Despite numerous, repeated requests for more than two weeks, the White House is refusing to verify the authenticity of a letter allegedly sent by President Obama in which he ostensibly declares a Honolulu hospital as his birthplace.
A photograph taken by the Kapi’olani Medical Center for WND shows a letter allegedly written by President Obama on embossed White House stationery in which he declares the Honolulu hospital to be “the place of my birth,” The hospital, after publicizing the letter then refusing to confirm it even existed, is now vouching for its authenticity, but not its content. The White House has yet to verify any aspect of the letter.
“As a beneficiary of the excellence of the Kapi’olani Medical Center – the place of my birth – I am pleased to add my voice to your chorus of supporters,” Obama purportedly wrote.
This excerpt from the alleged Obama letter is perhaps the first formal declaration from the president about his exact birthplace. The White House has still not confirmed if the letter or its contents are authentic.
Abercrombie has not returned several WND requests for direct comment about the letter, but his spokesman Dave Helfert indicated he would seek a response.
“I will ask him what he remembers, how he came by the letter, whether by dictation or whether it was hand-delivered,” Helfert said.
At the same time, though, Helfert told WND outright the matter was not a high priority.
“This issue is just not very important to anyone but you – I don’t mean to demean you,” he said. “I’m not going to go out of my way to have the congressman kill himself to make time to call you. I’ve made a judgment that I’m going to bother him about more important issues.”
He called it “an incredible waste of our time to have to deal with all the time,” and explained, “It’s not a legislative issue. It’s barely a governmental issue only in the most conspiratorial sense.”
The President’s message recognizes the center’s service to generations with distinction: 62,000 kids per year, including the President himself. Settling the question once and for all, he states that Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children “is the place of my birth. Hawaii has always been home to me.”
U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie,
D-Hawaii, posted this message on his website explaining President Obama
settled the question of his actual birthplace “once and for all” merely
by declaring it in a letter he read to the Kapi’olani Medical Center’s
Centennial Dinner in Honolulu Jan. 24, 2009.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs refused to confirm the authenticity of the alleged Jan. 24, 2009, letter from President Obama to his purported place of birth, Kapi’olani Medical Center. His remarks begin at the 55:27 mark of the press briefing. (Click photo to view)
“Do all of your listeners and the listeners throughout this country the service to which any journalist owes those listeners, and that is the pursuit of the noble truth,” Gibbs lectured Kinsolving. “And the noble truth is that the president was born in Hawaii, a state of the United States of America.”
“It would be a charity fraud scheme,” said FBI
spokesman Steve Kodak. “It would be investigated by us or the Secret
Service. We both have jurisdiction over that.”
Malcolm Wiley, a spokesman for the Secret Service, told WND, “We’re not going to confirm or deny whether or not a letter exists if the White House has not confirmed it exists.”
“This is something that is bearing the president’s signature,” he added. “It is the White House’s responsibility to confirm it. So that is the first step – for the White House to determine its authenticity. We’re not gonna trump the White House.”
He noted he couldn’t comment “about the pace” in which Obama or his surrogates would act.
When WND posed the possibility of continued stonewalling and fundraising using a presidential document that might not have originated with Obama, Wiley said, “In a case like that, it may be something we could very well investigate.”
Kapi’olani used a letter,
allegedly written by President Obama in which he declares his birthplace to be
at the facility, to solicit donations in its spring 2009 edition of its Inspire Magazine. The hospital, after refusing to confirm the letter even
existed, is now vouching for its authenticity but not its content. The White House has refused to confirm both the letter and its content. The FBI and Secret Service have indicated criminal charges are possible if a fraudulent letter from the White House is being used to raise funds.
All of this matters because President Obama has still not provided simple, incontrovertible proof of his exact birthplace. That information would be included on his long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate which Obama has steadfastly refused to release amid a flurry of conflicting reports.
Obama’s birth certificate is not the only document at issue. WND has
reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes
his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College
records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law
School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the
University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his
years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records,
any baptism records, and his adoption records.
Here is an actual Hawaii 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 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” – challenges that all have been confronted by attorneys acting on the president’s behalf to keep his records sealed.
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.
“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.
Note: Members of the news media wishing to interview Joe Kovacs, Joseph Farah, Jerome
Corsi, Les Kinsolving, Chelsea Schilling or Bob Unruh on this issue, please contact WND.