Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio unveiled the results of his five year investigation into president Obama’s birth certificate claiming that it is a fake.
The presentation as hyped by a tauntingly brief media notification just over 24 hours earlier, saying that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio would present the newest revelations on an investigation into President Obama’s birth certificate.
At 4 p.m. on the dot, Arpaio and a member of his Cold Case Posse had a big message for the 40 or so journalists gathered in attendance. That they were wrong and that, indeed, the birth certificate is a fake.
Arpaio announced that a five year investigation had “proved” that the President’s long form birth certificate from Hawaii in 1961 was a fake. An accompanying presentation highlighted what he and his “posse” called “9 points of forgery” on the document, which focused on the angles of date stamps, typed letters and words.
According to their forgery theory, the certificate presented to the public was created after copying and pasting information from the legitimate birth certificate of a woman born in Hawaii. The gathering included mostly older supporters of Arpaio who would clap their hands or nod their heads at various points of the event.
Mike Zullo, a member of the Sheriff’s team, talked for most of the news conference, taking about 50 minutes to walk the audience through what he claimed was irrefutable proof that the birth certificate was a forgery, white repeatedly insisting that the probe was not political and that he simply wanted to “clear” the President of the United States. “It didn’t work out that way,” he said.
Arpaio is one of a dwindling number of people who make up the so-called “birther” movement. President-elect Trump was the leader of the movement until earlier this year when he said without explanation that he now believes that President Obama was born on U.S. soil and that he helped resolve the issue for the nation.
Obama famously responded to Trump’s declaration in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation:
“I don’t know about you guys, but I am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over. I mean, ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change — none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate.”
Arpaio’s birther investigation goes back to August 2011, months after the President produced his birth certificate. The probe was apparently led by the Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse, a nonprofit arm of the office made up largely of retired volunteers.
Thursday’s event was not the first ‘birther’ investigation appearance for Zullo. He spent 50 minutes in March 2012 walking the media through what he said were irregularities in the birth certificate posted by the White House on its website.
In July of the same year, he explained findings after posse members took a 10 day investigatory trip to Hawaii. At that conference, Zullo said that investigators had located a 95 year old woman who might have written coding on the copy of Obama’s birth certificate. That woman, according to Zullo, later told a fake reporter that the numbers on the birth certificate were inconsistent with the time and place of his birth.