What ever happened to the Obama birther movement?

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What Ever Happened To The Obama Birther Movement?

Remember the Obama birther movement?

For years the president's critics doubted his eligibility for the position, claiming he was born in Kenya and could not be a natural born citizen. There were even billboards demanding to see his birth certificate. The controversy gained enough traction that President Obama released a detailed version of his birth certificate on the Internet.

Now, nearly seven years into his presidency, the birther movement has lost some of its luster. The president is on the ground in his father's ancestral home of Kenya, and many conservative representatives seem to have forgotten about their old obsession. But not Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

"We're working on a fraudulent, forged government document," Arpaio told CNN's Jake Tapper.

And Arpaio isn't alone. According to a 2014 YouGov poll, 15 percent of Americans 'know for sure' the president wasn't born in the United States.

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What ever happened to the Obama birther movement?
President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama waves as he walks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to sign a guest book after arriving at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's link to Kenya, where he began his first visit as U.S. president, is a father he barely knew but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son's presidency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Eight year-old Joan Wamaitha greets President Barack Obama with flowers as he arrives at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's link to Kenya, where he began his first visit as U.S. president Friday, is a father he barely knew but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son's presidency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama receives flowers from Joan Wamaitha, 8, upon his arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya late today, his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama waves after being greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, July 24, 2015. Obama began his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, watches as President Barack Obama, center, hugs his half-sister, Auma Obama, after he arrived at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, watches as President Barack Obama, center, hugs his half-sister Auma Obama, after he arrived at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama (L) signs a guestbook alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta upon arrival on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, talks with President Barack Obama as he signs a guest book after arriving at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
People watch from inside a terminal as US President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama sits alongside his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah (L) and half-sister Auma Obama (R), during a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. Obama was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace as he stepped off Air Force One, at the start of a weekend visit during which he will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama attends a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. Obama was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace as he stepped off Air Force One, at the start of a weekend visit during which he will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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