Obama’s Birth Certificate Verified by State of Hawaii

During the campaign there have been numerous bogus reports spreading around the internet, including claims that Obama is a Muslim, stories greatly exaggerating Obama’s association with William Ayers, and false claims that Obama plans to redistribute the wealth. Another claim being spread by the right is that Obama is not an American citizen, despite the release of his birth certificate and other evidence disproving these claims. This one was debunked yet again on Friday as the State of Hawaii verified the validity of his birth certificate:

The state’s Department of Health director on Friday released a statement verifying the legitimacy of Sen. Barack Obama birth certificate.

The state has received multiple requests for a copy of Obama’s birth certificate. State law does not allow officials to release the birth certificate of a person to someone outside of the family.There were rumors that Obama was born in Kenya, where his father is from. The Constitution requires that the president be a natural born citizen of the U.S.

While many sites and news organizations have released copies provided by the Obama campaign, the rumors have persisted.

“There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record,” DOH Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said.

Fukino said she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.

“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,” Fukino said.

Fukino said that no state official, including Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently from any other.

Some Obama critics claim he was not born in the United States.Multiple lawsuits were filed to try and force Obama to provide proof of citizenship. Earlier Friday, a southwest Ohio magistrate rejected a challenge to Obama’s U.S. citizenship. Judges in Seattle and Philadelphia recently dismissed similar suits.

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6 Comments

  1. 1
    cognitive dissident says:

    FYI: Hawaii Reporter has the DOH press release verbatim.

  2. 2
    Jerry says:

    Well THAT should shut them up. But it won’t. I can here them now:
    “Dr. Chiyome Fukino? What kinda name is that? Sounds Muslamic! It’s conspiracy!!”

  3. 3
    YellowDawg68 says:

     It won’t stop them. It hasn’t mattered to them whenever they have been given the truth so far, so why now.  McCain and Palin have disgraced the entire nation with the dirtiest campaign since 1828.

  4. 4
    Ron Chusid says:

    It definately won’t stop them. They will still find reasons to question Obama’s birth certificate, similar to the manner in which many conservative blogs still claim that Kerry has not released his military records. They don’t care at all about the truth.

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    The right is over doing it. I cannot abide the stuff they do et say.
    Liberals need to take a harder line. Letting the Healthcare Legistation wither et die…doesn’t bode well for  Liberals.
    Grow a pair !

  6. 6
    Ron Chusid says:

    What do you mean about withering or dying? The health care legislation has been passed by both houses of Congress and will probably be signed into law within a month.

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