State officials in Hawaii report that inquiries to see President Obama’s birth certificate have fallen dramatically since the state passed a law earlier this year allowing it to ignore repeated requests. Republican state Rep. Gene Ward, who believes Obama was born in Hawaii, expressed hope that “eventually, it will go away.” The New York Daily News recently asked, “Could the ‘birther’ movement be fading away?” If the far right-wing conspiracy theorists have anything to say about it, the answer is no. As President Obama and his family head to the Gulf Coast this weekend, the birther publication World Net Daily plans to greet him with its trademark billboard:
A recent CNN poll found that only 42 percent of Americans have absolutely no doubts that Obama was born in the U.S., while 29 percent say he “probably” was. Eleven percent claim Obama was definitely not born in the U.S. and another 16 percent say the president was probably not born in the country.