Talking Points Memo - A Hawaii official announced that the state gave Arizona’s top elections official the verification he wanted showing President Barack Obama was indeed born there in 1961.
The announcement came just hours after Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett backed away from his threats to keep Obama off the November ballot and apologized for embarrassing his own state with a conspiracy theory-fueled investigation into whether the president was really a natural born U.S. citizen.
It also followed weeks of back and forth between Hawaii and Arizona, with Hawaii officials saying they weren’t sure Bennett was qualified to be investigating the matter.
Note: What remains a mystery is why the Obamites handled this so badly. Obama could have approved the release of the information long ago and saved himself a lot of misery. Possible explanations: political campaign cleverness run a muck; information other than birthplace on form that Obama didn't want revealed; bureaucratic obstinacy by Hawaiian officials; Hawaiian officials couldn't find the document.