Over the last couple of days, commenters here have made the claim that there are multiple versions of Barack Obama’s Certification of Live Birth (COLB), one without the embossed state seal of Hawaii and one with. It’s an old claim, and one that makes no sense particularly now after the Governor of the State of Hawaii herself has said Barack Obama was born there and that the state has the documentation on file. Why would Obama’s campaign forge a birth certificate when they could get a real one, and how did two Hawaii newspapers get a birth announcement from the Hawaii Vital Statistics Department back in 1961 if the state hadn’t registered a birth?
Conspiracy theorists are never swayed by the implausibility of their theories, so last month I showed you a scanned image of my own birth certificate, which has an embossed seal that doesn’t show up when scanned. This is because the lighting from a scanner is dead on and creates no visible shadow. The seal is just dents in the paper that only show when shadows change the brightness of the reflection.
I have always claimed the I could see the state seal on Obama’s birth certificate, albeit faint. However, others claim not. Therefore, I decided to perform another experiment, this time with the Obama COLB itself.
I opened the Obama birth certificate from the Daily KOS (this was the first one to be published) using a photo processing program, PhotoImpact Pro version 13 from Nova Development. Then I applied the “Water Color” operator to the image twice, selecting the default setting (stroke size small, moisture level 80) each time. The result clearly shows the seal.
Any one can replicate what I did; you don’t have to take my word for it.