Conspiracy?

The legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate continues to be questioned in many chain emails and sites like WorldNetDaily. A recent PolitiFact post on this subject helps sheds some light on the problems with this conspiracy theory. Of particular note is the following:

We talked to reporter Will Hoover, who wrote a well-researched story for the Honolulu Advertiser on Nov. 9, 2008, about Obama’s childhood years in the the Aloha State. It ran under the headline “Obama Slept Here.”

In researching the story, he went to the microfilm archives and found the birth announcement for Obama. Actually, he found two of them, one in his Honululu Advertiser on Aug. 13 , 1961, and in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin the next day. They both said the same thing: “Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, son, Aug. 4.”

But here’s the thing. Newspaper officials he checked with confirmed those notices came from the state Department of Health.

PolitiFact goes on to remark on the notices:

In order to phony those notices up, it would have required the complicity of the state Health Department and two independent newspapers — on the off chance this unnamed child might want to one day be president of the United States.

While there are a hosts of legitimate criticisms to levy against Obama, this one appears to not be one of them. Critics would be better suited to voice their concerns over their differences with Obama on policy rather than hype conspiracies with very questionable plausibility.

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