Posted by MataHarley on 24 August, 2008 at 3:30 pm. 8 comments already!


Had to pass on this story, in light of the recent post of the Renegage PA attorney, Phillip J. Berg, and his lawsuit to challenge Obama’s qualifications to run for POTUS.

Apparently, Annenberg’s FactCheck has had the opportunity to spend some quality time with Obama’s birth certificate, and has pronounced it legit in every way.

Recently, FactCheck representatives got a chance to spend some time with the birth certificate, and we can attest to the fact that it is real and three-dimensional and resides at the Obama headquarters in Chicago.

We can assure readers that the certificate does bear a raised seal, and that it’s stamped on the back by Hawaii state registrar Alvin T. Onaka (who uses a signature stamp rather than signing individual birth certificates). We even brought home a few photographs.

The certificate has all the elements the State Department requires for proving citizenship to obtain a U.S. passport: “your full name, the full name of your parent(s), date and place of birth, sex, date the birth record was filed, and the seal or other certification of the official custodian of such records.”

The names, date and place of birth, and filing date are all evident on the scanned version.

The document is a “certification of birth,” also known as a short-form birth certificate. The long form is drawn up by the hospital and includes additional information such as birth weight and parents’ hometowns. The short form is printed by the state and draws from a database with fewer details.

The Hawaii Department of Health’s birth record request form doesn’t give the option to request a photocopy of your long-form birth certificate, but its short form has enough information to be acceptable to the State Department.

We tried to ask the Hawaii DOH why they only offer the short form, among other questions, but they haven’t given a response.

This, of course has nothing to do with Berg’s charges of the details of Obama’s birth disqualifying him… i.e. the status of his parents INRE citizenry. A whole other story…

And of course, anyone can forn them own opinions about the examination being done by Annenberg Institute, considering their close relationship with Obama during the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

uh… wouldn’t that be the fox guarding the henhouse?

Hey… if the climate change advocates can whine about science studies funded by oil, and ignore their own science studies funded by alternative energy investment financial giants, then I say what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.


UPDATE: IsraelisInsider takes on FactCheck, their invitation to visit the holy document, the timing, their “lack of curiousity”, and disturbing appearance of “passportgate”.

And what’s below says it all INRE Berg’s lawsuit being an entirely different story…

The issue has never been whether or not Obama can prove U.S. citizenship well enough to get a passport. He gets around just fine, on one passport or another. The issues are where he was born, whether he is a natural born citizen under the Constitution, whether he ever was a citizen of another country, and, if so, whether he ever renounced that foreign citizenship.

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