GEF @ 3:58 PM ET
Nov 3rd 2008
One of the stranger stories to come out of this year’s election was the widely e-mailed claim that Barack Obama was ineligible to run for president because he was not actually born on U.S. soil. Our constitution, you see, requires that our presidents be “natural-born” citizens. John McCain, of course, was born in Panama, though, because that event took place on a U.S. military base, it passes constitutional muster.
The unfounded, conspiratorial charge that Obama was hiding his birth certificate got a whole lot of people who were already upset at Obama even more upset. Call it the bitter icing on the bitter cake. These folks screaming about the birth certificate are the same ones who believe that we don’t know the “real Obama.”
Obama’s campaign released copies of the birth certificate to the media, but that wasn’t good enough for the lunatic fringe. After all, the campaign might have doctored the copies! So, all across the country crazy people started filing lawsuits to get the state of Hawai’i to break its own laws and show off the original document. What always astonished me about this story was the notion that a guy would go through this whole process–two years of non-stop campaigning and the endless scrutiny it entails–if he knew that he could be knocked out of the race on a simple technicality.
Well, on Friday, the Director of Hawaii’s Department of Health, Dr. Chimoye Fukino, finally got tired of listening to ridiculous chorus coming from McCain/Palin supporters and he went to personally inspect the original birth certificate.
Fukino said she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.
“Therefore, I as Director 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, Fukino said.
Fukino said that no state official, including Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently from any other.
Will this satisfy the skeptics out there in McCain-land? Of course not. I mean, really, Chimoye Fukino? What kind of name is that? Sounds even worse than Barack Hussein Obama. No, no, they’ll tell you. Something’s fishy. Isn’t it suspect that Obama’s grandmother just happened to break her hip and get sick just as this latest in a seemingly never-ending series of bogus lawsuits was running its course? No, something nefarious is lurking just under the surface. If it takes the Palin/McCain mob the next eight years to find it, by golly, they will.