Leader Blues

Friday, March 26, 2010

EDITORIAL >> The birther candidate

It was a matter of time until one of the big stable of Republican candidates for the U. S. Senate became so desperate. Curtis Coleman, the millionaire food broker at Little Rock, announced Wednesday that if he is elected to the Senate he will make President Obama produce his birth certificate to prove that he was born in the United States and was not an illegal president.

Coleman said he did not know where the president was born, in Kenya as the conspiracists claim or Hawaii. It just needs to be settled and he is going to use his office to do it, he said.

Of course, it was settled while Coleman wasn’t looking. In June 2008, Obama released a digital copy of his birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii. When the conspiracists countered that it must be a doped-up copy, the candidate’s staff made an old certified copy of the birth certificate, complete with the official state seal, available to media organizations, which copied it. The birth certificate is all over the Internet. The director of the Hawaii Bureau of Vital Statistics in Honolulu confirmed that it was an exact replica of the original birth certificate on file in the state Health Department. Hawaii law prohibits the state from releasing a person’s birth certificate or disclosing information on it. Most states have similar privacy laws.

The Obama birth, along with the other births recorded that week at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu was reported August 13, 1961, in the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper, which was the custom in most newspapers of the day. It said: "Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy., son, Aug. 4.” The same announcement appeared the next day in the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Anyone can examine the newspapers in the state archives or on microfilm.

But wait, the conspiracists exclaimed, even 49 years ago the sinister Obamas were plotting to make their baby the illegal president of the United States some day, and they must have called the newspapers from Kenya and got people on the newspaper staffs to plant young Barack’s name in the birth list that the hospital gave to the newspapers.

If you believe that happened, you will believe anything. Lots of people will believe anything, and Curtis Coleman apparently thinks there are enough of them in Arkansas to elect him to the Senate. Lord, we pray that there are not.