Since before the presidential election in 2008, political groups have raised questions about the authenticity of Obama’s US citizenship, based on his Hawaii birth certificate, and thus his eligibility to serve as President. Yesterday Hawaii State Department of Health Director, Chiyome Fukino, MD, issued a second statement regarding its authenticity:
“I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai‛i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai‘i and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago.”
In case you missed her October 31, 2008 statement, here it is:
“There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record.
Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.
No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai‘i.”
Great, the chief doctor in Hawaii vouches again for Obama’s birth. But what effect, if any, have his statements made in the blogosphere and media regarding accusations that Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate is a fake? Factcheck.org has a definitive “It’s Real” response backed up by the most detailed evidence. But I also checked out the top 10 links covering both sides of the issue published on WordPress.com. Searching for “Obama birth certificate“, 4,912 results returned, and are the top 10 most recent: