As a belated follow-up to The Phantom Birth Certificate and mainly as a brief response to Tori‘s comment on that post, I want to withdraw my criticism of the short-form certificate I presented in that post.
The only images of the certificate I came across while writing the post were very similar (read: identical, save for crop/sizing differences) to the image of the certificate presented in that post. If such images were all there was to go by, my criticisms would remain.
However, Tori did what no commenter had done and linked to a trove of images of the short-form certificate, rendering null my criticisms. Better images of the certificate reveal that it does have an embossed seal, it does have an official’s stamped signature, it does have a real document number, and so on.
While it has been said — though I can’t verify this — that Obama could have arrived in Hawaii shortly after his birth and his parents then applied for a Hawaii birth certificate as the requirement of local birth isn’t there to get such a certificate… Well, I suppose some people can dwell on that “what if,” but if the legal requirement has been met (and it appears that it has been) and there is no evidence to the contrary, then whether I like it or not, there’s no reason to doubt that Barack Obama is legally eligible for the job to which America elected him.