The certificate displayed on-line has been well scrutinised, and it appears that technically it could turn out to be a fabricated product of Photoshop. That is not certain, of course. The main issue throwing up doubt is that there does not appear to be any imprint of an official seal, or signature of an official included in the certificate, and the serial number is blacked out. Also, it has been discovered by researchers that certificates such as this are routinely sent by snail mail only, and always have folds evident - a similar document displayed on-line, belonging to another person born in Hawaii clearly shows folds and imprint of official seal. A contrubutor to No Quarter, screen name "TexasDarlin", has a series of detailed posts on this topic, the latest, "Fight the Smears: Show the Proof Now" outlines the situation, previous posts in her series outlining her series are linked below it.
A passing reader might feel inclined to consider this just another conspiracy theory dreamed up by Clinton supporters resentful at their candidate's loss. I'm not big on conspiracy theories of any kind, I get an immediate conspiracy siren going off in my head when confronted with a good juicy theory. I don't get that signal here. I think there IS a mystery which needs to be resolved. Possibly the mysterious element will turn out to be inconsequential - more an embarrassment to Obama than an impediment to his presidential run, but things ought to be clarified to stop further speculation.
The Constitution states that one of the requirements for a person to be President of the USA is that he/she must be not just a US citizen, but a natural born US citizen, born on US soil. We assume that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961: US soil, but if it were ever to be proved that he wasn't born in Hawaii, things would take a swift about-turn! This is why it's so very important for the presumptive nominee to clarify this issue.
Time of birth, as stated in the on-line certificate, might still be accurate of course, even if the certificate itself is a Photoshop construct. That would entail the constructor having seen a real certificate however, and could implicate others in what might be a Federal offence (fabricating official documents). Then again, if the certificate was constructed by some well-meaning supporter, using most of the information already widely available, the time of birth could be entirely fictional. Had the constructor been an astrology buff they might have used 1.06pm!
Oh Neptune! You sure know how to mystify!
(Statue of Neptune in the market place of Durham, UK.)
PS: There's another update by TexasDarlin today, for those of us with analytical Mercury or Virgo-heavy birthcharts.
AND the beat goes on... yet another update - curiouser and curiouser.....
AND another blogger,Joseph Cannon http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/ has weighed in, using Photoshop to investigate the latest findings, and now considers that the certificate shown on-line does contain a seal on its reverse side, and very faint evidence of folds. He still has some reservations, however. And there is still no serial number, which could be used to authenticate the certificate.