In my article What You Don’t Know I asked what was the difference between a “Certificate” and a “Certification”. I meant to ask what was the difference in the meaning of the words. Someone pointed out to me that two very distinct birth documents come out of Hawaii. Folks call one a “Certificate” and the other a “Certification”, but that’s not right. So when is a “Certificate” not a “Certificate”?
Both documents are certifications. The Obama Certification (right) is a certified copy of the Certificate made by transcription and computer printout onto security paper, impressed with the State Seal and signed by the state registrar. The other document (left) is also a certified copy of the Certificate but produced by a photographic process, printed onto security paper, impressed with the State Seal and signed by the state registrar. (See Note 1) While the latter visually shows the word “CERTIFICATE” on it, it is not itself a certificate, but a copy of a certificate and therefore it’s just a certification that the certificate exists–just as the Obama Certification is. Both documents are certifications of what is in the vault, only differing in format and method of production. Hawaiian law states that they are equivalent for legal purposes and that is because the State certifies the accuracy of the content of each. (See: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0338/HRS_0338-0013.htm).
Because of a deep and abiding distrust of Obama on the part of some people, they want every possible bit of information that exists and the photocopy has more information than the transcript. However, the difference in content between the transcript and the photocopy does not bear on the essential question of where Obama was born (more on that following).
So why is anyone doubting that the Certification means what it says? (See my popular article just on this topic.) For the balance of this discussion, let’s assume that the Obama COLB as shown on the Internet is what the State of Hawaii issued.
“What about Obama’s half sister. She has a Hawaiian birth certificate and she was born in Indonesia!”
I have never seen any citation or documentation that Maya Soetoro-Ng has a Hawaiian Birth Certificate. Let’s see why it’s impossible. Maya was born in Indonesia August 15, 1970 (Wikipedia). Stanley Ann D. Soetoro would have been in Indonesia about 3 years when Maya was born.
Let’s look at Hawaiian law. The relevant statue is: [§338-17.8] Certificates for children born out of State. This law was passed in 1982. It says:
“(a) Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents [plural] of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.
(b) Proof of legal residency shall be submitted to the director of health in any manner that the director shall deem appropriate. The director of health may also adopt any rules pursuant to chapter 91 that he or she may deem necessary or proper to prevent fraudulent applications for birth certificates and to require any further information or proof of events necessary for completion of a birth certificate.
(c) The fee for each application for registration shall be established by rule adopted pursuant to chapter 91. [L 1982, c 182, §1]
Since we assumed the Obama COLB is true, the registration date on it (August 8, 1961) is accurate and before the passage of this law. Therefore Obama could not have been registered under this law. Further the Barrack Obama COLB clearly states “BIRTH LOCATION: HONOLULU”. Unless you think Hawaii routinely puts out false documents, this too rules out the scenario for Barack Obama.
Because Stanley Ann D. Soetoro was not a resident of Hawaii for one year immediately preceding the birth of Maya Soetoro-Ng, she was not eligible for an out of state birth certificate either.
“How come all the witnesses to Obama’s birth are in Africa?”
There are no witnesses who have come forward to say Barack Obama II was born in Kenya. The only named witness claimed is Sarah Obama, and if you listen to the taped conversation of a phone call with her yourself (the full tape, not Berg’s edited version), it says he was born in Hawaii (“where his father was living” [this last word is disputed]). Further there is a 2007 newspaper account of Sarah Obama learning of Baracks’ birth in a letter from her son.
Obama’s uncle Sayid says in The Obama Nation (pp 24-25) as well in a YouTube video that Obama’s “first time in Kenya” was as an adult. Links to the full tape and the Sayid video are on this web site. Jerome Corsi (The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality) was all over Obama relatives in Africa with details about Obama’s every trip and connection to Africa and there’s not a peep about Barack being born in Africa in his book. How is that possible if all the Obama relatives knew it, the Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, as well as the whole rest of the country and Mr. Corsi missed it? Later Corsi traveled to Kenya expressly to get evidence of the Kenyan birth, and returned with nothing but excuses. Most plausible explanation? It didn’t happen.
“Why has no one come forward in Hawaii remembering Obama’s birth?”
There is a Buffalo News account of a discussion with Dr. Rodney West, a Hawaii hospital administrator who recently died at age 98, who knew of the birth. (A discussion of the veracity of this report and links to it is on this web site). But who’s going to remember a totally unremarkable baby born 47 years ago? How many hospital workers from that period are even still alive!?
Given that we don’t even know where the “flight to Africa” story comes from and that it’s totally implausible from the start, that no witness in Africa has come forward, the simplest explanation is that it didn’t happen. The birth certificate means what it says.
Chose between the two:
- Very pregnant woman flies to Africa, no documentation, no witnesses, no source of story, no international airport in Mombasa, no explanation how the Obama’s could have afforded the flight, investigators interviewing Obama relatives missed it, uncle says no, grandmother says no.
- Born in Hawaii, newspaper birth announcement (two), Hawaiian birth certificate with Birth Location “Honolulu”, Hawaiian Health officials say birth registered.
What does William of Occam say?
I want to add that the terms certificate and certification are substituted for each other in various jurisdictions. For example in Indiana, the computer-printed abstract document is titled: “Certificate of Birth”. Indiana is one of a growing number of states where birth data is entered directly by hospitals into computer systems, and where there is no paper certificate in the vault.
Now for the reward for the stalwart reader who reached the end of the article: look at Obama’s document (above) that says “Certification” at the top. It says “Certificate” at the bottom.
Note 1: The certificate itself is not on security paper. The certificate is a hospital-generated document that is signed by the hospital and then signed and registered by the Health Department. The hospital fills out a “plain form”. This is for security reasons (so security paper can be controlled) and because an original on security paper would lose all its security features when copies were made. (Security paper is designed to be hard to copy and color copiers were unknown in 1961.) This also explains why Sun Yat-Sen’s fraudulent Hawaiian Birth Certificate from 1904 has identical security to Obama’s. They are both copied onto the same modern paper stock.
Note 2: A birth at a location is a historical event. States, by their laws, register births and record locations. They do this in a variety of ways, including receiving paper forms from hospitals, signed by someone and stamping a number on them, and in modern systems receiving an electronic data file with no underlying piece of paper. That’s what an electronic health record (EHR), a medical record not on paper. States under their laws and regulations certify to others that births are registered. Sometimes they photocopy hospital reports onto security paper, stamp and seal them. Nowadays, since there there are no hospital record to photocopy, they print information from their computer databases onto security paper, stamp and seal those. In the future, birth verification will likely be all electronic, and the paper birth certificate will become obsolete.