One of the more ridiculous attacks on Barack Obama were the claims that he was not born in the United States. These attacks continued even after his birth certificate was posted, with a variety of crazy conspiracy theories being spread with claims that this was a forgery. Factcheck.org has reviewed the birth certificate and writes that it is real. From their summary:
In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen. But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document’s authenticity. And recently, author Jerome Corsi, whose book attacks Obama, said in a TV interview that the birth certificate the campaign has is “fake.”
We beg to differ. 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. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as “supporting documents” to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.
The article provides further details along with debunking of the various conspiracy theories. PoliFact has also come to the same conclusion that the birth certificate is legitimate. Of course the right wingers and PUMA kooks who are promoting these conspiracy theories will not be dissuaded. Just as right wingers continue to claim that John Kerry never released his military records despite the fact that his full records were posted on line during the 2004 campaign, opponents of Obama will continue to deny the fact that his actual birth certificate has been posted.