In a column today, actor and right-wing activist Chuck Norris wishes President Obama a “happy birthday” by challenging him to produce his “original birth certificate.” Norris says that while he finds it “a bit of a groundless stretch” to doubt that Obama was born in Hawaii, he nevertheless adds that there’s no excuse for not producing other documentation:
I’m writing you because this is no longer a matter merely about proving you meet a presidential prerequisite in the Constitution. Refusing to post your original birth certificate is an unwise political and leadership decision that is enabling the “birther” controversy. The nation you are called to lead is experiencing a growing swell of conspirators who are convinced that you are covering up something. So why not just prove them wrong and shut them up?
I agree with CNN’s Lou Dobbs, who was chastised by his own media outlet for demanding the release of your original birth certificate. Why was that such a bad request? We certainly know why Jon Klein, the president of CNN/U.S., thought it was a bad idea. He previously declared that CNN researchers had determined that your 1961 birth certificate no longer exists.
Obama, of course, has presented a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate that includes a raised seal and the signature stamp of the Hawaii state registrar. Dobbs has said that Obama might have “a document issue,” hinting that Obama might be an undocumented immigrant. (HT: Huffington Post)