Hawaii governor hasn't found Obama's birth certificate yet
Neil Abercrombie, the newly elected governor of Hawaii promised to make public the original long form birth certificate of Barack Obama, to quell the controversy over the President's birth. Yesterday, in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, he was asked about the promise:
Q: You stirred up quite a controversy with your comments regarding birthers and your plans to release more information regarding President BarackObama's birth certificate. How is that coming?A: I got a letter from someone the other day who was genuinely concerned about it; it is not all just political agenda. They were talking on Olelo last night about this; it has a political implication for 2012 that we simply cannot have.(Abercrombie said there is a recording of the birth in the State Archives and he wants to use that.)It was actually written I am told, this is what our investigation is showing, it actually exists in the archives, written down ......What I can do, and all I have ever said, is that I am going to see to it as governor that I can verify to anyone who is honest about it that this is the case.If there is a political agenda then there is nothing I can do about that, nor can the president.
"There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama's official birth certificate. State law (Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i, 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 Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i.
"It's been an odd situation," Lingle said, referring to the continuing controversy over the disputed natural-born citizenship of Obama. "This issue kept coming up so much in the campaign, and again I think it's one of those issues that is simply a distraction from the more critical issues that are facing the country."So I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health, and we issued a news release at that time saying that the president was, in fact, born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact and yet people continue to call up and e-mail and want to make it an issue and I think it's again a horrible distraction for the country by those people who continue this."
Has Governor Abercrombie asked his predecessor for help in finding the document?
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