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State Sen. Sam Slom

The lone Republican in the Hawaii State Senate told a radio interviewer today he believes “the real issue” stopping Barack Obama from releasing his long-form birth certificate is something the president has to hide, perhaps even the name of his actual birth father.

Hawaii State Sen. Sam Slom further told the host of “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on WABC 770 AM in New York City that so long as Obama refuses to be transparent about his past, questions about the president’s birth remain “a legitimate issue.”

“My particular point of view – and why I haven’t identified myself as a ‘birther,’ per se – is that [Obama] probably was born [in Hawaii] and that the real issue is not the birth certificate, but what’s on the birth certificate,” Slom told Klein.

Asked what that could be, Slom said, “It could have to do with what his name is on the birth certificate, who is actually listed as his father, the citizenship of the father.”

He continued, “My belief is that there is a birth certificate, he was born here, but that there is information that for reasons known only to him he doesn’t want released. If it were just the birth certificate, that would be one thing, but it’s his school records, it’s employment records. … Why would anybody, let alone the president of the United States, spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep that hidden?”

“As long as that goes on,” he concluded, “I think it’s a legitimate issue.”

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As WND has reported, besides Obama’s actual birth documentation, the president has refused to release his 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, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, Illinois State Bar Association records, baptism records and his adoption records.

The interview with Slom can be heard below, with his comments about Obama’s father coming near the end, after the 10-minute mark:

Slom told Klein that he knew the Obama family well. He said he lived in the same building as Obama near Honolulu’s Kapiolani Medical Center – where many speculate Obama was born – when the future president was a teenager, worked with Obama’s maternal grandmother and buried his father in the same cemetery where Obama’s Grandfather Dunham was buried. Slom said one of his own sons was born in Kapiolani only a few years after Obama was born.

But as WND reported, that hasn’t stopped Slom from asking other people a simple question: “You’ve got to have [a birth certificate to present], why don’t we require that of the president?”

Though Slom had previously refused the label of “birther,” he told Jeff Katz of WXKS Radio in Boston, “Why would anybody, let alone the president, spend all this money, all this time, all this effort, not to disclose the information? And of course, we can come up with several different possibilities, but as Donald Trump and others have said, gee, it would be so much simpler if he just disclosed it and we move on.”

Klein also asked Slom about recent statements made by former Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino to MSNBC, in which she claimed Hawaii law prevents Obama’s long-form birth certificate from being disclosed, even to Obama himself.

“I didn’t hear the statements on MSNBC,” Slom admitted, “but I do not believe that part is true.”


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