Denver birtherboards ask The Big Question

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From a wingnut corner of the mediasphere, talk radio’s Peter Boyles and World Net Daily have teamed up to bring the Denver metro-area fully into the birther era. Together with roadside billboard owner Phil Wolf, the team has posted two billboards at Kipling and I-70 today asking area commuters to seriously consider the question on the minds of citizens across the country: “Where’s the birth certificate?” Why birtherboards? Because your iPhone screen is just way too small for the Capital Letters question!

The billboards are part of a nationwide right-wing campaign to force Pres. Obama to produce his original long-form birth certificate.

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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. **

The roadside ads are just the latest chapter in Boyles’s running spurious campaign against the president. Yesterday at his talkshow website, Boyles posted a disturbing YouTube of New Jersey school children singing mawkish supportive songs to the president. The footage is presented with a nod to totalitarian youth-style devotion to dear leaders. “School kids taught to praise Obama” is the title of the post.

Boyles’s web crew also posted what they could make out of the lyrics.

Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that all must lend a hand [?]
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said we must be clear today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
He said Red, Yellow, Black or White
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama
Yes
Mmm, mmm, mm!

Barack Hussein Obama

segue to

Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all [do? doth??] say “hooray!”
Hooray Mr. President! You’re number one!
The first Black American to lead this great na-TION!
Hooray, Mr. President something-something-some
A-something-something-something-some economy is number one again!
Hooray Mr. President, we’re really proud of you!
And the same for all Americans [in?] the great Red White and Blue!
So something Mr. President we all just something-some,
So here’s a hearty hip-hooray a-something-something-some!
Hip, hip hooray! (3x)


** 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.

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