The White House’s release of a document purporting to be a scanned photocopy of President Obama’s original long form birth certificate (still available online here) is provably fake. I do NOT want to get into a technical discussion of whether it is or is not faked, although commenters may argue about that if they like, since the evidence is, to me, conclusive, and can be found all over the Internet (the YouTube channels of kdenninger and orangegold1 are good places to start). The blunder the White House made was making the PDF file available, instead of an image file which would have not contained all the internal structural information documenting manipulations that the PDF file format does. (An expert can still tell that it was probably faked just from the image file, but not in a way which could be conclusively demonstrated to a non-expert.)
Remember the fake National Guard letter which was intended to destroy Bush’s candidacy in 2004, and instead ended Dan Rather’s career after it was exposed to be a crude fake? For several weeks, the MSM tried to pretend there was still a controversy about its authenticity, but eventually they shut up because everyone who knew how Microsoft Word works, OR who knew and trusted someone who knew how Microsoft Word works, was laughing at them. This new document’s falsity is equally blatant and only slightly harder to demonstrate; there are so many millions of people who understand image manipulation software like Adobe Illustrator, and so many tens of millions of people who know and trust one of those millions of people, that the same process will occur. Although the proof is technically more difficult, since this came out 18 months before the election, instead of 2 months like the fake 2004 National Guard letter, here is plenty of time for understanding of the fakery to become widespread. It will happen without the mainstream media noticing, because they are committed to covering for Obama and all Democrats, and even conservative outlets like National Review and Fox News have not caught on yet, but they will, because too many people have an interest in pursuing this for it to die.
I think this radically alters the 2012 political situation. Since this document was on the White House’s website, they can’t claim they don’t know its provenance — they don’t have the deniability that CBS had in 2004 by pretending the document came from some mystery woman named “Lucy Ramirez” whose identity was never investigated (because the failure to do their jobs and investigate it had less bad consequences for CBS than, in their estimation, Kerry not winning would have). They have to stonewall, but unlike the earlier stonewalling where they simply wouldn’t release the birth certificate, now they have done something much worse, which would be regarded as an impeachable offense if a Republican president had done it (as, indeed, similar evidence-tampering was regarded when Nixon did it in the Watergate years).
Hillary Clinton could doom Obama’s re-election chances today. All she has to do is resign and say that this is new information which has changed her mind, and trot out an eminent document expert to back her up. This would force a real debate in the MSM, and the phoniness of the document is so clear that Obama would have to lose such a debate. If she doesn’t do it, Sarah Palin or some other Republican will; I claim that any Republican candidate who is intelligent enough and technically adept enough to personally grasp the technical issues confidently (as Romney, for example, is) will refuse all advice from wimpy media-whipped handlers to stay away from such a divisive issue and campaign on it, because they will understand the facts well enough to be able to defend their position against all opponents.
Rupert Murdoch could doom Obama’s re-election chances too, but he won’t, because he doesn’t care about politics really. It is a joke to regard him as being “on the right” in any meaningful sense. That doesn’t matter, though, because 18 months is long enough for the fakery to be widely discredited.
The funny thing is, I don’t think even a proof that Obama was not born in the U.S. would make him Constitutionally ineligible to be President, because his father’s marriage to his mother was invalid due to bigamy, so there is no legal presumption that Obama Sr. is his father (a name on a birth certificate is not enough, absent a valid marriage or formal acknowledgment of paternity or court-certified finding of it). But since he started with this story, he has felt it necessary to stick to it, it is probably too late to switch now.
If this does NOT get traction in the media, I will personally do as much as I can to debunk the fraud. If the media/Democrat complex is able to get Obama re-elected by successfully fooling most people until November 2012, I would rather be living in a Communist country like the old Soviet Union, since people there only pretended to believe the official lies.