The former Honolulu elections official who alleges Barack Obama was “definitely” not born in Hawaii and that no long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate even exists for the president in the Aloha State now says he’s the victim of a vicious smear campaign, threatening his position as an instructor at Western Kentucky University.
“There have been attempts by various parties, some bloggers and others to attempt to discredit [my] claims, but none of them has held up to any scrutiny or rebuttal,” Tim Adams, the former senior elections clerk in 2008 for the city and county of Honolulu, is now telling WND.
“My university was deluged with phone calls and e-mails, many of which were either supportive or neutral, but some folks took it upon themselves to actively try and smear or oust me.”
He also says he’s experienced “some minor inconveniences.”
“My computer, e-mails, financial records
and school records have all been subjected to fishing expeditions by
various authorities. Strange, I’m still here.”
Tim Adams, the former senior elections clerk for Honolulu, says President Obama was “definitely” not born in Hawaii, and a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not exist in the state.
Adams, 45, a Hillary Clinton supporter who now teaches English while he works on his master’s degree, burst onto
the national scene in a WND story June 10
in which he asserted Obama was not born in Hawaii as the
White House maintains.
“There is no birth certificate,” he said. “It’s like an open secret.
There isn’t one. Everyone in the government there knows this.”
Yet Adams also believes Obama is a U.S. citizen who is eligible to be president.
Since WND’s original story, Adams has said he’s willing to testify in court about the matter, and he appeared on an ABC television affiliate to reiterate his claims.
He also says he’s been contacted by Fox News about a possible appearance.
His direct contradiction of the White House storyline that Obama was born in Hawaii has sparked detractors to attack him personally online and on the air.
Adams explains: “I was, among other claims made by these ‘concerned citizens,’ a Nazi, a skinhead, a racist, and a host of other epithets, yet they could point to nothing in my writing or statements that would give credence to their claims; and trust me, they tried their best to find something. In doing so, they overlooked any and all evidence that might not be useful to their desires – the very thing they love to accuse conservatives of doing constantly. I have never been a part of any racialist group, nor espoused any racist doctrines, not that that matters to them.”
In just one flagrant example, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann actually branded Adams as a “white supremacist” as he gave his nightly honor of “Worst Persons in the World” to the “fine fantasists at WorldNetDaily” for its original report about Adams’ claims. Video of the show is embedded here:
“Oops! You’re quoting white supremacists about a black president,” Olbermann said. “Well done, WorldNetDaily!”
WND’s story from which Olbermann was reading quoted Adams only based on WND’s own, exclusive, hour-long phone interview with the former elections official, and mentioned no one else making any similar claim about Obama’s hospital-generated birth certificate being nonexistent.
Adams, did, however, initially make his allegation June 5 on a show hosted by James Edwards of WLRM Radio in Memphis, Tenn. The show’s website describes Edwards – not Tim Adams – as having an “unapologetically pro-white viewpoint.”
But if anyone is racist against blacks on this issue, Adams says it is those who suggest Obama is not eligible to hold office.
“They don’t like having someone who’s not
white,” he told Kentucky’s WBKO-TV, “or they don’t like someone who’s from such a different heritage
as President Obama, because his family has ties to Africa. His family
also has ties to middle America, so to me it’s also a nonissue.”
“I’m hardly the typical paleoconservative,” he now tells WND. “Things have reached the point in our society that anyone who is seen as supporting conservative, traditional or Christian views is immediately painted as either an extremist or racist. I find it strange no one complained about my supposed radicalism for talking with and doing research on the Native Hawaiian Secessionist Movement, or La Raza, or when I hung out with members of the Vicelords or Latin Kings. Only when I appeared on a pro-white political-activism site was I suddenly suspect.”
Regarding his attackers, Adams says, “They have failed quite miserably, despite some going so far as to attempt to backtrack blog entries attributed to me from several years ago in other states and lacking my name. Others have looked at my small amount of undergraduate work, and since they could find no racist or other derogatory statements there, simply tried to denigrate the material. They, too, have failed.”
Adams is now reiterating his three basic claims, none of which he finds “particularly groundbreaking or unusual:”
- “I was employed as a senior elections clerk in charge of the absentee-balloting office in Honolulu during the initial part of the last elections cycle.
- I was told by my superiors during the time of the original controversy surrounding President Obama’s birth that a long-form birth certificate is not filed at the (Hawaii Health Department).
- It is my opinion, despite this fact, that President Obama was born a citizen of the United States, and is indeed eligible to hold office.”
Regarding Adams’ last point, Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution says to be eligible for the presidency, a candidate must be a “natural born citizen,” not merely a citizen of the country. While the Constitution itself does not define the term, some legal experts contend “natural born” means being born on U.S. soil, as well as being the child of two U.S. citizens.
“My offense seems to be having offended both extremes of the Left and the Right,” Adams told WND.
“The Right doesn’t like my opinion that once certified by the government like any other candidate, President Obama was legally able to hold office. The Left doesn’t like the notion that there was a coverup of President Obama’s birth. So I get it from both sides, some of whom simply lie, and some of whom go so far as to try and find anything I’ve stated over the past decade that might discredit me. Why? Nothing I’ve said is outrageous or hard to verify.”
WND confirmed with Hawaiian officials that Adams was indeed working in their
election offices during the last presidential election.
“His title was senior elections clerk in 2008,” said Glen Takahashi,
elections administrator for the city and county of Honolulu. Takahashi indicated Adams was in charge of verifying voters’ identity, especially those involving absentee ballots.
Some of Adams’ critics have derided him online as being just “a temp” at the elections office.
“The temporary status of my GS-15-level contract was not some temp-agency worker,” Adams explains. “The current manager of the office [is] a lady who has worked there for about a decade – eight of those years she was on the same contract I possessed – [as] they are renewed annually following performance reviews. Getting a permanent, civil-service position is something that requires lots of hard work and time in a city like Honolulu, where everyone is competing for these secure, well-paying jobs. Glen [Takahashi] won’t say I’m a liar, but I have inadvertently caused him quite a bit of trouble.”
Adams stresses he was a manager at the elections office.
“I had a secretary, private office, two assistants and about 50 temp workers [under me].”
Copy of original long-form birth certificate of Susan Nordyke, born in Honolulu the day after Obama’s reported birthdate. President Obama has never produced any document like this.
He also notes he had access to numerous government databases, including police, Social Security, driver’s license bureau and voter’s registration, not to mention “unfettered Internet access, something else the workers didn’t possess.”
During the summer of 2008, there were conflicting reports Obama had been born at the
Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, as well as the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children, also located in the capital city. So Adams says his office checked with both
“They told us, ‘We don’t have a birth certificate for him,'” he said. “They
told my supervisor, either by phone or by e-mail, neither one has a document
that a doctor signed off on saying they were present at this man’s birth.”
“In my professional opinion, [Obama] definitely was not born in Hawaii.
I can say without a shadow of a doubt that he was not born in Hawaii
because there is no legal record of him being born there. If someone
called and asked about it, I could not tell them that person was born
in the state.”
To date, no Hawaiian hospital has provided documented confirmation that Obama
was born at its facility.
To date, Obama himself 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.
The White House has only proffered on the Internet a “Certification of Live Birth” to assert he was born
in Hawaii, but that document was available to children not born in Hawaii at the time of Obama’s birth.
This short-form Certification of Live Birth image, which is not the same as a long-form, hospital-generated Certificate of Live Birth, was released by the Obama campaign June 2008.
Many people remain unaware a child could be born somewhere else and still receive a Hawaii Certification of Live Birth. State
law specifically allows “an adult or the legal parents of a minor child” to
apply to the health department and, upon unspecified proof, be given the birth
“Anyone can get that [Certification of Live Birth],” said Adams. “They are normally given if you give
birth at home or while traveling overseas. We have a lot of Asian population [in
Hawaii]. It’s quite common for people to come back and get that.”
As WND reported last July, the Kapi’olani Medical Center trumpeted – then later concealed – a letter allegedly written by President Obama in which he ostensibly declares his birth at the facility.
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.
But the authenticity of that letter remains in doubt. Since WND raised
questions about the veracity of the letter itself and its content, the
White House has refused to say if the message is real and if its text originated with the president.
Besides his actual birth documentation, documentation that remains concealed for Obama includes kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, 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.