Health Director of Hawaii, Chiyome Fukino, again declared that Hawaii is the birthplace of Barack Obama yesterday.

Obama Birth Certificate

A Birther

Fukino was responding to numerous inquiries from “birthers” who believe that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, and that he is not a natural-born citizen of the United States. If the “birthers” are right, Barack Obama would be constitutionally ineligible to be President of the United States.

These rumors have become widespread through the internet, to a point that Obama’s White House Press Secretary had to respond to them, as we reported here.

Fukino said yesterday:

“I have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago.”

State privacy laws prevent Hawaii state officials from releasing the original birth certificate without Barack Obama’s consent. Obama released a “Certificate of Live Birth” from Hawaii during his 2008 campaign. “Birthers” claim this was a forgery.

I’m just waiting for the “birthers” to come on this post and declare that Fukino is obviously part of the vast conspiracy to hide Obama’s true origin. As I have stated numerous times, I have a very low opinion of the “birther” movement. When we have Obama on the ropes on many legitimate issues, I see no reason to hold on to this crazy, paranoid conspiracy theory.

Obama was born in Hawaii. Deal with it. Move on. Now, on to health care…