Stefan Frederick Cook is a U.S. Army Major currently serving in the reserves. On July 8th, a day before being issued orders that will eventually have him serving in Afghanistan, Cook filed a lawsuit claiming he shouldn’t have to go. His reason? Barack Obama never produced an official Hawaiian birth certificate, making him ineligible for the presidency, and thereby nullifying his orders.
During the election, after months of requests, Obama supplied a “Certificate of Live Birth,” and used it to establish his US citizenship. No congressional hearings were ever held regarding the matter, despite the fact that they were held for John McCain.
Cooks lawsuit is just the latest in a long string of similar cases, two of which were dismissed, while another is currently working its way through the courts. The problem Obama faces, the reason legal issues continue to dog the matter, is the simple fact that there’s a big difference between the amended ”Certificate of Live Birth” that Obama supplied, and an actual longform Hawaiian “Birth Certificate.”
Chief among these is the fact that, in Hawaii, a “Certificate Of Live Birth” like the one Obama produced may be granted to anyone, at any time following their birth, regardless of where they were born. From the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health: “Amended certificates of birth may be prepared and filed with the Department of Health, as provided by law, for 1) a person born in Hawaii who already has a birth certificate filed with the Department of Health or 2) a person born in a foreign country.”
Even in Hawaii itself, the short-form “Certificate Of Live Birth” that Obama touts is not enough proof for some government programs. According to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, “In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green,” the qualifications state. “This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.”
Obama’s team has now spent millions fighting these cases, and new ones continue to be filed. Why doesn’t he just release the original long-form document? Perhaps it doesn’t exist? Not so, according to Obama’s own writings.
On page 26 of his 1995 book, “Dreams Of My Father, Obama writes “I discovered this article, folded away among my birth certificate and old vaccination forms” So, at least in 1995, Obama was sure of its existence, but now is spending a fortune to keep it from being released? If he’s lost it in the intervening years, can’t the Hawaiian government produce a copy? For that matter, why, when Obama chose to release the “Certificate of Live Birth,” did he not give it to the Board of Elections, The Federal Elections Commission, or the Democrat party? Instead, he gave it to a non-binding, non-profit website, “factcheck.org,” which is funded by the Annenberg Foundation - the same organization that introduced Obama to admitted terrorist Bill Ayers, and which the President vigorously rebuked during the election.
President Obama, this matter is not going to go away. You can end it instantly by releasing the long-form document. If you want this soldier give his life for his country, shouldn’t you be willing to produce your birth certificate for it?
- Robert Laurie