State of Hawaii official Statement October 2008-
Obama's Birth Certificate Verified By State
"Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures," Fukino said.
CNN's Lou Dobbs is starting to wonder where the birth certificate is, and said so numerous times this week. This query prompted a vicious reaction from J. Richard Cohen, chief of the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center who called for Dobbs's firing. In the ongoing "Shut up Lou Dobbs" campaign under obvious pressure, per CNN President John Klein in his response to the Letter:
"It seems this story is dead- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn't really have a legitimate beef." Klein asked CNN researchers to dig into the question of why Obama couldn't produce the original birth certificate. The researchers contacted the Hawaii Health Dept. and confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless. That reportedly includes Pres. Obama's original birth certificate.
So....how can Fukito have examined a document in 2008 that was discarded in 2001?
UPDATE: "Vital records (birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates) for events that occurred in Hawaii are received and preserved by the Office of Health Status Monitoring, a unit of the Department of Health. Certified copies of these records may be issued to authorized individuals and used for such diverse purposes as school entry, passports, Social Security participation, driver’s licenses, employment, sports participation, survivor’s benefits, proof of property rights, and other needs."
1. Someone should tell the webmaster over in Hawaii to change that language about preserving the certificates. All the paper has been discarded when they went digital in 2001.
2. How can the Department issue a certified copy of a certificate that was discarded in 2001?