Here we continue the analysis of a A Catalog of Evidence – Concerned Americans Have Good Reason to Doubt that Putative President Obama Was Born in Hawaii by attorney Mario Apuzzo. We’re adding up the value of the items in his catalog picking up from Birther math Part 1 with Catalog item number 6.
(6) Obama’s wife, Michelle Obama stated in a video taped speech she made a couple years ago that Kenya is Obama’s home country.…“
I think this one is a bit silly. Michelle Obama, a former attorney, is not going to say that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, even if it were true and she knew it. Clearly she was referring to the home of his ancestors, just as Ireland was called the “home country” of John Kennedy in 1963. There is a web site in Kenya that says Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu and goes on to say that Kenya is his “original home.”
(7) During a December 2007 speech in Tampa, Florida, Michelle Obama stated at about 2 minutes into this video of the event, “What it reminded me of was our trip to Africa, two years ago, and the level of excitement that we felt in that country, the hope that people saw just in the sheer presence of somebody like Barack Obama, a Kenyan, a black man, a man of great statesmanship who they believe could change the fate of the world.” As can be seen, Michelle Obama said that her husband is “a Kenyan.”…
Same as above.
(8) NPR public radio archived story says Obama is Kenyan born;
NPR corrected the mistake, but even if not a mistake, the reporter has no reason to know where Barack Obama was born, nor provided any reason to think it was so. The testimony of someone who has no evidence carries zero weight.
(9) No hospital in Honolulu has yet to confirm that he was born there.
Since it would be a violation of federal law for them to do so, this is not surprising. However at the 100th anniversary gala of the Kapi’olina hospital, Hawaii congressman Neil Abercrombie read to the dignitaries assembled, including Governor Lingle, a congratulatory letter from Barack Obama that mentions that he was born there, and the hospital published a copy of the letter in their centennial newsletter.
Kapi’olani spokesperson Claire Tong said in a Hawaii Advertiser article:
“We can’t confirm or deny it –” even though all the information out there says he was born at Kapiolani Hospital. And that’s because of the HIPA [sic] law.”
Tong acknowledged that the center has received daily inquiries from news agencies far and wide asking for confirmation of Obama’s birthplace. Much as she wishes she could do it, Tong said it’s not possible.
“Our hands are tied,” she said.
(10) Obama and his sister stated different Honolulu hospitals at which he was allegedly born. In a November 2004 interview with the Rainbow Newsletter, Maya told reporters that her half-brother, then Sen. Barack Obama, was born on Aug. 4, 1961, at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. Then in February 2008, Maya told reporters for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that Obama was born at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children which is also located in Honolulu. Obama claims he was born in Kapi’olani Medical Center;
Only that is not true. The Rainbow Edition student newspaper does not quote Maya Soetoro-Ng as saying this, rather it is part of the student commentary. The source of confusion might have been that Kapi’olani was the Queen of Hawaii and a Hawaiian student might have made the association to the wrong hospital (and the wrong Queen). And of course Maya Obama was not even born in 1961.
I think Mario Apuzzo should be paying royalties to Phil Berg. Stay tuned for Part 3.