While it appears that LTC Lakin’s counsel will never accept any statement regarding the birth or origin of Pres. Obama, I give the rest of you this bit of additional background on the Anderson Cooper statement about Dr. Chiyome Fukino’s, Hawaii’s Director of Health, review of the President’s birth certificate (prior CAAFlog coverage of it here and here). In an interview about the bill permitting Hawaiian government offices to ignore duplicate requests for government records, the Republican Hawaiian Governor, Linda Lingle, had this to say (CNN coverage here and YouTube audio of interview here):
[The birth certificate issue] 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. . . . 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 email 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. . . .It’s been established he was born here. . . . I can understand why people want to make certain that the constitutional requirement of being a, you know, natural born American citizen … but the question has been asked and answered. And I think just we should all move on now.