May 13th, 2010
05:44 PM ET
13 years ago

Hawaii can ignore repeated requests for pres. birth certificate

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama’s certification of live birth."]Washington (CNN) - Hawaii would like for so-called "birthers" to stop asking to see President Obama's birth certificate.

The state passed a law on Wednesday that allows state agencies to ignore repeated requests to view government records, including the president's birth document. Hawaii's Republican Gov. Linda Lingle signed the legislation into law.

This will impact requests from a fringe movement dubbed the "birthers." Adherents question President Obama's constitutional eligibility to be commander-in-chief, suggesting he was not born in the United States despite proof that he was born in Hawaii in 1961. CNN and other news organizations have thoroughly debunked the rumors about the president's birthplace.

Hawaii has released a copy of the president’s birth certificate – officially called a “certificate of live birth” – and the hospital took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers announcing the 1961 birth.

But adherents to the “birther” theories persist. Army surgeon Lt. Col. Terry Lakin subscribes to the “birther” theory and faces a court martial for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan unless the president shows his birth certificate. He disputes that the Hawaii birth certificate is real.

“I believe we need truth on this matter,” he said in an interview earlier this week on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

In recent testimony to a state senate panel considering the new law, Hawaii Director of Health Chiyome L. Fukino said her office receives about 50 emails a month requesting access to the president's birth certificate.

Fukino cited a small group of individuals "who engage in a pattern of repeated requests" in a transcript of her testimony provided to CNN. "We believe having to respond repeatedly to essentially the same request or a variation of the request all centering on whether or not President Obama was born in Hawaii is a frivolous use of department time and resources."

And in a recent WABC interview before she signed the bill, Hawaii's Republican governor said the birth certificate issue “is simply a distraction from the more critical issues that are facing the country.”

“And so I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health,” Lingle said. “ … The president was in fact born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact. And yet people continue to call up and email and want to make it an issue. And I think it's, again, a horrible distraction for the country by those people who continue this."

"It's been established he was born here,” the governor added. “I can understand why people want to make certain that the constitutional requirement of being a, you know, natural born American citizen … but the question has been asked and answered. And I think just we should all move on now."

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soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. harold

    Its only fair that we see the birth certificates of those .."people" asking to see the Presidents birth certificates.... Now do these "questionaires"..... have any other important questions or matters of state on their "mind"...?...Seems like they just like to the thorns amongst the roses... always the case huh?..Weird people huh?

    May 13, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Tim

    Good. Now they can ignore things just like Obama's followers ignore the fact that he's a dope.

    May 13, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Principle not Ideology

    It just so happens that the truth isn't the truth unless it fits their twisted imaginary reality. They argue so passionately that one would think that the "birthers" know the truth. The problem is the only truth they know is in the wishful imagination. The burden of truth must be on them not on the State of Hawaii or the President.

    May 13, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Norcal DM

    Not entirely sure why this made news. This Lt. Col needs to be court marshalled, then tossed in an insane asylum. These birther's are angry because the person who they see in the White House does not look like them. If McCain was there, they wouldn't care, even though McCain was born in the Panama Canal. Panama Canal was a US territory, not a legitamite state. It is very difficult to take them seriously, and more importantly, it is disappointing that CNN gives them air time. They should be completely ignored.

    May 13, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Rob in MO

    The evidence that the president was born in Hawaii is absolutely conclusive. The "birther' movement is motivated by blatant racism. Terry Lakin is trying to shirk his duty as a member of the military and is evoking this phony issue as a ploy. By the way, do we really know that Ronald Reagan or Geaorge W Bush were really born in this country? I've never seen their birth certificates. Why is this issue only raised about Obama? Oh yes, I forgot – he's black.

    May 13, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Ken in NC

    Some people just do not know how to accept the truth so they presist in showing how stupid they are. They do not care if others see them as stupid. It is sad but true. Given the chance they will prove that the Presidents mother intended for him to be the President on the day he was born and that is why she had the hospital place the birth announcements in the local papers back in 1961. What birthers cannot accept is that his mother out smarted them.

    Now if you, like the birthers, beleive me I will make the deal sweeter with a nice stretch of land I can sell you off the west coast of Canada that gives a beautiful view of Russia. I will even throw in a "Half Govenor" at no extra charge.

    May 13, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. Jim

    I can't believe an Army officer and surgeon (Lt. Col. Terry Lakin) displays such ignorance. Didn't he study science in college and medical school? Does he understand logic? Does he know what constitutes documentary evidence and proof?

    If Dr. Lakin persists in such willful ignorance and dislike of the President, I would not want him treating me in Afghanistan or anywhere else. Dr. Lakin, please quit the military, pay back what the taxpayers paid for your education, go into private practice, and overbill and treat your patients with snake oil!

    May 13, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. normajean

    I don't know what the army does when an officer is out of order but I think in this case that Lt. Col. Terry Lakin should be censored for idiocy.In the first place he, as an army officer should have more respect for the office of the President, Secondly, does anyone in their right mind think that all of the candidates who ran for president along side Barak Obama would not have made darn sure that they weren't having something pulled on them. Get smart people.Do you think that if there was any question as to his citizenship that these people wouldn't have known and fact checked it?. Where are the brains out there in the public domain anyway.As to what is actually on a birth certrificate, they vary according to state . Mine looks nothing like that of my children ,all of us born in the same state.

    May 13, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. SensibleDem2

    This" lakin", is riding this theory because he all the sudden turned coward,and doing this,to get out of the military.

    May 13, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Lt. Col. Terry Lakin needs to how some respect and if he wants to be president apply for the job and stop being jealous of President Obama, President Obama is not responsible for your "short comings" in life.

    May 13, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. valwayne

    I didn't vote for Obama and I think he has been a complete and total disaster for our nation. However, the birther issue is ridiculous. I wish these people would just shut up about the birth certificate. Even if you assume that a fake birth certificate has been created, and the birth announcements in the Hawaii papers in 1961 were fabricated, its too late. Obama's been elected and sworn into office. Get over it, and do something useful like raise money and be prepared to vote against him and the rest of the arrogant left wing Elites on election day!

    May 13, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Common Cents

    “I believe we need truth on this matter,” Army surgeon Lt. Col. Terry Lakin said in an interview earlier this week on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360.

    Okay, here it is: Obama was born in AMERICA.....

    May 13, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Joseph B

    These "birthers" continue to ignore facts and reality.

    May 13, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. Indy

    Next to people that beilieve Sarah Palin is qualified for any Government office, this is the stupidist conspiracy theory in the US. To believe that Obama was not born in Hawaii you would have to believe that every level of Government including federal Republican employees failed at the incredibly toughest security measures required to become President. Just because Palin was not vetted properly does not mean the entire Government conspired to allow a non American to become POTUS. You have to be an idiot to think Obama was not born in Hawaii.

    May 13, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Adalbert

    This guy is a real nut job.

    May 13, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  16. Audrey L

    It has been shown President Obama was born there.Birthers and Lt.Col Terry Lakin get over it. Quit wasting tax payers money. I agree ignore their stupidity. I watched Lt. Col Terry Lakin on Anderson Cooper and he came across as a wimp who can't speak for himself. He is not someone I would trust, he cannot even say why he does not believe the birth certificate. I would like to see his record, I am sure he is not someone who is respected by other military personal. This is his moment to be in the limelight. I can see right through him. He doesn't have me fooled.

    May 13, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Real American

    This is not going away. Since reasoning with tea bagging wingnuts is impossible, the rational part of the world needs to ignore this and move on.

    May 13, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    GOPer's want truth, as do the "birthers?"

    Try this on for size – There were no WMD's in Iraq, yet you continued to support the Clown Prince of Crawford on the idea that there were. Now, how does that truth suit ya?!

    Send Lt. Col. Lakin to Leavenworth at hard labor..........and while he's there he can ponder the number of soldiers who died for the WMD's "truth."

    May 13, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Get A Grip

    Ok, I really wasn't into this 'birther' stuff nor did I believe the information the 'birther' movement was putting out there, but I guess after this latest development reported by CNN you can now put me in the crowd of 'birthers'

    Hmmmmmmm, now I understand why Obama has spent 9 MILLION dollars. Doesn't want the truth out there.

    May 13, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  20. Hendrik

    Thank you Governor,

    Now we just ought to put that sorry racist excuse for a soldier in jail.

    This lieutenant colonel (notice the lack of capital letters) is a traitor. I never thought a soldier would do this.

    May 13, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. JR

    It's impossible to argue with a brither, they refuse to accept any and all proof, they're like zealot evangelicals defending their bible stories, nothing will ever change their warped view.

    May 13, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. John in Tampa

    I do not know how Lt. Col. Terry Lakin achievd that rank; I thought you had to be born on earth to sign up. But anyway, when you are done with the court-martial I want the maximum penalty allowed by law to be applied in his case.

    May 13, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. monnie

    why do these "birther people" want to see the president's birth certificate anyway? most of them can't read

    May 13, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Enoughalready

    Well, you couldn't convince some idiots that the earth was not flat, or that the sun was the center of our planetary system either. Best just to ignore them and move on to more important matters.

    May 13, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  25. Birth of a Nation

    Birthers will still hate having a black President it doesn't matter where he was born.

    May 13, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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