[APRIL 22 updates added at bottom]

Unique among American public office holders, Barack Obama has enjoyed a freedom from scrutiny that would not be afforded your local dog catcher. Refusing to provide a valid birth certificate or school transcripts would disqualify anyone from most government jobs as well as most positions in corporate America.

For over two years, President Obama’s cabal of protectors in academia, the old media and liberal interest groups has been successful in hiding these and other inconvenient facts about the odd man in the Oval Office. But as his incompetence becomes increasingly evident to the American people, curious observers have been chipping away at Obama’s veneer of professional unassailability.

Just over three weeks from today, the remaining shreds of that facade will be demolished with the release of Dr. Jerome Corsi’s latest investigative report, Where’s The Birth Certificate? – already ranked #1 at Amazon and certain to be the first non-fiction blockbuster of the summer season.

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Dr. Corsi’s 2004 report, Unfit For Command, uncovered questions about Senator John Kerry’s self-proclaimed valorous service in Vietnam and damaged the senator’s presidential chances.

Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND and WND Books, the publisher of Where’s The Birth Certificate?, called it “a game-changer – and the news media blackout on this issue has now turned into a media feeding frenzy to cover their negligent rear ends.” Since before Obama’s election, WND has been the only news organization to continue reporting consistently on the president’s missing birth document.

By simply ridiculing anyone who raises the issue as “birthers,” the president’s liberal apologists have been able to sidestep questions about why Obama won’t provide access to his birth certificate. The progressives’ tried and true ad hominem mode of defense began to wear thin in recent months when Hawaii’s governor publicly declared he would provide the documentation to put an end to questions about the birth certificate – and then was forced to reneg on the promise. Shortly thereafter, Donald Trump made headlines by asking why the president did not make the birth certificate available.

Now, with Dr. Corsi’s book poised to hit the bestseller lists, the president will likely have some explaining to do, his defenders will need to do more than yell “birther” when the questions arise, and Obama’s 2012 campaign managers themselves will likely be wondering why he won’t just release the birth certificate, because the one thing they now know for sure is the issue is not going away before November 2012.

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UPDATES: – Wes Pruden, The Ghost Of Birthdays Past

- More coverage by the Monk, who was way ahead of us on this topic, here and here. Check out the latter link for details on the “short form.”

- More details here on the fringe element keeping this story alive.