Yes, Obama Was Born In The United States

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Hawaii

I doubt this will quell the conspiracy crowd, but one can hope

The state health director said yesterday she has personally seen and verified Sen. Barack Obama’s original birth certificate in an effort to address numerous requests for the document.

Obama, who is running against Sen. John McCain for president, posted on his Web site the birth certificate showing Honolulu as his birthplace.

State law prohibits the release of a birth certificate except to a person seeking his or her own certificate and the person’s spouse, parent and legal guardian.

But health officials have been receiving numerous e-mail and phone requests for the document, according to Janice Okubo, Heath Department spokeswoman.

Health Director Chiyome Fukino said she and the vital statistics registrar viewed and verified Obama’s birth certificate.

“No state official, including Gov. Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawaii,” Fukino said.

So are we done with this? Can I stop seeing comments pop up at Donklephant from people claiming to know “the real truth” about Obama?

I’m not holding my breath.


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12 Responses to “Yes, Obama Was Born In The United States”

  1. thekansascitian Says:

    If you read the original article, what you linked to is not what was actual stated by the Hawaii officials.

    http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200881031064

    “Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said today she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.”

    They went on to indicate they could not view the document because “state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.” To ANYONE, which includes them.

    I believe Obama is a natural-born citizen, which is what makes his refussal to just authorize the release and end this debate all the more puzzling.

  2. thekansascitian Says:

    Here is the exact quote from Fukino, “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. No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai‘i.”

    No one ever doubted they had it. They are acting has if that settled the dispute. The dispute wasn’t that they had Obama’s birth certificate but whether that birth certificate indicated he was born in Hawaii or was born to an Hawaiin citizen abroad. Hawaii law states that if a Hawaiian cictizen has a child abroad that citizen can request a certification of birth be issued in Hawaii. That is exactly what challengers of Obama’s natural born status have alleged.

    The statement by the Hawaii officials fails to address that.

  3. michael reynolds Says:

    Justin, Justin, Justin. So young. So naive. To believe that mere facts would stop the conspiracy nuts.

  4. Karen Says:

    @ thekansascitian: So far, there hasn’t been one source that has said anything BUT that Barack Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii. Hawaii became a state in 1959. His mother was a US citizen born in Kansas, which, I believe, is also a state. So, even if his US citizen mother was traveling abroad rather than living in Hawaii when Barack Obama was born, he’d STILL be a US citizen, so all this blather about being “natural born” is just a smoke screen.

  5. Justin Gardner Says:

    @thekansascitian

    He has released it to Fact Check organizations.
    http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

    What else do you want?

    Further, if you think he’s a natural born citizen, why is puzzling that he wouldn’t release his birth certificate? You do have to set limits with these kinds of things otherwise your critics will continue to ask and ask and ask.

  6. bunny fufu Says:

    I had to look it up on the all-knowing internet. According to wikipedia, a natural born citizen includes someone born to a US citizen no matter where they were born. And, strangely, Mitt Romney’s father, George, was born in Mexico… and ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968.

    According to wikipedia (George Romney entry):

    It is notable that while Romney was born in Mexico, he was still considered to be a viable and legal candidate to run for office. His Mormon grandfather and his three wives fled to Mexico in 1886, but none of them ever relinquished their citizenship. While the Constitution does provide that a president must be a natural born citizen, the first Congress of the United States in 1790 passed legislation stating: “The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States.”

    So there’s a Republican precedence on presidential campaigning and citizenship.

  7. ExiledIndependent Says:

    Jeez, so why not just release the darn thing? Ditto for recent health screening/checkup.

  8. Chris Says:

    They’ll just claim it’s fake anyway. There’s no reason to give in to ridiculous demands just because desperate people make them.

  9. Rick Cain Says:

    I always get my facts from rense.com anyway!

  10. US military guy Says:

    The headline for this entry is misleading, obviously made to be that way. If you read what the statement from Hawaii actually says. it does not say he was born there.

    FactCheckED.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center supported by a grant from the Flora Family. If you look into Obama’s past you will see his connection with the Annenberg foundation.

    The 2 entries by Karen and Bunny FuFu compare cases that differ in legal situations. Obama’s mother was underage at the time of birth and the suspected father was NOT a US citizen.

    The easy way to put an end to this case still remains to release his actual birth certificate. Why does he resist doing this? Is he trying to provoke a Constitutional crisis… looks like it to me.

    This is not a good way to start out as Commander in Chief.

  11. Show some ID Says:

    It’s not a conspiracy to require documentation that all of us citizens have to furnish to authorities. Did you notice the wording of the ‘officials’? They didn’t certify he was born in HI, instead they certified they saw his birth certificate, which could be from Kenya… thats the frikin question, they could have said, “we can’t release it, but we can tell you, we have official documents verifying his birth in Honolulu”. At that point, the ‘conspiracy’ would have to include state officials lying, but as it stands, no one has stated anything to refute anything. We dont even have to see it, make Congress or the Supreme Court give a unanimous concurring statement to his birth in HI, and his eligibility, that would shut down all of these concerns…… then ONLY the tinfoil hat wearers who don’t think we landed on the moon, and that 911 was an inside job, would still doubt.

  12. Solomon Kleinsmith Says:

    I’ve got two points here.

    -1- This isn’t a particularly unreasonable bill at face value, but the context in which it has been brought up is very plainly a nod to birthers. You can think this is a good thing, or not, but that this is the case is obvious.

    -2- ALL of the actual evidence points to Obama being born in the US. Bodies like the Republican Party, the conservative Supreme Court, and other powerful Conservative organizations don’t take on this issue… because they know its bogus . They would have every reason to go down that route, as frankly Joe Biden would be a much easier opponent to deal with… and the fact that people like Castle would brush off the issue so nonchalantly is a testament as to how far from reality the charges are.

    Do you not think that the Republican Party did its due diligence against Obama? The Republican Governor of Hawaii certified he was born in the US for heaven’s sake.

    For you conspiracy theory prone people, I can understand how you might think that there could be a tiny tiny chance that this was a hoax… IF… it was only stakeholders in liberalism that offered comment. This is not the case. I repeat… some of the people who have verified his being born in the US are precisely among those that would benefit the most if he was found to be born overseas, and those with enough power to both find out for certain AND get him kicked out of office if he was discovered to be foreign born (namely the Republican Party) are not pursuing the issue… because there… is… not… a… single… thread… of… evidence.

    The Supreme Court will not take up this issue because they only deal with issues… with merit. Congress often goes off on a lark, going down the road with issues that are pretty fanciful… and they wont even take it up… because… *drumroll*… its A JOKE.

    If you’re buying into this stuff… from the perspective of liberals, moderates (like myself) and every single conservative I know… you are a cartoon, a maroon ,a crackpot and not materially different than those who believe that the moon landing was a hoax, the world is hollow, or… well… insert your favorite ridiculous conspiracy here.

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