May 14, 2010
May 2: Hawaii Gov LINDA LINGLE (pix) was on Rabbi Shmuley‘s radio show (WABC) (they know one another personally) and she revealed the story behind Dr Fukino’s first statement. I’m not aware that she’s ever admitted this before.
Lingle said that while campaigning for Sen McCain on the maninland, the question of barry’s birth certificate kept coming up, so she “sent” Dr Fukino to check it out.
If that’s what actually happened, then Lingle accessed barry’s original records without his permission and commented publicly also without his permission.
If she was allowed to do so by some statute, then that information should be available via Freedom of Information = Hawaii UIPA, which is what the Vexatious birther bill is limiting.
Lingle cannot run for re-election because of term limits. barry’s bud Neil Abercrombie is.
RABBI SHMULEY‘s idea of “myriad” requests is 20/week.
This issue kept coming up so much in the campaign, and again I think it’s one of those issues that is simply a distraction from the more critical issues that are facing the country.
And so I had my health director – who is a physician by background – go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health, and we issued a news release at that time saying that the president was, in fact, born at Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.
And that’s just a fact.
And yet people continue to call up and e-mail and want to make it an issue. And I think it’s again a horrible distraction for the country by those people who continue this. Now, whether or not I sign the bill depends on how it’s worded…
2-The hospital is not listed on the COLB.
3-Hawaii officials have not vouched for that COLB.
4-Hawaii officials are still misstating the facts.
The bill was “enrolled” to her on May 3 and signed May 12.
LINGLE: It’s going backwards, in that sense, as it relates to public information and an average citizen’s ability to get information that the government might not want them to have for one reason or another.
So there is concern on how this would be used. But, again, I’ll take a real good look at it once it comes up.
SHMULEY thinks the birth certificate issue is “nonsense”.
LINGLE: But I feel as you do – it is a distraction from the bigger issues of the day, and while I agree with the president on some things, I have some strong disagreements on others,
this issue is not one that’s important to the country.
Again, it’s been established he was born here.
I can understand why people want to make certain that the constitutional requirement of being a natural-born American citizen, I can understand why they feel that’s important – and it is – but the question has been asked and answered, and I think we should all move on now.