Earth to birthers: the facts about Obama’s birth certificate

A new poll shows just over half of likely Republican primary voters question where President Obama was born. What’s up with “birtherism” and why does it have such staying power?

The evidence shows Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama released a “Certification of Live Birth,” a document produced by the state of Hawaii certifying the state holds records that a person was born there.

Further, two Hawaiian newspaper announcements from 1961 tell of Obama’s birth. Janice Okubo, a spokeswoman for the Hawaii Department of Health, told the Honolulu Advertiser in July 2009 that such newspaper announcements were based on notifications from the Health Department, which received information directly from hospitals.

The certification of live birth Obama released is legally sufficient documentation to apply for a U.S. passport, but it’s not the same thing as a “long form” birth certificate, called a “Certificate of Live Birth” in Hawaii. That document is issued by hospitals and includes additional information not on the certification.

“Birthers” and other critics have demanded Obama produce the long form birth certificate for reasons ranging from bizarre conspiracy theorizing to simple transparency.

In the early 1960s, the long form birth certificate would have included the following information that is not on the certification Obama released: the name of the hospital where he was born, the age, birthplace, and occupation of his father and mother, the signature of the attending physician and registrar and whether his mother’s residence is “on a farm or plantation.”

(Here’s an example of a 1963 long form birth certificate. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser located two examples from 1961, the year Obama was born. Here’s the certification of live birth Obama released and some more photos of it.)

Though Obama has not released the long form birth certificate, a state official in Hawaii says she has personally viewed it.

July 27, 2009, the then-director of the Hawaii Department of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, stated she had personally viewed the long-form birth certificate.  “I…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,” she said in a written statement.

Though the evidence of Obama’s Hawaiian birth is ample, many wonder why he won’t just release the long form birth certificate, since so many voters continue to have doubts.

Political insiders posit several theories. One is that the issue serves as a means to discredit portions of the right wing as unhinged for delving into what is widely considered a fringe issue. A second theory is there is some kind of embarrassing detail on the birth certificate Obama doesn’t want to deal with. Another school of thought says further evidence could actually perpetuate conspiracy theories by giving the issue publicity. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Things got stranger when the Democratic Governor of Hawaii, former Congressman Neil Abercrombie, vowed to put the issue to rest by providing more information about Obama’s birthplace shortly after Obama arrived at the Aloha state for a 12 day vacation Dec. 22.

  • Oakden

    Sorry, we do not “know” that Obama was born in Hawaii. We know that the most important single record of his birth – the one I was required to produce in order to serve in the army is non-existent. That could be an administrative fluke, I know. But it takes the claim advanced by this article out of the realm of truth and into the realm of opinion.

  • eingriff

    Think about it.

    The first step in ascertaining the facts about the birth certificate is to observe the birth certificate, the contemporaneous record of birth showing the actual birth parents, who are currently unknown. Dr. Fukino’s statement of July 2009 (“The Manchurian President” page 76) shows that Obama the alien black Luo tribesman is an adoptive father, not a birth father.

    Let the House RINOs do their duty and subpoena the original birth certificate. Bookies should make odds on Barry’s actual birth parents. My best guesses would be: father, Stanley Armour Dunham; mother, an as yet unknown predominantly Polynesian wahine.

  • whoframedrudy

    Earth to Jonathan

    This is not about birthers. It’s about the proposed legislation and 2012. If state laws require all candidates, including Obama, to produce original birth certificates, what does Obama do then?

    You can scream birther all you want. You can tell us that you are smarter than Donald Trump. But you can’t make any argument against the proposed legislation other than that it might screw the President.

    • eingriff

      Obama will pretend the Certification of Live Birth is a birth certificate and take the frivolous legal position that anybody born in the U.S.A. is a natural born U.S. citizen.

      Anything to avoid disclosing the original birth certificate, which would show he was born to two U.S. parents in the U.S.A., father Caucasian, mother Polynesian, neither of them a Negro, confirming birth as a natural born U.S. citizen but exposing his political manifesto “Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance” as a total fabrication and a gigantic hoax.

      Hence the various laws requiring production of a birth certificate will have no effect whatever. They will neither catch the election fraud of pretending to be African American to make a racial pitch for votes and denigrate opponents as racists, nor will they deal with the real citizenship and eligibility issue, Barry’s loss of U.S. citizenship after his birth. This is legislation made without thorough investigation of the facts, so it misses the racial identity question at birth, which seems to be election fraud, and the citizenship and eligibility issue thereafter from Barry’s acquisition of Indonesian citizenship as a young lad. It can be argued that one can not be both an Indonesian citizen and a U.S. citizen. Further, loss of U.S. citizenship would terminate the status of natural born U.S. citizen. Can’t be a natural born U.S. citizen if not a U.S. citizen at all, even if a natural born U.S. citizen at the time of birth.

      What is needed before legislation are exhaustive investigations. Congressional investigation has been called for by Dr. Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus, Law School of the University of Notre Dame.

      Even if, technically, Obama’s U.S. citizenship survived his acquisition of Indonesian citizenship, it is overwhelmingly probable that investigations will disclose a trash trove of corruption and sedition involving pay-offs to Indonesian interests to conceal the Indonesian citizenship, and Obama’s real allegiance: the Comintern.

      Barry was growing up in Indonesia at about the time of the great communist slaughter, when the government exhorted the populace to kill their communist neighbors. Some 500,000 people were thereby summarily murdered. This, combined with the relentless anti-American communist indoctrination inflicted upon Barry by his immediate family of blood and adoption, is probably the real source of Obama’s rage, with all due respect to Dinesh D’Souza – that is to say, no respect whatever for Mr. D’Souza’s foolish, groundless, naive and utterly erroneous belief that Obama the Luo tribesman was Barry’s birth father (the Luo actually adopted the little bastard as an accommodation to the birth father, Stanley Armour Dunham, whose daughter Stanley Ann was adoptive mother).

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  • kingfish

    Since you brought it up, your dual-citizen Israeli friend Michael Chertnoff WROTE the Patriot Act, which removes Americans’ constitutional rights and the Bill of Rights.


    • kingfish

      This is addressed the “thephranc”

  • craigiri

    I love it!
    Keep it up, righties! More and more people are running the other way!

    The funny part about all this is that, when it is said and done with, the GOP will elect a Liberal Bostonian Corporate backer of Universal Health Care….and gay marriage ….mormon…named Mitt for President.

    Heck, if you are going to do that, you might as well elect Obama again. At least Obama is a real Christian as opposed to thinking the prophet was seen in upstate NY state and told Joe Smith to have lots of young wives.

    It’s gotta be tough!

    And, after they are all proven as “birthers”, they continue to tell us all that they are not racists! Funny stuff.