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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said Friday the "dark side" is responsible for accusations Barack Obama is not or should not be president because he was not born in the United States. As governor Abercrombie is optimistic he will be able to quiet at least some of the questions surrounding Obama's birth place.
"This has to do with the people in Hawaii who love him, people who loved his mom and dad. This has to do with the respect of the office that the president is entitled to," Abercrombie said after attending the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
The controversy first gained national attention during Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. While his mother was from Kansas, his father was from Kenya. And doubters claimed he was born in either Kenya or Indonesia where he lived for a while as a child.
Obama's 2008 presidential campaign responded by releasing a certification of live birth and posting it online. But critics persisted. They want to see his original long-form birth certificate - - something that by law is not public record.
Chiyome Fukino, who at the time was Director of the Hawaii state Department of Health issued a statement saying she had "... personally seen and verified that the Hawaii state Department of Health has Senator Obama's original birth certificate on record..."
Even that did not quiet some who challenge Obama's legal citizenship.
So now Governor Abercrombie wants to do something to dispute claims the president's parents somehow lied about their son's birth place.
"It's an insult to his mother and father. How would anybody like to have their mother and father in that kind of a situation? I was friends with his mom and dad. The president of the United States is entitled to the respect of his office," Abercrombie said.
Exactly how Abercrombie will be able to produce additional evidence is still unclear.
"We have to take a look at what we can do with that. But I can't imagine that we can't find some way to see to it that those who are honest about it, who don't have a personal agenda, could have no further argument about it," he said.
As for those who have a political agenda, Abercrombie said they will probably never change their mind.
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