After Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie announced he was on a mission to end the Birther controversy once and for all, it appears his good intentions have been thwarted. According to Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz, Barack Obama’s Birth certificate will not be released because it is against state law to release private documents.
Friday, Dela Cruz said:
There is nothing more that Gov. Abercrombie can do within the law to produce a document. Unfortunately, there are conspirators who will continue to question the citizenship of our president.
Birthers are a group of wacky conspiracy theorists that claim President Barack Obama is an illegitimate president because he is not an American citizen. They often claim Obama was born on foreign soil, usually Kenya. Birthers claim Obama’s birth certificate, or more exactly his certificate of live birth, is a forgery.
Earlier this month Governor Abercrombie announced the initiation of a process to make policy changes that would allow Hawaii to release additional evidence that Obama was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.
Abercrombie, who was a friend of Obama’s parents when the president was a baby, said at that time:
The president is entitled to the respect of his office and he’s entitled to have his mother and father respected.
It’s an insult to his mother and to his father, and I knew his mother and father; they were my friends, and I have an emotional interest in that. It’s an emotional insult. It is disrespectful to the president; it is disrespectful to the office.
Abercrombie’s good intentions seem to have done more harm than good. By giving the Birthers attention he only breathed new life into what had been a dormant issue. And by promising to deliver something he could not, Abercrombie only feeds the Birther conspiracy.