The September 20th meeting of the Surprise [AZ] Tea Party Patriots featured Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and volunteer Cold Case Posse commander Mike Zullo. Birther Jeff Lichter in his introduction of Sheriff Arpaio gave a birther timeline blaming Barack Obama for the birther movement, saying:
[Questions about] Obama’s eligibility began with Obama himself! In a 2007 pamphlet from Harvard, which Obama approved regarding himself, Obama was Recorded as being born in Kenya.
As is often the case with birthers, the facts are not only wrong, but scrambled. There is no such pamphlet from Harvard in 2007, but there was one from a publicist in 1991, one which the publicist says was not approved by Obama. The timeline may be of interest to others. As for myself: tl:dr.
Arpaio himself made a non-specific affirmation that the birth certificate investigation is ongoing:
We are looking at a forged document and still stand by that decision They are still not done with it. How can you back down? Never forget, if you start an investigation you should complete it!
To this observer, Sheriff Arpaio is doing a piss poor job of completing his investigation, second only to Donald Trump’s ending the birther controversy.
Mike Zullo spoke next, and more specifically to the birth certificate investigation, dropping something that would be a bombshell if Zullo had any credibility:
They were assured by Kapalani (sic) Medical Center Head Doctor that Obama wasn’t born there The government uses electronics to produce fake documents, so the only reasonable conclusion is that The birth certificate is fake. It is impossible to be real by their own admission.
I wasn’t able to make any sense of the logic there, as recorded in the minutes by Dale Brooks. Whoever this unnamed “head doctor” is (assuming there is one at all), it would be unlikely that he was at Kapi’olani in 1961, nor is it likely that anyone on the medical staff at Kapi’olani would be commenting now, given that spokespersons for the hospital said previously that their hands were tied by federal law regarding the privacy of medical records.
Zullo gave no hint as to when he expected to have his investigation wrapped up, who he will claim forged Obama’s birth certificate, and what constructive result will come out of his efforts.