THEY’LL NEVER STOP…. Last week, Hawaii’s health director apparently checked the president’s birth certificate again, and discovered that Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961, and “is a natural-born American citizen.” A nutty right-wing website, however, produced an obviously-fake document purporting to show that Obama was born in the “Republic of Kenya” in February 1964.
WorldNetDaily and the right-wing fringe are very excited about their scoop that Orly Taitz has “released a copy of what purports to be a Kenyan certification of birth” for President Obama. According to WND, “Taitz told WND that the document came from an anonymous source who doesn’t want his name known because ‘he’s afraid for his life.’ ” So in order to believe Taitz and WND, one would have to assume that this document was requested 45 years ago, preserved that entire time, withheld through the entire election and transition period, and yet somehow ended up in the hands of someone sympathetic to Orly Taitz.
DailyKos’ David Waldman has identified what appears to be an even more glaring problem with WND’s latest smoking gun. The document posted by WND purports to have been produced by the “Republic of Kenya” on February 17, 1964. But Kenya didn’t even become a republic until December 12, 1964. An article from that day’s Washington Post, for example, reported that “Kenya became the newest republic within the British Commonwealth at midnight.”
If far-right clowns are going to try a stunt like this, the least they could do is put a little effort into it. Sure, they’re wingnuts, but there’s no rule saying wingnuts can’t show a little pride in their efforts.
Doug Mataconis, who noted some of the glaring problems with the faked document, added, “Something tells me that the birthers are going to be sadly disappointed when this one is revealed for the forgery it most likely is.”
If only that were true. Those delusional enough to reject reality are incapable of being disappointed by facts.