If you happened to read online news sites such as United Press International or the popular hoax-busting Snopes.com anytime up until Tuesday night, you would have seen definitive statements that President Obama was born at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
But checking back now, both sites are suddenly providing an entirely different location, the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children, also in the capital of the Aloha State.
Within hours of a WND report revealing Obama’s birth being reported at two different Hawaiian hospitals, both sites changed their information to suddenly fall in line with the president’s claim that he was born at Kapi’olani.
Here is the screen shot from Snopes on July 7, before WND’s report was posted:
In this July 7, 2009, screenshot of Snopes.com highlighted by WND, the myth-busting website asserts President Obama was born at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, not the Kapi’olani Medical Center in which Obama claims to have been born.
Within just 90 minutes of the WND report, Snopes swapped the location of the president’s birth from Queen’s to Kapi’olani, as evinced by this screen shot from the exact same Web address:
Screenshot of same Snopes.com address on July 8. 2009, reveals Snopes swapped the location of President Obama’s birth from Queen’s Medical Center to the Kapi’olani Medical Center.
In response to a query from WND, Snopes sent WND a statement reading, “A number of readers have written to us to point out that Wikipedia previously updated their Obama-related entries to resolve the same discrepancy, so we included a similar clarification in our latest round of updates.”
The same phenomenon happened with UPI, as these before and after screenshots from the same online address demonstrate:
A July 7, 2009, screenshot of a United Press Inrernational story dated Nov. 4, 2008, indicates Barack Obama was born at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Screenshot of same UPI.com
address on July 8. 2009, reveals UPI swapped the location of
President Obama’s birth from Queen’s Medical Center to the Kapi’olani
A cached version of the UPI site on Google also shows the news agency originally reporting Obama’s birth at Queen’s Medical Center.
WND had contacted UPI on Tuesday to find out specifics about why it had published the birthplace as Queen’s, which is contrary to the president’s new assertion in a White House celebratory letter to Kapi’olani. The news agency says that story was a background piece compiled from available sources, and it did not believe there was any original reporting or interview that UPI conducted with Obama himself, but added it was looking into the matter.
Public anger over the president’s refusal to settle the matter by releasing his long-form, hospital generated birth certificate – as opposed to the short-form “Certification of Live Birth” he has released – continues to grow.
Some of the letters to WND state:
- “There is absolutely no other way to say it! Obama is insulting the intelligence of all American citizens with his profligate lying!” –Jack Sherratt, Burlingame, Calif.
- “Pathetic! Mr. [Obama’s] illegal derriere should be tossed out of this country, since he refuses to release his records and prove his natural-born status. The Democratic National Committee and Congress, also responsible for this dilemma, should be tried and prosecuted. Had our forefathers been so wimpy, we would never have had a country!” –Mary Ruth Petersen, Fairfield, Ill.
To date, Obama has not revealed his original long-form, hospital-generated “Certificate of Live Birth” that includes details such as the name of the medical facility and the doctor who delivered him.
Here is an actual Hawaiian birth certificate from 1963 (the same era as Obama’s birth), which while redacted includes detailed information documenting a birth, including the name of the birth hospital and the attending physician. Beneath it is the short-form “Certification of Live Birth” offered by President Obama as proof of his Hawaiian birth. It is possible to have been born outside of Hawaii and still obtain the latter form, but not the former:
Long-form birth certificate from state of Hawaii (Image courtesy Philip
Here is the “Certification of Live Birth” presented by
Short-form “Certification of Live
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s
status as a “natural born citizen.” 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.”
Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually
born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s
American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to
confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship
through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom
at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the
framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural
Complicating the situation is Obama’s decision to spend
sums estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid releasing a
state birth certificate that would put to rest all of the questions.
Among the cases have been several from Democrat Philip
Berg, who has alleged that not only is Obama ineligible to be president, he
was unqualified to be the senator from Illinois and should be prosecuted under
the False Claims Act.
The key question in the dispute also is being raised on billboards nationwide.
“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard in
The billboard campaign follows an ongoing petition
campaign launched several months ago by WND Editor and Chief Executive
Officer Joseph Farah.
They are intended to raise public awareness of the fact
that Obama has never released the standard “long-form” birth certificate that
would show which hospital he was born in, the attending physician and establish
that he truly was born in Hawaii, as his autobiography maintains.