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Missing Birth Certificate - Is Obama Really American?

Updated on September 21, 2011
Billboard on the I-70 in Kipling
Billboard on the I-70 in Kipling

Candidates for US Presidency need to prove the following:

  • Have been a resident of the State for 14 years prior to application
  • Native born American
  • Over the age of 35

There is big controversy over the missing birth certificate of US President, Barack Obama, which leads to questions whether he is eligible to remain in office. In the President's home state of Hawaii, there are strict privacy laws in place which prohibits discloser of an individuals private documentation without the persons consent, including birth certificates. Skeptics question whether Obama was born in Kenya, the birthplace of his father.

Rumors began after radio personality Mike Evans reported to KQRS radio listeners in Minnesota on January 20, 2011 that there was no Obama birth certificate. According to Evans long-time friend, Former US Congressman and Hawaiian Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, after searching for the documents he turned up empty-handed.

The Hawaii Department of Health says the state went paperless in 2001 and no longer issues certifications of live births. The department now keeps all records on file electronically, therefore a paper record is no longer available. Hawaii’s health director verified the birth records in 2008 and 2009 and confirmed that Obama’s name is found in its alphabetical list of names of people born in Hawaii. The list is maintained in bound copies and available for the public to view.

The Obama campaign issued a "certificate of live birth" in 2008 showing the president’s birth date, city and name, along with his parents’ names and races. The certificate is an announcement of birth and not an official certificate of birth.

Abercrombie was a friend of Obama's parents and launched the investigation to questions the President's August 4, 1961 birth. Evans is now backpedaling, claiming he did not hear this allegations from Abercrombie.

Billboards have been erected by radio personality Peter Boyles of KHOW, along the I-70 in Kipling, CO, with the phrase "Where's the Birth Certificate?". Boyles, an outspoken supporter of the new US immigration policies, believes that Obama is hiding something and wants action on the unanswered questions. Many have accused the radio host of racism.

Opponents of the President, who have been dubbed "birthers", remain adamant on exposing the truth. Doubts will indeed persist over the Presidents true nationality until he makes the decision to come forward with evidence of his birthplace.


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