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The Seal On Obama's COLB?


Yup, it's a forgery.



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Politifact Asked For Obama's Birth Certificate
In March 2008 people were asking, "who is Barack Obama," and one of the questions they were asking was, "is Obama a Muslim?"  Another question was, "is his middle name Muhammed?"

The Obama Exploratory Committee even released a statement, "To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago."

This statement was amended by the campaign on March 14th, to say, "Obama was never a practicing Muslim."  Is it clear yet?  Maybe not, because the official Obama 08 website still contains this statement: "Obama Has Never Been A Muslim."


Anyway,  in the process of researching an email rumor about Obama's name, Politifact, the political blog at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, reported that the Obama campaign refused to provide the newspaper with a copy of Obama's birth certificate.


On June 12, 2008, the Obama campaign sent an e-mail to PolitiFact with a copy of the senator's "birth certificate" as an attachment.

But, Where Did The "Birth Certificate" Come From

There have been 2 different electronic images of Obama's "Certification Of Live Birth" (COLB) posted on the Internet at four different websites.  The first image, "Version 1.0," appears to have originated from inside the Obama campaign and FAXed to PolitiFact and the Daily Kos. 

Version 1.0 -- On June 12, 2008, the Obama campaign sent an e-mail to PolitiFact with a copy of the senator's "birth certificate" as an attachment.


Version 1.0 -- On the same day, the Daily Kos received a copy.  Kos states on the Daily Kos web page that introduced Obama's COLB that the electronic image came from the Obama campaign.


Version 1.0 -- On June 16th, received their copy (scrubbed about 4/3/2011).

Version 1.0 -- A copy was also posted on the Obama website,   They were proud of their Photoshop skills, after all.

This was a coordinated marketing campaign conducted by a small group of players.  They were all on board.  They were a team.

It was their job to sell a "native born" citizen as a "natural born" citizen, who didn't have a normal birth certificate, to the American People, and they used the COLB to do it.
Immediately, the electronic document came under heavy fire as a forgery or counterfeit.  A Google search of -- Obama COLB Photoshop -- returns 244,000 hits.  The list of obvious flaws is quite extraordinary:

Certification Number -- Redacted (Invalidates document)
Issue Date -- June 6, 2007 (bleed)
Father's Name -- misspelled
Father's Race -- African (not a race)

Filed -- not Accepted
No state seal
No signature block
No folds from the mailing

And the document stands as a counterfeit upon close examination.  Just do a visual comparison of a COLB to a "Certificate of Live Birth"  -- the formal, long-form document that everybody in America is familiar with.

Version 2.0 --  When sharp-eyed cynics said, "Hey!  Where's the state seal?"  Where's the signature block?"  The Obama campaign responded.  They're tenacious.  They hung in there, and finally got it right.  They folded the document (like it was mailed).  The made the black stuff over the certification number go away.  They added the state seal, and signature block.  Mirabile visu!!  A wonder to behold!  Obama's bogus COLB has finally arrived.

Around August 21, 2008, staffers had a meeting at Obama campaign headquarters. describes that event: staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate.  We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship.  Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false.  We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article.  Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

Also, if you missed it, meet the only 2 people to examine the COLB(s), and one of them wasn't Bill O'Reilly or Anderson Cooper, and they have absolutely no credentials as forensic document examiners.

That's the thing with Obama.  Someone uncovers a falsehood, and the story changes, and changes, and changes.  Sooner or later they get it right, and it's no big deal.  And, you're the one that's crazy!

And remember the wisdom of Hawaii Health Department Communications Officer, Janice Okubo, who said, "I don't know that it's possible for us to even say beyond a doubt what the image on the site represents."


According to the article, Jess Henig and Joe Miller were given access to Obama's COLB in August, 2008.  However the date/time stamp digitally recorded when the photo of the COLB was taken indicates the photo was taken March 12, 2008, and the time is recorded as 22:41:37 or 10:41 p.m.  Other data available from the EXIF data indicates the camera used was a Canon PowerShot A570IS.  It was in Auto mode with red-eye reduction mode on, the flash did not fire during the photo, the exposure time was 1/60th (relatively slow), and the F-stop (aperture) was 4.00.

While these values are shown in the EXIF data, we know they were automatically selected by the camera and not the photographer because we can also see the camera was set to full auto mode -- simply point and shoot.  The result was a slightly blurred, overexposed photo of printed, greenish-tint document.

In the photo, a document is being held up to a light source.  The light source is behind the photographer since the shadow of his arm is over the document.  The light source is also the predominant lighting since the background is dark and the overhead office lights are off in the background.  Analysis of the background finds: a) the overhead office lights off, and b) no natural light coming in from the large windows that can be seen.  The conclusion is that that photo was taken at night.  Was it at 10:41 p.m.?  There is nothing in the photo to contradict that digitally-captured time.

So if Henig and Miller, according to, took those photos in August, 2008, how come the EXIF data documents the photos were taken in March, 2008?

I'll tell you how.  The entire story is a crock!
Gibbs Takes Credit

At 1:44, Gibbs clearly says, "I've seen the real birth certificate, I put it on the Internet."  (01:56)
How Many Does Obama Have?

By my count, we are up to nine Obama BCs.


1. The one Obama said he had in "Dreams..."

2.  Version 1.0

3.  Version 2.0
4.  The .pdf the White House put up on its website
5.  The one they handed out at the press conference

6.  The monochromatic birth certificate
7.  The Kenya birth certificate

8.  The Blaine birth certificate 
9.  And on April 27, 2011 the bogus "long form" birth certificate was released.     


How long will it be before we hit an even dozen?

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