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August 4, 1961

August 4, 1961. That was the date that Barack Obama came into this world. In the American state of Hawai'i.

"I ... have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen," Dr. Chiyome Fukino of the Hawai'ian Department of Health told the Associated Press. "I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago."

Thus, President Obama is a natural-born American citizen. - Even if he is half black, which I suspect is the real bug under the skin of the "Birthers" who simply insist, with no supporting evidence whatsoever, that Obama was born elsewhere. Furthermore, the U. S. House of Representatives voted unanimously (unanimously!) to approve a resolution recognizing Hawai'i's 50th anniversary of its statehood; a resolution that notes, "Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961."

Suck on that, Birthers!



"Chiyome Fukino?" How are we supposed to trust anyone with a name like that? Who is he? Who does he REALLY work for? Why should I take his word for it?

When even Ann Coulter is calling the "Birthers" bonkers, you KNOW you just want to them to keep it coming!

Ack! My first paragraph is most assuredly sarcastic, by the way.

I'm just waiting for the Birther to declare tha Hawai'i isn't a real state because it's a bunch of islands, or some such nonsense.

Lou Dobbs pondered whether Obama was "un-documented" today. Dude works for CNN. WTF?

Can you give me even ONE good reason why Obama does not just release his ORIGINAL birth certificate and put an end to this?

I can give you $10,000.00 reasons why he should release the original birth certificate. That would help a lot of children. Besides he has already spent almost $1 million dollars keeping it hidden,

I'll take that $10,000.

Reason: Very simply, it is not up to President Obama whether or not to "release" the original document. It isn't his document to release, the document is property of the State of Hawai'i.

President Obama cannot order officials in Hawai'i to do anything. Obama is a president and citizen, not a king. Under Hawai'ian law, the original document is kept on file and under lock and key. (I have read an unconfirmed report that Hawai'i destroyed most, if not all, of its old paper documents when it went to an all-electronic data management system in 2001, so, presumably that could include Obama's paper birth certificate.) If state officials were to give out original documents to anybody who requested them, the odds are very good that tons of irreplaceable original documents would go missing. Therefore, Hawai'ian officials issue a certificate indiacting that the original is on file and in posession of the state.

So, unless you are arguing that the President's whims should override state sovereignty, you should be perfectly happy with the documents on display at factcheck.org.

Even if Obama did do exactly as you say, would you simply accept it as the truth or would you just declare that the document must be a forgery?

I can virtually guarantee you that you can't get your ORIGINAL birth certificate, for obvious reasons that even a child should be able to understand.

Thanks for playing.

Point of fact: I do not have MY original birth certificate. When I got married in 2000 I went to my county of birth and was issued a--wait for it--Certificate of Live Birth, which was notarized by the county clerk and states in BOLD lettering along the bottom: "This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court preceding." Just like Obama's does...

It was good enough to get married, get a drivers license, and a passport. It was evidence of my being born in the United States.

This argument is just so bizarre to me. Talk about grasping at straws...

I can agree with all this. Republicans look silly in this one. The Birther movement = 9/11 Bush Conspiracy movement. His mother was a citizen anyway doesn't that make all points moot?

I think that Obama won't release his real birth certificate because he's a bastard child to Frank Marshall the well known communist. So put that one in your mouth.

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