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Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a radio host today he’s “not impressed” with a letter from the state of Hawaii affirming Barack Obama’s birth there.
He wants to see the proof himself.
Arpaio appeared on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio to talk, in part, about a letter sent from the Hawaii Department of Health to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett affirming Obama’s birth in the island state.
As WND reported, after more than eight weeks of pressing for answers, Bennett received verification from Hawaii of Obama’s American birth, which Bennett says satisfies Arizona’s requirements for placing Obama on the 2012 presidential ballot.
So if Bennett is satisfied by the letter, Klein asked, does it satisfy Arpaio?
“That doesn’t impress me,” Arpaio responded. “Why doesn’t [Bennett] ask for the birth certificate? The microfilm, look at the originals to see if it exists? … Just saying that there is some information about the president’s background doesn’t impress me.”
But Klein pressed Arpaio, asking the sheriff if he thought the Hawaiian letter was somehow fabricated, too.
“I just said from day one,” Arpaio replied, “I wanted to clear the president. I’m not accusing him of any crime; I just want to see the microfilm. We have two twins on the microfilm around the time the president was born. So let’s see the microfilm, let’s see the original copy of the birth certificate, then we’ll put this to rest.”
“I don’t know why it’s a big secret,” Arpaio continued. “Why is just a letter coming out and saying, ‘Yes, we say that he was born there’? Show us the proof.”