Nothing to see people… it’s just a birth certificate.

Did you see it, the document that supposedly will quiet all the doubters?  It has been all the hype lately.  In fact, it has prevented even more newsworthy items from getting the attention that they need.  Yep, I am talking about THE birth certificate.  It dispelled all the rumors, so can we move on now to something more important?

Yep, my birth certificate says that I was born in the Utah Valley Hospital on August 11, 1971.  But the hospital has undergone some growth… not only in size with the additions of multiple wings, but in name.  No longer the Utah Valley Hospital, it is known today as the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.  Is my birth certificate valid anymore?  Will the validity of my birth start to be questioned if I run for public office?  If so, it won’t be the first time.  I don’t mean that it will be the first time for me, because I have never run for public office.  I mean it won’t be the first time my birth certificate will have been questioned.

The first time it happened I was living in Brazil.  I was trying to get a temporary resident card so that I could stay for two years and not get arrested for being there illegally.  For some reason, maybe for kicks and giggles, the guy I was working through at the police station questioned my documentation.  I just didn’t understand.  Literally, I didn’t understand.  I had only been in the country for a few days and couldn’t speak Portuguese very well.

I think the fact that I couldn’t speak Portuguese proved that I wasn’t Brazilian.  However, I don’t think this is what he was questioning.  Maybe he thought I was really a German, maybe Australian, or possibly Canadian.  I don’t know, and will probably never know.  Yet the truth was there right in front of him… I was an extremely white guy who couldn’t speak his language that was on the verge of wetting my pants hoping not to get arrested.  I should have given him my documentation before I opened my mouth to speak.  Nobody would have questions my nationality at that point.

Kind of similar to the situation this country has been facing for the last two-and-a-half years.  Ever since President Obama got elected, and even more since his inauguration, people around the country have claimed that he isn’t one of us… I mean American born… and that he is serving illegally as the president.  Well, that argument may finally get put to rest.

Barack Obama finally released a copy of his birth certificate to the world, proving that a) he has one, b) that he was born in Hawaii, and c) that he is a Leo.  He even held a press conference today to present the document (clarification… to tell the people that it was available online) and ask if we as a country can focus on the real issues at hand, such as who will be the number one pick in tomorrow’s NFL draft.

I learned a few things from how these events played out today.  In the interest of time (and boredom) I will only mention a couple.  First, I learned that Obama is exactly 10 years and 7 days older than me.  I know it isn’t all that important in many people’s point of view, but it was something I didn’t know. 

Second, I learned that I needed to have Donald Trump with me in Brazil.  He takes all the credit for getting Obama’s birth certificate made public (forget about the other thousands of doubters in the country that demanded it be released) and even said in a press conference today that he was glad for the part he played in getting it released.  He could have talked the federal policeman I was working with into believing anything about me.

By the way… Do you think Obama would have released the document if Trump weren’t considering a run for the White House?  Yeah, neither do I.

So, where do we stand now as a nation?  We are still in economic turmoil.  Some people still love Obama while others still hate him.  And Donald Trump is more arrogant today than he was yesterday (can you believe that is even possible?).  I was still born in Provo, Utah, and gas prices are still too high.  But we know that Obama was born in Hawaii because of a simple document.  We truly are better off, whether the paper was real or Photoshopped, because I wrote this blog and you read it.  Now on to better things.

Just another view from a Palmtree.