Birther billboards to begin distracting Denver-area drivers today
Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 3:40 pm
According to billboard owner Phil Wolf, Denver’s “birther boards” will go up mid-day today at Kipling and I-70 on the north side of frontage road. West-Denver commuters will be treated to compelling over-sized double-sided evidence that Americans love a distraction.
The ominous and compelling message: “Where is the birth certificate?”
The billboards are the work of talk radio host Peter Boyles, World Net Daily, and Mr. Wolf. They are part of nationwide right-wing campaign to force Pres. Obama to produce his original long-form birth certificate.
Experts have repeated time and again that the documents presented to the country and campaign officials are real and legitimate documents and that a “long-form certificate” does not exist. **
This Louisiana version features the right-wing World Net Daily url. Tune in later for photo evidence of the Denver version.
** Edit Note: The author has apparently initiated a small blog storm by writing that the “long-form” certificate “does not exist.” This unfortunate turn of phrase was not the result of our uncovering any new information. For those who haven’t followed this pressing matter, this concerns the question of long-form versus short-form birth certificates, which is also the question of “Certificates of Live Birth” versus “Certifications of Live Birth.” Officials at the Hawaiian Dept of Health and officials of the state’s Vital Statistics registrar’s office have verified the president’s birth records, as has the governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, a Republican who at the time was stumping for Obama’s rival for the presidency, Republican John McCain. The Hawaii Dept of Health also reported the birth to local newspapers at the time, which published birth announcements the week infant Obama, with no designs on the presidency, came into the world. The Colorado Independent subscribes to the reporting on the matter done by Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning factcheck site run by the St Petersburg Times.
*** Edit Note II: The author further clarifies by saying that he did not report that the “long form birth certificate does not exist.” He reported that “experts have repeated… that the long form birth certificate does not exist.” This was an unfortunate turn of phrase, given the nature of the debate. He meant that the birth certificate released online is the same birth certificate as anyone born in Hawaii looking for a copy of their birth certificate is issued by the state. Again, he refers readers to Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning factcheck site run by the St Petersburg Times.