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I read with bemusement this week about Hawaii’s many plans for honoring the first American president to claim the island state as his birthplace.

All in all, Hawaiian officials seem eager to claim Barack Obama as a native son even while failing to provide a modicum of proof that he was actually born there.

Amazingly, given the secretive status of the birth hospital, at least one legislator is even proposing an Obama birthplace state park.

State park?

Why not at least a plaque at the actual birthplace?

How is it that state officials are neglecting the hospital?

Why is the medical establishment he was born in still a better kept secret than who ghost-wrote his autobiography?

With all the hoopla over Obama in Hawaii, why is no institution willing to come forward and proclaim, with pride, that Obama was born there – and provide some evidence while it’s at it?

Let the world know you stand with the Constitution and transparency. Display the “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” magnetic bumper sticker.

More than five months ago now, around Obama’s alleged Aug. 4 birthday, I stepped out publicly and offered a $10,000 charitable gift to the hospital found on his long-form birth certificate. All he or the hospital or the state of Hawaii would have to do to claim the prize is show the American public the document that should have been produced long ago to claim the presidency as a natural born citizen.

As I said back then, “We’ve tried the stick. Today, as Barack Obama celebrates what he claims to be his birthday, I want to try the carrot approach. Obama has said he was born in Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu. He participated in a fundraiser for the medical center in January. WND will send a check to whatever birth hospital is listed on his long-form birth certificate. All Obama has to do to see that donation made is to release it publicly.”

Today I will amend that challenge.

Since politicians in Hawaii are so interested in honoring Obama, why not use their influence on him to produce the proof that will lead to a cash contribution – no strings attached – to a worthy charity. In fact, I’ll make it $15,000!

By the way, this offer does not does not supplant or replace a previous offer I put on the table to provide a minimum of $10,000 to anyone providing proof he or she was present at Obama’s birth – wherever that might have been.

Obviously, Obama is not going to produce the birth certificate just to satisfy an overlooked, obscure constitutional requirement. But I thought, given his compassionate concern about health care and charity, that he might be persuaded to end this national mystery with a significant cash pledge to the hospital in which he entered the world.

At the same time, think of how such a benevolent action would have the added benefit of trumping all those anti-Obama “birthers” out there.

Think about it. Obama claims to have been born in Honolulu Aug. 4, 1961. His entire constitutional claim to the presidency rests on this premise. Yet, he refuses to release a copy of his long-form birth certificate – the only document that could possibly corroborate his claim. Instead, he has released to select news organizations and posted on the Internet a document that could never serve as proof he was born in the United States – a so-called “certification of live birth,” a digital document that could, can and has been obtained by people who were actually born outside the country. The American people can never be certain their president is legitimate constitutionally without proof.

Wouldn’t it be a midterm election year coup for Obama to release it finally?

I’m sure the hospital would love to get a quick $15,000. It could even be used to construct a monument making it the most famous hospital on the island. Kapi’olani has publicly used Obama to raise money in the past – claiming it was the birthplace. It only backed off when it was asked by my news agency to confirm on the record that it was indeed so. All references to the statement by Obama and the fundraiser were then stripped from its website.

What’s up with that?

Maybe they’re just waiting for this offer to go higher?

You can help make that a reality.

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