Posted Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at 9:02 AM
Here it is
, after Barack Obama himself requested it from the state of Hawaii on April 22.
If you've done something with your life since 2008, and haven't tilled the vineyards of birtherism, I will explain why this matters. In June of 2008, to knock down a couple of rumors about their candidate, Barack Obama's campaign released his short-form certificate of live birth on the Fight the Smears website. Rather than nipping the conspiracies before they could grow, the COLB inspired new, more virulent strains. There was the theory, pushed most recently by Donald Trump, that there was something "Obama didn't want people to see" on the original form—some family illegitimacy, some secret Muslim faith. There was the theory, pioneered by an anonymous expert named "Ron Polarik," that the COLB was a forgery.
Does that seem crazy and wrong? Well, it is wrong. But it made the rounds on the conservative blogs. Before she led the Ground Zero Mosque movement, even Pam Geller promoted the theory. There were other theories, but those two, basically, were the rationale for years of "investigations" into Obama's citizenship. One of them is about to come out between book covers, when Jerome Corsi publishes "Where's the Birth Certificate?" One of the items likely to make it in the book is the affidavit by Tim Adams, a former Hawaii elections clerk (a short-term job created before elections), which asserts that this long-form certificate can't possibly exist .
"During the course of my employment," Adams swears in the affidavit (viewable in full as part 1 and part 2 ), "I became aware that many requests were being made to the City and County of Honolulu Elections Division, the Hawaii Office of Elections, and the Hawaii Department of Health from around the country to obtain a copy of then-Senator Barack Obama's long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate."
As he inquired about the birth certificate, he says, his supervisors told him that the records were not on file at the Hawaii Department of Health.
"Senior officers in the City and County of Honolulu Elections Division told me on multiple occasions that no Hawaii long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate existed for Senator Obama in the Hawaii Department of Health," Adams' affidavit reads, "and there was no record that any such document had ever been on file in the Hawaii Department of Health or any other branch or department of the Hawaii government ."