Dr. Chiyome Fukino, head of the Hawaii Department of Health, is a financial donor to the Republican Party. So what — if you are a “birther” conspiracy theorist insisting that Barack Obama is the Kenyan-born love child of Malcolm X — explains Dr. Fukino’s official statement yesterday?
I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai?i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai‘i 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.
That original October 2008 statement, in case you’re curious, reads:
There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obama’s official birth certificate. State law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record.
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.
No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawai‘i.
What, indeed, could explain Chiyome Fukino’s statements, given that the Doctor is a contributor to the Republican Party?
Could it be that she has actually verified the existence of Barack Obama’s valid Hawaii birth certificate, establishing him as a natural born citizen of the United States of America?
No, that couldn’t be it. It’s too simple, too obvious. She must be the victim of a clandestine blackmail campaign run by Ted Kennedy from his “hospital bed.” It’s either that, or the deployment of a mind ray.