Many years ago, I requested a copy of my birth certificate from Michigan and got one back from them that looked pretty much like this except it was mustard-colored. Nobody ever questioned it. I used it to get a passport, professional licenses, etc. It IS a birth certificate. This is what states issue as proof of birth. Everyone knows this.
Oh, by the way, Hawaii became a state in 1959. FYI. Oh, and by the way,
In 2001 – the state of Hawaii Health Department went paperless. Paper documents were discarded. The official record of Obama’s birth is now an official ELECTRONIC record Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Health Department told the Honolulu Star Bulletin, “At that time, all information for births from 1908 (on) was put into electronic files for consistent reporting,” she said.
And of course his birth was announced in two newspapers at the time: The Advertiser on Aug 13, and the Star Bulletin on Aug 14:
And there is at least one person who recalls the event:
“I may be the only person left who specifically remembers his birth. His parents are gone, his grandmother is gone, the obstetrician who delivered him is gone,” said Nelson, referring to Dr. Rodney T. West, who died in February at the age of 98. Here’s the story: Nelson was having dinner at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Waikiki Beach with Dr. West, the father of her college friend, Jo-Anne. Making conversation, Nelson turned to Dr. West and said: “‘So, tell me something interesting that happened this week,’” she recalls.
His response: “Well, today, Stanley had a baby. Now that’s something to write home about.”
The new mother was Stanley (later referred to by her middle name of Ann) Dunham, and the baby was Barack Hussein Obama.
“I penned the name on a napkin, and I did write home about it,” said Nelson, knowing that her father, Stanley A. Czurles, director of the Art Education Department at Buffalo State College, would be interested in the “Stanley” connection.
She also remembers Dr. West mentioning that the baby’s father was the first black student at the University of Hawaii and how taken he was by the baby’s name.
“I remember Dr. West saying ‘Barack Hussein Obama, now that’s a musical name,’” said Nelson, who grew up in Kenmore and went to Hawaii in 1959 to be in Jo-Anne’s wedding party. When Nelson was offered a job as a newspaper reporter and photographer at her friend’s wedding reception, it led to her living in Hawaii for 47 years.
Of course, for these insaniac birthers, there can be no proof. Whatever proof is produced, will not be enough for the whacko Republicans who control that party…..there’s always another conspiracy theory ready…
One of the most famous examples of a well-packaged but verifiable historical fiction going dangerously unchallenged was the 1915 blockbuster silent film, The Birth of a Nation (also known as The Clansman). Directed by D.W. Griffith, the story follows two families—one Northern and one Southern—through the Civil War and then Reconstruction in the ante-bellum South, including the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. The film shattered box-office records and was praised by critics for its innovative filmmaking techniques. Yet beneath the craft lay the unmistakably racist message that Reconstruction was a failure, that blacks could not be integrated into civil society, and that the rise of the KKK was necessary to restore order and protect white women from marauding white men.
Birth of a Nation was divisive from the moment it was released, prompting protest from the newly formed NAACP and riots in several major cities. But while critics praised the film’s technique and President Woodrow Wilson privately called it an “unfortunate production,” no chorus of mainstream voices arose to condemn the film’s message. And, left unchecked, the myths propagated by the film not only led to violence against blacks in the immediate aftermath of its release, but also provided an invaluable propaganda tool to KKK recruiters for decades after.
It is a free country. Lou Dobbs, Liz Cheney, and other Birther-sympathizers in Congress are free to question the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s birthplace and Presidency all they want. But that does not mean that news outlets should employ or give airtime to such purveyors of the palpably false, or let their words float into the ether. Every minute of additional coverage, every extra line of print allows the virus to spread and infect others susceptible to such race-baiting and conspiratorial thinking.
Maybe this vote by the House will put a sock in this nonsense:
The U.S. House of Representatives said happy birthday to the 50th State yesterday, peripherally stepping into the “birther” fray with a resolution that notes, “President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961.”
The House approved the resolution that was offered by U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, a personal friend of Obama’s father. Hawaii became a state on Aug. 21, 1959, and this year is the 50th anniversary.
The measure, House Resolution 593, passed without objection, with 378 aye votes and 55 representatives not voting. Voting in favor were 158 Republicans and 220 Democrats.
P.s….the passport thing:
in 1981 U.S. citizens could travel freely to Pakistan. And Obama is not a citizen of Kenya.