Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie said Friday the “dark side” is responsible for accusations Barack Obama is not or should not be president because he was not born in the United States. As governor Abercrombie is optimistic he will be able to quiet at least some of the questions surrounding Obama’s birth place.
“This has to do with the people in Hawaii who love him, people who loved his mom and dad. This has to do with the respect of the office that the president is entitled to,” Abercrombie said after attending the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
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The controversy first gained national attention during Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008. While his mother was from Kansas, his father was from Kenya. And doubters claimed he was born in either Kenya or Indonesia where he lived for a while as a child.
Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign responded by releasing a certification of live birth and posting it online. But critics persisted. They want to see his original long-form birth certificate – – something that by law is not public record.