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Hawaii to birthers: enough!

There were too many requests to see Obama’s birth certificate


Alex Brandon / AP

Hawaii has had it. Ever since the first Hawaiian-born president of the United States took office, the state’s Department of Health has been bombarded with requests to see Barack Obama’s birth certificate, fuelled by persistently paranoid fantasies that Obama was not born on U.S. soil and therefore not constitutionally qualified to hold his current office. Last week, Hawaii’s Republican governor, Linda Lingle, signed a law granting state agencies an exemption from processing multiple Freedom of Information requests from the same person, which would stymie the small but determined group that sends dozens of requests every month—despite the fact that birth certificates in Hawaii are accessible only to the person named on the record, their immediate family and government officials.

Ever since Obama was a serious contender for the Democratic nomination in early 2008, a fringe element has claimed that he was not born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961. The Obama campaign produced a “certificate of live birth” during the campaign—a document legally recognized in the state of Hawaii and everywhere else in the U.S. The long-form birth certificate, containing additional details of the birth, is stored in Hawaiian state records. The director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, Chiyome Fukino, has repeatedly stated that she has seen the original record and it does indeed verify that Obama is a natural-born American citizen.

Last month, a poll by the Washington Post and ABC News found 14 per cent of all respondents—and 33 per cent of those who self-identified as Republicans or conservatives—believed Obama was not born in America. Curiously, the poll also states: “About a third of all those who say Obama might have been born in another country approve of how he’s handling his job as President, hold favourable views of him personally and prefer him over congressional Republicans when it comes to dealing with issue No.1, the economy.”

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  1. Only a card carrying member of the lamestream media would take the word of someone named Chiyome Fukino that she's seen the real birth certificate. Who's to say she isn't in on it?

    • Are you kidding me, mc79hockey?! Have you *been* to Hawaii?! "Chiyome Fukino" is a Japanese name; Hawaii is full of people of Japanese ancestry. Try to add something intelligent to the discussion.

      • Yes, I knew that. The comment was intended as a joke about how the birthers respond to any sort of evidence about the dispute. Judging by the -7, it failed.

        • Badly, you racist.

        • It certainly didn't sound like a joke

      • Good point

  2. Birthers are probably the worst conspiracy theorist ever. Here, I was thinking that no one could be worse than the truthers. It is one single documents. They seem just intent at arguing away everything. They would be better of to just accept the fact that Obama is president and a natural born citizen.

    • For every verifiable example you can give me that supports the argument that I should trust what a politician says, I will give you five that prove the opposite……and you need to work on your grammar.

  3. Please, as a journalist, you should strive for accuracy in your work. You said,

    "The director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, Chiyome Fukino, has repeatedly stated that she has seen the original record and it does indeed verify that Obama is a natural-born American citizen."

    This is from the press release of 10/31/08 which may be found here:http://hawaii.gov/health/about/pr/2008/08-93.pdf

    "Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama's original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures."

    She said the original birth certificate is on file. She said nothing about the contents, and most certainly didn't say anything about Obama being a natural born citizen.

  4. Why do birthers rehash the same old failed argument? Why do birthers claim that something is false then present a quote that contradict their argument? Why do birthers pick and choose their facts?

    Yes, there was a second athttp://hawaii.gov/health/about/pr/2009/09-063.pdf

    "“I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai‛i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai‘i and is a natural-born American citizen."

    So when you hear a birther claiming that a person "should strive for accuracy in" their work. It should be known that they are only engaging in what birthers only know, spreading misinformation.

  5. There are only Two qualification requirements for the job of President of the United States. "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

    I'm 46 and I have never gotten a job with such easy qualification requiorements, but I always have had to show VERIFIABLE evidence of my qualifications to each perspective employer.

    Is it likely Obama is a US citizen? I think so. BUT…
    US pop over 35yrs is about 160 million, world pop is about 7 billion so about 2% meet the qualifications. The guy should show his verifiable qualifications to the american people.

    • He did many times, and you don't think the secret service or other political arms looked into this. I know the Clinton campaign would have gladly outed him if there was even a hit he was anything other than a US citizen.

  6. Good God, people. Do you think the FBI didn't vet him before he ever took a seat as a Senator? Do you seriously think the Hillary campaign didn't vet him?

    This is nothing but racism. We have a black President. Get over it.

    • Why would the FBI vet his birth certificate? You don't have to be American-born to be a Senator.

      I didn't realize until now that his "official" birth certificate had never been disclosed, and that all this time his defenders and the media had only been referring to the "certificate of live birth" when they dismissed the Birthers. Seems kind of silly that Obama didn't nip this in the bud and release the real thing early on.

  7. Consider what others have called the Vanessa Williams rule:

    "Bigotry creates its own logic, and shifts with the times. Bigotry argues that Barack Obama, president of Harvard Law Review, is either "not really black" or if he is black, surely the product of system which has unjustly promoted his rise. Bigotry calls Sonia Sotomayor, a Phi Beta Kappa, Pyne Prize Winner and Summa cum laude, is "Miss Affirmative Action 2009.

    And bigotry argues Vanessa Williams, who was stripped of the title, and yet became arguably the most successful and transcendent pageant winner in history, owes her fame to discrimination against more deserving white people."

  8. I think Obama was born in Hawaii. But I don't know it. The simplest thing in the world would be for Obama to waive the "privacy" issues around his birth certificate and tell Hawaii authorities to make it available or to publish it. Doing so would destroy the "truthers" in this and damage the credibility of all the other conspriacy "truther" groups who claim ridiculous things.
    But he hasn't.

    • makes one wonder doesn't it!

  9. The more interesting thing is – the very double standard the MSM applies to BO. If Bush had withheld his birth certificate or his university records – they would be all over him. But with BO – nothing. That seems very strange to me – actually it doesn't because the MSM long ago lost any objectivity that they pretended to have.

  10. So, as I understand 'The Vanessa Williams Rule' (arguably) – ANY ONE WHO CRITICIZES A PRESIDENT BECOMES RACIST!


    – JUST START with his own Department of Justice which continues to "stone-wall" the following =

    (a) MANY Members of Congress &
    (b) their many legislatively sanctioned 'over-sight' committees;
    (c) FAR TOO MANY duly elected United States Senators;
    (d) most strangely = the US Commission on Civil Rights;
    (e) print & electronic news media, via 'Freedom of Information Act' [FOIA] formal inquiries; and
    (f) its own taxpaying citizens — via The Civil Rights (sic.) Division, within Justice Department in US Federal Government!

    BY ITS OWN WORDS and DEEDS, US Justice Department / Civil Rights Division = "Civil rights are FOR BLACKS only"!

    THIS IS PRECISELY NOT(!) what "The Civil Rights Law (1964)" intended — NOR WAS IT THE far-seeing advocacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1960s and 1970s!

  11. There are numerous people of "color" who have and continue to criticize Mr. Obama's policies or his administration's practices. However, none of these people question if he is an Muslim terrorist hell-bent on installing a black nationalist government in collusion with the "one-world government" movement. That's the difference.

    One can oppose his AfPak policy or any of a litany of topics, but the bigots don't, because that's not the source of their animus. They are contemptuous that their miserable white-pride parade has been sullen by one of those uppity negro-types.

    What is wrong with you people? Bush/Cheney let 9-11 happen on their watch, lied to the country about WMDs, started and failed to execute to middle eastern wars, made torture national policy, spied, imprisoned, and violated the habeas corpus rights of American citizen, denied Climate Change was occurring then when they agreed it was occurring said there was nothing they could do about it….

    Again, " Bigotry creates its own logic, and shifts with the times."

  12. Obama was born a Muslim, that is likely what his actual birth certificate says, and that means it would be the duty of all Muslims to kill him for apostasy according to the prescriptions for violence in the Koran, so not publishing it makes sense.

    • or makes sense, as the case may be.

      • publishing it, that is.

  13. i believe Obama was born in Hawaii. well, i believe that the UFO landed there, anyway.

  14. I have a Canadian birth certificate, and could easily produce it upon request. Why can't Obama simply produce his American one?

    I'll say he's not American.