A door has been slammed on the hunt for confirmation of President Obama’s birth in Hawaiian hospital records, with officials at two prominent Honolulu facilities either declining to return WND telephone calls or refusing to comment.
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children and Queen’s Medical Center both have been cited – by various sources including Obama’s half-sister – as the birth place in 1961 of Barack Obama.
But officials at Kapi’olani today declined to return any of at least four WND messages requesting a comment on what perhaps would be the facility’s most significant claim to fame, and officials at Queen’s said in a prepared statement, “Due to patient privacy laws we cannot respond to your inquiries.”
They said that statement could be attributed only to a hospital “spokesperson.”
While the issue of Obama’s birth place, and thus his constitutional eligibility to be president, has been steaming along since before the election, with dozens of lawsuits being filed, it again is making headlines with the report that the “certification of live birth” posted by the Obama campaign on the Internet during the campaign would not even be acceptable by Hawaiian state officials for some identification purposes.
A Honolulu Star Bulletin column Saturday had quoted a state Department of Health spokeswoman as saying the state’s current certification of live birth is recognized “as an official birth certificate meeting all federal and other requirements.”
But the website of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands states clearly the certification of live birth touted by Obama’s campaign, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and a host of other Obama defenders is not acceptable as a form of identification to qualify under this program.
But a blogger at Earthfrisk.com previously had tallied the responses attributed to a series of telephone investigations and personal visits to a large number of medical facilities in Hawaii.
According to the report, Obama has claimed Queen’s as his birth location, but no information was available, while his half-sister has placed his birth in Kapi’olani, and once again no information was available.
But the investigators said neither Obama nor his mother ever stayed in Honolulu Shriners Hospital, Straub Clinic and Hospital, Hawaii Health Systems Corp., Cancer Institute of Maui, Kaukini Hospital, Rehab Hospital of the Pacific, St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii, Straub Health, Tripler Medical Center, Wahiawa General or Wilcox Memorial.
“We were pretty detailed in our calls and visits thanks to dozens of native Hawaiian patriots! To the College Republicans all over the Island kudos!” wrote the blogger, whose investigations took place in November and December 2008. “You can look at every hospital … and call or visit any of them. … Barack Obama was never born in a hospital in Hawaii as claimed.”
A private detective working in conjunction with WND Senior Writer Jerome Corsi’s investigations last year into Obama’s birth place also visited the hospitals.
In a subsequent affidavit, he said the online image doesn’t prove any birth location.
“On October 31st, 2008, officials in Hawaii released a statement that they had examined the birth certificate, but failed to declare whether it was a Live Birth Certificate generated by a hospital with signatures of the attending physician or a ‘Late Birth’ Certificate of Hawaiian Birth that could have been obtained (for a child) who is one year old or older after birth by a simple affirmation of a family member,” wrote investigator Jorge L. Baro, of Elite Legal Services in Florida.
“Only the ‘Long Form’ original certificate will answer all questions about the date and location of birth and confirm that it occurred in Hawaii,” he said.
WND has been reporting since before the election on questions – and lawsuits – raised over Obama’s birth and eligibility. He reported in his book he was born in Hawaii and his half-sister agrees. But the woman the president says is his paternal grandmother, Sarah Obama, claimed to have been present at her grandson’s birth in Mombasa, Kenya.
The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
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Complicating the issue are Obama’s move to Indonesia as a child, where he reportedly attended that nation’s public schools, and his later travels to Pakistan, raising questions about on what nation’s passport was that travel accomplished. Then there are the multiple law firms hired to make certain Obama’s birth certificate information, and other documentation such as college records, remain sealed from public view.
“It is my opinion that there is more than enough evidence to question a candidate’s eligibility,” the investigator concluded. “It is inconceivable to me that requiring documentation that most citizens must produce to get a drivers license should not be required to prove whether the next leader of the free world is qualified under the Constitution to hold the office.”
“Hospital after hospital in Honolulu all have NO RECORD of Obama or mother ever being there,” the blogger wrote. “Is this some state secret? Are we to believe that even the hospital that he was born in should remain secret?”
Joseph Farah, WND editor and chief executive officer, launched a national billboard campaign last month in an effort to keep the issue before the American people. The billboards, being leased around the country, ask the simple question, “Where’s the birth certificate?” Farah is asking the public to support his campaign with donations. So far, more than $75,000 has been collected.
The billboard campaign followed one launched months earlier to collect the names on an electronic petition demanding accountability and transparency on the issue. So far, that petition has gathered nearly 400,000 names.
The campaign got a boost recently when WND White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asked Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, why the president wouldn’t release his birth certificate. Gibbs’ response was covered live on C-SPAN and by Fox News Channel and others – excluding CBS.
It was the first time any member of the press corps has publicly asked a member of the administration a question directly related to Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office as a “natural born citizen.”
Congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a “natural born citizen,” but no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth.
Both the petition and the billboard campaign are part of what Farah calls an independent “truth and transparency campaign.”
The first sign to be posted under the campaign, a digital, electronic one, is up and online on Highway 165 in Ball, La.. In addition, based on the heavy volume of financial donations in the first days of the campaign, WND was able to commit to leasing three more standard billboards – one in Los Angeles, another in Orange County, Calif. and a third in Pennsylvania.
Birth certificate question being raised in Ball, La
Farah said the campaign was born of frustration with timid elected officials in Washington, corrupt judges around the country and a news media that show a stunning lack of curiosity about the most basic facts of Obama’s background – especially how it relates to constitutional eligibility for the highest office in the land.
“As Obama transforms this country from self-governing constitutional republic to one governed by a central ruling elite, the simple fact remains that no controlling legal authority has established that he is indeed a ‘natural born citizen’ as the Constitution requires,” Farah said. “Obama’s promises of transparency have become a bad joke as he continues to hide simple, innocuous documents like his birth certificate and his student records.”
While an Obama spokesman one time called the allegations “garbage,” the president and his team have withheld other comments. But here is a partial listing and status update for some of the cases over Obama’s eligibility:
- New Jersey attorney Mario Apuzzo has filed a case on behalf of Charles Kerchner and others alleging Congress didn’t properly ascertain that Obama is qualified to hold the office of president.
- Pennsylvania Democrat Philip Berg has three cases pending, including Berg vs. Obama in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a separate Berg vs. Obama which is under seal at the U.S. District Court level and Hollister vs. Soetoro a/k/a Obama, (now dismissed) brought on behalf of a retired military member who could be facing recall to active duty by Obama.
- Leo Donofrio of New Jersey filed a lawsuit claiming Obama’s dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president. His case was considered in conference by the U.S. Supreme Court but denied a full hearing.
- Cort Wrotnowski filed suit against Connecticut’s secretary of state, making a similar argument to Donofrio. His case was considered in conference by the U.S. Supreme Court, but was denied a full hearing.
- Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes headlines a list of people filing a suit in California, in a case handled by the United States Justice Foundation, that asks the secretary of state to refuse to allow the state’s 55 Electoral College votes to be cast in the 2008 presidential election until Obama verifies his eligibility to hold the office. The case is pending, and lawyers are seeking the public’s support.
- Chicago lawyer Andy Martin sought legal action requiring Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to release Obama’s vital statistics record. The case was dismissed by Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Bert Ayabe.
- Lt. Col. Donald Sullivan sought a temporary restraining order to stop the Electoral College vote in North Carolina until Barack Obama’s eligibility could be confirmed, alleging doubt about Obama’s citizenship. His case was denied.
- In Ohio, David M. Neal sued to force the secretary of state to request documents from the Federal Elections Commission, the Democratic National Committee, the Ohio Democratic Party and Obama to show the presidential candidate was born in Hawaii. The case was denied.
- Also in Ohio, there was the Greenberg v. Brunner case which ended when the judge threatened to assess all case costs against the plaintiff.
- In Washington state, Steven Marquis sued the secretary of state seeking a determination on Obama’s citizenship. The case was denied.
- In Georgia, Rev. Tom Terry asked the state Supreme Court to authenticate Obama’s birth certificate. His request for an injunction against Georgia’s secretary of state was denied by Georgia Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter.
- California attorney Orly Taitz has brought a case, Lightfoot vs. Bowen, on behalf of Gail Lightfoot, the vice presidential candidate on the ballot with Ron Paul, four electors and two registered voters. She also has brought forward several other cases and has conducted several public campaigns to generate awareness of the issue.
In addition, other cases cited on the RightSideofLife blog as raising questions about Obama’s eligibility include:
- In Texas, Darrel Hunter vs. Obama later was dismissed.
- In Ohio, Gordon Stamper vs. U.S. later was dismissed.
- In Texas, Brockhausen vs. Andrade.
- In Washington, L. Charles Cohen vs. Obama.
- In Hawaii, Keyes vs. Lingle, dismissed.
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