Both President Elect Obama and little Suri Cruise, otherwise known as Tomkitten, have something in common. There are questions about the accuracy of their birth certificates. While Suri Cruise’s birth certificate won’t keep her out of the White House, it has brought into question who her biological father may be and who actually signed the birth certificate.
At St. John’s Hospital, where Suri was born, it is policy to file a birth certificate within 10 days, but Suri’s wasn’t filed until 20 days after the birth and it was signed by a person who called him or herself, “friend.” The signature is illegible.
The name Suri is supposed to mean “Princess,” in Hebrew according to some people, including Tom Cruise, but in Yiddish it means “daughter of Syria,” and is actually a pet name, or form of Sarah, which means “red rose,” in Persian. But some people have suggested it actually is a sly play on words that is short for surrogate, as in surrogate mother.
First Katie looks five months pregnant and then the baby isn’t born until 6 months later? Then she loses weight faster than anyone can believe after the birth of Suri? It is just one question after another and the numbers and answers don’t add up for some people.
There are other questions raised by the birth certificate and legal issues as well. For one thing, Katie is listed as Katie, which is a shortened version of Katherine, her legal name. Shouldn’t the legal name of the mother and father be used on a birth certificate? If that is the case, why is Tom Cruise listed as Tom Cruise, when his real name is Mapother? A birth certificate is a legal document that is used to obtain other legal documents, like a passport. Therefore it is supposed to be accurate.
The doctor who delivered the baby did not sign the birth certificate. It was signed by a nurse who wasn’t even in the delivery room. Someone needs to inform these people that little Suri deserves a chance to have a normal life and a birth certificate isn’t a prop in a movie, but a real document that is very important throughout our lives. What will she think when she is finally old enough to read it and read the questions and controversy surrounding it?
There were many questions about the pregnancy and birth of Suri. The uncertainty and doubt and rumors were certainly fueled by Tom Cruise’s chosen religion, Scientology. The rumor mill produced all sorts of scenarios including the idea that Tom isn’t even the father and that Katherine was impregnated with the semen of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
But if parallels are to be drawn between the questionable birth certificates of Suri and Barack Obama, perhaps it is best to use one person’s experiences to judge the possibilities of the other person’s chances. President Elect Barack Obama may or may not have been born in Hawaii, but one thing is certain, he was raised by a loving parent and grandparents and realized great potential. Whatever may be written on a birth certificate or any other piece of paper, isn’t as important as the actions and intentions of the people involved.
Suri is a darling little girl with all the potential and charm of any other beautiful little child and how she is nurtured and the opportunities that fate may send her way will mean more than the drama and swirling winds of doubt raised by the paparazzi. The world waits to see how her life will unfold as it does with every other child, both the famous and unknown. For now, to me, her name means beautiful little girl. Both Barack Obama and Suri will leave their marks upon this world not because of, but despite the ink stains that have dried on a line.