Sunday, April 10, 2011

This Is Good Enough For Me

One of the last remaining questions regarding President Barack Obama's birth certificate is whether the "long form" birth certificate, which is filled out and signed by the physician in attendance, exists. Well, it does.

As the top Hawaiian official in charge of state health records in 2008, when the issue of Obama's birth first arose, Fukino said she thought she had put the matter to rest. Contacted by NBC, Fukino expanded on previous public statements and made two key points when asked about Trump's recent comments.

The first is that the original so-called "long form" birth certificate — described by Hawaiian officials as a "record of live birth" — absolutely exists, located in a bound volume in a file cabinet on the first floor of the state Department of Health. Fukimo said she has personally inspected it — twice. The first time was in late October 2008, during the closing days of the presidential campaign, when the communications director for the state's then Republican governor, Linda Lingle (who appointed Fukino) asked if she could make a public statement in response to claims then circulating on the Internet that Obama was actually born in Kenya.

Before she would do so, Fukino said, she wanted to inspect the files — and did so, taking with her the state official in charge of vital records. She found the original birth record, properly numbered, half typed and half handwritten, and signed by the doctor who delivered Obama, located in the files. She then put out a public statement asserting to the document's validity. She later put out another public statement in July 2009 — after reviewing the original birth record a second time.

"It is real, and no amount of saying it is not, is going to change that," Fukino said. Moreover, she added, her boss at the time, Lingle — who was backing John McCain for president — would presumably have to be in on any cover up since Fukino made her public comment at the governor's office's request. "Why would a Republican governor — who was stumping for the other guy — hold out on a big secret?" she asked.

OK, then. It exists, and has been seen on at least two occasions. Law prevents even President Obama from requesting it be photocopied and published. Presumably such law could be waived in the public interest, but it's a moot point. It's been seen by both supporters and opponents of the President, who presumably have no agenda or reason to lie about it.

So please give it up, birthers. You're hurting the Republican cause, fully as much as 9/11 "Truthers" hurt the Democrat cause.

h/t Hot Air Headlines.


Northeast Elizabeth said...

Fukino is a pathological liar. This is the first time she's claimed the long form exists, after two prior inconsistent statements. And now, this non-lawyer is making ridiculous legal pronouncements about how Hawaii law won't allow a copy of it to be made, even for the President. More lies, just to excuse keeping it secret forever.

She should go crawl back to the rock she was hiding under. Cute, though, that she'll only speak to MSLSD, no?

wally said...

There will always be a certain percentage of the populace, regardless of affiliation, who need to believe in conspiracies. It's when they start to infect the mainstream that they start to become worrisome. Birthers are a much larger component of the Republican Party than 9-11 Truthers are to the Democrats. It's gratifying to hear you make a firm, unequivocal statement on the subject. Bob.

Bob said...

@Northeast Elizabeth: if you don't trust Fukino, fine. How do you explain Lingle, then? She also saw the certificate.

Bob said...

@wally: I think you might be lumping a lot of people into the "birther" category that don't really belong there, Walt. I personally feel that "birthers" are those who believe, despite evidence to the contrary, that President Obama was not born in the USA.

There are a lot of people, though, who might be lumped in with "birthers" simply because they aren't sure of the evidence, or feel that the President has been less than forthcoming about releasing his personal documents: not just the birth certificate, but college transcripts, health records, etc. Nor has the MSM, usually insistent about being able to review such documents, made much of an issue over the President's refusal to release them. This is part of the reason that many feel the President was not fully "vetted" prior to election.

A third category might be those individuals who, when asked about the issue in a poll, simply respond out of hostility to the President or Democrats, regardless of the question. Probably some 9/11 Truthers fall into this sort of group.

wally said...

Anyone who is still "not sure of the evidence" in the face of the evidence, I am comfortable labeling a birther.

ajdshootist said...

I am 62yrs old and until i was 60 had always been told i was born in one place,just after my 60th B'day i found out i had been lied to all my life in fact i was born somewere else
and was in fact adopted a fact that i had never been told and only found out by pure chance so every time i had been asked where i was born and had filled in a form i had unknowen to me been giving false information.
But here in the UK that dos'nt seem to matter.

Bob said...

@wally: "Anyone who is still "not sure of the evidence" in the face of the evidence, I am comfortable stereotyping as birther."

There. Fixed that up for you.