Arpaio Investigation Brings Up Compelling Questions About Obama’s Birth Certificate and Eligibility

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BY MICHAEL P. RETHMAN – The tough economic times of late 2008 produced an once-in-a-generation leadership opportunity that a talented, attractive and multi-ethnic young president might have exploited to achieve good things for all Americans.

Unfortunately, President Obama has shown over three-plus years that he’s not that leader – unless killing Osama bin Laden is somehow all that matters. Indeed, in light of a record replete with domestic and international fumbles, including a budget deficit driven to unimagined levels and persistently high rates of unemployment/underemployment, Obama ought to be soundly defeated in November.


However, with so many Americans now feeding at the government trough, his defeat is far from a sure thing.

But still lurking in the media shadows is a compelling constitutional question that won’t leave Barack Obama alone.  Obama’s long-form birth certificate, released by the White House amid great fanfare last spring, was recently and very publicly derided by a the nationally known Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County (Phoenix) Arizona.

Finally, after four years of media-abetted obfuscation of Obama’s ever-changing documents, someone in authority is finally willing put his reputation on the line and publicly raise questions that should have been unambiguously answered years ago.

Ironically, a revival of this political sideshow may be what derails the Obama re-election effort in November.  Here’s why:  Obama’s self-touted long-form birth certificate, forced into the public arena by then-candidate Donald Trump last spring, was almost immediately exposed as a simplistic cut-and-paste construct — yet this story has gone ignored for almost a year.

Indeed, an Adobe Illustrator pro and video game writer in Atlanta, who goes by the YouTube handle orangegold1, downloaded the document from and quickly exposed it as fraudulent.  Orangegold1’s initial 7-minute YouTube video depicts a step-by-step forensic deconstruction of the document.  This video has had nearly 1.3 million hits thus far and its detractors’ criticisms have been thoroughly answered in Orangegold1’s follow-up videos.

So will legitimate concerns regarding the latest versions Obama’s birth documentation continue to go unknown to most Americans?  Unfortunately, it’s hard to count on reporters and editors in the so-called elite American media to ask the right questions.

Indeed, the Arpaio investigation has been widely reported in other countries, but so far the story has been covered domestically only by the Washington Times and World Net Daily.

But should the story behind Arpaio’s investigation eventually gain media traction in the U.S., Barack Obama’s re-election campaign could be in serious trouble.



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Michael P Rethman DDS, MS is a Translational Research and Marketing Consulting, a Diplomate: American Board of Periodontology, Vice-president (Scientific Research), American Dental Association Foundation, Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State University, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland, Former Chair: Council on Scientific Affairs, American Dental Association, the Past-President: American Academy of Periodontology, Past-Director: U.S. Army Institute of Dental Research and Former Chair: The Columbia Association. He lives in Kaneohe.


  1. We need to be looking at the whole sequence of events, not just the forensics on the documents. Remember that Governor Abercrombie said upon taking office he was going to put this controversy to bed once and for all. By Janurary, he admitted he couldn’t find the birth certificate and later fired his Health Director and had him investigated. But, within a couple of days of Obama’s request in August the long form birth certificate was miraculously produced and displayed on the White House website.

    This PDF doc is widely attacked as a fake.

    A similar kabuki dance ensured during Lingle’s administration, where it was publicly stated that her administration had “seen” the document, and later verified in writing the authenticity of the “short form” that was released in 2008. Lingle then said she would “seal” the original document and not allow the public to access it.

    The short form document was also attacked as a fake. That’s why they needed to show the long form…to clear things up.

    Both documents have been attacked as forgeries. Were our past two governor’s hiding information the President did not want divulged? Were they unable to locate any real records? Or, were they complicit in the manufacture of substitute documents deemed acceptable for public consumption? Why was access to these records blocked by both Governors? Why is the public asked to be satisfied with these questionable images as proof?

  2. Keith – “By Janurary, he admitted he couldn’t find the birth certificate and later fired his Health Director and had him investigated.”

    Sorry, Keith but this is an often repeated misstatement. Gov. Abercrombie never said they could not find the BC. He maintained from the very beginning he was going to try to do everything legal to prove the President was born in Hawaii. The Governor has no power to circumvent Hawaii laws.

    “Pressed on whether he might unilaterally release a copy of Obama’s actual birth certificate, Abercrombie made clear that he is waiting for his cabinet officials to give him a report on what he can legally do before proceeding.”

    “”Obviously, I’m going to do what is legally possible,” the governor said.”

    In the end the state determined they could not release any individuals birth records.

    “State Attorney General David Louie told the governor that it’s against state law to release private documents, including an individual’s birth documentation without the person’s consent”

    “”There is nothing more that Gov. Abercrombie can do within the law to produce a document,” Abercrombie’s spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Friday. “Unfortunately, there are conspirators who will continue to question the citizenship of our president.””

    Keith – “Lingle then said she would “seal” the original document and not allow the public to access it.”

    This also never happened.

    “The first is that the original so-called “long form” birth certificate — described by Hawaiian officials as a “record of live birth” — absolutely exists, located in a bound volume in a file cabinet on the first floor of the state Department of Health. Fukimo said she has personally inspected it — twice. The first time was in late October 2008, during the closing days of the presidential campaign, when the communications director for the state’s then Republican governor, Linda Lingle (who appointed Fukino) asked if she could make a public statement in response to claims then circulating on the Internet that Obama was actually born in Kenya.”

    “Before she would do so, Fukino said, she wanted to inspect the files — and did so, taking with her the state official in charge of vital records. She found the original birth record, properly numbered, half typed and half handwritten, and signed by the doctor who delivered Obama, located in the files. She then put out a public statement asserting to the document’s validity. She later put out another public statement in July 2009 — after reviewing the original birth record a second time. ”

    • You have not disproved either of my statements.

      It was abundantly clear that newly elected Governor Abercrombie initiated a very public search for the Obama birth certificate, and that he failed to produce it. Did he admit he couldn’t find it? That gets pretty subjective.

      First, You also have to discount the on air report by Mike Evans KQRS-FM Minnesota:

      Claiming that he and Abercrombie had been friends for “decades,” Evans stated, “Neil promised me that when he became governor he was going to cut through all the red tape. He was gonna get Obama’s birth certificate, once and for all and end this stupid controversy.”

      Evans went on to tell KQRS that he talked “with Neil’s office, Neil says that he’s searched everywhere using his power as governor” at the two hospitals Obama was likely born at in 1961 – Kapiolani Medical Center and Queens Medical Center – only to come up empty.

      “There is no Barack Obama birth certificate in Hawaii,” Evans claimed he was told by the governor’s office. “Absolutely no proof that he was born in Hawaii… now [Abercrombie] admits, publicly, that there is no birth certificate.”

      Yes, he later retracted his statement which only proves he lied on either the initial report or the retraction. Personally, I wouldn’t want the Feds knocking on my door either.

      Abercrombie’s public parsing of issue in January shows little doubt that he couldn’t find the document:



      You said my statement that then Governor Lingle “sealed” the records “never happened.” What you call her actions may also be shown to be completely subjective. Her actions were clear.

      According to British OnlineMail:


      “[Lingle} instructed the state’s Department of Health to make sure no one in the press obtains access to the original document under any circumstances.”

      “the official reason for denial of access to Obama’s birth certificate would be authority granted pursuant to Section 338-18 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, a provision the anonymous source claimed was designed to prevent identity theft.”

      Was the reason that neither Governor produced an Obama birth certificate the protection of privacy under 338-18; or, because they couldn’t find one? That together with the credible challenges to the authenticity of the two documents so far presented to the public make their role in all this worthy of more questions.

      • Wow, you use WND as a credible source. I especially liked this quote

        “WND has learned that Hawaii’s Gov. Linda Lingle has placed the candidate’s birth certificate under seal and instructed the state’s Department of Health to make sure no one in the press obtains access to the original document under any circumstances.”

        Who did they learn it from? Instead of using direct quotes they use “sources”. LOL

        You don’t seem to understand that the Governor has no authority to release a BC. It would be a violation of Hawaii law.

        Mike Evans says he talked to the Governor’s office, not the Governor. And he retracted the entire statement.

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