Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Deconstructing the new Obama Certificate of Live Birth

(Update 8:54 EST with link below)

A caller to the Rush Limbaugh show today pointed out an interesting factoid about the so-called "long-form" birth certificate, which the Obama White House released today.

The document can be downloaded from this link. The file is an Adobe Acrobat ".pdf" file, which can also be opened by Adobe's other graphics programs Photoshop and Illustrator.

Opening the document in Illustrator shows that it was clearly "assembled" from different graphic elements. It obviously had to be in order to give the appearance of a single document with a stamp at the bottom, when it was also obviously a scan from a book or ledger, where the original resides, presumably.

By disassembling the various elements (by un-clicking the "eye" button on the Layers floating toolbar) we can see that the date stamp and certification at the bottom were added as were other various elements of the certificate including partial dates and tick marks here and there. What's more, the president's mother's signature was also pieced together.

Which proves...probably nothing, except that it was pieced together. Some bloggers have suggested that the whole thing is a fabrication because Mr. Obama's race would have been listed as "negro" instead of African. I'm sure more astute investigators will find much more to argue with, but that's all I've got. By the way, here's what another from the same time period looked like, courtesy the family of Ms. Edith Coats.

I Own the World blog has a very compelling analysis using a later version of Illustrator. Come to think of it, the problems in the construction of the document may have been their working in an older version of Creative Suite. Don't forget, political operatives aren't high end graphic designers.

Wait, there's more here: and here: