So, the president is a citizen, and most of the claims to say that he’s not are made up.  Which leads me to ask: what could possibly motivate people to make up stories about Obama’s illegitimacy?*

Truth-O-Meter items

We’ve published 18 Truth-O-Meter items on various claims about the birth certificate and collected them on this page. It’s worth noting that we’ve found most of the claims to be False or Pants on Fire.

Some of the significant ones:

Donald Trump earned a False for his claim that Obama’s grandmother said he was born in Kenya.

Donald Trump earned a Pants on Fire for his claim that classmates did not remember Obama.

A Texas state legislator earned a False for saying Hawaii’s governor can’t find anything that says Obama was born there.

A chain e-mail earned a Pants on Fire for a claim that Obama’s college transcript indicates he was an Indonesian citizen.

A chain e-mail earned a Pants on Fire for saying that Obama’s middle name is Muhammed.

A chain e-mail earned a Pants on Fire for saying that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had agreed to hear a case about whether Obama is eligible to be president.

*Hint: RACISM