Is it now okay (no, it’s not) to eBay auction a living President’s official certified copy of birth record? It wasn’t a few years ago when I put up a 2009 certified copy of Barack Hussein Obama II’s 1961 Coast Province General Hospital (CPGH), Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya, Certificate of Birth.
George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the USA, born June 12, 1924 is still living.
An eBayer using the handle “savage5176” has, today, January 13, 2013, put up an auction for, “President George H.W. Bush Birth Certificate dated and stamped his inauguration“.
Listing/item # 230910926618
Starting bid (not yet placed): $499.95
Buy it now: $5000.00
Savagae516, an eBayer since September 25, 2005 and with a feedback score of 91 (100%) provides us with the following provenance for the document:
“I found this in a 1993 Rand McNally Road Atlas in a GoodWill in Auburn ME. The Bush’s live in Kennebunkport.“
This certified copy was issued by the Town of Milton and is signed, sealed (embossed seal) and stamped by the Town Clerk. The original document, a Return of Birth, was issued on June 13, 1924 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Secretary, Division of Vital Statistics and contains the name/signature of attendant (doctor) at birth but does not appear to contain the name nor the signature of the Registrar.
It should also be noted that this certified copy of birth record was issued on inauguration day, January 20, 1989 when George H. W. Bush became POTUS.
The document up for auction appears to be the real MacKay:
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