New York (CNN) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, famously said he wanted to put the Obama 'birther' issue to rest in December of last year, after he was elected to office; he wanted to show the world the president's original birth certificate.
"Obviously I'm going to do what's legally possible," he told CNN's Ed Henry on December 27 of last year. But it's not legally possible for the governor to release private records of the president or any other Hawaiian citizen except for his own.
Since then, Abercrombie has been silent on this issue. But, in part 2 of the AC360°'s investigation in Hawaii, Abercrombie spoke to CNN . In an emotional interview, he talked about his memories of President Obama as an infant in Honolulu. Abercrombie was friends with both Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham at the University of Hawaii, and remembers celebrating the birth of their son.
"Of course, we had no idea at the time that the future president of the United States was that little boy, that little baby, and we are very, very happy of course that that took place," Abercrombie told CNN.
Even though the Hawaii governor cannot release President Obama's original birth certificate, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, former director of the Department of Health under Hawaii's former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, has inspected the document, which is stored in a vault in the Department of Health Building. Dr. Fukino has examined the document twice and in her first on camera interview, tells CNN the document is "absolutely" authentic.
Dr. Fukino, a registered Republican, says she has no doubt that President Obama was born in the State of Hawaii.
Tonight we have part two of our 360° investigation into the birther controversy. Get the final word on accusations that President Obama was not born in Hawaii. We went to Hawaii and got the facts. Plus, more of Anderson's interview with the newest and loudest voice in the birther debate – Donald Trump. And, see how Princess Diana's legacy is being honored by her son, the royal groom, Prince William.
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Tonight on AC360 °, more of our investigation into President Obama's birth and conspiracy theories surrounding it.
You'll hear from Donald Trump who believes the president was not born in this country and even believes his original birth certificate is missing.
It's tough talk from Trump with no facts. We can say that because we sent a team to Hawaii to find the facts. Our team spent five days interviewing dozens of people, including the former director of Hawaii's Department of Health, a Republican, who actually looked at Barack Obama's original 1961 birth certificate in storage.
Tonight you'll hear from a professor at the University of Hawaii who taught President Obama's mother. The current governor of Hawaii is also speaking out and others.
We'll also look at why President Obama isn't releasing his original birth certificate to the public to stop all this speculation. It's all tied to Raw Politics.
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(CNN) - More than 400 people have been killed in Syria across several weeks as the government has cracked down on protesters seeking reform, a human rights group in the country said Tuesday.
The Syrian Human Rights Information Link reported at least 416 people have died since March 18 in incidents linked to the violence. The group named 413 of those killed and cited three unidentified bodies. While the vast majority are apparently civilians, the group's list describes a few of the dead as members of the army or police.
The U.N. Security Council was expected to focus on Syria Tuesday as it considers a statement condemning the violence.
The United Nations has said it has information that 76 people were killed last week on Friday alone, apparently during peaceful marches, and that the death toll from that day could be much higher.
CNN cannot independently confirm death tolls and witness accounts of the bloody crackdown. The Syrian government has not granted CNN access to the country.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Donald Trump has spent weeks raising questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Tuesday that so-called "birther" claims are a distraction from more pressing issues facing the nation.
"Trump and the candidates can talk about it all they want, but my position is that the president was born in the United States," Priebus told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.FULL STORY
Reporter's Note: Mississippi GOP Gov. Haley Barbour has decided that he won’t run for president. Although I don’t really care who gets into the race, I do hope the prospect of receiving a letter from me every day did not unduly dissuade him…although I can see how it might.
Dear Mr. President,
I’m sure it is a great relief to know that Mississippi’s Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is not running for president next year. And if it helps at all, I have compiled a partial list of others who I think are also not running: Charlie Sheen, Lance Armstrong, Charo, Lil Wayne, Bret Favre, Rosie Perez, Tonya Harding, and the guy who lives down the street from us with all those weird bumper stickers about animals. (I’m not sure what his position is; but as best I can make out, he thinks the government is either being run by cats or ought to be.)
I’m being silly, of course. I’d guess that it really doesn’t matter much to you at this point who will or won’t be in the race, because you know it will be a knock-down-drag-out brawl no matter who gets the nod.
But seriously, how crazy do we have to be to waste our time discussing who is not running for a given office? If a sitting president (like you…I mean, assuming you are sitting as you read this) or some other well-known political leader decided not to seek re-election, I can understand the ruckus. Otherwise, all this noise just seems as if we have nothing to do with our time.
Washington (CNN) – Bristol Palin's baby-daddy, Levi Johnston, wrote a book to be published this fall that will set the "record straight" about his relationship with the Palins.
"I want to tell the truth about my close relationship with the Palins, my sense of Sarah, and my perplexing fall from grace – how I feel and what I've learned," Johnston said in a statement. "I'm doing this for me, for my boy Tripp and for the country."
Johnston, the former long-time boyfriend of former Republican Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol, has publically feuded with the Palins. Bristol recently moved to Arizona with their son.FULL STORY