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by Sharon Rondeau

Image of short-form paper birth certificate received by Alan Booth from the Hawaii Department of Health in April 2011. The official stamp is clearly visible.

(Sep. 17, 2011) — Miki Booth, who has written a book about her constitutional activism, life in Hawaii and involvement in solving the Obama eligibility question, recently visited the island of Oahu, accompanying Dean Haskins, Executive Director of The Birther Summit, to acquire information from Kapiolani Medical Center and the Hawaii Department of Health about how birth records are maintained and obtained by the public.

The Birther Summit had formally announced its intentions to deliver a $10,000 check to anyone able to produce a hard copy newspaper containing the birth announcement of “Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama” which has been put forth as “proof” that Obama was born in Hawaii and, according to some, makes him eligible for the presidency.

A report from Booth and Haskins dated September 15, 2011 states that a man whom Booth questioned at the Hawaii Department of Health “was not happy that we were there.”

Booth spent most of her life in Hawaii, and her husband and son were born there.  The Post & Email interviewed Miki when she was running for Congress and published a subsequent story on her son’s Certification of Live Birth obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health.

Miki has also been a contributor to The Post & Email, having pointed out that while Obama’s April 27 release of a purported birth document claimed that Dr. David Sinclair delivered Obama, a woman in upstate New York who said she “remembered the birth” named a “Rodney T. West” as the delivery doctor.  Booth had immediately stated that the image released to the public on April 27 was “fraught with problems” and “an obvious fake.” Since that time, numerous graphics, computer, Adobe and typesetting professionals have declared it a forgery.

Miki will be an attendee at The Birther Summit, which will take place in late March 2012.  Following her generous interview with The Post & Email on September 16, 2011, she was a guest on Dr. James David Manning’s radio show at 4:00 EDT.

In April of this year, Booth had submitted a written request for a certified copy of her son’s long-form birth certificate but was told it could not be released.  She has reported that others requesting the long-form birth certificate have also been refused, although at least one requester was able to obtain one prior to April which does not resemble the image which Obama released to the public on April 27, 2011.  However, on April 11, 2011, prior to the White House release of the 27th, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, had stated that long-form birth certificates were no longer available.  Referring to the short-form “Certification of Live Birth” posted on the internet in June 2008 and purported to be Obama’s “birth certificate,” Fukino stated, “What he got, everybody got.  He put out exactly what everybody gets when they ask for a birth certificate.”

Officials in Hawaii have failed to respond to The Post & Email’s inquiry as to when and how the policy for releasing certified copies of birth certificates was changed.  Booth’s son Alan had been able to obtain a certified copy of his long-form birth certificate in February 2010 which Booth shared with The Post & Email at that time.

But others’ requests have been filled with a document which says “Certificate of Live Birth,” not “Certification.”  During the interview, Booth told us, “I’ve seen only one document which says “Certification” on it like the one Obama first issued.”

While one account relates that perhaps Obama himself stated that he was born in Mombasa, Kenya, based on extensive research carried out by attorneys, concerned citizens and constitutional scholars, the place of Obama’s birth might not even be relevant to his constitutional eligibility.  The Post & Email spoke with “Race Bannon” several months ago, and while he could make no further comment on his previous account of a chance meeting with Obama in Hawaii, he stood by the story.

The first stop for Miki and Dean was the Kapiolani Medical Center.  She stated that a reporter from the Honolulu Civil Beat was there, who later wrote an article on why The Birther Summit visited Hawaii.  “We had this huge check for $10,000 for anybody who can produce a newspaper that had the announcement of BO’s birth…This is Hawaii, so I was surprised the article was as favorable as it was,” Booth said.

Front cover of Miki Booth's new book due out the first week of October

Booth, Haskins and the videographer went in together to the Records Division of the hospital but the videographer was stopped at the door.  He was told he could bring in the video equipment but not record anything while in the room.  Booth then asked a “big man” where the Records Department was, and he directed her.  She asked about obtaining her medical records from when she was there during her son’s birth.  Booth reported that personnel there agreed to retrieve and copy the records before her departure on Friday evening, September 16.

Miki reported that when she completed a records request form at the counter, she overheard one of the clerks ask the other whether or not she should put down “Native American” as a race on a form.  One of the clerks looked at it and said, “Yes, just put it down as ‘Native American.'”  “I’m just guessing, but I think they put ‘Native American’ as the term for ‘Indian’ and the tribe,” Booth said.  “When Dean heard that, his ears perked up and he asked, ‘Back in 1961, would they have used the classification of “African?” and at first the girl said ‘Yes.’  And he said, “African is a nationality, not a race.’  The clerk then said, ‘Nowadays they can use “African-American,” but in those days it would have been “Negro.'”

The second stop for the three was the Hawaii Department of Health.  Booth said that there was a sign stating that the department closed at 2:30 p.m., so she went in and spoke to the person in the lobby.  “When I went in to the Records Office, there was some type of law enforcement, perhaps a sheriff’s deputy, sitting at the desk,” and I asked him, “Is this where Loretta Fuddy’s office is?  He said yes, and I asked if there was any way I could get an appointment to talk to her, and he said something like, “No.”  I told him that she needs to return phone calls, because there are people like me, and reporters, investigators and lawyers who have left messages, and she never calls them back. That’s just not right.”  I asked if she is in charge of this whole department, and he said, “yes.”  I asked where Alvin Onaka was and was told “He’s head of the statistics department.”  I told him, “I’m from here, and my husband with the HPD until he retired and we moved to the mainland.”  He kind-of softened up and became receptive at that point, nodding his head.  I said, “They’ve been cheating us and not following the law about us being able to get our records.  I’ve been trying to get my son’s long-form birth certificate for a long time.  They said they were going to refund my money because they weren’t going to issue a copy of the long-form birth certificate.  They’ve had my $10.00 since April, and I’ve had to travel  3100 miles to come here for my refund.”  I smiled when I said that.  I noticed that the Records Office closed at 2:30, so I’m going to come back tomorrow.  “But if you could please tell her that she needs to return phone calls; that she works for the people of Hawaii and needs to do the right thing.”

After leaving the Health Department, Booth said that the group went to some “very notable, recognizable scenes around Honolulu.”  They then went to the Capitol to hopefully gain an audience with State Sen. Sam Slom.  She had spoken with one of his assistants several days before to introduce herself and let them know that she would be stopping in during her visit.  However, Slom was out and was not expected back for the rest of the work day.

Booth said that Haskins, she and others were returning to Hawaii in November to support Orly Taitz at a hearing which was originally scheduled for September 14 but postponed to November 21, 2011, which is the Monday before Thanksgiving.  “They’re not going to cut us any breaks,” Booth said.  “I’m going to be here for Orly, and the more people I talk to – they’re curious what we’re about – and then they open up and say, “We know something is not right.” It’s not until they heard from us and we filled in the blanks that they say, “Wow.”  Then they know the rumors and things they’ve heard are real.”

The Post & Email asked Booth if the average person in Hawaii seemed to have heard about Obama’s birth certificate possibly being a forgery, and she said, “I think more and more people know that his whole deal is not right, and they don’t trust government.  Here in Hawaii, most people are apolitical; I know I was.  But they hear snippets of things here and there, and they know that the media is not reporting the truth.”  Booth said she gave out a lot of cards introducing her book and many said they would buy it.  She said while many people in Hawaii are “tuned out” to politics, her opinion is that “When Obama is out of office and everything breaks and all of these people are exposed for what they’ve done, these people are going to wake up and say, ‘Wow…how did that happen?'”


Editor’s Note:  Our interview with Miki Booth will be concluded in Part 2 to be released shortly.