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Dr. Chiyome Fukino
The online image posted by the Obama campaign of a “Certification of Live Birth” continues to be used as a source of documentation for the president’s birth place, even though previous reports have revealed there is little proof that can be derived from the document.
A new example came just as news broke of the statement by Hawaii State Health Director Chiyome Fukino that she had reviewed the “records” and confirmed that “Barrack Hussein Obama” was born in Hawaii.
The issue is whether Obama’s birthplace and time qualify him to be a “natural born” citizen, as the U.S. Constitution requires for occupants of the Oval Office.
Fukino has made two similar, but not identical statements, about Obama’s birth.
Yesterday, she released this statement: “I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barrack [sic] Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen.”
Several months earlier, she said, “I, and Dr. Alvin Onaka have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.”
But neither statement revealed what the “record” or “certificate” says or clarified many of the questions raised over the issue. Do the “original vital records” and “original birth certificate” reflect a Hawaiian birth, or a birth overseas?
Many people, including some in the national news media, remain ignorant of the fact that a “Certification of Live Birth” from the state of Hawaii, such as the one Obama is touting, can be given to children who were actually born in foreign countries.
The questions also are mounting about whether the repeated citations by Hawaiian officials of a privacy law that they say prevents them from commenting on the birth certificate without the subject’s permission are valid. Did Obama give them authority to comment? Has the president authorized certain statements and not others?
One activist even has filed a lawsuit in Hawaii asserting that because of the statements officials already have made about Obama’s birth certificate, they have waived their right to claim confidentiality on other questions.
According to a report from KHON-TV in Honolulu, the latest statement was prompted by a vote in the U.S. House to state Obama was born in Hawaii.
The report from KHON said, “The birth certificate lists Obama’s hospital of birth as Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 p.m.”
However, the station confirmed to WND that that information came from the online image of Obama’s “Certification of Live Birth,” not any actual birth certificate.
The questions raised over Obama’s birth certificate are far from the only ones out there. 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.
The COLB image online, according to State Department officials, could be valid if it meets certain requirements, but the law is “complicated” on the issue. State officials in Hawaii have told WND such documents are issued only when certain standards have been met.
But those requirements and standards leave the door open to some circumstances under which the COLB image does not prove what it purports.
Probably the biggest concern for those who have doubts about Obama’s birth is the complete refusal on the part of the White House even to confirm something as simple as a promotional letter purportedly from the White House that was used in a Honolulu hospital fundraiser.
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.
The letter in question, dated Jan. 24, 2009, was trumpeted and used to raise funds – then later concealed – by the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, which eventually released images of the paper letter to WND.
“As a beneficiary of the excellence of Kapi’olani Medical Center – the place of my birth – I am pleased to add my voice to your chorus of supporters,” Obama purportedly wrote.
But since WND raised questions about the veracity of the letter itself and its contents, the White House has refused to say if the letter itself is authentic and that its content originated with the president.