President Barack Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate this morning in hopes of quelling critics like Donald Trump who question whether the president was actually born in Hawaii.
State Rep. Leo Berman remains skeptical. Interviewed on the floor of the Texas House Wednesday morning, the Tyler Republican said he was pleased that Obama released the document.
"What I'm saying is I just have some questions," Berman said. "I'm not doubting that it's a truthful birth certificate but my questions still hold."
Berman, a former Arlington Mayor Pro Tem, has been outspoken in continuing to question Obama's citizenship. Berman learned about today's release of Obama's long-form birth certificate when a radio station called him for his thoughts on the matter. He quickly went online to print out the document and take a closer look.
His first thought was why Obama had waited so long to release it.
"I found that suspicious," Berman said.
Berman doesn't think the certificate released by the White House looks nearly 50 years old. He also has questions about the doctor who delivered Obama and whether the hospital listed on Obama's birth certificate, Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital, can fully confirm that Obama was born there.
Along with a print-out of today's White House blog post, Berman also had with him on the floor of the Texas House another document: a purported copy of Obama's Kenyan birth certificate.
"It has all the information on it. it just came to me in the mail," Berman said. He declined to say who sent the document to him though other versions have popped up online, only to be debunked as fakes.
Berman has filed a bill that would require presidential candidates to provide a birth certificate to the Texas Secretary of State to get on the ballot in Texas. He acknowledged the bill is "going nowhere" but also conceded that Obama would likely be able to comply with his bill by offering the document he released today.
"I hope it's the real certificate and I hope that it has proved its point and we can stop talking about whether he was born in the United States," Berman said.