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The Accidental Birther or Born in the U.S.A.?Posted Sunday, January 23, 2011, at 3:06 PM
If this were an episode of Fractured Fairytales on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, it would have to be called "The Accidental Birther or Born in the U.S.A.?"
The new Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, an ardent supporter of President Obama, has been worried about President Obama's coming bid for re-election. The concern: If President Obama didn't properly address his birth certificate issue, it would hurt his chances of re-election.
During an interview with the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the newspaper asked Abercrombie: "You stirred up quite a controversy with your comments regarding birthers and your plan to release more information regarding President Barack Obama's birth certificate. How is that coming?" In his response, Abercrombie acknowledged the birth certificate issue will have political implications for the next presidential election "that we simply cannot have." Abercrombie vowed to end the conspiracy theories surrounding President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
Governor Abercrombie attended the University of Hawaii for his masters and doctoral degrees where he met and became friends with Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Sr., the parents of our President. As a family friend, he even knew our President as a child.
Governor Abercrombie, took it upon himself, using the full power of his office, to locate the actual "long form" birth certificate. The reason you have to specify "long form" birth certificate is that Hawaii allows people to register the live births of children who wish to preserve their heritage of being Hawaiian even though born outside of the state.
Governor Abercrombie's liberal bonafides are impeachable. While serving in the U.S. Congress as the Representative of Hawaii, Abercrombie was a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He was one of the members of congress who voted against authorizing the invasion of Iraq, was a supporter of the "assault weapons" ban, voted to protect partial birth abortion, and voted against a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The Governor's exhaustive search revealed that Barack Obama's white grandparents registered his live birth as a person who can claim to be Hawaiian. This is the birth record that has been repeatedly produced to establish the President's citizenship. No medical birth record can be found anywhere in Hawaii, neither in any government office nor in any Hawaiian hospital.
To date, Governor Abercrombie's searches have revealed the following:
Obama's grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham, could have made an in-person report of a Hawaiian birth in 1961 even if the infant Barack Obama Jr. had been foreign-born. Similarly, the newspaper announcements of Obama's birth do not prove he was born in Hawaii, since they could have been triggered by the grandparents registering the birth as Hawaiian, even if the baby was born elsewhere. Moreover, the address reported in the newspaper birth announcements was the home of Obama's grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. The Obama's were not known to be living there at the time.
Tim Adams, a former senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008, has maintained that there is no long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate on file with the Hawaii Department of Health and that neither Honolulu hospital, Queens Medical Center or Kapiolani Medical Center, has any record that Obama was born there.
Why does any of it matter? The Constitution only has three requirements as qualifications for president: being 45 years of age, being born in the United States, and living in the United States for at least 14 years. If a person fails to meet any requirement, they are disqualified from serving. The so-called "birthers" assert that President Obama is not eligible to serve as President because he was not born a U.S. citizen.
While not directly related, it is worth noting that the President who campaigned for a more "open government" and "full disclosure" will not unseal his medical records, his school records, his birth records or his passport records. He will not release his Harvard records, his Columbia College records, or his Occidental College records. He will not even release his Columbia College thesis. All his legislative records from the Illinois State Senate are missing and he claims his scheduling records during those State Senate years are lost as well. In addition, no one can find his school records for the elite K-12 college prep school, Punahou School, he attended in Hawaii. Many of these records would either contain a birth certificate or registration as a foreign born person.
POST SCRIPT: Governor Abercrombie has now announced that he cannot release the President's birth records and has decided to abandon his search.
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