[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Now, let me start by saying that I am not a birther. Indeed, given that this would put Joe Biden into the presidency, I am not even sure I would want the birther theory to be true.
Still, for Neil Abercrombie, as the new Governor of Hawaii, it was his self-declared mission to finally put this to rest:
“It’s an insult to his mother and father,” he told KGMB. “How would anybody like to have their mother and father in that kind of a situation? I was friends with his mom and dad.”
“It’s a matter of principle with me… I was here when he was born,” he told CNN.
“His father was one of the first scholarship students coming to the United States and he came to the University of Hawaii, which we were very proud (of),” the governor added. “We became good friends.”
Hey, good for him. Although this is poorly stated:
“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 told CBS affiliate KGMB over the weekend.
Um, the correct words are not “entitled to” but “eligible for.” No one is entitled to be President. But then, maybe he didn’t mean it the way it sounded. Anyway, so Mr. Abercrombie, how’s it going?
Q: You stirred up quite a controversy with your comments regarding birthers and your plans to release more information regarding President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. How is that coming?
A: I got a letter from someone the other day who was genuinely concerned about it; it is not all just political agenda. They were talking on Olelo last night about this; it has a political implication for 2012 that we simply cannot have.
(Abercrombie said there is a recording of the birth in the State Archives and he wants to use that.)
It was actually written I am told, this is what our investigation is showing, it actually exists in the archives, written down …
…What I can do, and all I have ever said, is that I am going to see to it as governor that I can verify to anyone who is honest about it that this is the case.
If there is a political agenda then there is nothing I can do about that, nor can the president.
So in other words, no birth certificate?
Like I said, I don’t think there is any reasonable doubt that Obama was born in America, specifically Hawaii. Birth announcements at the time constitute powerful evidence to that fact. But if you are going to rebut the birthers, releasing the original is the least you can do.
Finally, to anyone who argues that Obama is not a natural born citizen please do not waste my time with theories that because Obama was the son of a Kenyan that somehow British law could deprive a man of his birthright as a natural born citizen. The founders did not rebel against England in order to allow England to decide who was and was not a citizen of this country.
Update: Hat tip to Eric Johnson.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]