Why Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is taking on anti-Obama 'birthers'(Read article summary)
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he is disgusted by the 'birther' claims that President Obama was not born in the state. He's vowing to change state law in order to prove Obama right.
It's the rumor that won't go away, despite multiple investigations by fact-checking groups that declare it bogus: the claim that President Obama was not born in the US, and is therefore ineligible to be president.
His idea: Change state policy so that he can release additional proof (perhaps the "long form" birth certificate that so-called "birthers" have been requesting, which is not a public record in Hawaii) that Obama was born in Honolulu, and not in Kenya as conspiracy theorists claim.
The trouble is, the facts are out there already, and they haven't succeeded in quelling the certainty of those determined not to believe them. In addition to the "certificate of live birth" released by the Obama campaign when the rumors first started circulating – which groups like factcheck.org have concluded is authentic – there were two separate birth announcements in local papers at the time (Aug. 4, 1961).
The birther claims are mostly confined to a relatively small group on the fringe, but state legislators in a handful of states have also introduced legislation requiring political candidates to show their official birth certificate – an effort clearly targeting Obama.