By Sarah Anne Hughes
You may have thought the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate was confirmed once and for all in April. Perhaps you never questioned it. But for America’s first African-American president, incongruous questions and doubts about his citizenship, fostered by fiercely partisan politics and a hungry media culture, are still being raised.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a visit to the Rancho Bernardo Inn. (Sandy Huffaker/Getty)
Now, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse” has been ordered to investigate the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate at the behest of a tea party group. Arpaio became well known for his self promotion as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and for his stance on the immigration laws in Arizona.
Arpaio told WorldNetDaily his decision to investigate Obama’s birth certificate has nothing to do with “politics.”
“My door is open to everyone, and I don’t kick them out. If a complaint is legitimate, I don’t dump it into the wastebasket,” he told WND. “When I get allegations brought to me by the citizens of Maricopa County, I look into the allegations, just like I am doing here.”
The complaint was brought by the Surprise Tea Party, described on their Web site as “a group of non-partisan citizens that are concerned about the direction of our country.” Brian Reilly, a spokesman for the group, said he believes the Cold Case Posse “will seek to discover the truth in the matter” of Obama’s birth certificate.