Wherein Phage demolishes the 'birth certificate' non-issue.

Anyone else tired of the ridiculous claims going around about Senator Obama's birth certificate?

Let's destroy those.

To start: The claim his birth certificate is a forgery, or photoshopped.

This all started from the copy was provided, claims that there was no signature or raised seal. Well, since then we have new photos of the birth certificate.


Let's see. Raised seal? Clearly visible (Gee, I wonder if it wasn't visible before because scanned images don't display DEPTH well?) and Signature, which is located on the back of the certificate (Gee, maybe why it didn't show on the front only scan originally provided)

Now. It provides everything necessary for a birth certificate to be legit, including the Hawaii Dept. of Health saying it is.


“It’s a valid Hawaii state birth certificate,” spokesman Janice Okubo told us.

"BUT WAIT!" You cry in your wingnuttery, "that may be a 'real' birth certificate, but it's short form! A short form birth certificate isn't acceptable!"

Ah, again, you are mistaken. A short form certificate ISN'T acceptable, that is true, UNLESS it has the names of both parents listed. Hawaiin versions, do in fact. In the case where both parent's names are listed:

The short form typically includes the child's name, date of birth, sex, and place of birth, although some also include the names of the child's parents. When the certification does include the names of the parents, it can be used in lieu of a long form birth certificate in almost all circumstances

Yes, that includes U.S. citizenship.

"...Well... Okay... BUT!" You again interrupt, most rude, "It's suspicious he won't provide a long-form copy!"

And there is a reason for that. Long-form Hawaiin birth certificates are, in fact, not public record. The Hawaii Dept. of Health only makes available the certified copy, or... short-form.


Of course that's moot anyway, as his short-form is of the variety that is considered an acceptable form of Primary identification.

In short, what has been provided is all that he needed to provide. It proves his citizenship as well as yours, mine or Joe the Plumber's. You may not LIKE it, but it is the TRUTH.