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Lingering doubts about Obamas birth certificate
President Barack Obama's birth certificate is not without question. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The media has criticized anyone who question Obama's birth certificate; but let's just look at the facts.

Fact: The first people to question Obama's birth certificate were Hillary Clinton supporters during the 2008 presidential campaign. They sent emails stating, "Barack Obama's mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there, and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth." This was verified by Snopes in April 2008.

Fact: The first lawsuit filed against Obama and the birth certificate was done by Philip J Berg, a self-avowed Democrat supporter of Hillary Clinton.

Fact: In January 2011, Neil Abercrombie, the newly-elected Democratic governor of Hawaii and friend of Obama, announced he wanted to put the issue to rest as to whether Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya. Gov. Abercrombie announced he would produce the birth certificate and end the controversy. However, he later announced he couldn't locate any birth certificate or record of birth in any hospital in Hawaii, including a signature by any doctor.

Fact: No one has ever seen or verified Obama's birth certificate. When the White House produced a certificate of live birth on the White House website on April 27, 2011, the posted certificate had a totally different print stock than other birth certificates released during 1961 and there was no embossed seal on it, since only an "uncertified copy" was released. On May 1, 2011, computer science and document management expert witness, Ivan Zatkovich, studied the document released by the White House. Mr. Zatkovich stated that documents normally contain one layer of PDF, but Obama's copy had multiple layers of PDF, indicating it had been scanned multiple times, concluding it had been modified or edited in some fashion. His report concludes, "There is no specific evidence of how or why that content would have been changed, but the evidence clearly indicates that the document was changed."

Fact: President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.'s grandmother and aunt admitted Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya on August 4, 1961 at Coast Provincial General Hospital, Mombasa, Kenya, where Obama was born at 7:21 p.m. Four days later, his mother flew to Hawaii and registered his birth in Honolulu as a certificate of live birth which omitted the place and hospital of birth." Obama's mother originally attempted to fly to Hawaii prior to Obama being born but was denied the flight due to the fear of her pregnancy and the cabin pressure in the airplane.

Fact: Twin daughters born to Eleanor Nordyke on August 5, 1961 were assigned certificate numbers (151-61-10637 and 151-61-10638) that preceded the certificate number (151-61-10641) that was assigned to Barack Obama, even though he was supposedly born there on August 4, 1961.

Fact: A 2009 report in the Nigerian Observer lists Barack Obama as Kenyan-born.

Adding to the confusion is other documents which are either missing or which have never been seen including Obama's kindergarten and Punahou school records, which most likely would contain a copy of his birth certificate; his Occidental College records, which may show he attended there as a foreign exchange student since the Indonesian government doesn't recognize dual citizenships. Also missing are Obama's Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, legislative and scheduling records from his years as an Illinois state senator, Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records are all unavailable, mysteriously "lost," or sealed from the public. Furthermore, Barack Obama admittedly traveled to Pakistan in 1981 or 1982 when, during those years, U.S. citizens carrying U.S. passports were prohibited from entering Pakistan.

If anyone wants to dispute these facts, please only do so by using facts.