Arizona, breath a great big sigh of relief! Your Johnny-on-the-spot Secretary of State has finally succeeded in wresting official verification from Hawaii, that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961!
Joshua Wisch, the special assistant to Hawaii’s attorney general, released the following statement to the Associated Press on May 22, 2012 (remember that date because it’s no doubt going down in history), at 11:35 p.m. ET:
“Regarding the inquiry from the Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, requesting a verification of birth for President Obama from the State of Hawaii, Department of Health, the matter has been resolved. We have received information from Secretary Bennett that satisfied our requirements, and have therefore provided his office with a verification of birth for President Obama.”
But wait! Does this mean that hardworking deputy sheriff, Brian Mackiewcz—the man Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio personally sent to Hawaii to investigate the President’s birth—isn’t going to get his publicly funded vacation after all? Has he been required to reverse course, even before he got a chance to dip his toes in the surf or to lay tanning on the beach? He’d best make the most of his turn-around time, because there are people back home who are impatiently awaiting his return. They want some answers.
Chief among them is Democratic state Senator Steve Gallardo, who wants to know why there’s an Arizona investigation, in Hawaii, of Obama’s birth certificate, when hundreds of sex abuse cases are languishing in Maricopa County, and why the deputy’s trip isn’t being paid for by Sheriff Arpaio’s re-election campaign.
“This is politics,” says Gallardo. “It’s political grandstanding.”
Arpaio’s response to all criticism? “‘It’s one deputy, so what?”
Not every official in Arizona is above being chastened by the situation, however. After receiving his own avalanche of condemnation, Secretary of State Bennett told radio station KTAR on Tuesday, “If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent. [Obama] will be on the ballot as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has.” He further admitted that he believes the President was born in Hawaii, but he pursued the issue because of the angry emails people kept sending him about it.
After all, isn’t a three-month-long interstate uproar between government officials an appropriate way to deal with angry emails? Maybe that depends on one crucial question: how many of them were sent from the sheriff’s office?
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