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The birthers' Obama Kenyan birth certificate

Leading "birther" Orly Taitz releases a document that critics say is a forgery with an obvious flaw.

The birthers may have their smoking gun, said WorldNetDaily. California attorney Orly Taitz—a leader among those demanding proof of Barack Obama's eligibility to serve as president—has released a copy of "what appears to be" an Obama birth certificate from the Republic of Kenya. And it "bears none of the obvious traits of a hoax."

No, none ... except that the "Republic of Kenya" didn't exist back then, said David Waldman in DailyKos. President Obama was born in 1961, and this alleged Obama Kenyan birth certificate was supposedly issued by the Republic of Kenya in on Feb. 27, 1964, but according to Wikipedia, Kenya became independent on Dec. 12, 1963, and declared itself a republic a year later. The only thing this proves is that "Birther Queen Orly Taitz" is a nut.

The hospital listed on this document says it has no record of the birth, said Doug Mataconis in Below the Beltway. So it's unlikely that "officials of a country that wouldn't exist for another ten months" were keeping tabs. "Something tells me that the birthers are going to be sadly disappointed" when the Obama Kenyan birth certificate "is revealed for the forgery it most likely is."

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