Hawaii official reaffirms President Obama's citizenship

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama
Robert Gibbs
Robert Gibbs

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - One small statement resonates around the country, as Hawaii's health director reaffirms that President Barack Obama is in fact a citizen of the country he serves.  But still, some aren't convinced.

It all started with a rumor when CNN's Lou Dobbs reported, without a source, that Hawaii officials had destroyed Obama's original birth certificate. Internet bloggers and conspiracy theorists then assumed that meant Obama was not an american citizen and could not be president.

He looks local and even eats local.

"We will get a plate lunch guarantee, we will get a shaved ice guarantee," said U.S. President Barack Obama.

But a group called the "birthers" still believes Hawaii isn't the birthplace of President Barack Obama. Even republican John McCain had to help clear things up during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. But blogs of conservatives still want proof.

"Lord knows if you have a birth certificate and you put it on the internet what else could be the story?," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Easier said than done. His campaign released this birth certificate before, but Hawaii State Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said last October, Hawaiian law blocks release of the document signed by doctors the day he was born. But she has personally seen and verified it. Monday, she said again nothing has changed - plain and simple.

"This is the size of the bedroom Barack Obama lived in," said Punahou Circle Apartments Part-Property Owner Renton Nip

A few months ago we showed you the Punahou Circle Apartments the president grew up in with his tutu Madelyn Dunham. The 1000 square foot apartment #1008 is still there.

A birth announcement from the Honolulu Advertiser also shows that a son was born to Mr. and Mrs Barack Obama on August 4th 1961 - the president's birthday.

Conservative and liberal legal scholars also say he's qualified, but for a select group, that, may never be good enough.

"If I had some DNA, it wouldn't assuage those that don't believe he was born here," said Gibbs.

This controversy comes on the same day the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood. Included in that was a clause that calls the islands President Obama's birthplace.