State officials say there's no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawai'i.
Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said today she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama's original birth certificate.
Fukino says that no state official, including Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama's certificate be handled differently.
She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.
Some Obama critics claim he was not born in the U.S. Earlier today, a southwest Ohio magistrate rejected a challenge to Obama's citizenship. Judges in Seattle and Philadelphia recently dismissed similar suits.
Critics have repeatedly requested that Obama produce his original, long version birth certificate on file with the state as Sen. John McCain did early on in the campaign, but he refused to do so. This information cannot be released to the public, by law, unless an authorized person allows its release. We must assume Sen. Obama authorized the release of this information, although the article doesn't say who authorized the release. The birth certificate posted on Obama's website is, at best, a certificate of his birth which was obtained just last year. Some document experts claim it is a forged document. In his book, "Dreams From My Father", which was published thirteen years ago, he mentions possessing his original birth certificate in passing.
Does this put the issue to rest? Not entirely. There is still the matter of the Indonesian citizenship. Another AP item from more than a year ago raised this issue when a school record in Jakarta was obtained that identified Obama's legal name as "Barry Soetoro", listed his step father, Lolo Soetoro, as his father, and identified him as an Indonesian citizen. This suggested Obama was adopted by his step father, something he has never publicly acknowledged. If the adoption took place before Obama and his mother immigrated to Indonesia, his original birth certificate in Hawaii would have been changed to reflect his adopted name. Unless he legally changed his name back to Barack Obama, his name would still be Barry Soetoro. Some legal scholars believe that dual citizenship is incompatible with our Constitution's "natural born" requirement of any person wishing to be president because its real purpose is assuring a person's loyalty and allegiance to the U.S. free from foreign interference. Obama's campaign acknowledges that he was a Kenyan citizen until he reached the age of 21 because of his father's Kenyan citizenship. The status of his alleged Indonesian citizenship remains unknown.
Speaking of Obama's Kenyan relatives, a 56-year-old aunt of Obama's found living in a public housing project in Boston is illegally present in the U.S. According to news reports, Zeituni Onyango was ordered deported after her asylum petition was denied in 2004. Nonetheless, Onyango has been making donations to her nephew's presidential campaign. It's not clear how she could qualify for public housing assisting given her illegal status. In his book "Dreams From My Father, Obama wrote of his aunt: "If Jane or Zeituni ever felt ill, if their companies ever closed or laid them off, there was no government safety net. There was only family, next of kin, people burdened by similar hardship. Now I was family, I reminded myself. Now I had responsibilities." It looks like Obama takes care of his aunt just like he does his 26-year-old half brother, George Hussein Onyango Obama, who lives in a hut in a Kenyan slum outside of Nairobi. Obama mentions George in his autobiography, describing him as a "beautiful boy with a rounded head". Describing his second meeting with Sen. Obama, George Obama said: "It was very brief, we spoke for just a few minutes. It was like meeting a complete stranger."
UPDATE: Here's what another person who has studied this issue and with whom I concur had to say over at TexasDarlin blog on this latest development:
In terms of the Common Law as it stood at the time of the drafting of Article II, the term Natural Born Citizen, or Natural Born Subject, was restricted to people who, life-long, had held only ONE Allegiance to any country. Anyone who had held more than one Allegiance was not Natural Born. In other words, one’s place of birth is not per se relevant to Article II and INA 1952 has no direct relevance of any sort. I have repeated this ad nauseam, but it appears that people have willfully chosen to ignore this fact. Senator Obama has, to date, admitted to having held 3 Allegiances, the British Crown, the Republic of Kenya and the United States. I believe that he has held a fourth, the Republic of Indonesia. Therefore, it is my submission not only that he is not a Natural Born Citizen but never has been.
So far as I can see a Dual Citizen, regardless of whether or not they have ceased to hold one of the Citizenships is, inter alia and by definition, Ineligible under Article II in the same way as a Naturalized Citizen. There are Lawyers who say this view is wrong but there are others who agree with me. Contrary to the propaganda some people choose to repeat, my view is sound in Law and can only be tested in Court. Either Obama must admit that his status as a Senior Lecturer in Constitutional Law was a bad joke or he must admit he knew there was severe Legal doubt that he was Eligible. Either he is the worst Constitutional Lawyer imaginable or a man who has stood for an Office for which he may be Ineligible, and in the circumstances that is egregious.
I have never professed to believe that Obama was born outside the USA, though I have stated what I believe would be the case if he was. I am inclined to believe, as
I have said, that the COLB is probably a forgery but I do not know that it is and it would not affect my view at all were it to prove genuine. I am inclined to put most faith in L E Daniel’s views on the COLB. I firmly believe that all of the essential information on the COLB is correct, and I have been of that opinion, with minor waverings, since day one.
If he was adopted by Soetoro in Hawaii, so far as I can tell, any copy of his Birth Certificate Legally available to him should show his name as Barry Soetoro and his father’s name as Lolo Soetoro. If he was adopted in Hawaii the COLB published under his authority must be fraudulent, although the information on it would reflect his original Birth Certificate. I believe this is the reason for his apparently mule headed obstructionism with regard to producing the only long form vault copy of his birth certificate he can obtain. I could be wrong, but that view seems to me to make sense.