Posted by | December 25, 2010 11:53 | Filed under: Top Stories

New Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie knew Barack Obama’s parents when the future president was born in 1961, and he is determined to address the birther movement.

“What bothers me is that some people who should know better are trying to use this for political reasons,” said Abercrombie, 72. “Maybe I’m the only one in the country that could look you right in the eye right now and tell you, ‘I was here when that baby was born.’ “

One of Abercrombie’s aides said the governor is voicing the frustration of many Hawaiians who continue to be troubled by the rumors, which they see as emblematic of the view that Hawaiians are not Americans in the same way as those who live in the continental United States.

One concern is that Abercrombie will revive interest in an already-discredited theory.

…the Obama campaign released a certificate of live birth, an official document from the Hawaii Health Department certifying the facts of a person’s birth, as proof of his birthplace. Investigations by two prominent fact-checking organizations, PolitiFact and, concluded that the certificate was authentic. FactCheck also turned up a 1961 birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser marking the birth of a son to “Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama of Kalanianaole Hwy.”

Yet, the state of Hawaii is burned by continual requests for documentation. Hawaii’s previous governor, Republican Linda Lingle, signed legislation allowing the state to ignore these nuisance requests.

But the movement made news this month, when a former Army officer, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, was dismissed from the military and sentenced to six months in military prison after he refused to deploy to Afghanistan because he claimed Obama may be ineligible to serve as president.

“When you look at the certification of live birth … you don’t find the name of the doctor, hospital or signature,” said prominent “birther” Orly Taitz, a California lawyer and dentist. “We’ve asked to see the original one that is still sealed.”

Perhaps we should request from Taitz and those who agree with her a mental health certificate.

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