Is it a forgery? *UPDATED*

Gateway Pundit has amassed a fair amount of evidence that the birth certificate is a manipulated document.

If the information Gateway Pundit has collected is correct, it seems to be a peculiarly inartfully done forgery.  Within minutes of looking at the document, people familiar with pdfs and Photoshop and illustrator programs were able to unmask various layers that would not exist in a straight scan, but that would exist in a document that had data added, deleted or moved around.

Which leads to the big question:  Why?  Why would Obama do a cheesy forgery?

Thomas Lifson thinks, and I agree, that this is another Obama head fake.  He’ll let people froth themselves into a frenzy, and then produce an actual hard copy that comports in all particulars with this manipulated pdf.  No one will remember that he produced a forged (or manipulated) document in the first instance.  Instead, the media will play up the fact that Obama’s opponents are racist, paranoid loonies, as evidenced by the fact that they doubted a document that was, in fact, the real deal.

I want to address here jj’s point that the birth certificate, fake or not, shows conclusively that Obama, even though born in the U.S., was not a citizen insofar as the Constitution demanded.  The reason was that, at the time Obama was born, his father’s alien status and his mother’s immaturity meant he did not rank as “natural born citizen.”  Technically speaking, jj is absolutely right.  But there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that any court, let alone the Supreme Court, is going to let a legal technicality stand in the way of the fact that a purportedly true long form birth certificate shows that the man was born on American soil.  I’m therefore not going to let myself get emotionally invested in that argument, correct though it may be.

UPDATE:  I Own The World weighs in on the crude document manipulation involved.  Again, it’s the crudity more than the forgery that’s interesting.  It’s impossible to believe that the Obama crew cannot do better.  That they didn’t is deliberate.  We’re being played, although sometimes one has to play out a hand regardless of a known set-up.

(Please note that, per I Own The World, which refers, without a link, to NRO, some of the anomalies can be explained by running the original PDF through an optical character recognition mode.  That explanation, however, does not explain all anomalies, which just deepens the mystery.)

UPDATE II:  Fascinating video:

Honest to God, I feel as if I’m being gaslighted, but I don’t know by whom (Obama or the Birthers).  I’m disinclined to trust the Obama crowd but, if the Birthers really are monomaniacs, I’m scared to be sucked into their delusion.

The two things, though, that we know with certainty are that Obama lies often and is a lousy, lousy president.

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  1. BrianE says

    Dead On!
    No, no, I’m not calling for violence toward anyone. That’s not really a racist sentiment.
    So…..Right On. Whoops, might be code word for the wackos to continue their assault on the President.
    No, I didn’t mean assault…. I meant attack… no, strike that…. how about disagreement.
     
    So how do I agree with you? I’m running out of words.

  2. JKB says

    Sure, they played this for distraction.  The BC is a loser.  Suppose it turns out Obama wasn’t eligible.  That doesn’t change the election or his swearing in, at least as far as legislation is involved.  But, if that were the case, the question immediately raised is did anyone in Congress, i.e., the Dems, know when they counted and accepted the Electoral College vote.  

    Trump is doing a service by clearing all these issues before more serious candidates start their runs though.  Really, at this point, if enough feel the BC is a problem, the call shouldn’t be is Obama a citizen, but let’s put this issue behind us by electing someone not under the cloud.

  3. jj says

    I think you’re probably right – though that’s such a California-law point of view.  A straightforward statement of the law becomes a legal “technicality” when it’s inconvenient?  “(Well, you were going 92 in a 35 mile an hour zone.”  “Oh hell, officer, don’t worry about it, that’s just a technicality.”  Does that work?)
     
    All law is a technicality, and if we’re now not a nation governed by legal technicalities, then what the hell are we?

  4. SADIE says

    Bookworm
     
    You are spot on with the political weather report …
     
    there isn’t a snowball’s chance in Hell that any court, let alone the Supreme Court …
     
    Obama knows it and we know it. I can only deduce that the BC questions are a red herring and that there are more dubious irregularities regarding all the questions that have been raised here and elsewhere. We don’t have the luxury of time. It took two and a half years to get a screen shot of the birth certificate. We have only one and half years to focus in on his miserable performance. He’s playing us for time. This is the same crap he does during interview ‘performances’.  He’s a master manipulator of time and the debates in 2012, which are a timed Q&A will be a challenge. In the meantime, the most important task is to nominate a conservative candidate with a resume that has no question marks. A real meat and potato candidate vs  the current side of arugula.

  5. Charles Martel says

    I’m with JKB on the service Trump is providing. He’s kind of Roto-Rootering his way through Obama’s sewage. Next is NBOTUS’s affirmative-action college records, then airing the case for Bill Ayers having ghostwritten The One’s memoirs.

    After those embarrassments, all the GOP has to do is endlessly rebroadcast Obama’s ass kisses abroad and endless golf course sojourns at home. Finish up with a delightful sorbet of Obama flipping off Hillary. There are still enough liberal women with working memories who were quite pissed off at the way he (and the media) treated her.

  6. Libby says

    I think you’re right about the juvenile baiting that they’re doing by providing such a crudely altered birth certificate. It’s just like Bill Ayers’ repeated jokey admissions that he wrote “Dreams from My Father”. He probably did, and by admitting it with a wink he can both tell the truth and still antagonize those who’ve claimed he wrote it.

  7. SADIE says

    WASHINGTON — White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett said President Obama will not release his academic records, commenting a day after Obama put out his “long form” birth certificate and Donald Trump decided to press his luck by demanding Obama’s college transcripts.
    “We know this is nonsense,” Jarrett said in an interview on The Joe Madison Show on SiriusXM on Thursday morning.”He is almost 50 years old. And he is president of the United States and I don’t think anybody will debate his intelligence and so now we do need to get serious . . . let’s just get serious . . . get back to focusing on what’s important.
     
     
     

  8. Charles Martel says

    We are focusing on what’s important, Valerie. Your man is an uneducated, aliterate fraud. It’s obvious that he was affirmative-actioned all the way through college, which is why he’s so scared of revealing his transcripts.

  9. says

    Bookworm says:
     
    [T]he birth certificate, fake or not, shows conclusively that Obama, even though born in the U.S., was not a citizen insofar as the Constitution demanded.  The reason was that, at the time Obama was born, his father’s alien status and his mother’s immaturity meant he did not rank as “natural born citizen.”

    Is that right? If it is, a lot of people are wasting a lot of breath about revoking “birthright citizenship,” to eliminate one incentive for illegal immigration via Mexico. According to Wikipedia:
     
    Since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment to the constitution on July 9, 1868, the citizenship of persons born in the United States has been controlled by its Citizenship Clause, which states:

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.[3]

  10. SADIE says

    Caped Crusader
     
    Do you have an evil twin ;)
     
    …Superman announces that he is going to give up his U.S. citizenship. Despite very literally being an alien immigrant, Superman has long been seen as a patriotic symbol of “truth, justice, and the American way,” from his embrace of traditional American ideals to the iconic red and blue of his costume.
    Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/04/27/superman-renounces-us-citizenship/#ixzz1KrveZbKX

  11. Charles Martel says

    Speaking of Superman. . .

    I’ve been honest and open here about my lack of taste. I like “American Idol,” love “Selling New York” and dote on “Fairly Legal.” One of my real time wasters has been “Smallville,” which over its 10-year crawl toward a conclusion has become ever more tedious, exhausting, ball-busting, badly written PC swill. I beg you, please, just don the frickin’ cape and tights and fly already!!!!

    After that I’m done with Superman. He has become so emasculated and denatured that when I see the face of the handsome kid who plays Superman in “Smallville” I substitute Obama’s face.

    This is no way to live.

    Superman: Feh.

  12. Oldflyer says

    Commented to a friend who pointed out some of the alleged anomalies that I wold hope the U.S. government could produce quality fake documents.  Then it occurred to me that this would have to be held very close; so, maybe Jarrett or Axelrod did it in a home basement.  That would explain the crudity.
    I am in the camp of the law is the law.  No, we can’t throw him out now; but we can disqualify him from running for another term if he does not qualify.  I expect that a race war would ensue; but, that may happen if he is defeated anyway.
    The fact that jumped out at me on the BC was the age of his mother, and her birth date.  It appears to me that she was  very likely 17 when he was conceived; and we know she was not married at that time to the 25 year old presumed father.  Where I come from that would be called statutory rape.  That embarrassing possibility may explain the reason for hiding it–although since the issue is being ignored it may not have been necessary at all.
    Strange that the left thinks that they can obscure the fact of affirmative action at this late date.  Thought they were proud of it.  Well, skewed on their own petard as far as I am concerned.  Frankly, seeds of doubt will naturally follow people of color because of its widespread application.  It is known that sometimes even the qualified were advanced in front of more qualified.  When you have someone of Obama’s demonstrated mediocrity with respect to significant indicators, there can be no question.

  13. Charles Martel says

    Affirmative action, like other Democrat-approved anti-black measures (KKK, Jim Crow, welfare, 35 percent abortion rate, public schools) is about to set back race relations in this country by at least a generation. Thanks to this yet another hand-wringing flop by left-wing racists, it’s going to take a long time before most people trust any black person’s college diploma.

  14. Danny Lemieux says

    …it’s going to take a long time before most people trust any black person’s college diploma.”

    Which is one of the main reasons that affirmative action was so strongly opposed by leading black American intellectuals such as Thomas Sowell, Ward Connerly, Clarence Thomas and Shelby Steele. Affirmative Action devalues the real achievements of all identified minorities by relegating them to the lowest common denominators.

  15. jj says

    Statutory rape – also a good point, Oldflyer.  Of course, no court will care… unless he was a school teacher, I guess, in which case it would be a Broadway production number.

  16. Old Buckeye says

    I think one thing we need to do is to start calling the shots on the rhetoric–Why are the people looking into the TRUTH being called BIRTHERS? Why not TRUTHERS? Or FACT FINDERS? Why are “the rich” defined as those earning “a quarter of a million dollars” instead of ONLY 250 thousand dollars?–(and in a 2-income family, that’s two 125 thousand dollar incomes) (which one sounds like more to your ears?) Start rephrasing anything that comes out of the MSMs garbage mouths into something positive.

  17. says

    Tom A: If it is, a lot of people are wasting a lot of breath about revoking “birthright citizenship,” to eliminate one incentive for illegal immigration via Mexico. ‘

    That’s right. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the jurisdiction of the United States. Obama is a natural born citizen. The Fourteenth Amendment was adopted to make sure freed slaves were accorded civil rights, so it’s odd having to mention it with regard to America’s first black President.
     
    Oldflyer: The fact that jumped out at me on the BC was the age of his mother, and her birth date.  It appears to me that she was  very likely 17 when he was conceived; and we know she was not married at that time to the 25 year old presumed father.  Where I come from that would be called statutory rape.

    He would still be a citizen as he was born in the United States. The sins of his father and mother don’t change this. (General age of consent in Hawaii is 16.)
     

  18. says

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: “Individuals who are born in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and individuals born in certain territories or outlying possessions of the United States are citizens at birth.  Also, individuals born outside the United States may be citizens at birth if their parent or parents were citizens at the time of birth and other requirements are met.”
    http://tinyurl.com/yguvamv

  19. says

    Charles Martel: Speaking of Superman. . .

    Feh. Illegal immigrant. 
     
    “…and, in a surprise twist following Superman’s confirmation that he is indeed from another planet, the Department of Immigration and Naturalisation has just announced that it has obtained a warrant for Superman’s detainment, on the
    grounds that, as an alien, he has no official permission to reside in the United States. Superman is requested to report to his nearest INS office as soon as possible so that his application for permanent residence in the US may be processed.”
    http://www.lcfanfic.com/stories/2001/greencar.txt
     

  20. beefrank says

    My take on the ‘natural-born’ citizen issue comes from another angle, namely the background checks performed to gain security clearance as the POTUS.  I knew a coworker who required security clearance for just a government-related software developer job. For over three months, federal agents interviewed all past employers, friends, relatives, neighbors and school teachers in order for him to be granted clearance (which included travel bans to Latin America and Asia).  I would think the same professional work by our internal security agencies and personnel, who take an oath to protect and uphold the U.S. Constitution, was done conducting background checks on persons seeking our national political positions. You would think anyone with a foreign natural father who was already married with a Kenyan family and a mother who ‘married’ (Marriage certificate?) only foreign nationals would require further scrutinized. I would like to think the integrity of the US Constitution is too important for our security personnel to dismiss or ignore if evidence was discovered proving a presidential candidate did not meet constitutional requirements. BTW, it was the Left who introduced both the ‘certificate’ (Hillary’s campaign during the primaries) and ‘race’ (Biden’s ‘clean’ comments and David Ehrenstein article) subjects while the Right focused on Obama’s ideological and political records. After two years of a Obama Administration, the Right’s predictions have proven to be correct.

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    My take on the ‘natural-born’ citizen issue comes from another angle, namely the background checks performed to gain security clearance as the POTUS.  I knew a coworker who required security clearance for just a government-related software developer  job. For over three months, federal agents interviewed all past employers, friends, relatives, neighbors and school teachers in order for him to be granted clearance (which included travel bans to Latin America and Asia).  I would think the same professional work by our internal security agencies and personnel, who take an oath to protect and uphold the U.S. Constitution, was done conducting background checks on persons seeking our national political positions. You would think anyone with a foreign natural father who was already married with a Kenyan family and a mother who ‘married’ (Marriage certificate?) only foreign nationals would require further scrutiny.  I would like to think the integrity of the US Constitution is too important for our security personnel to dismiss or ignore if evidence was discovered proving a presidential candidate did not meet constitutional requirements.  BTW, it was the Left who introduced both the ‘certificate’ (Hillary’s campaign during the primaries) and ‘race’ (Biden’s ‘clean’ comments and David Ehrenstein article) subjects while the Right focused on Obama’s ideological and political records.  With two years of the Obama Administration past, the Right’s predictions have proven to be correct.  (moderator, you can remove my previous version)

  22. Mike Devx says

    I hope the movement speeds up, within all of the States, to pass State laws requiring every candidate for President to file a birth certificate to be eligible to run for President within that State.  It’s the right thing to do.  There is too much power behind Obama for that alone to derail him *if* he cannot provide a real certificate; but it will create compelling court cases, at a minimum.

    I wish someone would pull a Wikileaks on Obama and release his college transcripts.  That’s where the REAL controversy lies for me.  Seems clear to me that Obama was handpicked for acceleration and a smooth, easy ride by some powerful group.  And it is not merely a case of affirmative action.  Nearly every step in his rise was made easier by the destruction of any opponent that was in his way.  Since his early college days, Obama was NEVER tested, in any way, by any form of adversity whatsoever.

    The result: A completely untested, unready, unsteady man assumed the office of the President of the United States.

  23. Gringo says

    Charles Martel @ 8
    We are focusing on what’s important, Valerie. Your man is an uneducated, aliterate fraud. It’s obvious that he was affirmative-actioned all the way through college, which is why he’s so scared of revealing his transcripts.
     
    I would agree with Valerie Jarrett that there is no need to produce his college transcripts, as he has already proven himself to be a dolt. “Not spending (borrowing) money is mortgaging American’s future.”
     
    No one with any grasp of economics would make such a statement.  But this is the economist who talked about the profits earning ratio.
     
    Etc.
    Etc.
    Etc.
    And the lefty reply is, “what about Dubya?” According to the lefties, Dubya was a dolt, and Obama was a genius. What did Valerie say- that Obama was bored by it all? That is the claim of the don’t study crowd. Too bored to study.

  24. says

    One of my real time wasters has been “Smallville,” which over its 10-year crawl toward a conclusion has become ever more tedious, exhausting, ball-busting, badly written PC swill. I beg you, please, just don the frickin’ cape and tights and fly already!!!!

    The way broadcasting works is that they eventually destroy what makes a series work by trying to keep it “popular”. They run out of original ideas more or less.

    The Japanese do things a bit differently. They change the setting, timeline, or personality of the characters rather than change the PLOT of the series. So they can ditch an entire storyline and its world and replace it with a season introducing a new one. This keeps things relatively fresh season from season. There are shows that run for years and years, yes, but those are in the minority. It’s actually economically more feasible to go with one season shows as variety and passion takes the market. That’s not quite how US broadcasting works. Probably due to Leftist un-originality and monopoly locks.

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