Grinning Obama caricature  When a grinning Barack Hussein Obama finally produced his long form Hawaiian birth certificate on April 27, 2011–following years of questions fueled by strong suspicions he was born in Kenya–he felt certain all doubts that he was constitutionally-qualified to hold the office of the presidency had been laid to rest. 

They hadn’t. 

Principal contributing factors for the qustions related to the inexplicably inordinate delays in providing the Long Form certificate and the million or so dollars the Obama camp spent to avoid the minimalist task of simply displaying a piece of paper.  Neither the delay nor the money expended made any sense.   

Testimony to the lingering doubts, Arizona’s Sherrif Joe Arpaio recently launched a privately-funded 6 month investigation into the matter of exactly who and what our president was, Kenyan or American? 

As he announced at a press conference, no major media source had investigated the  controversy so his cold case posse of volunteers would look into the issue in order to resolve it once and for all. 

Arpaio said after receiving the posse report, ”We believe probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed, not only in President Obama’s long-form birth certificate, but more disturbing evidence suggests that another fraud may have been committed regarding his selected service registration card.  Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic.” (http://abcn.ws/zrMUTU)     

Although Arpaio was convinced that both Obama’s birth certificate and draft card were forgeries, he isn’t prepared to accuse the president, yet.  The investigation is continuing. 

Left unmentioned by the sheriff is the issue of Obama’s Social Security card number which was originally issued to a French immigrant born in 1890 and re-issued to Obama in the state of Connecticut in 1977.  The 15 year old Barry was residing in Hawaii with his maternal grandparents at the time and never resided in the Nutmeg State.  

At least one blogger has suggested the grandparents’ connection with well-connected Connecticut socialite, Helen Canfield, helped grease the skids to secure a SSN for Obama since he lacked an American birth certificate. (http://bit.ly/wbKuT6) 

On the other hand, Snopes.com, long an avid Obama defender, alleged the SSN was valid.  Snopes termed the brouhaha “fantastical.”  As “proof,” Snopes said Jean Paul Ludwig’s SSN was different and offered for verification a link to the Social Security Death Index which turned out to be useless and referred searchers to Ancestry.com. (http://bit.ly/jxwEKo)      

Personally, I’m dubious as to all the birther allegations despite their potent arguments that Barack Hussein Obama was not born in the United States of America and thus ineligible to serve as president–and subject to prosecution as a liar and usurper.

Perhaps due to my septuagenarian naiveté, I find it difficult to accept that America’s mainstream media would not have reported those damning facts.    

However, a composite, 11 minute video of the president’s statements released in May, 2010 could make me a birther believer. (http://bit.ly/bFhQXG)

There are some who believe the first portion of “Naturalized–Not ‘ Natural Born’ “ was fabricated since Obama’s face and lips aren’t always visible, though the voice is unmistakably the president’s.  That voice says such things as “I am not an American” and the video includes the words of Michelle Obama identifying Kenya as her husband’s “native country.” 

Could a reputed “constitutional scholar” have actually admitted he is a fraud?  Could his bride be so mistaken as to identify Kenya as Barack’s ”native country”?  Could Snopes.com be wrong in defining “natural born citizen” as someone born of an 18 year old Kansan and a licentious 24 year old Kenyan bigamist?  Could a child adopted by an Indonesian become president?  

We will know for sure that the American voter buys into all that crap if Obama is re-elected.  Like the “truthers,” the birthers may some day be shown to be correct and the rest of us wrong.