Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hawaiian Official Calls Birther Claims Ludicrous

Birthers mask their racism (conscious or not) by claiming Obama is an illegitimate president. Only when they come to terms with their bigotry will they come to see truth. Otherwise, they'll claim, as they've done in the past, that Hawaii is part of the conspiracy. As far as the media is concerned it's time to start acknowledging birthers for what they are and stop playing along.
The Hawaiian state health official who personally reviewed Barack Obama's original birth certificate has affirmed again that the document is "real" and denounced "conspiracy theorists" in the so-called "birther" movement for continuing to spread bogus claims about the issue.

"It’s kind of ludicrous at this point," Dr. Chiyome Fukino, the former director of Hawaii's Department of Health, said in a rare telephone interview with NBC.
Fukino, sounding both exasperated and amused, spoke to a reporter in the aftermath of Donald Trump's statements on the NBC Today show last week questioning whether Obama has a legitimate birth certificate. NBC
Fukino said Obama's so-called long form birth certificate exists, which she has asserted in the past on a few occasions:
The first is that the original so-called "long form" birth certificate — described by Hawaiian officials as a "record of live birth" — absolutely exists, located in a bound volume in a file cabinet on the first floor of the state Department of Health. Fukimo said she has personally inspected it — twice.
Furthermore, her boss at the time was backing John McCain when she first checked the authenticity of the birth certificate:
"It is real, and no amount of saying it is not, is going to change that," Fukino said. Moreover, she added, her boss at the time, Lingle — who was backing John McCain for president — would presumably have to be in on any cover up since Fukino made her public comment at the governor's office's request. "Why would a Republican governor — who was stumping for the other guy — hold out on a big secret?" she asked.
Trump and Palin earn four Pinocchios for their claims.