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Hey, birthers, Obama is still an American, so back off!

Gov. Linda Lingle, the Republican governor of the great state of Hawaii, yesterday signed a bill into law that will allow that state's health officials to ignore repeated requests for President Obama's birth certificate. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, "The new law, Act 100, allows state agencies a limited exemption from Freedom of Information requirements when duplicative requests for information are made by the same person."

Access to birth records is limited by state law to those with "direct and tangible interest." A random person with the nutty hobby of trying to delegitimize Obama certainly doesn't qualify. And now the number of times they can exercise said mischief has been curtailed. Dr. Chiyome Fukino, the director of the department of health, told the Hawaii legislature earlier this year that DOH is hit with 50 requests a month and usually "from the same four to six people," reports the Honolulu Advertiser. Fukino has publicly vouched for the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate.

I was a little worried that Lingle would wimp out and veto the bill. She may be barred from seeking reelection as governor, but she has said that she wants to run for elective office again. No better way to engage the base than pander to a fringe movement that has more people believing the president wasn't born in this country than we'd want to admit. Of course, this isn't going to stop the birthers from pressing their "case." As State Sen. Will Espero, who introduced the bill, said, "I tell them that the Republican administration (of Lingle) has gone on record as saying that (Obama) is a son of Hawai'i, but they still don't believe us." Crazy, right?

By Jonathan Capehart  | May 13, 2010; 12:34 PM ET
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Let's not disturb our Kenyan born President

Posted by: vinnie777 | May 13, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Why would the same few birther nut-cases keep requesting copies? Are they trying to inflate the numbers of requests to give the false impression that many people are believing their stupid theory? Do they hope that eventually they might get lucky and receive a copy with a mistake on it? Are they trying different methods of document alteration on different copies to be able to present a convincing counterfeit to support their looney belief.
This attempt by a small group of cretins and morons to diminish Obama would be laughable if not for the undue focus that an inconsequential media provides them. Whatever happened to responsible reporting? Ditto the Tea-bagger Party.

Posted by: wilsonjmichael | May 13, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I just want someone who is a "birther" to explain to me how this movement is not at all racist.

I am supposed to believe we have the best military, police, and intelligence agencies in the world while at the same time believing they all were fooled by President Obama's fake birth certificate. That makes zero sense.

The "birthers" are freaked out because a black man is in the White House and this is their way to challenge it in a manner that doesn't openly call him the N word.

Posted by: grubbsbl | May 13, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, you're wasting your time. Birthers can't read. A bunch of scared, racist folks.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 13, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

What's even more stupid about the birthers is they're writing to Hawaii in hopes of getting a "Born in Kenya" certificate?

What a complete joke.

Posted by: lindalovejones | May 13, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse


Please don't insult cretins and morons. The new term for someone with no IQ is "birther". Cretins and morons are much more intelligent and can live successful lives doing something useful to society.

Posted by: Arce1 | May 13, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Birthers know the President is American born, They just want to keep the insanity going in the news.

Posted by: AHayes21 | May 13, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, birthers, Obama is still an American, so back off!"

Well. . .maybe but there's no way we're backing off.

Let's assume for a moment that Obummer was born in Hawaii and is, in fact, a U.S. citizen. That still doesn't qualify him to be the POTUS.

There is only one legal reference book mentioned BY NAME in the Constitution and Ben Franklin told us (in a letter) that FOUR copies of that reference were in use during their deliberations. That book is _The Law of Nations_ (Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 10).

_The Law of Nations_ defines a ‘natural born citizen’ as a person who was born on the soil of parentS who were citizenS (plural). Daddy Obama was a Kenyan citizen and a British subject and NOT a U.S. citizen. Ergo, Obama is a usurper and, in my opinion, a traitor (yes, he’s PROBABLY a citizen via his Hawaiian birth and American citizen mother).

Posted by: prsmithsr | May 13, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse


natural born status

Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 13, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

prsmithsr: "yes, he’s PROBABLY a citizen via his Hawaiian birth"

Game, set, and match. Thanks for admitting you believe Obama was born in Hawaii. The rest of your gibberish is irrelevant.

Bye and thanks for playing, tard.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 13, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

hawaii is in a very very bad economic situation. They are a model socialist
state, and as tax revenues have fallen,
they are cutting back services.
Four day school weeks, no food inspections,
no fire inspections, they had a
RAISE TAXES march last month.
They rely very heavily on government jobs
and tourism.
They are indeed, Obama's true parents.

Posted by: simonsays1 | May 13, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

a bunch of racists!
I cannot wait, indeed;
until religion(christianity)
and racism(whites)
is finally ended in our
beautiful country
of Amerika'

Posted by: simonsays1 | May 13, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Well of course Obama is an American! So was Benedict Arnold.

Obama is big city slick talking con-man from Chicago. However, he is not a Natural Born Citizen.

AKA Obama is so vulnerable on so many points that if he were born on the Capital steps He still is not eligible to be president,

If you would like to know the ways AKA Obama is at risk read this:

If you are not suspicious of a man who hides his history I have a bridge in the desert I want to sell you.

If you are unwilling to call for an investigation of a man who attempts to sell you a bridge in the desert I have some beach front property in Florida at the intersection of I75 and Florida # 29 that I want you to buy.

If you place a down payment on a contract for the bridge in the desert and the beach front property in the swamp I would conclude that you voted for Obama

Do you really think AKA Obama would have won the election if all the things he is hiding were made known?

Do you really think AKA Obama will be able to finish his first term if all the things he is hiding are made known?

The only conspiracy is the media and the obots who suppress the revelation of AKA Obama's history.

Obama “I have nothing to hide but I’m hiding it.”

Posted by: AristotleTheHun | May 13, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

prsmithsr: "yes, he’s PROBABLY a citizen via his Hawaiian birth"

Game, set, and match. Thanks for admitting you believe Obama was born in Hawaii. The rest of your gibberish is irrelevant.

Your reading comprehension leaves much to be desired but that's typical for a libertard. The founding fathers set eligibility requirements clearly designed to help limit foreign influence on the executive. No doubt having a British subject as the POTUS is causing them to spin in their graves.

Posted by: prsmithsr | May 13, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused about this statement: The "birthers" are freaked out because a black man is in the White House. Are you forgetting that the president is half white? Which means, a black man is NOT in the White House - it means a man who is 50% white and 50% black is in the White House. And if you ONLY see a black man in the White House, it is YOU who are racist.

I don't see color when I see Obama. I only see a man with whom I 100% disagree politically. I didn't see color when I looked at Bush. I only saw a man with whom I 100% disagreed with politically. Obama is no different than Bush - literally. Same policies, same everything - and if you don't think so, you need to do some research. Obama may have changed the names of the policies and programs he has continued from Bush, but they are still in place - only 10 fold. They are ruining our country!

Obama is an American, via his birth mother, but Obama is NOT a NBC as required by the Constitution to be POTUS. However, this issue about eligibility has NOTHING to do with Obama.

Please keep and open mind and listen; really think about this for a moment. It has everything to do with who comes after Obama. Who is Obama setting the precedent for? Do you really believe anyone born on US soil is eligible to be your Commander in Chief? Anyone, no matter who their parents are?

Think about that - think about the possibilities of who might come after Obama, and what their roots could be and where their loyalties lay. And while you are thinking about that - think about where Obama's loyalties are. Has ALL his actions and policies been in the best interest of the US, or in the best interest of Obama - future leader of the world?

It has nothing to do with a black man, a half white/half black man, or even a man named Obama - it has to do with this Republic, this Union that we call the United States and what happens to this country AFTER Obama. Think about it.

Posted by: kismetique | May 13, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Capehart's commentary is absolutely ludicrous. Why is this such a victory that Obama's birth certificate cannot be seen by anyone or everyone who wants to see the "secret" document?
Why all the rah rah about winning the right to keep Obama's secret? I don't really care what they are hiding on the birth certificate but the mystery is mystifying.. Maybe it is that his parents weren't married, or maybe there is some special notice on it revealing some other "controversy."
By the way, don't American taxpayers have "direct and tangible interest" required that would allow seeing this remarkable document that will one day be the subject of a thriller/suspense Hollywood production.

Posted by: pjcafe | May 13, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is Kenyan and President of the United State of America. God, I love it. At this point I don't even want his birth certificate to show he was born in Hawaii. These so call birthers tell the world how dumb an average American is. Less about 5% of the population of America, who make this country great, the USA would just be made up of some smelly white people who can neither speak English or any other language. Hey Obama is President, there's nothing you can do about it. Save some hate and venom for another six years. you are in for a long ride with the president of the USA from Kenya West Africa. President of the United State, President B. H Obama. What are you gonna do? Nothing. Kiss his black ass.

Posted by: besobeso5577 | May 13, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

My question is why is Obama so afraid to release any of his college records? Did he only make 2.0 grade average? Or is a lot of the stuff he is alleged to have done just all hot air? Why don't you look into it Mr. Capehart or has your boss said No?

Posted by: gfhoward258 | May 13, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Obama is a citizen and that's just too bad for America.

Now we will have to wait until 2012 to end the ObamaNation.

At the rate Obama is running America into the ground, 2012 seems like an eternity away.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: aaniko | May 13, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Did you get the reactions you wanted Mr. Capehart?

Can you be sure to share with Chris Matthews who is actually more responsible for keeping the "birther controversy" alive than anyone else.

If the "birthers" were really still into this, maybe you would have had more responses. Maybe Chris can do a couple more shows on how Obama's detractors just don't like having a black man as president, or how the "birthers" are racist and right wing nut cases........
Interestingly little response. Maybe it's just that 2012 is so close and there is some hope that Obama will not have another opportunity to prove how "transparent" and unifying he is. Joke.

Posted by: pjcafe | May 13, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

"Methinks the lady protest too much" comes to mind. Where there is smoke, there is often fire, and Hawaii, a staunchly Democratic fringe state, cannot be expected to give up on their "Favorite Son" anytime soon.

This is more than a case of a bunch of nuts trying to undermine Obama. He himself has admitted he was not born an American.

Let's put it this way, polls have indicated the majority have doubts about the matter. If I were in his shoes, and had one, I would have it published all over the place.

Perhaps we could have Congress pass a law that a standing President is required to produce a valid birth certificate before being sworn into office. I mean we all have to have a license to drive and a birth certificate to apply for most benefits.

And why has no attempt been made to produce the doctors, nurses, medical staff or midwife that attended his birth? Sure they could shed some light on the matter.

More important than his birth status, however, should be his ability to lead. So far he doesn't seemed to be able to produce that either.

Posted by: Everwatchful | May 14, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Do birthers come in 2-ply?

Posted by: hoser3 | May 14, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

"More important than his birth status, however, should be his ability to lead. So far he doesn't seemed to be able to produce that either."


Funny you should say that for I think we finally have a leader after 8 dark years.

Posted by: arunc1 | May 14, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Why pay attention to a handful of crackpots who would never vote for a Democrat, anyway, and certainly not for a not-so-lily-white Democrat?

Posted by: Gatsby10 | May 14, 2010 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Natural born citizen means just that. Your dad could be born on the moon, if you were born in the US (or for that matter on a American military base outside the US like John McCain was) it still counts.

It's not like a President hasn't had parents with foreign ancestry before. Martin Van Buren's family was originally from the Netherlands and was so Dutch that English was Van Buren's SECOND language. Imagine today having a President with a heavy Dutch accent. That would go over well...

Of course, given McCain's birthplace and Van Buren's family history, I suspect that Obama's birthplace isn't what's really bothering you...

Posted by: chuck2 | May 14, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the necessity is that the American parents be "plural." I think that any child of an American parent, born anyplace in the world, gets citizenship by virtue of having an American parent, regardless of the citizenship of the other parent. Since nobody maintains that Obama's mother is not American, that ought to take care of the question.

Besides, John McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which has never been a state, as Hawaii is now, and was at the time of Obama's birth. So. . . Why is there no complaint about Mr. McCain?

Posted by: Palladia1 | May 14, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

All of you people, yes, I said all of "you people", don't be offended black people, the term is intended to mean everyone, regardless of your color or ethnicity, who are so quick to call anyone a racist without actually knowing that person, probably lean towards being a racist without actually knowing it. Take a long hard look in mirror everyone. Who are you really?

Posted by: ioweioweoff2workigo | May 14, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

For God sakes, leave the Birthers alone. Their beliefs are so absurd that they can only come back to bite them on the ass. Yes, they are obviously racists; they are stupid; they are mostly Republicans. But there is no cure for stupid. They will forever continue to be stupid. Just try to educate the people who are not stupid. Incredibly, they are the majority.

Posted by: justinmartindale1 | May 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

It is no wonder that liberal rags like the WP are heading to bankruptcy with trained chimps like this author. What a steaming pile. How much does the government pay you to write this tripe? Whatever it is you are overpaid.

An interesting article today about nine people indicted for looking at Obama's school records. There was also the prior snooping done into passport records. Obama has been doing his best to hide his records supported by a compliant government that refuses to force a paid public employee, Obama, to produce the records to show he is qualified for the office. We have fools like this author that want to stand back and applaud the government stonewalling something that they should have done before they place a name on the primary ballot. This is a lack of vetting issue that taints our government from the Democratic National Committee that should have vetted Obama before nominating him, to the Congress to the Courts.

Obama has paid millions to hide his records. No one does that unless they have something to hide.

It is just a matter of time until the truth will out:

As to this author, please get a job writing adds for penny press, you may be qualified for that.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | May 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: showusnow | May 15, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

OK, hold onto your hats everyone!! Iv'e got an absolutely CRAZY idea of how to stop all the speculation about Obama's Birth Cirtificate !!!
Just produce it !!!....... Ooooops! I guess that's the hard part, eh ??

Posted by: 1reiver | May 16, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

(Sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic")

Mine eyes have not yet seen
Obama's birth certificate.
It is in the Devil's Vault,
Where only God's Right Hand can get.
Obama's C. O. L. B. is a
Lousy counterfeit.
It's truth we're marching for!!!!

Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
It's truth we're marching for!!!!

We shall fight the Masked Usurper
On the beaches, in the hills.
We shall fight this Painted Joker
On the seas and in the fields.
We shall fight to Hell and back
And into court and with appeals.
It's truth we're marching for!!!!

Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
Orly! Orly! Hallelujah!!!
It's truth we're marching for!!!!

(Author grants permission to reprint on web or in print and to perform in public)

Posted by: showusnow | May 18, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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