WAS A FORGERY PRODUCED, OR BOTH?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 1, 2018) — Shortly before the release of the “long-form” birth certificate on the White House website on April 27, 2011 bearing the name “Barack Hussein Obama II,” former Hawaii resident Miki Booth provided images to this publication of paper birth certificates she collected from several citizens born in the Aloha State at different times.
Our article, dated April 14, 2011, reported that “a Hawaiian-born resident was denied a copy of his original, long-form birth certificate after visiting the Department of Health and submitting a formal request for it.”
Earlier that year, then-businessman and real-estate mogul Donald Trump had constantly questioned Obama’s claimed birthplace of Hawaii, contending that without having presented a “long-form,” detailed birth certificate, Obama could not prove that he was a “natural born Citizen,” as the U.S. Constitution requires for the president and commander-in-chief.
The mainstream media continually ridiculed Trump’s publicly-stated doubts about Obama’s legitimacy, terming him and anyone else questioning Obama’s birthplace or eligibility a “birther.”
The pejorative has become a permanent element of the political lexicon.
Ironically, on April 14, 2011, Obama launched his re-election campaign as reported by an excerpt from the book “Double Down,” published in 2013, in which authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann called Trump’s questioning of Obama’s birthplace a “crackpot conspiracy theory.” The duo also claimed that “Although Trump was braying for his original long-form birth certificate, officials in Obama’s home state were legally prohibited from releasing it on their own, and the president had no earthly idea where his family’s copy was.”
That account contradicted Obama’s claim in his book, “Dreams From My Father,” that he found an article about his alleged father’s departure from the United States “folded away among my birth certificate and old vaccination forms.” The pertinent excerpt is available at Google Books.
Halperin and Heilemann also wrote a book about the 2008 election titled “Game Change.”
Halperin was fired from NBC in October after multiple allegations surfaced of sexual harassment while he worked at ABC News. Heilemann is a “political analyst” at MSNBC commentator and former writer for New York Magazine.
The two wrote in their latest book that a “a small, four-paneled paper booklet” Obama reportedly found while visiting his home in Chicago in 2011 could have been “the birth certificate” Trump had called to be released. “Now, alone in his old house for just the third night since he’d become president, he started rummaging through the boxes, digging, digging, until suddenly he found it: a small, four-paneled paper booklet booklet the world had never seen before. On the front was an ink drawing of Kapi‘olani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital, in Honolulu. On the back was a picture of a Hawaiian queen. On one inside page were his name, his mother’s name, and his date of birth; on the other were his infant footprints,” the authors wrote.
After the book excerpt was released, Miki Booth subsequently provided evidence that the “paper booklet” to which the book referred is a “Souvenir Certificate of Birth” and not an official vital record issued by the HDOH.
Curiously, Halperin and Heilemann do not mention that a PDF scan of a certified copy of Obama’s alleged “long-form” birth certificate had been posted, by the time of the book’s publication, on the White House website more than two years earlier.
On June 30, 2011, Halperin was suspended by MSNBC for allegedly making “completely inappropriate and unacceptable” comments about Obama. The network apologized profusely to the White House, but the remarks Halperin made that day on air appear to be no longer available online.
Since 2008, when a “short-form” birth certificate image appeared on Obama’s campaign website and several others, the campaign reportedly claimed that the underlying document was the only birth certificate available from the State of Hawaii.
Booth reported that claim to be false, as some of her acquaintances during that time period and later requested and received the more detailed birth record, or “long-form,” from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH).
On April 10, 2011, Booth wrote her own article in which she displayed a “short-form” birth certificate obtained by her son Alan, who was born in Hawaii in 1981, titled “Certificate of Live Birth,” while Obama’s is a “Certification of Live Birth.”
Alan Booth’s short-form clearly bears an official seal in the middle, while the version of Obama’s eventually posted by the White House does not. A hard-copy paper short-form presented by Factcheck.org bears the certificate number, the appearance of a raised seal, and has a green background, while the White House’s certificate number is blacked out and the image appears as black ink on a white background.
Miki Booth mailed the Certificate of Live Birth provided to her son to The Post & Email, after which we scanned and copied it, then returned the original to her.
Factcheck.org claimed to have “spent some time with the birth certificate,” having published an extensive report in August 2008 with the apparent intent to quell public curiosity and questioning about Obama’s birthplace, which had been reported as Kenya or Indonesia by various mainstream outlets over the years.
One of the images Booth provided to us for the April 14, 2011 article was that of her husband’s long-form birth certificate showing that he was born in the Territory of Hawaii on July 17, 1949. The “Date Received by Registrar General” is stamped “JUL 25 1949.”
Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.
Obama claims a birth in Hawaii on August 4, 1961 at the Kapiolani Women’s & Gynecological Hospital, now called Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.
Below all of the data fields, Fred Booth’s 1949 birth certificate contains the following text centered horizontally across the document:
THIS CERTIFIES THAT THE ABOVE IS A TRUE AND CORRECT COPY OF THE
ORIGINAL RECORD ON FILE IN THE BUREAU OF HEALTH STATISTICS,
TERRITORY OF HAWAII
Superimposed on the text and the signature of the Deputy Registrar General is a clear impression of an official round seal.
Obama’s long-form birth certificate does not show an embedded official seal, nor does it contain the wording or format of Fred Booth’s birth certificate.
On July 28, 2009, Dr. Jerome Corsi reported that The Honolulu Advertiser had published an article depicting Eleanor Nordyke, mother of twin girls born on August 5, 1961 at Kapiolani, holding hard-copy, long-form birth certificates belonging to her daughters.
Nordyke has since passed away.
An enlarged image of one of the birth certificates in Corsi’s article shows three lines of text below the last line of data boxes above the signatures of the Director of Health and Deputy Registrar General in similar fashion to that of Fred Booth’s.
When The Post & Email increased by 100% the size of the image Corsi displayed of Nordyke holding the birth certificates, it became grainy, but both clearly contain text not present on the Obama long-form image.
The date on which the Nordyke twins’ birth certificates was produced is not known. Obama’s two certified copies were reportedly delivered to the White House by his then-personal attorney, Judith Corley of Perkins Coie, after she flew to Hawaii and obtained them from the Department of Health on or about April 25, 2011.
The long-form image appearing at whitehouse.gov contains the following wording and what appears to be a registrar’s stamp bearing the name of Dr. Alvin T. Onaka, State Registrar and Chief of the Office of Health Status Monitoring of the Hawaii Department of Health.
There is, however, no sign of a raised seal despite a report from a lone journalist, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, that she “felt the raised seal” when she was given a paper handout at the April 27, 2011 press conference heralding the release of the long-form image.
It has never been verified that the long-form image posted by the Obama White House is a scan of the documents Corley reportedly obtained from the HDOH after a unique “legal analysis” was said to have been done by then-White House Counsel Robert Bauer in order to obtain the more complete record of Obama’s alleged birth.
Bauer is now a partner at Perkins Coie, which is heavily involved in Democrat political causes and strategies.
A criminal investigation authorized by then-Sheriff Joseph Arpaio in August 2011, conducted by former New Jersey detective Mike Zullo over more than five years, determined that not only is the long-form image a “computer-generated forgery,” but also that Obama’s Selective Service registration form is fraudulent. That document, Zullo said, is a “hard-copy forgery.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.