Jerome Corsi doesn't seem upset by the release of President Barack Obama's “long-form” birth certificate, a development that seems to conclusively debunk the premise -- and title -- of his book, Where's the Birth Certificate?.
In fact, he somehow considers it a plus.
“I was pleased to see that now Obama is engaged and that he is committed to this as his birth certificate,” Corsi told Media Matters in a phone interview Wednesday. “It's caused no reason for changing the title because we are still asking, 'Where's the birth certificate?'”
He speculates that the pending publication of the book, which hit book stores Tuesday, likely led the White House to release the long-form document last month.
“Certainly the timing of it would suggest that the White House was trying to counter or in some way deal with the book in advance, but I don't have any inside information on it. It's purely speculation on my part,” he said.
And Corsi isn't ready to concede.
“I think the birth certificate released by the White House is a fraudulent document,” he insists.
According to Corsi, “I think the consensus was we are still asking the question, 'Where's the birth certificate?' Quite frankly, I wanted it titled 'Where's the Birth Certificate?' because I wanted to see if we might cause the White House to blink. Prior to this, President Obama was trying to stay at 35,000 feet in this issue. Now he's personally involved. And now the future of the Obama administration depends upon the authenticity of this document.”
Asked what it would take to convince him that Obama was born in the United States and is eligible to be president, Corsi raised two requirements “for starters”: An independent forensic examination of the “original” long-form birth certificate and the release of patient records proving that Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, gave birth at Honolulu's Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital.
“I was very surprised the White House, when they released this birth certificate, did not submit the original document, the original paper document to independent forensic testing,” he said, later adding, “Secondly ... now that President Obama has identified Kapiolani Hospital, why can't we see the patient records for Ann Dunham as independent corroboration that that was the birth hospital?”
But asked if those two requirements would be enough to satisfy him, Corsi suggested there might still be room to move the goal posts:
“Well, let's just get those two things and we'll go from there. I don't know. I mean, it depends. I don't have a list of requirements. [I am] wanting to get to the truth.”