Barack Hussein Obama II
Long Form Birth Certificate, released April 27, 2011
Press Conference video
THE PRESIDENT: As many of you have been briefed, we provided additional information today about the site of my birth. Now, this issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign. And I have to say that over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going. We've had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital.
We've posted the certification that is given by the state of Hawaii on the Internet for everybody to see. People have provided affidavits that they, in fact, have seen this birth certificate. And yet this thing just keeps on going....
I know that there’s going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest. But I’m speaking to the vast majority of the American people, as well as to the press. We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do. I’ve got better stuff to do. We’ve got big problems to solve. And I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them -- not on this.
MR. PFEIFFER: Thanks, Jay. What you have in front of you now is a packet of papers that includes the President’s long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, the original birth certificate that the President requested and we posted online in 2008, and then the correspondence between the President’s counsel and the Hawaii State Department of Health that led to the release of those documents....
MR. BAUER: The certificate with the signatures at the bottom -- and that's a key difference between the short form and the long form -- the long form has signatures at the bottom from the attending physician, the local registrar, and the mother, is the original birth certificate, which sits in a bound volume in the State Department of Health.
The short from is a computerized abstract, and that's the legal birth certificate we requested in 2008 and that Hawaiians are entitled to. Since the mid-1980s, the State Department of Health, for administrative reasons, only provides to people who request their birth certificate the short form. They do not provide the long form.
So in order for us to obtain the long form, we had to have a waiver. We had to actually determine that there was a legal basis for providing it, and then ask them to exercise their authority to provide us with the long form. The steps required to accomplish that were a letter from the person with the direct and vital interest -- the President -- so you have a letter from the President, and then there was an accompanying letter from counsel basically formalizing the request. So the reason we included that is that those were legal steps we took to obtain the long form by way of this waiver.
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CLAIMS CONCERNING THE LFBC
CLAIM: The document is forged. It has layers. I read an expert saying it was Photoshopped. I saw a video that shows how it was forged.
CLAIM: Back in 1961 people of color were called 'Negroes.' So how can the Obama 'birth certificate' state he is 'African-American' when the term wasn't even used at that time?
Hawaii has never had a white majority. The State of Hawaii let people put whatever they wanted down for race, then manually put those descriptions into statistical categories for reporting. (That's what the pencil marks on the forms are.) In 1961, if you were black from Africa, you were African. LOOK at Obama's birth certificate. It doesn't say he's African-American. It says the FATHER is "African". Because he was. That's what blacks in Africa were called.
Here's a travel guide to Africa from 1961. Note it talks about the major races in Kenya -- European, African, Asian (Indian and Pakistan), and multi-racial.
Also look at the 1962 Kenya Census instructions.
Race.- Write European, Arab, Somali, or African, etc. Asians must write Indian or Pakistan.
CLAIM: The birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama's birth as August 4, 1961 lists his father as born in " Kenya , East Africa". Kenya did not even exist until 1963. How could Obama's father have been born in a country that did not yet exist?
Kenya has existed since the 1920s. Princess Elizabeth was at the Treetops Lodge in Kenya when her father died. She went to bed a princess, and awoke a queen. Headlines all over the world from that time were datelined Kenya. Also look at that 1961 travel guide. It's open to the Kenya section. It calls the territory Kenya. On a prior page, it says "Kenya is the most visited of the British East Africa territories." In 1963, Kenya became the Republic of Kenya. Before that, it was called Kenya.
CLAIM: On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is "Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital". This cannot be, because the hospitalin 1961 was called "KauiKeolani Children's Hospital" and "Kapi'olani Maternity Home". The name did not change to Kapi'olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged.
The name of the hospital is correct. Here's some other Hawaiian COLBs from the web that say the same name. Search the name Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Google Scholar, you'll get hundreds of journal articles from before 1961. Here's one such article from 1938.