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Sheriff Joe Arpaio came up with the idea to demand the original microfilm of Obama’s birth certificate after he saw evidence from his Cold Case Posse in Maricopa County, Ariz., that the White House apparently released to the public three different versions of the long-form birth certificate.

“Show me the microfilm, not the copies the White House released,” Arpaio has insisted.

What the White House released on April 27 were not original documents but purportedly scans of original birth documents that remain in the Hawaii Department of Health vault.

WND reported yesterday that in 1966, the Hawaii Department of Health provided microfilm copies to Mrs. Eleanor Nordyke of the birth certificates for her twins, born the day after Obama in the same hospital.

“Obama’s birth certificate is either on that microfilm roll along with the Nordyke twins’ birth certificate, or it’s not,” Arpaio said.

Sources close to the sheriff’s law enforcement investigation explained to WND that Arpaio had come up with a solution to end almost immediately a controversy over the Obama birth certificate that has continued since 2008.

“If the microfilm exists, show us the reel. That’s the best evidence the document existed in 1961, not the three different versions the White House released on April 27.”

The White House released three versions of Obama’s long-form birth certificate, each one of which appears fundamentally different from the other two.

If the long-form birth certificate the White House released was merely a scan of an original document held in the Hawaii Department of Health, critics ask, then why are the three different in appearance?

On the morning of April 27, the White House posted on its website a document purporting to be a scan of the original 1961 Obama birth certificate obtained from the vault records of the Hawaii Department of Health.

As seen in Exhibit 1, the version of the birth certificate first displayed by the White House to the American public was an electronic PDF computer file that contained a green background clearly showing the green hash-marks of Hawaii Department of Health security paper.


Image released by the White House as PDF April 27, 2011

The second version of the Obama birth certificate was a photo taken by the Associated Press and attributed to J. Scott Appleworth.

This photo supposedly was taken of the photocopies the White House handed out to reporters in the White House press room during the April 27 press conference..

As Exhibit 2 clearly shows, the Associated Press photograph, widely reproduced by various print media, including newspapers and various Internet news sources, differs fundamentally in appearance from the PDF file of the birth certificate that the White House posted on its website earlier in the day.

The Associated Press version shows a blue background, with no hash marks and no green security paper background.


Exhibit 2, Associated Press version of Obama birth certificate, April 27, 2011

The third version consisted of two photographs the White House staff allowed NBC photographer Savannah Guthrie to take, supposedly of a version of the Obama birth certificate on which the Hawaii state seal was noticeable to the touch.

This third version of the Obama birth certificate was removed from public view immediately after Guthrie took her two pictures at, or immediately after, the White House press conference.

As seen in Exhibits 4 and 5 below, the two Guthrie photographs of what supposedly was a hand-held version of the Obama birth certificate, appears completely different from each of the previous two versions.

The Guthrie photographs display the Obama birth certificate as having a gray background on which gray hash marks are clearly visible.

Exhibit 3 is a screen capture of Guthrie’s tweet posted April 27 revealing that she had been allowed by the White House to take two photos of the Obama birth certificate.


Exhibit 3, Savannah Guthrie tweet, posted April 27, 2011

As indicated in the tweet, Guthrie posted to the Internet the photos she took, here and here.

Here is the first photo Guthrie took:


Exhibit 4, Guthrie’s first photograph of Obama long-form birth certificate, April 27, 2011

 Here is the second photo Guthrie took:


Exhibit 5, Guthrie’s second photograph of Obama long-form birth certificate, April 27, 2011

Why keep the microfilm secret?

Arpaio told WND that Obama should be willing to give authorization to release to the public the original microfilm containing his long-form birth certificate.

“The president should want to put this issue to bed once and for all for the good of the country,” he said. “Obama can end the controversy with one stroke of his pen, giving the Hawaii Department of Health his approval to make public the microfilm reel of 1961 birth certificates containing Obama’s birth certificate along with the Nordyke twins birth certificates.

As seen in Exhibit 6, the Honolulu Advertiser photographed Eleanor Nordyke in 2009 displaying the two microfilm copies – showing white letters on a black background – that she received from the Hawaii Department of Health in 1966.


Exhibit 6: Eleanor Nordyke displays photostats of her twin daughters’ birth certificates (Courtesy Honolulu Advertiser)

WND reported in July 2009 that Mrs. Nordyke’s twins were born on Aug. 5, 1961, one day after Obama’s birth, at Kapiolani Hospital, the same hospital listed on the Obama birth certificate released by the White House on April 27.

As seen in Exhibit 7, the Nordyke twins’ birth certificates shown side-by-side display the white-on-black characteristics typical of Photostats taken in the 1960s from microfilm storage copies.


Exhibit 7

As seen in Exhibit 8, a positive print from the white-on-black birth certificate for twin Gretchen Elizabeth Nordyke, shows more clearly at the bottom that the Registrar General Charles G. Bennett and Director of Health Leo Bernstein issued the copy on May 5, 1966.


Exhibit 8: Positive print of birth certificate of Gretchen Nordyke, one of two sisters born at what was known in 1961 as the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.

“The Nordyke twins were born one day after Obama in the same hospital,” Arpaio said. “If the Nordyke twins’ birth certificates were put on microfilm for storage purposes, Obama’s birth certificate should be on microfilm also.”

Arpaio has also suggested the White House should authorize the Hawaii Department of Health to release for independent court-authorized forensic examination any 1961 paper-and-ink original Obama birth records the Department has on file.

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