I Get Emails: Why Aren’t You Talking About Obama’s Citizenship?

From my email last night,

“Just wondering why you refuse to have any articles any longer on the topic of Obama’s eligibility and citizenship, especially in light of the fact that this will be before the full Supreme Court on December 5th?…” — rrobin

There’s a simple reason that I haven’t spent much time on the subject: despite the fact that there is an ongoing debate about the validity of Obama’s certificate of live birth that’s floating around, I think it’s 99.9% certain that Barack Obama is a citizen of the United States. Since that’s the case, it seems like a waste to spend a lot of time discussing the issue.

Now, I know there are more than a few people on the right who disagree with that assessment — and that’s fine — but, let me tell you why I think it’s a certainty that Obama is an American citizen.

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First off, there’s a newspaper clipping from the 1961 Honolulu Advertiser that mentions Obama being born. In and of itself, that’s almost irrefutable evidence.

In addition to that, there’s the fact that the state of Hawaii has already verified that Obama was born there,

State officials say there’s no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawai’i.

Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said today she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.

Fukino says that no state official, including Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently.

She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.

Here’s the thing: we can line up experts to debate whether the certificate of live birth that’s out there is real or not from now until 2012, but if Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 — and he clearly was — he’s eligible to be President and the court case is a moot point. Therefore, what’s to discuss?

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