CLAIM: Since Hawaii law allows residents to obtain birth certificates for children born outside the state, the released document still doesn't prove that Obama couldn't have been born in, say, Kenya.
Forwarded email received Dec. 2, 2008:
Right Side News on Sunday so graciously pointed out that "Hawaii Revised Statute 338-17.8 allows registration of birth in Hawaii for a child that was born outside of Hawaii to parents who, for a year preceding the childs birth, claimed Hawaii as their place of residence. The parents would be issued a Certification of Live Birth. This is not proof of where the child was born. It only proves that the parents claimed Hawaii as their main place of residence for the prior year."STATUS: FALSE. The Certification of Live Birth explicitly states that Barack Obama was born in Honolulu; if he had been born elsewhere, the document would say so. Health Dept. spokesperson Janice Okubo explains: "If you were born in Bali, for example, you could get a certificate from the state of Hawaii saying you were born in Bali. You could not get a certificate saying you were born in Honolulu. The state has to verify a fact like that for it to appear on the certificate."
Birth announcements published in the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin in August 1961 confirm that Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
• 'Birther' Movement Dogs Republicans. Washington Independent, 17 July 2009
• Statement by Health Director Chiyome Fukino, M.D. Hawaii Department of Health, 27 July 2009
• HI Officials Confirm Obama's Original Birth Certificate Still Exists. Honolulu Advertiser, 28 July 2009
Update: 'Birther' Wackiness Continues with Release of Obama's 'Kenyan Birth Certificate'
Sources and further reading:
Barack Obama's Birth Certificate Revealed Here
LA Times "Top of the Ticket" blog, 17 June 2008
Statement by Health Director Chiyome Fukino, M.D.
Hawaii Department of Health, 27 July 2009
'Birther' Movement Dogs Republicans
Washington Independent, 17 July 2009
Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 6 June 2009
Hawaii Officials Confirm Obama's Original Birth Certificate Still Exists
Honolulu Advertiser, 28 July 2009
No Doubt About Obama's Birth
Editorial, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 29 July 2009
Wall Street Journal, 30 July 2009
Obama's Birth Certificate: Final Chapter
Politifact.com, updated July 2009
Obama's Certificate of Birth OK, State Says
Honolulu Advertiser, 1 November 2009
Born in the U.S.A.
FactCheck.org, 1 November 2008
Obama's Birth Announcements
Last updated: 10/03/13