Opinion by Patricia L Johnson
The Los Angeles Times wrote an Editorial on February 15, 2011 addressing Speaker of the House, John Boehner’s (R-Oh) unwillingness to address the issue of President Obama’s birthplace with constituents.
“… Boehner’s response to David Gregory’s question about whether, as speaker, "it’s your responsibility to speak out against that kind of ignorance?" Boehner responded: "David, it’s not my job to tell the American people what to think. The American people have the right to think what they want to think."
When a person, any person, is in a position of authority it is their responsibility to provide others with facts when they know the facts, especially on issues that are controversial.
The subject of President Obama’s birth is definitely controversial, but not because it hasn’t been proven over and over again that he was born in Honolulu, State of Hawaii, USA at 7:24 pm on August 4, 1961. The subject is controversial because Republicans want to keep it that way – it’s to their advantage and they want to keep it a controversial issue.
“FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania” with a goal of increasing public knowledge and understanding of political issues. FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit voter advocate.
President Obama’s birth certificate has been personally examined by FactCheck staff and it is their contention the document is true and accurate.
“FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship.”
Their website includes no less than 9 photographs of the birth certificate and various seals.
Those familiar with the technical abilities of an excellent printer and scanner are aware of the fact documents can be touched up, revised, and tampered with and unless you’re a pro it’s difficult to recognize a fake document from the real deal, but you cannot tamper with everything. Certain items must remain intact and FactCheck has determined seals, signatures and stamps are valid.
Their site also includes a copy of the birth announcement that was placed in the Honolulu Advertiser on August 13, 1961. Simply stated, it is impossible to change history, no matter what kind of fancy equipment you have at your disposal you cannot change what was printed in a newspaper nearly 50 years ago.
You may read FactCheck’s analysis and see all photos at the following link http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html you can even download your own copies.
If you want further information, the Hawaii Department of Health Vital Records Department has an entire webpage on the subject.