Skip to comments.Nathan Deal calls on Obama to produce birth certificate proving he's eligible for presidency
Posted on 11/17/2009 10:40:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Congressman running for governor calls on president to produce birth certificate.
It's the question that keeps poking its head up through piles of debunking documents: Is Barack Obama eligible to be president?
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal says Obama can dispel it with a birth certificate showing he's a U.S. native and therefore qualified for the White House.
Deal, a Republican running for governor in 2010, called on Obama on Tuesday to "put the matter to rest ... and provide the documentary evidence."
But two independent fact-checking groups and the state of Hawaii say he already has. Their conclusion: Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu.
Deal, who discussed the matter when a reporter asked about it earlier this month, was asked about it again Tuesday during a campaign stop in Savannah.
"My office, and I'm sure many other offices," the Gainesville lawmaker said, "continue to get inquiries. ... The president has the ability to put this to rest completely, and I think he should do that. ...
"It takes up my staff's time. We are constantly required to answer these kinds of inquiries. ... I'm willing to take his word for it, but I think he needs to convince those who still have doubts."
Under the U.S. Constitution, only native-born citizens may serve as president. Hawaii became a state in 1959.
Early in the campaign for the 2008 presidential election, critics of Obama argued he was born in another country.
Obama's presidential campaign posted online what it said was a copy of the document.
FactCheck.org said its staffers have "seen, touched and photographed" the certificate and concluded it's genuine.
PolitiFact said it sent an online copy to Hawaii's Department of Health and that the department responded the document is authentic.
The Associated Press has reported it received the same response from the department.
Both fact-checking groups have posted online rebuttals of contentions by Obama critics that the document is a fake.
And FactCheck.org has posted online a copy of a birth announcement it said was published Aug. 13, 1961, in the Honolulu Advertiser.
The announcement says a son was born to "Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama" on Aug. 4.
Several judges have rejected lawsuits based on claims Obama is not lawfully president.
In July, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed such claims as "made-up fictional nonsense."
Asked why the issue keeps surfacing, Gibbs responded, "Because, for $15, you can get an Internet address and say whatever you want."
"This question has been asked and answered, and I have no additional comment," White House Spokeswoman Gannet Tseggai said Tuesday.
Deal, due to continue campaigning in Savannah today, said he and other House members will sign a letter to Obama asking him to provide the birth certificate.
"They just want to get it off their plate," he said. "... It just needs to be put to rest."
But he did not appear eager to press the matter.
"I did not think that was an appropriate question to be asking in regard to a governor's race," he said, referring to the initial inquiry.
A reporter posed the question during what was billed as an online chat between Deal and supporters.
If Obama will "simply tell us where we should refer ... inquiries that come to our offices," he added Tuesday, "we'll do that. And we'll be satisfied."
All BO produced was a Certification of Live Birth, which awaii will issue to anyone. It’s no the actual birth certificate.
The so-called “fact checking” sites KNOW that.
And when you're the POTUS with the media in your pocket and the taxpayers footing the bill for your legal defense, you can say whatever you want also.
I second that motion!
Yeah, like that is going to happen...!
No credibility if they cannot even properly quote the Constitution.
Or would that be a deliberate obfuscation?
They were not independent, they are leftist shills, and no he didn't produce anything.And the state of Hawaii has said no such thing either. Too bad the article did not mention how much money Obama has spent defendinng cases on the issue. (Ping to Georgia Governor's race, mention of Obama's qualification to hold office.)
"...and if elected, I pledge to sign legislation requiring all presidential candidates to provide authentic proof of natural born citizenship status prior to such names being placed on Georgia's ballots."
It’s amazing how many so called ‘journalists’ use factcheck as a source. Staggers the imagination.
Not to mention, how can someone have their birth status governed by Great Britain, and be a NBC of the US?
2012 game changer!
Thanks for posting this 2nd D, This broke last week and a bunch of us called his office to thank him.The phones have not stopped ring at his offices in regards to the BC.This wont hurt him running for governor either.
Obama has only produced a .jpg image of dubious authenticity, which he has not introduced to any court of law as proof, the certified hardcopy, of being born in Hawaii.