Politics & Government

Texas lawmaker still questions Obama's birth certificate

President Barack Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate this morning in hopes of quelling critics like Donald Trump who question whether the president was actually born in Hawaii.

State Rep. Leo Berman remains skeptical. Interviewed on the floor of the Texas House Wednesday morning, the Tyler Republican said he was pleased that Obama released the document.

"What I'm saying is I just have some questions," Berman said. "I'm not doubting that it's a truthful birth certificate but my questions still hold."

Various news outlets and organizations have investigated the matter and found that all evidence points to Obama having been born in Hawaii, including PolitiFact and Factcheck.org.

Berman, a former Arlington Mayor Pro Tem, has been outspoken in continuing to question Obama's citizenship. Berman learned about today's release of Obama's long-form birth certificate when a radio station called him for his thoughts on the matter. He quickly went online to print out the document and take a closer look.

His first thought was why Obama had waited so long to release it.

"I found that suspicious," Berman said.

Berman doesn't think the certificate released by the White House looks nearly 50 years old. He also has questions about the doctor who delivered Obama and whether the hospital listed on Obama's birth certificate, Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital, can fully confirm that Obama was born there.

Along with a print-out of today's White House blog post, Berman also had with him on the floor of the Texas House another document: a purported copy of Obama's Kenyan birth certificate.

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