October 31st, 2008

 Obama on HalloweenAP Photo

Whenever we in the media write a story about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his Hawaii roots, we are inundated with e-mails and calls from a certain segment of the population that insists the Illinois senator is not a U.S. citizen. The claim has been debunked.

Some have gone so far as to challenge Obama’s citizenship in court.

Today, an Ohio judge dismissed a lawsuit trying to strike Obama from the Buckeye State’s ballot on the grounds that unless the state could confirm his birthplace he should be removed.

And while it won’t mollify the conspiracy theorists, state Health Director Chiyome Fukino issued a statement today certifying that Obama’s birth certificate is, in fact, genuine.

The complete text of Fukino’s statement:

“There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate.  State law (Hawaii Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record.

“Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, 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.

“No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawaii.”

I have no doubt this will lead some to question Fukino’s credentials.

Happy Halloween everyone!

(Blogger’s note: To save you conspiracy theorists the trouble, don’t bother e-mailing me your alleged “proof” of Obama’s foreign birth. Any such message simply will be filed with those that claim Bristol Palin is actually Trig’s mother.)

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