April 25, 2011
A member of the Hawaii State Senate said today he believes Barack Obama is not releasing his long-form birth certificate because he may want to hide the identity or citizenship of his father.
In an extraordinary outburst, Republican Sam Slom said the 'real issue' behind the reluctance of the President, who says he was born in Hawaii, to release full details from his birth certificate was unlikely to be because he wanted to hide his place of birth.
'My particular point of view… 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 said in an interview on New York's WABC 770 AM radio station.
'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,' Slom said.
In recent months, the birthplace of Obama has become a burning issue, with detractors of the President questioning whether he was in fact born in Kenya – even though Hawaii officials have certified he was born in the U.S. state.
Slom, who said he once lived in the same building as Obama in Hawaii's capital, said: '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.
As well as his birth certificate, the U.S. President has fought to keep his school records, employment records and medical records hidden.
'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,' Slom said.
Earlier this month Donald Trump publicly questioned the location of Obama's birthplace in an interview with the Today show, claiming there is a ‘big possibility’ President Obama has violated the Constitution.
The real estate tycoon, who is running in the race to be the Republican presidential candidate, said he had sent investigators to Hawaii to uncover 'one of the greatest cons in the history of politics and beyond'.
'I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding,' Trump said.
In an interview with CNN Trump pointed out that there are no photos of President Obama from when he was younger, only in his teenage years.
He also claims that no one remembers him from school.
He said: 'If you go back to my first grade, my kindergarten, people remember me. Nobody from those early years remembers him.
'If you're going to be president of the United States, it says very profoundly you have to be born in this country.'
Sarah Palin has also jumped on the Trump 'birther' bandwagon, despite claiming earlier in the year that the issue was a distraction from more important issues.
'Obviously there is something that the president doesn't want people to see, that he sees going to great lengths to make sure it isn't shown. And I think that's perplexing for a lot of people,' she said.
Last week, Republican Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed a bill that would have required presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names could appear on the state's ballot – which was widely viewed as targeting Mr Obama – calling it a 'bridge too far.'
The bill requires presidential candidates to prove they are U.S. citizens before they can be included on Arizona's ballot and receive any votes from the state.
Candidates who don't have a long form of their birth certificate are also given the option to show two alternative documents, including a baptismal or circumcision certificate, a hospital birth record or a post-partum medical record.
The Obama campaign has previously released a 'certification of live birth in the run-up to the election.
The Associated Press also found a listing for a boy named Barack Hussein Obama II born in Hawaii, in a record book at the Hawaii vital records office. This is the only government birth information, called 'index data,' available to the public.
Trump has repeatedly stoked the birther fires recently, and last month called on Mr Obama to 'show his birth certificate.' Trump said he has investigators in Hawaii searching for more information.
'Nobody has come in and said they're investigating for Donald Trump,' Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo, told AP, after acknowledging they could've come in without identifying themselves as representing Trump.
What the would-be sleuths won't find is Mr Obama's 'long-form birth certificate,' a confidential one-page document containing his original birth records kept on file in the first floor of the Department of Health.
Those original birth records typically include additional birth details, such as the hospital and delivering doctor, said Dr Chiyome Fukino, the state's former health director who twice looked at and publicly confirmed Mr Obama's original long-form birth records.
But the birther conspiracy theory refuses to go away.
The latest New York Times-CBS News poll found that 45 per cent of adult Republicans said they believe Mr Obama was born in another country, and 22 per cent said they don't know.
Only one-third of Republicans said they believe the president is native born. The same poll a year ago found that a plurality of Republicans believed the president was born in the U.S.
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