posted on Aug, 22 2008 @ 10:21 PM
Just a word on birth certificates.
Until not many years ago, if you needed a birth certificate to join the military, get married, etc. you went to vital statistics, or in some states
the health department, and what you were given was what, today, is called a "long form" or "vault copy" birth certificate.
It was a reproduction, from microfilm or fiche, of a printed form filled in using a typewriter and signed (assuming a hospital birth) by the doctor
who delivered you.
The supposed birth certificate Obama is displaying -- which may be genuine, I don't claim to know -- is a more recent creation, the "short form" or
"transcript." It's an excerpt of info on the "vault copy," contains less info, and is a computer-generated thing that, certainly, would be
easier to phony up. These did not exist before computers came into widespread use -- probably around the mid 1980s.
My NY birth certificate from the early '50s has (among other stuff) the hour of my birth; the towns (not just states) where my parents were born; my
mother's address at my birth, how many children she had before me, how many of those were living, my father's occupation and workplace, and a
handwritten signature of the MD who delivered me.
The (NY) transcript just has name of baby, mother and father; baby's birthdate, hospital where born, date of birth.
Obama's Hawaii transcript has hour of birth but, curiously, does not name the hospital. Very odd.
Details vary from State to State. My point is that Obama must have had a long form birth certificate which, in Hawaii in 1961, would (like my NY long
form from a decade before) would have been typewritten, or conceivably even filled in by hand, on a printed form.
I can tell from experience that foreign governments will not accept a transcript -- I have adopted a child from overseas, and obtained dual
citizenship in Italy through through my wife's descent from her Italian-born grandfather. Neither country would touch a transcript, they wanted
vault copies. With certificates, corroboration from the local county clerk, and an apostille.
We should see Obama's vault copy, which might lay the issue of where he was born to rest. I don't know that the transcript on display is phony, but
absolutely phonying up a transcript would be relatively simple.