WAS THE “ORIGINAL” AMENDED?
by Sharon Rondeau
The image bears the name “Barack Hussein Obama II” and is said to be a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s original birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). The image indicates that Obama was born on August 4, 1961 at what was then called the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecologial Hospital.
Just before the two-hour mark in Friday’s interview, Zullo revealed that during the course of his investigation, he came into possession of a hard-copy Hawaii birth certificate generated in 1960, approximately 15 months prior to Obama’s alleged birth, which is “half-typed and half-handwritten.”
In an interview which took place approximately two weeks before the White House released the long-form image, former HDOH Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino was quoted by NBC News as having said that she had viewed Obama’s original birth record and that it was “half typed and half handwritten.”
Hawaii’s 2011 statute governing who could view a vital statistics record does not include the health department director, but rather, only individuals who have demonstrated “a direct and tangible interest in the record” such as a parent, legal guardian, or a person who shares an ancestor with the “registrant.”
Prior to 2011, Fukino was reported to have “inspected” Obama’s birth certificate on two occasions in order to prepare public statements about his alleged birthplace, nationality and eligibility for the office of president as a result of a questioning American electorate resulting from credible reports that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia.
On October 31, 2008, Fukino stated:
On July 29, 2009, she made her second public statement:
On April 26, 2011, CNN presented a two-part special in which Gary Tuchman interviewed Fukino, who again stated that there existed “no doubt” that Obama was born in Hawaii based on the records she had allegedly seen. Tuchman additionally reported that “original” birth certificates “are no longer certified by the state.”
During the segment, a “short-form” birth certificate bearing Obama’s information was shown but attributed to “Factcheck.org.”
The following day, the long-form image appeared on the White House website, said to be a PDF of a “certified” copy of Obama’s original, more detailed birth record.
At the conclusion of CNN’s first installment of the two-part series, host Anderson Cooper urged his audience to return for Part 2 the following evening, during which people who allegedly “knew President Obama as an infant, an American infant” would be interviewed. One of those individuals shown in a brief video clip in Part 1 is former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
However, Part 2, which also showed what appeared to be microfilm of a birth certificate and could have been misleading to the viewer, has been mysteriously removed from the outlet’s website. CNN did not respond to this writer’s query, submitted when Part 2 was still available, as to exactly whose birth certificate was depicted by the microfilm.
Interestingly, in 2012, Duncan Sunahara was denied access to his deceased sister’s original birth certificate, with two state courts ruling in favor of then-HDOH Director Loretta Fuddy’s decision to withhold a certified copy of the Certificate of Live Birth generated for Virginia Sunahara and issue only a “short-form” birth certificate.
In December 2013, Fuddy was reported to have passed away as a result of a cardiac event after the small plane in which she was traveling on official business was forced to make a water landing due to engine failure.
The image on the White House website is completely typed, although Zullo’s investigation revealed various anomalies, inconsistencies and the lack of a raised seal by the registrar’s office.
At approximately 1:55:00 in the Hagmann interview, Zullo raised the fact that in January 2011, then-Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie had “discovered a document in the archives in Hawaii” noting Obama’s birth which was “half-typed and half-written.” Although launching a very visible campaign to locate and produce Obama’s original birth certificate from within the state’s “archives,” Abercrombie abandoned his mission within a week, citing the state’s “privacy laws” prohibiting the release of vital records not one’s own.
Zullo went on to hypothesize, in light of the partially-handwritten 1960 birth certificate in his possession, that a Hawaii birth certificate containing handwritten information was considered incomplete by the Health Department and was likely maintained outside of the standard record books until the complete data on the birth was provided.
Zullo said that in 1965, an “amended” birth certificate was issued for the child born in 1960 following his adoption. That document is completely typewritten, Zullo said, contains the original serial number and indicates that it was “accepted” by the registrar in 1965. The individual indicated as the child’s mother is reportedly not the same as the mother indicated on the partially-handwritten, incomplete birth record.
He said that “birth certificates are typed up at the hospital” where the birth occurred and then sent to the Department of Health but that the child born in 1960 was not born in a hospital. Zullo reminded listeners that at the time, Hawaii law mandated that the Health Department issue a birth certificate upon the report of any state resident of the alleged event.
The statute governing the obtaining of an “amended” birth certificate today states that “the following persons may apply for an amended certificate of birth:
- A person born in the State of Hawaii who already has a birth certificate filed with the Department of Health and
- has become legally adopted, or
- is requesting a new birth certificate with a sex designation change, or
- a legal determination of the nonexistence of a parent and child relationship for a person identified as a parent on the birth certificate on file has been made, or
- previously recorded information in relation to the person’s surname and/or the father’s personal particulars has been altered pursuant to law.
- A person born in a foreign country who has been legally adopted in the State of Hawaii.”