Happy Birthday, President Obama

President Obama turns 48 today. He’ll spend his birthday at the White House, where he’s having lunch with the entire Senate Democratic Caucus this afternoon. “Chuck E. Cheese was booked,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs joked yesterday. Yeah, yeah—You laugh now, Gibbs, but wait until you see Harry Reid jump out of a giant cake.

In honor of the prez’s birthday, your Gaggler is posting what seems to be one of the more controversial documents these days: Obama’s birth certificate. Confirmed again and again by Hawaii’s state health department, the document shows that Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu—though some folks just don’t believe he’s a U.S. citizen and likely never will. A Research 2000 poll sponsored by the liberal blog Daily Kos found that while a majority of those polled believe Obama is a natural-born citizen, 11 percent of those surveyed didn't buy it, while 12 percent just didn't know--small, but fairly disturbing numbers nonetheless.

Still, one could say Obama got an early birthday present yesterday when Dr. Orly Taitz, one of the leaders of the so-called “birthers” movement, appeared on MSNBC to challenge Obama’s citizenship. Taitz told MSNBC she has a copy of Obama’s real birth certificate, which she says shows he was born in Kenya, but in defending her claims suffered what can only be described as a seriously epic meltdown. Will this put an end to all the conspiracy theories? Probably not.

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