Hospital won’t back Obama birth claim
Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Medical Center refuses to confirm White House letter
The Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu has posted on its website a letter on White stationery dated Jan. 24 in which Obama wrote, “As a beneficiary of the excellence of Kapi’olani Medical Center – the place of my birth – I am pleased to add my voice to your chorus of supporters.”
Barack Obama states in this letter on White House stationery that he was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu. The letter was posted by the medical center on its website.
Kristy Watanabe, the public relations specialist for the hospital refused to confirm or deny the veracity of Obama’s letter claiming he was born at the hospital.
“Our comment to everyone who has been calling is that federal law does not permit us to provide any more details concerning information [about Obama’s birth] without authorization from Mr. Obama,” Watanabe told WND.
She said the hospital had not contacted Obama for authorization.
Editor’s note: Following WND’s questioning, the letter was removed from the Kapi’olani Medical Center’s website.
When WND asked Watanabe why the hospital did not contact Obama to ask for authorization, especially given the number of the hospital was receiving with the request, Watanabe said: “This is our response, and we can’t say anything more than that.”
Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii
WND asked if a hypothetical elected official pretended to be born at the hospital, would federal law prevent her from disclosing that? If so, which federal law would that be?
This is not the first time Kapi’olani and other Hawaiian hospitals have slammed the door on WND’s attempts to ascertain specifics about Obama’s birth.
As reported last month, Kapi’olani declined to return any of at least four WND messages requesting comment, while Queen’s Medical Center said in a prepared statement, “Due to patient privacy laws we cannot respond to your inquiries.”
A private detective working in conjunction with WND’s investigations last year into Obama’s birthplace also visited the hospitals.
“On October 31st, 2008, officials in Hawaii released a statement that they had examined the birth certificate, but failed to declare whether it was a Live Birth Certificate generated by a hospital with signatures of the attending physician or a ‘Late Birth’ Certificate of Hawaiian Birth that could have been obtained (for a child) who is one year old or older after birth by a simple affirmation of a family member,” wrote investigator Jorge L. Baro, of Elite Legal Services in Florida.
“Only the ‘Long Form’ original certificate will answer all questions about the date and location of birth and confirm that it occurred in Hawaii,” he said.
WND reported in the April issue of Whistleblower that Obama’s step-grandmother in an interview transcript obtained by WND in Africa has claimed she was present at Obama’s birth in Mombasa, Kenya.
WND is in possession of an affidavit submitted by Rev. Kweli Shuhubia, an Anabaptist minister in Kenya, who is the official Swahili translator for the annual Anabaptist Conference in Kenya, and a second affidavit signed by Bishop Ron McRae, the presiding elder of the Anabaptists’ Continental Presbytery of Africa.
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Shuhubia further states in his affidavit that he visited Obama’s grandmother at her home in the village of Alego-Kogello, on Oct. 16, 2008, in order to conduct a telephone conference interview that would connect with McRae in the United States.
During the telephone interview, McRae specifically asked Sarah Obama two times, “Were you present when your grandson was born in Kenya.”
“Both times she specifically replied, ‘Yes,'” Shuhubia affirmed in the affidavit.
“Ms. Sarah Hussein Obama was very adamant that her grandson, Senator Barack Hussein Obama, was born in Kenya, and that she was present and witnessed his birth in Kenya, not the United States,” Shuhubia continued in the affidavit.
“During the conversation, Ms. Sarah Hussein Obama never changed her reply that she was indeed present when Senator Barack Obama was born in Kenya,” Shuhubia insisted in the affidavit.
The affidavit documents that President Obama’s step-grandmother was asked the questions several times, both in her native , Swahili, and in English, and that the Anabaptists conducting the interview were confident she understood clearly the questions that were asked.
“Ms. Sarah Hussein Obama never changed her reply that she was indeed present when Senator Barack Obama was born in Kenya,” McRae swore in his affidavit
McRae affirmed that Obama’s step-grandmother had been asked the question several times and a discussion over the conference call with those present with her in her home in Kogello made clear that she understood the question.
WND also reported the office of Hawaii Republican Gov. Linda Lingle has officially declined a request made in writing by WND in Hawaii to obtain a copy of Obama’s hospital-generated long-form original birth certificate.
“It does not appear that Dr. Corsi is within any of these categories of persons with a direct and tangible interest in the birth certificate he seeks,” wrote Roz Makuala, of constituent services in the governor’s office, in a e-mail in response to WND’s request for information Oct. 24.
Those listed as entitled to obtain a copy of an original birth certificate included the person born, or “registrant” according to the legal description from the governor’s office, the spouse or parent of the registrant, a descendant of the registrant, a person having a common ancestor with the registrant, a legal guardian of the registrant or a person or agency acting on behalf of the registrant.