Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Birther Update

On the 49th anniversary of the President's birth, we learn that the latest CNN poll shows that 27% of Americans still doubt that Barack Obama was born in the United States.  (The figure rises to 41% if you are a Republican, proving that Republicans are by nature more skeptical of public records than the average American.)   It is a shame that more Americans do not read my blog, because they would no doubt have been impressed by the post I did a year ago describing my most ambitious feat of reporting, an arduous expedition that should have put this controversy to rest definitively.  (See my blog post titled Obamaland.)  I personally verified that Hawaii is part of the United States of America, and I saw with my own eyes, and photographed, the places where Barack Obama lived as a child.  On the other hand, I understand that there is a lot of scientific evidence supporting  the birther position, summarized here.

But here is a quote (from the CNN article) from the Governor of Hawaii, who I guess is among the 59% of Republicans who accept the theory that the President was born in the United States:
"I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health. The president was in fact born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact.
It's been established he was born here.  I can understand why people want to make certain that the constitutional requirement of being a, you know, natural born American citizen … but the question has been asked and answered. And I think just we should all move on now."
I couldn't have put it better myself:  "Just we should all move on now."  Exactly.  Can we take the governor's word for this, or must I make another trip to Hawaii to gather even more evidence?

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday President Obama! I know he is Irish so I will toast him appropriately!

    "May God grant you many years to live, for sure he must be knowing, the earth has angels all too few and heaven is overflowing..."