HOWEVER, HOSPITAL HAS NEVER CONFIRMED OBAMA’S BIRTH THERE
by Sharon Rondeau
However, the statement Lingle made on Wednesday was inaccurate. On May 5, in speaking about Obama’s documentation, she said:
This issue kept coming up so much in the campaign, and again I think it’s one of those issues that is simply a distraction from the more critical issues that are facing the country. So I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health, and we issued a news release at that time saying that the president was, in fact, born at Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that’s just a fact and yet people continue to call up and e-mail and want to make it an issue and I think it’s again a horrible distraction for the country by those people who continue this.”
However, the only statement issued by any Hawaii state official during the campaign is here, and it did not mention the hospital of Obama’s supposed birth. According to the Health Department website, “State law prohibits the DOH from disclosing any vital statistics records or information contained in such records unless the requestor has a direct and tangible interest in the record, or as otherwise allowed by statute or administrative rule. See HRS §338-18. Direct and tangible interest is determined by HRS §338-18(b).”
Why has Lingle apparently violated her own state’s law to discuss Obama’s birth certificate? How does she know that Obama was born at Kapiolani Medical Center?
According to a report just days before the election, Lingle’s office refused to release a copy of Obama’s original birth certificate on the grounds that the requester, who represented a news organization, did not possess “a tangible interest in the birth certificate he seeks.”
On October 26, 2008, WorldNetDaily reported:
WND was told the official reason for denial of access to Obama’s birth certificate would be authority granted pursuant to Section 338-18 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, a provision the anonymous source claimed was designed to prevent identity theft.
Still, the source told WND confidentially the motivation for withholding the original birth certificate was political, although the source refused to disclose whether there was any information on the original birth certificate that would prove politically embarrassing to Obama.
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.
The anonymous source made clear the Hawaii Department of Health would immediately release Obama’s original birth certificate, provided Obama requested the document be released, but the Department of Heath has received no such request from the senator or from anyone acting officially on his behalf.
If Obama had not requested the release of his original birth certificate, how and why was the Certification of Live Birth which Factcheck.org said it obtained from Obama campaign headquarters released and posted as part of an article on June 16, 2008? In answer to a question as to whether or not Obama’s birth certificate had been released, Factcheck stated:
Yes. His campaign made a copy public after speculation by conservative bloggers that he might not be a “natural-born citizen.”
An Israel Insider report dated November 1, 2008 stated that Hawaii officials would not confirm that the image posted on Obama’s campaign website was consistent with the birth records they supposedly have on file.
In January 2009, a letter purportedly signed by Obama was posted on the Kapiolani Medical Center’s website but electronically hid the image of the letter after WorldNetDaily questioned its origins. The letter had been displayed by the hospital on the front of a fundraising publication, but the hospital’s spokesperson refused to confirm Obama’s birth there when asked.
Recently Parliament members in Kenya claimed on the record that Obama was born there. They had also alluded to it numerous times previously. It has also been reported that the Kenyan officials have documents on Obama but that they were sealed.
Attorney Andy Martin has filed a second lawsuit in the state of Hawaii, this time charging Governor Linda Lingle with “suborning election fraud in October, 2008.” While Martin believes that Obama was born in Hawaii, his first lawsuit was filed to force Hawaii officials to release the original birth certificate due to his contention that it should now be considered a public document.