Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Issue or Non-Issue

I honestly don't know what to make of the Obama birth certificate rumours. On the one hand, LGF points out that Phillip Berg, the Clinton supporter who brought this issue to court, is a 9/11 Truther. On the other, given the continual rumours about the issue, it seems incredibly bizarre that the Obama camp has not simply released the original birth certificate.

WND has learned that Hawaii's Gov. Linda Lingle has placed the candidate's birth certificate under seal and instructed the state's Department of Health to make sure no one in the press obtains access to the original document under any circumstances.

The source also refused to answer WND's question whether the original document on file with the Department of Health was a hospital-generated birth certificate or a registration of birth that may have been filed subsequent to the birth.

Strange, no?

In a startling development, Obama's Kenyan grandmother has reportedly alleged she witnessed Obama's birth at the Coast Provincial Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.

Stranger still, is this-

In Kenya, WND was told by government authorities that all documents concerning Obama were under seal until after the U.S. presidential election on November 4.

What possible difference could it make? In the unlikely case that it emerges that he is not eligible to be President does anyone seriously suppose that this fact will be ignored? Are they hoping that simply winning will be enough to avoid the actual law?

I just don't get why his campaign- why he- is refusing to allow the original birth certificate (or registration of birth) to be revealed to the public. The Senate met to discuss John McCain's circumstances but Obama is allowed to avoid releasing original documents. If nothing else, it goes to show the curious double-standard applied to the two candidates.

If anyone wants to weigh in- I have not followed the issue too closely- feel free.

UPDATE - The jury is in and the result is, NON-issue. Check the comments for more.


smrstrauss said...

This just in:

State declares Barack Obama's Hawaii birth certificate is genuine

By Associated Press
6:43 PM EDT, October 31, 2008

HONOLULU (AP) _ State officials say there's no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

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

Fukino says that no state official, including Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama's certificate be handled differently.

She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.

(and this slightly different account:)

Friday, October 31, 2008 - 11:51 AM HAST (That means Hawaii/Aleutian Standard Time)

Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate confirmed
Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

The director of Hawaii’s Department of Health confirmed on Friday what Barack Obama has been saying all along: the presidential candidate was born in Honolulu.

“There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate,” said Chiyome Fukino. “State law prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record.”

Citing her statutory authority to oversee and maintain Hawaii’s vital records, Fukino said she has “personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.

“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 added.

Lingle, a Republican, has been campaigning on the Mainland for Obama’s opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Obama, a Democratic senator from Illinois, was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu. He graduated high school at Punahou School in 1979.

End quote:

These two versions of the same report seem clear enough. The birth certificate is on file in Hawaii and it is valid.

However, the opponents of Obama simply will not give up. I have seen one Web comment that went along these lines: "It could have been a valid Kenyan birth certificate on file in Hawaii that the Hawaii official was talking about."

Laughable, of course, why would a Kenyan birth certificate be filed in Hawaii?

Oh, and as to the claim that Obama's grandmother said that she had been present at his birth in Kenya. Well, that all stems from Corsi and Philip Berg, who claim to have an audio tape of her saying that. But Berg and Corsi have never played that tape for anyone. And they have not shown any other evidence, such as Kenyan documents, either.

Oh, and the report of the Hawaii governor having ordered Obama's birth records sealed, that is false too. Apparently it stems from Corsi. The Gov. of Hawaii is a Republican, so why should she issue a special seal order. The facts are that all birth records are sealed in Hawaii--to anyone other than the family.

Jay.Mac said...

Thanks for leaving the comment- a non-issue can be put to rest now and focus return to more pertinent matters.