December 27th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Hawaii governor vows to end 'birther' controversy

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) – Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie vowed to end the "birther" controversy surrounding President Obama's nationality once and for all.

Abercrombie, a newly-elected Democrat, told CNN that he will do whatever it takes to prove once and for all that Obama was born in Hawaii.

"We'll do what we can as quickly as we can to make it inevitable that only those who wish the president ill, only the ones with a political agenda, will be the ones doing this kind of thing," Abercrombie said. "The president is entitled to the respect of his office and he's entitled to have his mother and father respected."

Abercrombie, in his first on-camera comments on the matter, said that he has his attorney general and the state's Health Department director looking at what legal avenues can they follow to release more documentation of Obama's birth in 1961.

"As quick as we can we will," Abercrombie said. "This is a transparent state in terms of our communication with one another. This is the Aloha State. We care for each other, we look out for each other, we're family."

In a sign of how politically radioactive the issue is, White House officials would not comment on the remarks by Abercrombie, a former congressman who was sworn in as governor this month.

But the governor made clear in the CNN interview that he will push forward on this matter regardless of whether the White House is privately worried that it may bring more attention to the so-called "birthers" who continue to deny that Obama was born in America – despite evidence showing that he was.

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  1. panola

    The president who campaigned for a more “open government” and “full disclosure” will not unseal his medical records, his school records, or his passport records. He will not release his Harvard records, his Columbia College records, or his Occidental College records—he will not even release his Columbia College thesis. All his legislative records from the Illinois State Senate are missing and he claims his scheduling records during those State Senate years are lost as well. In addition, no one can find his school records for the elite K-12 college prep school, Punahou School, he attended in Hawaii.

    December 28, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    This is the act of a relatively low level politician in Hawaii to get some national publicity.
    He's a disgrace he simply fuels the flames of the conspiracy theorists.
    Now heres a thought:- the data on the documents produced by the Hawaii state authorities and sealed by them would have to be proven a fraud.
    That would mean the original manual data i.e original evidence of live birth ( I think then of) Mr. Obama is a live person? Ooops the now President is then an impersonator of a real live birth child!!
    It would also mean potentially the original live birth document was fraudulent, Doctors etc lying,and newspapers duped into taking a birth announcement (2) for a non existent birth and the current producers of the official document under Hawaiin law are lying as well.And, here's the real killer, all because Mom and Dad knew he was going to run for President of the USA 40 plus years later.
    The only reason this story still has 27% support is because CNN keeps running it with all sorts of lunes being invited on and OK ridiculed.. it is not necessary.
    If legislation is passed I cannot see it ever getting thru the new House never mind the Senate re Original live birth certificates. the real laugh would be Obama vetoing the legislation.
    As many have said the 27% are largely those that cannot accept a Black President and that mindset will not change whatever evidence is produced, so stop with this irritating conspiracy it has totally inadequate validity even as a conspiracy theory other than to certain bigots.

    December 28, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  3. felicia

    what difference does it make?if we went back and checked some of the legitimacies of the births of 3/4 of the nation how many would like to know that the man they called dad or papa or grandad was not truly that. To me it shows how small and ignorant we can be as a society. I believe in the old saying "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones". Cause sometimes when you open up a can of worms it could be a few that gets on you.

    December 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  4. Jack Estes

    I'm not a 'birther" but his alias does bother me as he seems to have dual citizenship.
    I could not get my driver's license renewed using my State Birth Registration nor could I get my Passport. I had to present a certified copy of my actual birth certificate, signed by the delivering doctor or midwife. SO, if both the State and the Federal Government requires this of me, then it should also require it of anyone running as a candidate for president of the United States. What is so hard to understand? jce

    December 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm |
  5. Bob Blair

    The only reason that this issue arose is the old Republican trick of accusing their opposition of what they are guilty of.
    John McCain was not born in the USA and they were afraid that would become an issue. When they consider themselves vulnerable they accuse.
    i.e. when they accused an opponent with the swift boat ads. They knew that GW didn't fulfill his service obligation so they tried to accuse their opponent of not really earning his medal of honor.

    That sounds crazy, but the next time the Reps accuse an opponent of something you should assume they are guilty of the same.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  6. Chris 2

    Silly person....you can't prove anything to those who don't want to at least look objectively at evidence. You can't prove anything to the crazies. You can't prove anything those that will never believe the evidence, because they will always suggest some other crazy conspiracy theory.

    December 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm |