In response to my recent column about how CNN's Lou Dobbs has been propagating the birth certificate conspiracy theory, I got a comment from a right-winger on the OpEdNews.com site. The commenter, a white man (per his photo) who simply goes by the name "Gallaher", replied to my piece thusly:
Obama does not want people to see is [sic] real 1961 Hawaiian birth certificate, because the state legally declared Obama a "Caucasian" baby, not "Black".Enlightened? Perhaps Gallaher should enlighten himself a bit more by doing his homework before spreading his conspiracies.
This is the real reason Obama is using millions of dollars and tens of attroneys [sic] to hide his real birth certificate and any other documents where Obama listed his race as black for personal gain.
You see it is felony fraud.
There you are enlightened...
You see, Gallaher apparently doesn't realize that Hawaiian birth certificates do not list the baby's race. They list the race of each parent. In Obama's case, the mother is listed as "Caucasian" and the father is listed as "African".
The certificate is available for viewing online at the Los Angeles Times website here.
But, of course, the conspiracists are unlikely to let the facts get in the way of their hysteria. Especially where a dark-skinned U.S. president is concerned.