It seems far longer than two years since then candidate Barack Obama’s presidential campaign put a copy of his Hawaiian birth certificate on the Internet, the first presidential candidate in history to make such a document public. I thought it appropriate that this article, the 800th published on this web site, be about that important event in the micro-universe of Obama Conspiracy Theories.
Possibly in response to a June 9th (2008) article by Jim Geraghty of the National Review Online, Obama Could Debunk Some Rumors By Releasing His Birth Certificate, echoed by WorldNetDaily on June 10, the Obama campaign is said to have scurried to meet the challenge and two days later (June 12) they released the scanned COLB to a progressive web site, The Daily KOS. Shortly afterward a copy was forwarded a political fact checking web site, Politico.com, and a copy posted on the Obama Campaign Fight the Smears web site. Within a scant 9 days of the initial release, the online newspaper Israel Insider published an article saying that anonymous analysts had declared it a forgery, one writing under the nom de blog of Dr. Polarik.
The Israel Insider said in their article [remember that this was before the Obama denialists invented the “two citizen parent rule]:
… it is Article Two, Section One of the Constitution which requires that the President be a “natural born citizen” and not simply a naturalized citizen. The issue is whether there is proof that Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, the legal status of his mother at the time, and what exactly is written on the original birth certificate — if it in fact such a certificate exists.
Over the last two years, the COLB has faced a barrage of criticism beyond the original observations of The Israel Insider about characteristics of the COLB that turned out to be common to all Hawaiian computer-generated birth certificates. We now have 9 up-close photos of the document, front and back, from FactCheck.org from their article, Born in the U.S.A. The State of Hawaii has confirmed Obama’s Hawaiian birth at the highest level. Many articles on the birth certificate have been published here. Nevertheless, conspiracy theories about the birth certificate persist to this day.
So Happy Birthday, COLB!