BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – With President Barack Obama just a few minutes drive away from the Hawaii State Capitol, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, D-HI, last week made a pronouncement that he will prove that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.
He could meet the President at the Hawaii state Department of Health, which is across the street from the capitol, and with a full press corp present, pay $10, and receive a certified copy.
But instead, Abercrombie, who was friends with Obama’s father, is making national news for his pledge. He has not announced specific details on how he will accomplish this.
Abercrombie is the top story on the Drudge Report today. His picture is right under the headline “World’s Oldest Dad, 94.” But his picture actually goes with the headline below: “I’LL PROVE OBAMA WAS BORN HERE” with the sub title 'Maybe I'm the only one in country that could look you right in eye right now and tell you, 'I was here when that baby was born''...
Drudge Report is one of the most popular news sites in the world with 9,255,079,757 in the past year.
Under Hawaii law, Obama or his family members – and not Abercrombie – would have to request a copy and release it to the public.
The so called “birthers”, who have sent hundreds of requests to the Hawaii Department of Health, have demanded to see a copy of Obama’s original birth certificate. The birthers believe that Obama was born in Kenya, and not in the U.S., which would disqualify him for the position of President of the United States.
Last year, Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican, passed a “vexatious requester” bill at the Department of Health’s request, which attempts to block repeated requests for the same information, specifically a copy of Obama’s birth certificate. The DOH director at the time also issued a statement saying she’d seen the birth certificate herself.
Open government advocates were concerned the legislation could block media and public requests for information.
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