refused to hear any of the lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility, but if the “birth certificate” is a forgery they may have to finally hear a case and make a ruling. In any circumstance this has not brought the issue to a stop; it has shoved the throttle forward.


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