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Is Obama’s Certification of Live Birth a Forgery? [Update 3]’s

June 19, 2008

Back in early March, I posed the question: “Has anyone seen Obama’s birth certificate?” The posting has always garnered quite a fair amount of attention. Likely one of my bigger hits.

Though recently as of last week the hits went through the roof thanks to various nationally known sites linking to it.

The main catalyst was Jim Geraghty’s article on National Review. From there Daily Kos posted the following image in their attempt to debunk any doubts of Barack Obama’s origin of birth.

The supposed source of the image is Obama’s camp.

Which is posted on a site set up to debunk all rumors connected to Obama.

…or as the site states “smears” as in Fight the
A more appropriate title could be, “Nanananana ‘Cause I Said”
But I digress.

Here it is in all it’s glory.

Click image to view full size.
Update 2:

Click here to view full size.
I do not normally make a habit of placing updates out of order. But I’ve added this image of an authentic Hawaiian “Certification of Live Birth” underneath the one found on Obama’s “Fight The Smears”. Much easier to compare the two this way.
Note: The first update can be found further down
AmericaUnited – Free Republic

Here’s a link provided in the other thread of a recent HI birth certificate. NOTICE THE EMBOSSED SEAL IS VERY VISIBLE. YOU CAN’T SEE ONE ON THE OBAMA DOC!

H/T Yonason
Yonason posted the Free Republic link on Doctor Bulldog’s post, “Fight the Smears!!!
Doctor Bulldog has this to say.


Thanks for the links.

The birth certificate in your second post is a REAL birth certificate from Hawaii. Note the seal from the county registrar’s office.

Obama’s doesn’t have that – which invalidates it.

Also, I had a daughter born in Hawaii while I was stationed at Hickam AFB. Unfortunately, she died about a month afterwards from medical complications. However, I do have her birth certificate, so I do know what a tangible Hawaiian birth certificate looks like (along with a death certificate, too)…

Yup, Obama’s is definitely a fraudulent document.


/end update 2

Now as I have noted previously Fight the Smears did not bother to allow an enlarged version to be viewed. As posted it is barely legible. Where does Obama get his webmasters from anyways? The bottom of the barrel no doubt.

None of which may matter as Polarik over at has examined the supposed proof of birth, with the discerning eyes of one who has 20 years of working with computers, printers, and typewriters under his/her belt.

Polarik’s in depth & detailed findings just may debunk the debunker’s.
As Polarik tackles the “image” from several image related angles.

The Daily Kos blog has posted a JPG that allegedly is Barack Obama’s “Certificate of Birth.” From a detailed analysis of the image and the text, it looks like it was created by a graphics program, and is not a true copy of an original, certified document.

Basically, anyone could have produced this document on his or her own computer, and I’ll tell you why.

[…]In short, there is nothing in this copy to indicate that it is, in fact, a “certified copy.” As I have shown above, there is a whole lot of evidence that it is a manufactured copy. There certainly is a very strong motive for creating one.

Unless the voting public is given a real birth certificate to examine, the question of Barack’s birth is still up in the air.

Polarik’s analysis seems to poke holes throughout the entire “certificate of live birth”.
What do you all think?

H/T Larwyn offers a form letter to be sent out to fight “right-wing smears”.
On this one in particular (The truth about Barack’s birth certificate), it is worded as:

You may have recently heard right-wing smears questioning Barack Obama’s birth certificate and citizenship.

These assertions are completely false and designed to play into the worst kind of stereotypes.

You can see Barack Obama’s birth certificate for yourself and help push back with the truth at:

Together we can make sure these negative and divisive attacks don’t affect this campaign.

Thanks for your help.

Note: It is not a “birth certificate”, it is simply a “certificate of live birth”.
There is a distinct difference. Nice try at ‘stretching the truth’.

Anyone out there born in Honolulu Hawaii (circa 1961) willing to request a recent copy of their “Certificate of Live Birth”? It would be helpful to have a ‘blueprint’ as it were to check against.

[Of course all personal identification should be marked out beforehand.]

Emphasis mine.
Points to ponder.
From my previous post via an update.

Hate to break it to you Obama fans, but that “birth certificate” has clearly been tampered with, or newly created. It lists Obama’s Fathers race as: African.

The official US designation of Obama’s father’s race in 1961 would have been: Negro

I double-checked this with a black friend of mine who was born in Hawaii in 64. His parents race is listed as: Negro

This classification was not changed on the US Census until 1980.

Freeper comments:

Why would the Certificate No. on the alleged “Certificate of Live Birth” be blacked out? The guess here is that the creator of this bogus document didn’t have the real document at all, and thought that putting a phony certificate number on it might give the forgery away – if that number could be checked against the state birth registry.

Bingo! We have a winner. If the real number was posted, ANYONE could request a Letter of Verification from HI conforming all specific information on this document. They won’t tell you info you don’t know, but they will CONFIRM info you do know.

“Please confiorm that birth certificate #123456 was issued in the name of XXXXX”

“Please confiorm that birth certificate #123456 contains a race of “African”


Hawaiian birth certificates in 1961 were black with white print. This style was through at least November 1968 at Kapiolani Medical Center (and at all Hawaiian hospitals). See, which is a website where Hawaiians indicated which hospital they were born and described what their birth certificates looked like.

There is a report in 1968 that another style of Birth Certificate was being used, such as was described in this article. Green, but with black type and a statehood seal. But given the timeframe of Obama’s birth, 1961, his birth certificate would have been black with white print, the style used by all Hawaiian hospitals at that time.

Correlating Free Republic article.

Kos posting the image and claiming it to be the real deal is one thing. But for Obama’s Fight the Smears to offer it up as definitive proof (and if it is indeed a forged document) is another kettle of fish.
As websites connected to Obama have been known to scrub up in the past. I have taken a screenshot just in case.

Doctor Bulldog has been able to replicate the Obama “certification of live birth” customized with his personal birth details.
Fight the Smears!!!

Note: As we were reading the debates on both sides of the fence concerning the authenticity or lack thereof concerning Barack H. Obama’s birth certificate, it became obvious that no other bloggers have even attempted to duplicate a forged Hawaiian birth certificate in an effort to either confirm or cast aspersions on the authenticity of Barack Obama’s supposed birth certificate.
If I can do it, ANYONE can! In fact, I’m including a BLANK Certificate HERE for all of you to have a crack at it and see how easy it is. Be sure to email your creations to Ronin and I for a bit of fun.[…]

His conclusion after having performed his photo shop experiment is that the certificate found on Obama’s “Fightthesmears” is a FORGERY.

Obama what are you hiding? America wants to know. Americans have the right to know.
Doc posts step by step instructions. Go have a look. 😀

Update 3:

Bart Hook // Jul 1, 2008 at 12:32 pm

For those of you still interested in seeing an official copy of Obama’s birth certificate, please sign the petition.

Welcome Family Security Matters readers!

Follow up:
Obama’s “Fight The Smears” & Daily Kos Are Passing Off a Fraudulent Document as His “Certificate of Live Birth

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  1. June 19, 2008 2:28 pm

    At the least, it is incredibly stupid for Obama’s “team” to post this certfication instead of the real document.

    I have to wonder if birth certificates in Hawaii in 1961 indicated religious affiliation of the parents.

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  2. June 19, 2008 5:17 pm

    Great research work. This could make big headlines if there was a ton of promotion.

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  3. June 20, 2008 12:10 pm

    Senator Obama is NOT a Dirty Muslim!

    “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge,” says Mr. Obama, while denouncing statements of him being a Muslim as a smear. Why is the presidential candidate who claims to be religiously inclusive is treating the word “Muslim” as an insult? Apparently, it is OK for Mr. Obama to be associated with terrorists like William Ayers or racists like Jeremiah Wright, but God forbid somebody would call him a Muslim! No, he won’t stand for that kind of smear! We admit that most terrorists are Muslims, but most Muslims are not terrorists and the statement on Mr. Obama’s website is insulting to hundreds of millions of people.

    How could a man who discards his family heritage in favor of political expediency be even considered for presidency of the United States? Where are all the so-called “Islamic civil rights groups” like CAIR, MPAC, ISNA, MAS, etc. who are quick to defend every Islamic terrorist, but are silent when Muslims in general are being denigrated? Would Mr. Obama have the same reaction if someone claimed that he was raised as a Jew? We sincerely doubt that.

    Muslims Against Sharia demand immediate removal of “SMEAR: Barack Obama is a Muslim” statement from the official Barack Obama’s website as well as an apology for giving the word “Muslim” a negative connotation.

  4. June 20, 2008 8:48 pm

    Yup, it’s a forgery!

    Since everyone was talking about it, but no one seemed to be attempting to duplicate it, I decided to see if I could duplicate Obama’s supposed birth certificate with my own data entered in the fields.

    It was way too easy, and I discovered that whoever created Obama’s forgery used the “Noise Filter” in Photoshop to get that “grainy” look around the text (you have to magnify it a few times to see the noise around the text – you can even see the outline of the Box Select the forger used to select the text before applying the Noise Filter).

    Anyway, like Obama, my “official” Hawaiian Birth Certificate is available for viewing here:

    Fight The Smears !!!


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  5. June 20, 2008 9:00 pm

    Oh, yeah. I almost forgot….

    You were looking for a REAL Hawaiian birth certificate.

    Here’s one I posted on my site:



    P.S. – I had a daughter born on Oahu while I was in the Air Force (unfortunately, she died from medical complications when she was about a month old). So, I KNOW what a Hawaiian Birth Certificate really looks like!

    Obama’s forgery is close, but no cigar!

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  6. June 20, 2008 9:11 pm

    What can I say. You are my hero!
    God bless you.

    Lying SOS.

  7. June 20, 2008 10:28 pm


    Glad to be of service.


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  8. June 22, 2008 3:05 pm

    That is a very well documented post VH, and all the way around to the work and research put in by Dr. Bulldog.

    Very fine work, friends! We have to continue making noise about this issue.

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  9. June 23, 2008 10:49 am

    Thanks Dave 😀

    Doc is so clever! He sure helped to tie this post up nicely.

  10. Dr. R. Best permalink
    July 2, 2008 2:39 am

    To be a natural born citizen in 1961, according to law at least one of the childs parents must be a US citizen residing in the US for 10 years. 5 of those years must be after that parent is 16 years of age. B. Obama was born when his mother was 18, she needed to be 21 to have her child qualify for natural born citizenship status. In such cases the birth mother should have been advised to seek naturalization for her child. Technically by law the child is not a US citizen. Should B. Obama be elected to office, it would be the first time an non citizen held the post. I’ll take Arnold anyday! At least he’s naturalized.

  11. July 4, 2008 9:59 pm

    If you had a chance to read all of my posts, you would know that the “Certification of Live Birth” (COLB) is, for all intents and purposes, a “Biorth Certificate,” providing, of course, that it has been duly certified wit an embossed seal and stamped with the signature block of Alvin T. Onaka, Director of the Office of Health Status Monitoring (that OHSM you see at the bottom).

    Hawaii ONLY issues the COLB, and only a CERTIFIED COLB. You cannot get a copy of your original birth certificate.

    If you had a chance to see the bottom of the COLB, there is the caveat that “Any tampering with this document rneders it invalid.”

    So, it does not matter if it says “African” instead of “Black” (“African” is what they write when your nationality and ethnicity is African, and OBama’s daddy was from Kenya, in Africa.)

    What does matter more is that forgery reads “DATE FILED BY THE REGISTRAR” when what it should read is “DATE ACCEPTED BY THE REGISTRAR”.

    Oh, I forgot. Dr. Onaka is also the REGISTRAR, hence his signature is needed for it to be legit.

    What info the COLB contains pales in comparison to the forged fonts — not only are the data fields forged, so are the field names!

    If you thought that the font for “CHILD’S NAME” looked a lot like “BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA II,” give yourself a gold star. It is.


    That is what really matters.

  12. Dan Ouellette permalink
    July 18, 2008 1:10 pm

    Has anyone really taken a good look at the birth certificate posted on Obama’s anti-smear website? I copied and pasted a copy of it onto my computer to be able to blow it up and found something interesting. If you blow up the birth certificate, you will see where the raised seal is supposed to be, there are some numbers there. If you blow up the numbers, they are mirror images of the numbers “2007” and a few other indistiguishable numbers. Why is that? Judging by the two Hawiian issued birth certificates, Obama’s is not a copy of the original. It is either a forgery or a blank filled out by the regirstrar’s office in 2007. I would think that the U.S. Justice Department should investigate and settle this matter once and for all! It is so obvious that the birth certificate released by Obama is not a copy of the original!

  13. July 20, 2008 6:43 pm


    Pamela Geller, over at Atlas Shrugs has an excellent analysis of the forged certificate as analyzed by a board certified forensic computer examiner, a certificated legal investigator, and a licensed private investigator.

    Click HERE for the analysis


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  14. July 22, 2008 11:24 am

    Obama’s REAL Birth Certificate has been found!!!

    See it HERE.


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  15. July 22, 2008 6:27 pm

    I keep meaning to post the Geller – TechDude info but have not found the time. Yet.

    OMG Thanks Doc! The wait is over.


  16. Marge permalink
    October 12, 2008 11:59 pm

    People…if you enlarge the “faked” document in the middle of the birth certificate where the seal should be I see the date and words…which appear to be backward . Like they are on the opposite side of the form….it says 03 Nov 2007 ….go back everybody and enlarge it and read is right in the middle. Wonder how they can explain THAT?

  17. Marge permalink
    October 14, 2008 4:26 pm

    If you measure the spaces between the things posted on the live certification they don’t match up either. The seal at the top is a different distance from the one with all verifiable info. Measure it yourself.

  18. Roberto permalink
    October 24, 2008 1:38 am

    And, also, isn’t this document that Obama produced a “certificate of live birth”. Isn’t that different from a “birth certificate”. If Obama doesn’t even have a birth certificate, then surely he has no business running for The Office of The President, as that would certainly disqualify him, right? Am I correct?

  19. derek wood permalink
    October 24, 2008 3:03 pm

    in response to obamas birth certificate …the DNC has provided the NEW form that they use today. i was born in the same hospital, in the same period (8/1962) and the form then is drastically different than the form they use today and it was signed by George Tokuyoma. Obama’s form is what my 11 year old son has and is signed by Alvin Onoka. I hope Phillip Berg gets his day in court.

    p.s. how the heck did Obama get the new form anyway. when you request a copy they provide the old form

  20. Mark Schweitz permalink
    October 26, 2008 5:24 pm

    derek –

    you don’t get the old form when you request a new one. i misplaced my HI birth certificate and requested a new one to get a passport – it looks exactly like the version you referred to as your son’s.

    as much as i would like to see this turn into a big deal, i don’t think it will. think about it – obama has had to have gotten a passport at some time in his life, and you have to have a bc for that.

  21. Ray permalink
    November 6, 2008 4:15 pm

    No you don’t have to be a bc to have a US passport…(yes I know, I was told that BS as well)…I was born in France of only one U.S. parent and I had been travelling on one for years and years. When I chose to enlist in the armed forces, they refused to accept my US passport as being representative of even ‘being’ a US citizen. (This was in 1972). I had to call my Dad up and fly to NewYork (from Florida) in order to get sworn in. Even then, that came under the stipulation that I remain in the U.S. for 5 consecutive years. The difference being if I were a total alien, I would’ve had to spend 5 years first, then apply. I remember that well, since I was 18 at the time and so embarrassed that I was being treated like an outsider. At the time they made me pass a verbal test of the english language, even though I spoke to them quite clearly…they told me to just please bare with them.
    To this date, I still have a U.S. passport and it states my birthplace in France

  22. JOE permalink
    November 8, 2008 2:12 pm


  23. brian permalink
    November 9, 2008 1:37 pm

    We are 10 days from Andy Martin’s day in court in Hawaii. Hopefully at this time the court will show the real(?) original BC. I doubt now if this will indeed be the actual. So much time has gone by and a re-manufactured original will be presented. For something so simple, why the deception? It’s obvious, Obama has something to hide.

  24. yellowjackt permalink
    November 12, 2008 2:16 am

    President Bush can clear all of this up by using an executive order before the electoral college meets . The way in which the Hawaii governor is securing the birth certificate reminds me of the way George Wallace blocked a school house door in 1963. President George Bush needs to show leadership the same way President John F Kennedy did and order Governor Linda Lingle to give up the birth certificate to federal authorities

  25. Yossef permalink
    November 19, 2008 1:25 pm

    If Obama is not a Citizen of the US then in order to qualify for president, he would have to become a Citizen of the US and live in this country as a resident for 14 years and then he would qualify according to the US Constitution. So he is 14 years too early to become president if he becomes a US Citizen today as it stands now. Art VI of the US Const. states that all laws and treaties have to be made in pursuance to this Constitution, anything to the contrary, notwithstanding.

  26. Jeff permalink
    December 14, 2008 11:51 am

    The only fraud here is “Ron Polarik”, the guy who posted “proof” on some site called There is no such person. Try doing a search on the web for him.

    Anyway, raised seals usually don’t show up in scanned images. The whole point of using a raised seal is to make it difficult to duplicate. DUH!

    The reason that you can make out “2007” on Obama’s certificate is because that’s when it was printed. They don’t keep a stack of copies of everyone’s birth certificate; instead they print a copy when one is requested. DUH!!

    Hawaii’s governor would have no motivation to help Obama cover up anything. She is a Republican who campaigned for McCain. Hawaii state laws (and just about every other state’s laws) restrict access to birth certificates to prevent identity theft. DUH!!!

    The type of certificate that Obama posted contains the statement “This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding.” It therefore is a legal birth certificate. DUH!!!!

  27. December 14, 2008 12:49 pm

    “Ron Polarik” is an anonymous pseudonym.



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