In response to a request by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the state of Hawaii has provided information pertaining to the birth of Barack Obama, “satisfying Arizona's requirements” for appearing on the November general election ballot.
Dealing yet another blow to the “birther” movement, Bennett, a republican, says the issue has been resolved, and Obama will appear on the Arizona general election ballot. Bennett had been accused of pandering, after insisting earlier this month that Hawaii officials provide proof that Obama was born a U.S. citizen.
In recent months, Arizona has increasingly become ground zero for the “birther” movement, a loosely organized group who believe the president was born somewhere other than in the United States. In a related incident, Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, (republican) sent deputies to Hawaii at tax payer expense in an effort to uncover evidence supporting his conclusion that Obama's birth certificate was in fact, a fraud. The deputies met with authorities in Hawaii on the matter but failed to uncover any wrongdoing.
The “birther” controversy is far from over, however. The Washington Post has accused Bennett of “legitimizing the lunatic leanings of the United States”. Bennett, who plans to run for governor of Arizona in 2014 may find this controversy an ongoing distraction for years to come.