Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has been forced to admit failure in his quest to uncover President Obama’s birth certificate. Hawaii privacy laws forbid the disclosure of such documents without consent, which is not forthcoming from Obama.
Abercrombie launched an investigation last month to uncover President Obama’s Hawaiian birth certificate, thus putting to rest once and for all claims by some, called “Birthers,” that Obama was not actually born in the United States and thus is constitutionally ineligible to be president. Abercrombie was a friend of Obama’s parents and now the President as a young child growing up in Hawaii.
Abercrombie’s attempt to put to rest the birther conspiracy theory has instead served to fan its flames even further. What, after all, does the President have to hide, some people are now asking.
The mystery only deepened when reporter and Abercrombie friend Mike Evens recent suggested that the Governor told him the birth certificate actually does not exist. Evens later said that he had “misspoke.”
The comedy of errors surrounding the birth certificate has brought into focus one of the more bizarre conspiracy theories of the early 21st century. The theory is that Barack Obama was not born in the United States but in Kenya, the country of his father’s origin. The “Birthers,” as they are called, maintain that would make Obama not a natural-born citizen of the United States and therefore ineligible to hold the office he now occupies.
Unfortunately from the point of view of the Birthers, it would not matter whether Barack Obama had been born in Hawaii, Kenya, or the far side of the Moon. According to Title 8 of the U.S, Code, section 1401, Obama is a natural born citizen of the United States because his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a citizen of the United States at the time of his birth.
Clearly, however, there must be something else that is embarrassing in the original birth certificate that is causing the President to refuse permission to release it. Some have suggested that under religion Obama was classified as a “Muslim,” even though his father was a lapsed Muslim and Obama was raised as a Christian.
In any case, one wonders what the Birthers expect to happen. If President Obama were not actually President under the Constitution, a crisis would erupt for which there is no easy answer. Would all acts committed under his allegedly fraudulent presidency be null and void? Would he have to be removed from the White House and would that require impeachment? Chaos would erupt.
In any event, the Birther controversy is not going away and will cause a number of Americans to doubt the legitimacy of the Obama presidency.
Sources: Hawaii law bars release of Obama birth info, Mark Niesse, AP, Janaury 22nd, 2011
Abercrombie Admits There Are No Obama Birth Records In Hawaii, YouTube, January 24th, 2011
Celebrity Journalist: I Never Spoke to Hawaii Gov About Obama Birth Certificate, Jana Winter, Fox News, January 25th, 2011
Constitution Topic: Citizenship, US Constitution.Net