NEW YORK – Barack Obama’s alleged birth hospital has locked in a storage vault a letter the White House purportedly wrote to the hospital on Jan. 24, 2009, declaring it 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.
For the past month, Hawaii State Senator Sam Slom, the only Republican in the Hawaiian State Senate, has been trying to get answers from Kapi’olani Medical Center executives as to why the hospital has chosen to put under lock and key a letter from the White House that the hospital should have been proud to receive and display publicly.
In an email exchange with WND, Slom’s office staff confirmed that Martha Smith, the hospital’s chief operating officer, said a copy of the Obama letter is currently hung in the administrative section of the hospital, away from public view, while the original is stored for “safekeeping and preservation.”
When Slom’s office asked if the senator would be permitted to see the original letter, Smith responded in an email, “Nope sorry, we are not going to do that.”
For weeks, WND has repeatedly left messages with Kapi’olani spokeswomen Kaela Peters and Kristy Wantanabe at their offices in Honolulu, inquiring about the letter, without receiving a reply.
Several WND readers based in Hawaii have at WND’s request toured the public sections of Kapi’olani searching for the Obama birth letter, only to report that it is nowhere to be found.
Slom told WND he plans to continue his efforts to press Kapi’olani to show him the letter and explain why the hospital administrators refuse to put the letter from the White House on public display.
Kapiolani Medical Center
The Obama birth letter first surfaced when then-Rep. Neil Abercrombie unveiled at a Kapi’olani centennial dinner held Jan. 24, 2009, a letter supposedly written by Obama that same day. The letter, on White House stationery, declared Kapi’olani was the hospital where the president was born.
As WND reported, on the same day, Abercrombie’s congressional website posted a notice describing Obama’s letter as “what is believe to be one of the first messages of congratulations” written by Obama after taking office as president only a few days earlier.
Kapiolani published the Obama letter in the spring issue of its Inspire Magazine, using it to solicit donations.
The controversy began in July 2009, when WND analyzed the Obama letter and found that the letter as published by the hospital was not a picture of an actual paper letter but a computer-created likeness.
Within an hour after WND broke the story in July 2009 that the Obama letter the hospital had posted for six months on its website was electronic in composition, Kapi’olani removed the letter from its website without explanation.
In July 2009, Watanabe refused to confirm or deny for WND the veracity of Obama’s letter claiming he was born at the hospital.
When WND White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asked presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the Obama letter to Kapi’olani on July 13, 2009, Gibbs dodged the question, refusing to confirm its authenticity, while belittling Kinsolving for even posing the question.
WND also reported that before WND began reporting the Abercrombie-displayed letter from the White House, Obama’s birth hospital was widely reported as a different facility, Queens Medical Center in Honolulu.
WND documented with before-and-after screen captures that several prominent sources, including United Press International, immediately replaced references to Queens as Obama’s birthplace with Kapi’olani, without explanation.