What Obama and my wife have in common

by Chuck Norris

Dear Mr. President: First, happy birthday. I do hope Aug. 4 was an enjoyable day for you and your family. Coincidentally, I also will be celebrating this week the birth of someone dear to me, my beloved wife, Gena,whose birthday is Aug. 9. Speaking of birthdays, I couldn’t help but hear and read all over the news this past week about the fresh attention to your constitutional eligibility and natural-born citizen status. I hardly can believe that individuals are offering bounties — one for $100,000 — for any personal witness or sufficient evidence to your American birth. Believe it or not, I’m not writing you to challenge whether or not you were born in America, though I see nothing wrong with the American public’s voicing that constitutionally based grievance with someone in your esteemed position. As one blogger wrote, after all, “We aren’t talking about a 12-year-old qualifying to play Little League here.” Or as Ronald Reagan once said, “Trust but verify.” I must admit that I find it a bit of a groundless stretch not to believe in the birth announcements in two major Hawaiian newspapers in August 1961, in which Hawaii’s Health Department would have been required to post information it received directly from hospitals: “Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy., son, Aug. 4.” Nevertheless, that proof doesn’t answer why you refuse to reveal your original birth certificate and end the growing tides of controversy. 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 wasthat such a bad request? We certainly know why Jon Klein, the presidentof CNN/US, thought it was a bad idea. He previously declared that CNNresearchers had determined that your 1961 birth certificate no longerexists. But Hawaii officials confirmed again last week thatthey indeed have your original birth certificate on file. Dr. ChiyomeFukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, repeated herOctober 2008 statement that she had seen with her own eyes the“original vital records.” Some claim that even you cannot seeor request your own personal birth certificate because Hawaii’sdisclosure law (Hawaii Revised Statutes 338-18) states that “it shallbe unlawful for any person to permit inspection of, or to discloseinformation contained in vital statistics records, or to copy or issuea copy of all or part of any such record.” But the law furtherstates that Hawaii’s Health Department “shall not permit inspection ofpublic health statistics records, or issue a certified copy of any suchrecord or part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record” (emphasis added). Isn’tcategorically satisfying constitutional requirements for a president oranswering the First Amendment grievances of hundreds of thousands ofAmericans or ending a national debate or healing a country’s divisionsenough “direct and tangible interest”? Mr. President, as more and morepeople realize that you are refusing to release your original birthcertificate, further questions will fuel the fires of debate or atleast hinder the embers from ever being snuffed out. Questions such as,“Does it really contain the Hawaiian physician’s name?” “Does itdisclose something other than his birthplace that he wishes others notto see?” Of course, not every US citizen has access to his originalbirth certificate, but you do, and yours is the only one under debate.As valuable as copies can be, textual critics know that nothingoutweighs an original, especially when only it contains the informationunder question. Again, why don’t you simply request, releaseand give permission to make public your original birth certificate? Mr.President, you promised the American people that you are “committed tocreating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” In fact, inyour July 23 primetime news conference, you said that youradministration has been more transparent than previous administrations:“I think that we have provided much greater transparency than existedprior to our administration coming in.” So again, I ask: Why not liveout that transparency promise by posting your original birthcertificate and end the division and debate? Well, I have a birthday toplan, so I had better get going. Again, happy birthday, Mr. President. Yours Truly, Chuck Norris

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