A growing list of apparent anomalies in the Obama long-form birth certificate released by the White House continues to fuel suspicion that the document is a crude, computer-generated forgery.
The Hawaii Department of Health and the White House have insisted that the document made public April 27 after nearly three years of public demand is genuine.
Web document experts, however, have questioned the document’s authenticity, and now a close inspection of the Hawaii Department of Health state registrar’s stamp on the birth records reveals an apparent typographical error.
The stamp, affixed April 25, 2011, says “TXE RECORD.”
Yet, on a copy of a Hawaii long-form birth certificate issued only one month earlier, the stamp says “THE RECORD.”
The stamp on the Obama document reads: “I CERTIFY THIS IS A TRUE COPY OR ABSTRACT OF TXE RECORD ON FILE IN THE HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.””
Here is registrar Alvin T. Onaka’s stamp on the White House document:
Here is a close-up of the state registrar’s stamp on the White House-issued Obama long-form birth certificate:
The state registrar’s stamp on a copy of a long-form birth certificate released by the Hawaii Department of Health just one month earlier, March 15, 2011, clearly is different, reading “THE RECORD.”
Here is a close-up of the stamp on the March 15, 2011, birth certificate copy:
Why would the Hawaii DOH allow the document to be issued to President Obama with a registrar’s stamp containing the obvious misspelling?
Even allowing for the possibility that the stamp was distorted by using too much ink or pressing too hard, the “X” in “TXE” bears no resemblance to the “H” in the “THE” of the March 15, 2011, document.
Where is the raised seal?
In addition, the White House-released Obama birth certificate has the same deficiency that the short-form certification of live birth had when it was first displayed to the public by the DailyKos.com on June 12, 2008. Both documents have been made available only in a digitized form and neither have a raised impression of the Hawaii state seal.
Here is the short-form certification of live birth as it initially appeared:
COLB image released by Obama campaign June 2008
Here is the president’s long-form birth certificate as released by the White House:
In contrast, long-form birth certificate copies issued by the Hawaii DOH had clearly identifiable raised seal markings, as seen here:
Even the long-form birth certificate copy issued by the Hawaii DOH on March 12, 2011, has markings from a raised seal that are visible with magnification, as seen here:
No similar embossed seal markings, along with document fold lines, are discernable on the White House-released birth certificate, even under magnification.
Arguably, without the state seal, the White House-released document lacks the certifying authority of the state of Hawaii.
With the short-form birth record, the controversy that developed was not resolved until FactCheck.org produced another version on Aug. 21, 2008, more than two months after the first appearance on the Internet, that clearly showed both embossed seal markings and paper folds.
Close-up of FactCheck.org document
Why didn’t the Hawaii DOH apply an embossed seal to the long-form released to the White House for public display?
Note also that the language of the Hawaii certification in 1960, as seen above, has shifted from verifying that the document is “a true and correct copy of the original record on file” to verifying only that document is “a true copy or abstract.”
Is the indication then that the document the White House displayed to the public April 27 might be a compilation of information the Hawaii DOH claims to have on file? Does an original document issued shortly after the birth actually exist in the files of the Hawaii DOH?
Where’s all the handwriting?
Two weeks before Obama finally released his “long-form birth certificate,” Hawaii’s former Health Department chief Chiyome Fukino – the one official who claimed to have examined Obama’s original birth document – was interviewed by NBC News’ national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff, who reported that Fukino told him she had seen the original birth certificate and that it was “half typed and half handwritten.”
However, the document released by the White House was entirely typed. Only the signatures and two dates at the very bottom were “handwritten.” What Fukino described is apparently a different document from what Obama released to the public.
Layers of doubt
Computer industry expert Luke Webster has produced two videos showing viewers how they can view the layers in the White House-provided birth certificate with Google Chrome, available free as a download on the Internet.
The first video demonstrates step-by-step how to load the document into Google Chrome and walks the viewer through an easy-to-follow examination of the computer layering involved in constructing the document.
The second video utilizes Adobe Illustrator to demonstrate, again, step-by-step why the White House released document appears to be a computer-generated forgery.
Webster is the president of DevRich.com, an Internet company that specializes in domain development, search engine optimization and website development.