Comment on Barack Obama Conspiracy Theories by jfb.
I’ve had to order a certified copy of my birth certificate from the state of Texas on several occasions. At no point did I get a photocopy or facsimile of the original birth certificate; rather, I received a document that looked quite a bit like the one the Obama campaign supplied to Politifact. Apart from saying “Texas” instead of “Hawaii”, the two are quite similar. It has my name, my parents’ names, date and place of birth, and a couple of other entries. No doctor name, no doctor signature, no foot prints, etc. It is stamped and signed, making it an official document of record.
Texas converted to electronic records decades ago; rather then spending a week digging through filing cabinets for a piece of paper to photocopy, they just print up a new document with all the pertinent information (at least for someone born in the 1960s and later).
These copies have been sufficient for me to get a passport and a security clearance; they should at least be sufficient proof of citizenship to run for President.
The document the Obama campaign supplied to Politifact was notarized. The Hawaiian director of vital statistics has gone on record stating that yes, they have proof of Obama’s birth in Hawaii on file. Hawaii was a state in 1961. These three facts alone should be enough to convince most reasonable people that Obama really is a native-born citizen of the United States and that he’s eligible to be President.
And frankly, if he were white with a Christian-sounding name, nobody would have ever thought to question his citizenship. It’s simply never been an issue before. But he’s not white and his middle name is HUSSEIN and a bunch of people on the right and the left have lost their goddamned minds as a result.