I heard about an elementary school in New York that was renamed for Barack Obama.

You may have heard about the plans to designate Nov. 4 as Barack Obama Day.

But, so far, at least, I have not heard of any plans for so much as a plaque to be installed in the hospital in which the next president was born.

Do you know why?

Because the location of the hospital in which Barack Obama was born is something of a state secret.

It is information the American people should know, because it would be revealed on his birth certificate – if only we could see it.

The story, as told in Obama’s ghostwritten autobiography, “Dreams of My Father,” is that he was born in Hawaii Aug. 4, 1961. Yet, the only alleged birth certificate released by the Obama campaign lacks the significant details normally associated with such a document – like specifically where he was born.

This is important constitutionally beyond proving mere citizenship. The Constitution requires presidents to be “natural born” Americans – meaning born within the United States. In Hawaii circa 1961, it was possible – even routine – to register foreign births.

If, as some evidence strongly suggests, including the testimony of two Obama relatives to WND senior staff writer Jerome Corsi who say they were present when he was born in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1961, he was born abroad and merely registered in Hawaii, that would slam-dunk disqualify him from serving – unless, like John McCain, both his parents were U.S. citizens. Since Obama’s autobiography also states that his mother was a minor and his father a citizen of Kenya, only the production of actual hospital records on a long-form birth certificate can provide the necessary information.

Do you have doubts about Obama’s eligibility to serve as president because of his mysterious birth? Sign WND’s petition calling on all controlling legal authorities to seek the long-form birth certificate that will answer the questions and to release the information publicly to quell all suspicions.

Does dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” when it comes to constitutional eligibility questions for the highest office in the land warrant being characterized as a “tin-foil hat conspiracist” as some of the self-proclaimed truth-detector sites on the Internet suggest?

I don’t think so.

And I’m not afraid of being called derogatory names for defending the Constitution’s literal meaning and clear standards for eligibility for office.

I know where George W. Bush was born – Grace–New Haven Community Hospital in Connecticut.

I know where Bill Clinton was born – the Julia Chester Hospital in Hope, Ark.

I even know Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin.

Why is there so much secrecy about the birthplace of Barack Hussein Obama Jr.?

If you doubt what I am saying, try to find any reference to a hospital associated with Obama’s birth. The only one you will find anywhere is the Coast Provincial Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, where his African relatives claim to have been present when he arrived.

I wonder if they will install a plaque there?

That would be pretty embarrassing.

In fact, it will be pretty embarrassing to America if we install a president Jan. 20 and later find out he was ineligible under Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution.

That’s why I am spearheading a petition drive to get the answer to this most basic question and end all of the serious doubt that surrounds this mystery.

If you don’t believe the doubts are widespread, just take a look at how many people have signed that petition. As I write this column, they are signing up at the rate of 1,000 per hour – day, night, 24 hours, around the clock.

Barack Obama can end this controversy by doing something he should have done a long time ago – especially as a presidential wannabe pledged to more open government. He should release his long-form birth certificate. If he doesn’t do it, we need to make sure some controlling legal authority does before he is sworn in as president.

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