Obama's sister criticizes birthers
April 11th, 2011
04:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama's sister criticizes birthers

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's sister thinks the birther movement is "unfortunate."

"I think it's unfortunate. He was born in Hawaii, there is a tremendous amount of proof that has already been presented," Maya Soetoro-Ng told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday. "I think that it is time for people to put that to bed, put it to rest completely."

And what about real estate mogul Donald Trump's repeated calls for the president to produce his birth certificate?

"Well, I think it's a shame and I think that my brother should definitely be president for a second term," Soetoro-Ng said. "And that's really all I have to say about it."

Trump, star of "Celebrity Apprentice," has made a second career out of questioning the president's birthplace, most recently on CNN's "State of the Union."

In 2008, the Obama campaign released a copy of the certificate, saying the serial number was blacked out for concern over Hawaiian procedure. Since then, many news organizations and the Annenberg Fact Check Project saw the original with the serial number, an embossed seal and a stamped signature.

The comments from Obama's half sister followed similar remarks by his aunt Saturday.

In an interview with CNN affiliate WHDH Zeituni Onyango said Trump is "lying."

"He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii," Onyango said. "A naked lie in the name of the Lord."

"I respect his wealth, but I only demand him to respect us," Onyango added. "And I challenge him. Let him call me and we'll talk."

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Birthers will not believe the president was born in the United States, but will believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They are beyond help.

    April 11, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Smarter than You

    If Obama wasn't born in the USA his enemies do such a poor job of proving it why would anyone support them? You can't prove Obama was born in Kenya, you can't win 1 court case, you can't produce a Kenyan cert, you can't show his Mom ever went to Kenya but you want to run the country? LOL

    April 11, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. The reality is...

    Annenberg Fact Check! Research that one folks! Lol!

    April 11, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. TopJimmy

    Lat's just stop the nonsense. A certificate of Live Birth is not the same as the original birth certificate. Hawaii may accept it, but it isn't the same. This can easily be solved just by producing the original certificate. Enough of the games on both sides. Just release it!!

    April 11, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Reality! Reality, the truth and more understandable, common sense is what it is all about. As long as there are those spouting off the extremes and there are those people who shout emotional support for them, then things will continue to be absurd with no progress and all of the stupid antics continuing.... or even worse, as we have seen, some bazaar individuals and policies being successful. When the people get their head screwed on straight, and stop demanding/supporting unworkable and detrimental extremes, then the politicians will come around and have to cooperate (without the people's support to do otherwise) to achieve responsible centrist solutions.

    April 11, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. aNTHONY

    The majority of AMERICANS voted for Obama. Deal with it. The majority of people believe he IS a natural born citizen so get over it. I dont understand these birther folks lack of respect for the highest office in the country and their inability to deal with reality. I also dont understand how they must have soo much spare time and energy as to even worry about this 'non-issue'.
    I dont care if our President were Jewish, Catholic OR Muslim... or whetehr he was born n Hawaii, Panama or Alaska.. as long as he displayed an ounce of intelligence and the ability to help solve Americas problems. But then again, Im a reasonable, open minded individual... so i guess what im saying doesnt count around these comment boards...

    April 11, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Study more law

    The funny thing is even if Obama was born in Kenya the law can consider him a "natural born" citizen since he was American by birthright. The Supreme Court would have to clearly define a term and its application that never has been and even if they did they can't apply it to the past only the future. Birthers are pointless even if they were correct on a wild conspiracy that lacks proof.

    April 11, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. imp

    The saddest thing of all is how many truly & purposefully ignorant people there are in this country. The fact that Obama HAS produced a birth certificate, that there is ample corroborating evidence to support his birth in Hawaii, that there are MANY people who remember him does not stop a one of them from purposefully believing lies that play into their bigotry. That's at the root of it all. How pitiful. How hateful. How truly, truly sad. I'll pray for you all & especially for the rest of us have to endure your idiocy. You're an embarrassment to our great nation. Shame on you all & may God have mercy on your souls.

    April 11, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. All A Lie

    It's amazing how many people are coming out of the wood works to try to defend obama. But they never have the documents to back up their statements. His sister and the liberal media are covering for him. The man is a fraud plain and simple. Obama law firm paying off everybody they know to keep his documents from being released. One thing about it states are taking action though. He either presents a LONG FORM to the states or his name don't go on the ballot for the 2012 election. This will end one way or another when 2012 elections roll around.

    April 11, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Cindy

    This whole issue is so crazy. Obviously, nothing Obama shows will be good enough. Now people are making up a certificate for his sister? Trump is just playing you guys, just like he scammed Gadhafi, and is probably gloating about it in private... the greatest scam in history... or at least in this current television season.

    April 11, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. Johnny Five

    Oh, now he has a sister. Family sticks together. That much is true. At least they used her real last name.

    April 11, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Mikey

    Oh, and I am from California and I have a "Certificat of Live Birth", just like the President and so do my children. My wife is from Hawaii and she has one just like the President, too. I have never even heard of a "long-form" birth certificate. Thanks for the entertainment, though. You birthers are a collective joke.

    April 11, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Tax the rich

    If the rich rightwingers are all going to go up in the Rapture any day now, why do they need all that money?

    April 11, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    @Smarter than You
    Dang – you said it all and I said the same thing years ago – PROVE HE WAS BORN IN KENYA!!! That simple! No, it's NOT that simple so they rag against the TRUTH to prove it's NOT the truth!!! Ridiculous!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    April 11, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  15. KatR

    This whole birther issue could be put to rest if somebody were to produce a valid birth certificate that proves Obama was born outside of the USA. Since nobody can do this then (duh) it must be true that Obama was born in the good ol US of A.

    April 11, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  16. Lucy

    Google Nordyke twins to see what an official Hawaii birth certificate looked like for people born the day after Obama in 1961.

    April 11, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. dr trout

    I'm not a fan of the birthers, they come across as windbags. But the two relatives provided no proof. How about a baby picture, a newspaper clipping, birth certificate...."something."

    April 11, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. afterforever

    This ths same sister that said he was born at Queens hospital? If it is all she has to say about it then she should keep quiet.

    April 11, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    If if these birther accusations were true, and they aren't, the birthers would be despicable for trying to destroy a person on the basis of the most minor of technicalities that Obama couldn't control. I didn't hear these birthers venting their righteous anger against McCain who actually was NOT born in the U.S.

    April 11, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. Christine Vancouter

    If I were Obamas, I'll show the Birth Certificate and call its over. Show the birth certificate to silense Trump. That's all there is.

    April 11, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Maybe the Birthers think President Obama is an alien from outer space or maybe they are just afraid, I mean really afraid.

    April 11, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Julie C

    Actually, if I was Obama I would only show that certificate, as he already has, to those officials who needed to see it to qualify him for the election. Anything beyond that is simply placating the nutcakes who are on their merry witch hunt. I have to wonder how many other President's have been ask to present their birth certificates for public viewing. Go file for another bankruptcy, Trump.

    April 11, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. Willing to admit pro Obama - from Canada

    All you people demanding to see President Obamas bitrth certificate – show me where you are demanding to see proof of any and all previous birth certificates regarding former Presidents of the USA. Show me any evidence you demand the same proof from all your current or past presidential candidates.

    yea – thought not – you have become the laughing stock of the world. And as someone who has always viewed the United States of America as a country to be respected, i can tell you – NO MORE! You have become a nation addicted to celebrity "reality shows" Nothing to do with the real worl. OMG – God help you all.

    April 11, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Derrek

    All Obama has to do is provide a LEGAL birth certificate, not a copy of one that is not even valid enough to get a drivers license. Obama has had over 2 years to put this to rest and has done nothing but spend a lot of money keeping this a secret. Obama can stop this but chooses not to, it's sad our country doesn't expect more from our "leader."

    April 11, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. julibear

    People keep saying, produce it, produce it! He already did, and its not good enough for you. You are unhappy there is a Dem in office, so you're going to antagonize about this forever! Give it up, he was born in America. It has been indisputably proven by many news orgs and the Annenberg Foundation.

    April 11, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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