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1. The Birth Certificate. More than a year ago, the editors at FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan fact-checking group at the University of Pennsylvania, tracked down Obama’s original birth certificate, and posted nine photographs of it. “FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate,” the editors wrote. “We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false.”
2. The Birth Announcement. The Honolulu Advertiser ran a birth announcement for Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama on August 13, 1961, announcing the birth of a son on August 4.
Obama's older brother still lives there. Abongo "Roy" Obama is a Luo activist and a militant Muslim who argues that the black man must "liberate himself from the poisoning influences of European culture." He urges his younger brother to embrace his African heritage. Beyond family politics, these ties have potential foreign policy, even national security, implications. Odinga is a Marxist who reportedly has made a pact with a hard-line Islamic group in Kenya to establish Shariah courts throughout the country. He has also vowed to ban booze and pork and impose Muslim dress codes on women -- moves favored by Obama's brother. With al-Qaida strengthening its beachheads in Africa -- from Algeria to Sudan to Somalia -- the last thing the West needs is for pro-Western Kenya to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists. Yet Obama interrupted his New Hampshire campaigning to speak by phone with Odinga, who claims to be his cousin. He did not speak with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki.
It is well within his grasp to shut this issue up and he doesn't. It makes me wonder why,