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Arizona official apologizes for Obama birth verification request

By Kim Geiger

Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT)


WASHINGTON >> Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has apologized for any embarrassment he caused his state when he revived a widely discredited conspiracy theory about President Barack Obama’s birthplace by requesting verification that the president was born in Hawaii.

The apology came on the same day that Hawaii officials finally responded to Bennett’s request for “verification in lieu of” the birth certificate, which he said last week could be a precondition for placing Obama’s name on the Arizona ballot.

“If I embarrassed the state, I apologize, but that certainly wasn’t my intent,” Bennett said Tuesday in an interview with a local radio station.

Obama’s name will appear on the ballot “as long as he fills out the same paperwork and does the same things that everybody else has,” Bennett said.

Still, Bennett — who insists he is not a member of the “birther” movement that continues to promote the unsubstantiated claim that Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore ineligible to be president — defended himself for making the request.

“What is so sacred or untouchable about this question that you can’t even ask the question?” he said.

Bennett came under fire last week when it was reported that he had asked the state of Hawaii to verify the existence of Obama’s birth certificate, even though a certified copy of the document has been posted to the White House website for more than a year.

Hawaii officials have been inundated with similar requests since Obama first became a presidential candidate, and e-mails obtained by Talking Points Memo suggest the state was less than eager to fulfill the request.

“My apologies for not responding immediately,” wrote Deputy Attorney General Jill T. Nagamine in an e-mail to Bennett earlier this month. “...We need more information to substantiate that you are eligible to receive verification.”

In submitting his request, Bennett cited a Hawaii law that allows officials from other states to request verification of the existence of a birth certificate. But as recently as Saturday, Nagamine was questioning Bennett’s authority to make the request.

“If I have missed something, please let me know,” Nagamine wrote. “My client stands willing to provide you with the verification you seek as soon as you are able to show that you are entitled to it.”

The matter appeared to have been resolved Tuesday night, when Joshua Wisch, special assistant to Hawaii Attorney General David Louie, told the Associated Press that Bennett had given the state what it needed to fulfill the request.

Bennett, a Republican who is exploring a run for governor in 2014, is a co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio  defended sending one of his deputies to Hawaii to accompany an official in his volunteer posse that is investigating Obama's birth certificate, despite earlier saying no taxpayer money was being spent on the probe.

The sheriff said Tuesday that taxpayers won't ultimately foot the bill because the posse, which so far has used $40,000 in donations to pay for the probe, will reimburse his office for the deputy's trip to Hawaii.

Arpaio said the deputy who was sent to Hawaii was there for security reasons, which the sheriff declined to discuss.

"Even if it was costing the taxpayers money, we are talking about a criminal investigation into possible fraud and forgery on government documents," the sheriff said.

The sheriff launched the investigation last summer and said in March that there was probable cause to believe Obama's long-form birth certificate, released by the White House more than a year ago, is a computer-generated forgery and that the president's Selective Service card was most likely a forgery.

The Arizona Republic first reported that Arpaio had sent the deputy to Hawaii.

Democratic state Sen. Steve Gallardo, a critic of the sheriff, said Arpaio has misplaced priorities when he focuses on the president's birth certificate, while his own office had failed to adequately investigate hundreds of sex-crimes cases over a three-year period ending in 2007.

"The cost of this trip to Hawaii ought to come out of this re-election campaign because this is politics," Gallardo said. "It's political grandstanding."

Arpaio said health officials in Hawaii refused to talk to his deputy and posse investigator on Monday, though an assistant attorney general came out to talk to the investigators.

"They won't have anything to do with us," Arpaio said.

Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Hawaii State Department of Health, said two men dressed in business suits from Arpaio's department sat down with deputies from the health department and attorney general's office in a conference room Monday.

The men identified themselves as being from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and provided their badges and business cards when asked, Okubo said.

"They said they were conducting an investigation," Okubo said.

Okubo said the Hawaii officials told the men they had to show why they needed the information as part of ordinary business — a response similar to that given to Bennett last week when he publicly pushed his request.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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who_dis_guy wrote:
some people are so stupid. i don't even know what to say
on May 22,2012 | 12:05PM
gth wrote:
ditto, but "stupid" is too nice of a word.....
on May 22,2012 | 01:15PM
olos73 wrote:
Typical politician...
on May 23,2012 | 07:33PM
jkjones wrote:
oh yeah, why didnt eric holder arrest blank panthers for intimidating white voters? eric holder is the biggest racist of this century--and he is the atty general stupid.
on May 23,2012 | 09:45PM
soshaljustic wrote:
Bad publicity is free and better than no publicity at all? teehee haha lol ;o) Mahalo Arizona! We know you have democrats there too, and we Obama fans send our Aloha for you to come visit us anytime!!!
on May 23,2012 | 08:17AM
kimpira wrote:
No can help - Arizona is a backward state so what you expect from their officials.
on May 23,2012 | 06:10PM
jkjones wrote:
is that the reason for Eric Holder allowing fast and furious guns to be used against arizona border personnel--because they are stupid? what an idiot.
on May 23,2012 | 09:43PM
DiverDave wrote:
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on May 22,2012 | 12:19PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Do you also want to see Willard "Mitt" Romney's college transcripts? If not, why? Did you want to see George W. Bush's, John McCain's Bill Clinton's, Al Gore's, George H.W. Bush's, and Ronald Reagan's transcripts? After all, you were potential employers of them before the elections, too.
on May 22,2012 | 12:28PM
DiverDave wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 10:54AM
MKN wrote:
@DiverDave: Please provide a link to where they are. Otherwise, shut up you racist!
on May 23,2012 | 11:00AM
DiverDave wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 11:13AM
Fred01 wrote:
In Hawaii, you are always a "racist" whenever you are correct in an argument.
on May 23,2012 | 11:25AM
Bailey_Harley wrote:
@DriverDave I think KekoaBradshaw has a good point, why didn't the former Presidents have to deal with this? Because they aren't African American? @Fred01 are you speaking for the "Hawaiian nationalist" or for the "Ones born in the state of Hawaii"? or are you speaking for yourself?
on May 23,2012 | 12:27PM
nonpolitic wrote:
Interesting comment Fred01. So if I am arguing in Hawaii with someone of the same race and I am correct, am I still a racist? Further, if I am in Hawaii and arguing with a person of another race over mathematical equations and the other person is correct, does that make the correct person a racist? I don't think I, as the person found incorrect, consider the other person a racist, just better at math.
on May 23,2012 | 02:36PM
shshimizu wrote:
Obama is our first african american president. The others were not, what would you call it? Sounds racist to me.
on May 23,2012 | 02:47PM
tsushimama wrote:
These guys prove the statement "you can't fix stupid"!
on May 23,2012 | 07:52PM
argonsteel wrote:
@DiverDave: What the heck are you talking about? Do you have any documented evidence that Obama has ever tried to "hide" his birth certificate? Or is this just something you just read on some wacko right-wing web site? If a million dollars got spent it was in dealing with these endless idiotic requests for his birth certificate. And when a whole movement arises questioning the American birth of the first African-American president for the first time in our history (in spite of the fact that Senator McCain actually was born overseas - in Panama!) then even a child can see it for what is it - pure out and out racism. Give it a rest already.
on May 23,2012 | 04:06PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Diver Dave, do you ask your doctor where he got his medical degree and license and then go and request verification from the medical school and licensing department? What about your dentist, optometrist, and pharmacist? Get real! Did you ask whether John McCain was eligible to be a President when he ran against Obama in 2008 because he was born in Panama? I think not.
on May 24,2012 | 11:27AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Arizona didn't ask for McCain's birth certificate even though he WAS foreign born, in Panama. The State Department has on file a "Report of BIrth Abroad," filed by McCain's Admiral father as required by law in those days. In fact, at that time, the admiral was told that his son could not run for POTUS because he was born in a foreign country. I know because my eldest son was born in Japan (like McCain, in a mililtary hospital). That law was later changed and McCain could legally run. That was not the case for Obama because Hawai`i was already a state when Obama wa born.
on May 23,2012 | 02:33PM
nomakeshame wrote:
Maybe, because its not required in order to run for the office of President of the United States. I know of the requirements of U.S. born citizen, 36 years of age, yada, yada, but I do not recall seeing must be a college graduate or having some experience listed anywhere, because if that was the case, most of the past Presidents wouldn't even qualify themselves.
on May 22,2012 | 12:40PM
nonpolitic wrote:
Well said. I totally agree with your assessment regarding the constitutional requirements to stand for the office of president. Apparently, there are too many people who are too lazy to actually find out what the requirements are or want to add what they think is important to the qualifications. If that is the case, they should lobby for a constitutional amendment.
on May 23,2012 | 02:42PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Only if you are in a justifiable position for a need to know and I'm sure you're not.
on May 22,2012 | 02:15PM
allie wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 09:36AM
jkjones wrote:
arizona is doing a job the federal govt wont do--protect our borders. i notice the asian racists in hawaii complain about micronesians but dont complain about their own who have corrupted local politics.
on May 23,2012 | 09:52PM
busterb wrote:
Yeah, everyone knows that any boso can be editor on the Harvard Law Review! Where are those grades?
on May 22,2012 | 02:50PM
WKAMA wrote:
Not every one. I think you're the only bozo who thinks anyone can be editor of the Harvard Law Review.
on May 23,2012 | 10:26AM
busterb wrote:
Ya never heard of sarcasm before huh?
on May 23,2012 | 11:10AM
Larry01 wrote:
I believe that was sarcasm....and funny.
on May 23,2012 | 01:12PM
kamoae wrote:
This is a birth certificate not a college transcipt and it has already been verified countless of times. I hope that they visited evert state to request the birth certificate of every candidate on their ballot. Such stupidity!
on May 23,2012 | 05:52AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Why does Romney refuse to show his tax documents? He must have something to hide. SNEAKY SNEAKY ROMNEY
on May 23,2012 | 06:30AM
scooters wrote:
Not much different from Mr. Obama's refusal to show his college transcripts.
on May 23,2012 | 08:26AM
BillD wrote:
I heard Mittens bought his old college and had his transcripts destroyed.
on May 23,2012 | 08:49AM
BillD wrote:
then fired everyone
on May 23,2012 | 08:50AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
VERY different.
on May 23,2012 | 09:34AM
DiverDave wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 11:16AM
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on May 23,2012 | 08:26PM
dctaira wrote:
It wouldn't matter as they would doctor it up like they did the birth certificate.
on May 23,2012 | 06:41AM
soshaljustic wrote:
This has to be the most costly B-grade entertainment in Public History! Just watching these chuckleheads fall all over themselves trying to prove a conspiracy where there is none.
on May 23,2012 | 08:26AM
MKN wrote:
@DiverDave: Not every employer requires college transcripts, so why should anyone have to show you their transcripts? Are you asking for them because he's African American? The President has released all of his tax returns going back many years. Romney won't show all of his tax returns going back to his days at Bain Capital (he only showed his tax returns for 2010), so what is he hiding? Name one President that has shown the entire country his college transcripts and show a picture of those said transcripts. If you can't, then you ought to keep your mouth shut! If its any consolation to you, the government has seen his and everyone else's transcripts as a part of the background investigation that takes place on a person that works for the government that requires a clearance.
on May 23,2012 | 10:11AM
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on May 23,2012 | 11:05AM
Fred01 wrote:
Again, locals are trained to cry "racism" when they can't make an intelligent argument.
on May 23,2012 | 11:27AM
Kaimukirat wrote:
Shut up, Fred, you don't know squat about "locals".
on May 23,2012 | 12:51PM
Larry01 wrote:
As a local, I take great offense at your incredibly obtuse generalization. Who are you, anyway, a transplant who hates locals, or just some guys living far away who likes to cast stones?
on May 23,2012 | 01:14PM
Anonymous wrote:
Wow, how do you know the poster was local? That's racist.
on May 23,2012 | 01:48PM
MKN wrote:
I'm not local Fred01. Sorry to disappoint you. Not a very intelligent accusation. LOL! You and DiverDave are a joke! @DiverDave: I'm accusing you of being racist because I don't see you asking Romney for his transcripts and he's Caucasian. You're only asking the President for his transcripts and he's African American. I haven't seen Romney offer to show us his college transcripts. What is your endgame in getting the President to show his transcripts? You wanna accuse him of being socialist because he took Sociology or something? Perhaps you wanna be like the birthers and accuse him of not going to college or something because you haven't seen his college transcripts? Dude get a life seriously!!!
on May 23,2012 | 03:59PM
Fred01 wrote:
That makes YOU the racist!!!!!!
on May 23,2012 | 05:37PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Fred your dumb statement smells racism towards the local people and we are not trained to cry racism but only prejudiced against idiots like you.
on May 23,2012 | 06:57PM
NITRO08 wrote:
on May 23,2012 | 08:29PM
JimLoomis wrote:
Nonsense! Just as disgraceful and nonsensical as the birther non-issue. The right wants his college transcripts so they can pore over the writings of every professor Obama ever had, looking for a case of guilt-by-association. Somewhere in all that mess, they will find a statement or an opinion they can take out of context and use to "prove" Obama is a card-carrying socialist or worse. The Republican Party has devolved into a blot on our political system. Right-thinking voters should rebel in outrage!
on May 23,2012 | 12:48PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
Thsanks JimLoomis for bringing some common sense to this thread.
on May 23,2012 | 01:10PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Yes sounds like a McCarthy witch hunt back in the fifties.
on May 23,2012 | 06:58PM
burymeagain wrote:
What the hell are you talking about? And what is this "... as we employers deserve ..." BS? Bottom line is I work for this country and try to make it a better place for all. You do not deserve anything! Lo lo.
on May 23,2012 | 01:26PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 05:00PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
It's one hell of a conspiracy for the State of Hawaii to produce a "phony piece of paper" as you bought into by the birthers kukai.
on May 23,2012 | 07:01PM
nomakeshame wrote:
Okay, say in theory, Obama does win another 4 years of the Presidency, even without Arizona on the ballot, then what? Arizona sets up its own confederate state and presidency just like the old South of the 1860's because they will refuse to recognize the POTUS. Secede from the Union? I wouldn't put it past the realm of possibility for Arizona.
on May 22,2012 | 12:34PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Great - works for me! THen we can stop sending them any money for education, roads, police officers, all kinds of things.
on May 22,2012 | 03:24PM
MKN wrote:
I would have the military invade Arizona and arrest their government leaders for treason. I believe that's what happened during the last civil war and we can do it again! LOL!
on May 23,2012 | 10:14AM
CriticalReader wrote:
That would be funny. Then the US wouldn't grant the new Arizona Republic's citizens visas to enter the US, and they'd probably sneak across the boarder, and become illegal immigrants.
on May 23,2012 | 05:36AM
IAmSane wrote:
on May 23,2012 | 10:41PM
WKAMA wrote:
I don't know...if Obama wins a second term all those birthers in Arizona will be falling among themselves lining up to jump off into the Grand Canyon.
on May 23,2012 | 10:34AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Arizona has turned into ARAPAIO ZOO where the animals run the place.
on May 22,2012 | 12:39PM
control wrote:
Time to kick them out of the union. I don't think Mexico wants them either.
on May 22,2012 | 01:09PM
loquaciousone wrote:
The picture looks like a giant tarantula is about to bite him on his considerable snozzzz.
on May 22,2012 | 02:28PM
dennnikk1 wrote:
The US Constitution clearly states: Only native-born U.S. citizens (or those born abroad, but only to parents who were both citizens of the U.S.) may be president of the United States. This is the same reason that I, nor my brother or sister cannot be president. Our father was not an American citizen. This fact alone is why our President Obama should never have been elected to the highest office in our country. His Mother was American and his father was born in Kenya! I am shocked that people do not know and seem to ignor this.
on May 22,2012 | 02:28PM
ClearHeaded wrote:
Get some one to interpret the words for you.
on May 22,2012 | 02:45PM
nomakeshame wrote:
Only native born, means born in the United States. According to verified facts, Obama was born at Kapiolani Hospital in the state of Hawaii, making him a citizen. Were you born abroad in another country that your father was not an American citizen, then yes, you are not eligible because BOTH of your parents were not American citizens. If you were born in the United States and your mother is a legal American citizen and your dad is not, you are still granted United States citizenship, but then you are now one of the many anchor babies. Congratulations!! If Obama would have been born in Kenya or Indonesia as some content, then yes, he would not be eligible for the Presidency unless BOTH his parents were United States citizens, which we all know by now, his dad was a Kenyan citizen.
on May 22,2012 | 02:47PM
KekoaBradshaw wrote:
You're correct, but it's also true that a baby born in the USA to parents not US citizens IS, by birth, an American citizen. That's why many pregnant women over the years from wealthy families in unstable areas of the world fly to the USA around their due date, so their child ia born in the USA, and thereby, a US citizen. The thought is that, if things get real bad in the native country in the future (in the old days, Communist take-over), the whole family can move to the USA because one of the children is a U.S. citizen.
on May 22,2012 | 03:05PM
nomakeshame wrote:
That is correct, but the qualifications for the office of the POTUS get a little precise otherwise, according to the laws, a President of the United States could be a U.S. citizen but their entire family could be non-naturalized immigrants, my guess it has something to do with loyalty to ones country. But I wasn't born when those rules were enacted so I wouldn't know one way or another.
on May 22,2012 | 04:34PM
copperwire9 wrote:
"Natural" born. Not "native" born. Get it right, 'kay? Here's the wording: . . . No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. . . . http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/01-USCON/USCON_0002-0001.htm. . . .Article XIV (http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/01-USCON/USCON_AM-0014-0001.htm) says: . . .All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
on May 22,2012 | 03:30PM
daniwitz13 wrote:
I went to the end looking for you moniker because you seemed logical and must have done some research. What most DON'T understand here is that the Supreme Court has NOT rendered an opinion on what is "Natural Born"/ I has been brought up concerning a few Candidates, but some became moot while others did NOT have 'standing' to reach the High Court. So it is NOT completely settled on this issue. It does NOT matter if he 'really' was born in Hawaii, his Father was NOT a Citizen, so there is still the corundum if he is "Natural Born". No one here mentions that in 1991 when his book Agency ask HIM to submit a bio, for HIS book, he 'claimed' to be Yemen. Thus he in part is responsible for these doubts. And it is I believe a fact, that the shipping logs of Arrivals for the week he was born is missing. Naturally the conspiracy exists. Pity.
on May 24,2012 | 10:25AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Bunch of dessert loonies wasting government money on a ridiculous expedition. Hope they go To Swim With the Sharks. Yes, except strap them outside the cage.
on May 22,2012 | 04:03PM
artwork wrote:
Aloha, Arizona! Thank you very much for spending your money in the 50th State. Y'all come back real soon and bring more friends next time.
on May 22,2012 | 04:09PM
sammmo wrote:
at one time, I supported the sherriff, no longer, this is probably pay back in giving them a free trip to the island..what a jerk, political grandstanding..am sooo embarrassed about living in the state of Arizona...
on May 23,2012 | 05:17AM
sammmo wrote:
so diver dan wants to see Obama's transcripts? Well , I want to see Mitt Romney's tax records..what is he hiding, besides his money off in the Cayman's?
on May 23,2012 | 05:22AM
kahuku01 wrote:
This birth certificate issue has been going on and on and now we have this Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio making news for himself. People that are so concerned about Obama's birth certificate should stop and realized that all of their opinions (good or bad) won't make a difference because the main people (top republicans: John McCain, Mitt Romney, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell) must know the truth and have not made an issue like these small potatoes. If there was no truth about the birth certificate, these republicans would be the first to make a big issue. Sheriff Arpaio investigation is like nailing jell-o to the wall. Small potatoes: stop already!
on May 23,2012 | 05:54AM
pcman wrote:
To me It's not whether Obama was born in the US but rather what he said when he applied to the colleges. Did he appy as a resident of Hawaii (USA) or as a Kenyan or Indonesian to get foreign student benefits?
on May 23,2012 | 11:55AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
I'm glad this side show is over. Now we can focus on the fact that Obama is the worst president in US history. That's the real issue here. This is a great country but I'm not sure even we can endure another 4 years of this guy's epic bumbling.
on May 23,2012 | 06:48AM
What a bunch of bigots and racists. Obama is president and he is part afro-american. Get over it. Do you see other people asking if Romney was born in Mexico? Was John McCain born in Panama? See the pattern? Did anyone ask about where Rick Santorum was born? white candidates do not get asked about their birthplace but Afro-ameerican candidates have to provide proof? Its clearly a double standard.
on May 23,2012 | 06:53AM
scooters wrote:
Whats's with this Afro-American bull or any other"what ever-American"? Either your an American or you're the other. You can't be both. This just adds to the division of our country.
on May 23,2012 | 08:33AM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 10:31AM
nomakeshame wrote:
Or throw up on the Prime Minister of Japan? Sorry, Bush takes credit for that..As far as bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia, ask George Bush that question, since he was so quick to send in U.S. troops in the first Gulf War, then every President after that. Obama just did it in the public eye.
on May 23,2012 | 12:48PM
Fred01 wrote:
You are a nut-job. Why do folks like you have to make EVERYTHING about racism. Just shut your mouth already.
on May 23,2012 | 11:28AM
Kaimukirat wrote:
Shut up, Fred.
on May 23,2012 | 12:53PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 07:12AM
gth wrote:
Oh yeah...come to Hawaii and see how gullible we are!!!
on May 23,2012 | 07:17AM
nomakeshame wrote:
Sorry, you are the gullible one..my authentic Hawaii birth certificate says the same things that Obama's does, including the name of the hospital, which by the way, did not change its name again until 1978!!
on May 23,2012 | 07:39AM
Ripoff wrote:
Waste time these guys......
on May 23,2012 | 07:48AM
soshaljustic wrote:
No they did not-looks more like corruption in the Sheriff's Office for a couple guys that wanted a Hawaiian Vacation! If I was the feds, I would be investigatin that Sheriffs office right 'bout now for using taxpayer funds on this. Congressional parties is one thing, but this nickel and diming the taxpayer has to stop too! Btwn pink underwear and Hawaiian vacations, the feds need to investigate what this sheriff is doing with taxpayer funds. I schmell corruption badtime!
on May 23,2012 | 08:38AM
allie wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 08:39AM
soshaljustic wrote:
Hey allie, I know how they can entertain themselves spending no taxpayer money! As far as publicity, coconut wireless works fine here..;^)
on May 23,2012 | 05:20PM
Notawannabe wrote:
Now will they shut up?
on May 23,2012 | 07:48AM
OldDiver wrote:
Not a chance.
on May 23,2012 | 08:09AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Of course not.
on May 23,2012 | 09:38AM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
The only thing these birthers are missing are the white hoods.
on May 23,2012 | 08:16AM
scooters wrote:
Or maybe the "other side" is missing the "Billy Clubs" standing in fron of the voting booths..
on May 23,2012 | 08:35AM
kainalu wrote:
Has Arizona verified they can read?
on May 23,2012 | 08:35AM
9ronboz wrote:
Born as a muslim
on May 23,2012 | 08:45AM
ClearHeaded wrote:
Such incredible ignorance and racism.
on May 23,2012 | 10:48AM
808Cindy wrote:
Arizonians better think seriously about electing in new people into State office, from the Governor down they are making National news that doesn't show well for their State. I'm surprised at their treatment of the President, Latino citizens, and Federal Law.
on May 23,2012 | 08:48AM
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on May 23,2012 | 10:27AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Is this respect shown by AZ state law that requires police to ask for ID from people who LOOK illegal?
on May 23,2012 | 02:52PM
mellowyellow11 wrote:
What do you expect for the only state that wouldn't recognize Martin Luther King day, enacted laws of illegal stopping and profiling, allow mental people to fall thru the cracks and shoot congress woman and children. Bunch of over stuffed, racists who have no reasonable motive to ask for Obamas bc except to usurp their whitey- WE ARE IN CHARGE, mentality on the rest of the nation. Fools been in the hot sun too long, must have fried what little brains they had left.
on May 23,2012 | 09:05AM
bender wrote:
I don't recall anyone saying to "send in the clowns" but Arizona sent us some anyway.
on May 23,2012 | 09:22AM
arirang13 wrote:
President Andrew Johnsons parents were born in Ireland. He was born in the colonies before the American Revolution in 1767. Submitted just for fun!
on May 23,2012 | 09:33AM
Mahalo wrote:
If President Obamas name was JOHN SMITH and everything else about his was the same, ie dad from Kenye and all of that.. Would this even be an issue? I think not!
on May 23,2012 | 09:37AM
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on May 23,2012 | 10:25AM
frings wrote:
Classic? That's class less. You don't even have enough respect for the office of the presidency to call the president by his name, let alone afford him the courtesy of being addressed as President Obama. Did you refer to President Bush as "shrub"? I think not. And you howled, I'm sure, at anyone who did. You're lack of cooth and crassness is showing us what Pearl City residents are...idiots.
on May 23,2012 | 03:24PM
Holomua wrote:
Maybe a scene from Hawaii Five-O will mock this.
on May 23,2012 | 09:54AM
sailfish1 wrote:
What is the difference if Barack Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya? "the first Congress of the United States in 1790 passed legislation stating: "The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States" In addition, don't they know that the Arizona Senator John McCain who ran for President in 2008 was not born in the continental U.S. John McCain was born in Panama.
on May 23,2012 | 10:35AM
Fred01 wrote:
You don't have to be born in America to be a senator, but you do to be president.
on May 23,2012 | 11:30AM
nomakeshame wrote:
You do not have to be born in America, or more correctly the United States to be President, you can be born overseas in any country as long as BOTH your parents are native born of the United States, which automatically makes you a U.S. citizen and in some places, you might just have dual citizenship because of our policies and accords with other countries.
on May 23,2012 | 12:51PM
Larry01 wrote:
You don't have to be born in America, but you do have to be a natural born citizen. Yeah, you might want to read the constitution. Just love it when people speak from utter ignorance.
on May 23,2012 | 01:17PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Another thing - George Romney, Mitt Romney's father, was in the Presidential race in 1968. George Romney was born in Mexico.
on May 23,2012 | 10:38AM
Anonymous wrote:
Now that you have been shocked please reread the constitution.
on May 23,2012 | 10:39AM
Oahuan wrote:
Would it have mattered if the president's name was Jones instead of Obama? At least with Jones you know he had to have been born in the US. Obama is too close to Osama. just kiddin. But seriously, it's not an American last name. I still think there's something fishy going on. This is not the end of this story.
on May 23,2012 | 10:45AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Everyone with the last name Jones has been born in the USA? Millions of Joneses will have to be notified that their Brittish, Australian, etc. citizenships are now void. Oh, wait, you meant of Anglo Saxon heritage or those once owned by Anglo Saxons. Now its clear. Are Italian, German, Japanese, or Hawaiian last names "American"? Please attach a list of approved names, including your own.
on May 23,2012 | 03:00PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Right on.
on May 23,2012 | 07:24PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Since when do you have to have an American last name to be president. If you have an Irish, German, Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc as many Americans have than your statement is stupid and ridiculous. Tell me what constitutes what an American last name is? If you want a true American last name than look no further than the American Indians who were here first and also the Hawaiians the indigenous people of our Islands. The only thing fishy is your border line thinking.
on May 23,2012 | 07:23PM
IAmSane wrote:
J=just... just... GTFO.
on May 23,2012 | 10:53PM
palolo wrote:
I did read all the blogs but I must be the only one who thinks Hawaii is being slighted. What I mean is Arizona doesn't believe we in Hawaii are capable of recording birth certificates correctly. I guess our state has too many minorities to be capable to do anything correctly. I for one feel offended by Arizona even asking. BTW, wasn't the President on the ballot in 2008 in Arizona, I think so. WTF, changed? That's from a state where the governor talking to the President of the USA shaking her f ing finger. Who does that to a person let alone to the President? As far as I'm concerned that says a lot for the people of Arizona who elected all these IDIOTS. If I were Hawaii I wouldn't have even responded to their request. After all what more can Hawaii do to change the minds of these IDIOTS?
on May 23,2012 | 11:14AM
Fred01 wrote:
Actually, Hawaii is incapable of keeping birth records correctly. Thanks to Kamehameha Schools, birth certificates are frequently altered by the state.
on May 23,2012 | 11:32AM
Kaimukirat wrote:
Fred ... you are a dyed-in-the-wool racist! Not one doubt about it. You need to keep you hands off the keyboard and get a life!
on May 23,2012 | 12:54PM
Fred01 wrote:
How am I a racist? You wimp! Is that your only answer to everything, racism?
on May 23,2012 | 05:39PM
IAmSane wrote:
Oh come on.. you can admit it. You're amongst your friends here. Stay strong.
on May 23,2012 | 10:55PM
Larry01 wrote:
I don't know if I'd call you a racists, but you comments are pretty ignorant and offensive. Why are you here?
on May 23,2012 | 01:16PM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Because he is paid to post his misguided rhetoric on this article.
on May 24,2012 | 01:13PM
nomakeshame wrote:
There is nothing more the Hawaii authorities can do, people are going to believe what they want to believe even after 4 years. I would watch closely now to see if the Arizona bunch goes to Michigan or wherever to verify Romneys birth certificate. If they don't, they are setting themselves up for some legal issues with both the states and Federal government. Slander and defamation come to mind.
on May 23,2012 | 12:55PM
MichaelG wrote:
Ya think it may have to do with race? Ya think it may be that Hawaii seems so "foreign" to many on the mainland?
on May 23,2012 | 01:16PM
51butterflies wrote:
Obama may have been born in Hawaii, but he likes only to vacation here. His true grounding is Illinois. I'm tired of all the inconveniences caused when he brings his entourage to Hawaii. If he insists on Hawaii, it would be more considerate of him to stay on a military base,so our lives are not so inconvenienced with traffic woes, closed off neighborhood streets and delays to work or movement to other places for shopping or recreation. Plus it would cost tax payers less for him to just vacation on the mainland. Have his sister and family travel to the mainland for holiday gatherings and let another State bear the inconveniences and add to their starving visitor couffers $$$. I certainly am NOT for anymore APEC or the like meetings in Hawaii. We are an Island State, which means smaller area to move in, more congestion.
on May 23,2012 | 01:26PM
mamacita808 wrote:
How often does he visit that makes it sooo inconvenient for you? Geez...
on May 23,2012 | 04:01PM
artwork wrote:
Say Aloha to the Cold Case Posse. They rode out into the sunset with their heads held high ... and their tails between their legs. Mission accomplished!
on May 23,2012 | 01:30PM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is really getting senile. He must think he is the Director of the FBI, to think he has jurisdiction in the state of Hawaii to investigate such a "conspiracy" that suppose to be concealing such a big lie. He will go down in history along with Jim Garrison, of the Kennedy Conspiracy reknown, as one of the true "nut jobs" in American history.
on May 23,2012 | 01:33PM
Waokanaka wrote:
Ken Bennet is nothing but an ignorant racist. If John McCain ever became president, do you think he would be spending taxpayer money to go to Panama to verify McCain's birth records ?? Absolutely not, Arizona is a backward, racist state that calls itself "conservative" to hide it's Java man era thinking. Mr Bennet, I respectfully submit that racism is a neanderathal way of thinking. Come join the 21st century.
on May 23,2012 | 02:05PM
Holomua wrote:
That photo of him is an embarrassment to his state.
on May 23,2012 | 02:08PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
Arizona: America's laughing stock.
on May 23,2012 | 02:10PM
goodvibrations wrote:
Wow...these comments are unreal...so much HATE....but hey, lets forget about waiting for AZ to secede. Lets just kick them out of the US. Apparently they want nothing to do with our president and think Hawaii is some foreign country.
on May 23,2012 | 02:13PM
kahuku01 wrote:
The federal government should remove the southern border fence and border patrol and build a border fence on the west, north and east of Arizona. In doing so, that state may live harmoniously with their neighbor Mexico and have Phoenix become the capitol.
on May 23,2012 | 04:50PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Arizona came out looking very dumb on this one. You must wonder how that fellow got his job.
on May 23,2012 | 02:25PM
nonpolitic wrote:
“What is so sacred or untouchable about this question that you can’t even ask the question?” So I suppose if we were to ask Mr. Bennett, "How long have you been an idiot?" a million times, and he answered the question a million times, it would still be okay to ask him again, and again, and again.
on May 23,2012 | 02:30PM
soosie wrote:
STOOPID!!!! Arizona just showed was an @$$ of a state they are! Embarrassed the State -- Hehehe....totally!
on May 23,2012 | 02:32PM
Bean808 wrote:
These guys Bennet and Arpairo and probably a few more are a bunch of idiots.
on May 23,2012 | 02:32PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on May 23,2012 | 04:35PM
buggee808 wrote:
I say, let them come to Hawaii, let them ALL come. They can spend their state's money here and help our economy.
on May 23,2012 | 02:33PM
Tony96822 wrote:
Everyone missed the point here. The air temp in Arizona is 95-100 right now. If I was working there and someone said, "Who wants a trip to Hawaii all expenses paid" would you not want to go? Air fare, transportation, hotel, surf lessons, good food, beautiful ladies. Come on now, I'd be smiling from the time I got on the plane, all the way back home. And the only sweat I'd have is from jogging Ala Moana Park before the State office opened. As the guy on K5 would say, "Think about it!"
on May 23,2012 | 03:31PM
mctruck wrote:
How's about sending officials to Arizona to investigate Sheriff Arpaio, and saying these officials are from Hawaii-50? Same difference yeh?....redicules people living under that Arizona sun.
on May 23,2012 | 05:11PM
mookane wrote:
Is "Fred01" always been this stupid? Post something intelligent.... if you can....
on May 23,2012 | 05:12PM
hawaiikone wrote:
I wonder the same thing about "allie".
on May 23,2012 | 05:26PM
Jng wrote:
on May 24,2012 | 05:23AM
oldertimer808 wrote:
How would Arizona treat our law enforcement officers if we went to Arizona asking for documents without going through the correct procedures. I'm glad the State took due diligence in not giving in to their request without proper procedural authority. How would you like it if someone was trying to view your birth certificate without permission. I do not think you would be thrilled with that type of intrusion in your privacy.
on May 23,2012 | 07:16PM
username_required wrote:
And the needle on the dial has moved nary an inch.
on May 23,2012 | 07:51PM
honualoha wrote:
"What is so sacred or untouchable about this question that you can't even ask the question?" he asks? Umm, maybe the fact that it has already been convincingly and decisively answered multiple times in a very publicly accessible way. What an idiot!
on May 23,2012 | 09:08PM
Maunawiliboy wrote:
on May 23,2012 | 09:10PM
BluesBreaker wrote:
the best part is that Deputy AG Nagamine gave the Arizona boys the same treatment the birthers give Hawaii. She refused to accept anything they told her as credible or verifiable and made them ask repeatedly. Sweet.
on May 23,2012 | 09:16PM
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on May 23,2012 | 09:30PM
IAmSane wrote:
on May 23,2012 | 10:59PM
RTH wrote:
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on May 23,2012 | 09:37PM
nomakeshame wrote:
If Obama's birth certificate is forged, then so is mine, because has the same stuff type of fonts on it that his does. BTW, not that I assume you are born and raised in Hawaii, how are non-Hawaii birthers gonna tell Hawaii officials their birth certificates are fakes, have you seen the birth certificates for other states? I know many people that couldn't tell you what their birth certificates look like or how to get them. Until Arpaio dispatches his "boys" to go personally check out Romneys records, even though the Supreme Court of the United States, not of Arizona has probably already verified those records, he is losing credibility with those voters "stuck in the middle".
on May 24,2012 | 10:49AM
Star wrote:
Good thought provoking stuff. I don't think there were ANY 'Hawaiian fonts for computer' prior to 1986.
on July 23,2012 | 10:11AM
localguy wrote:
Google Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and you get "Babooze", "Dumb as a Rock", "Cro Magnum", "Jurassic" and a few other examples of utter stupidity. What was Ken thinking? He made Arizona look like a little 5th world, lower than the Nei, with his brainless act. Well, now we know where to start in cleaning up the gene pool. What a bunch of fools in Arizona.
on May 23,2012 | 09:45PM
jkjones wrote:
not as backwards and momolithic as hawaii. we have the most ignorant voters in the world and they vote based on race. so, who are the real racicists?
on May 23,2012 | 09:48PM
Imua45 wrote:
What an idiot & in a political position. Guess you don't need a lot of smarts runiing for sec. of state in Arizona.
on May 23,2012 | 10:17PM
Hawaiianbob wrote:
Ignorant republican once again. Just like the rest of them.
on May 24,2012 | 02:50AM
kimotherapy2 wrote:
Bennett is just as racist as the rest of the "birthers". The question was asked and Hawaii responded with an answer and still the question of Obama's birth continues.
on May 24,2012 | 06:20AM
notarzt wrote:
Ah, Arizona...Darwin's waiting room.
on May 24,2012 | 09:56AM
IEBuzzin wrote:
Saddest thing is, you can't fix stupid....just go back to where you belong, Lolo !!!
on May 24,2012 | 12:47PM
tranquilseas4ever wrote:
Why all this fuss about getting iron-clad proof of U.S. citizenship for THIS President & not a peep about it for any of the OTHER Presidents before him?! You don't like to think it... but could it be because President Barack Obama is Black-American -- or that he has an exotic-sounding name -- &/or the fact that he's from tropical, "non-sophisticated" Hawaii (which some people on the contiguous U.S. STILL think ISN'T part of the U.S.!) -- that may be causing some people to harbor a subtle, subconscious bias (prejudice) against him; leading them to unfairly, repeatedly, irrespectfully, question his very "American-ness" ? And all this is IN ADDITION TO the usual politically-motivated attacks by the Republicans and people not liking him simply because of his policies. The Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation & Civil Rights Movement is hard-won history; and Hawaii is the bona fide 50th State of the U.S.A., but this continuing questioning of President Obama's legitimacy when NO OTHER recent President was subjected to such harsh scrutiny, makes you wonder if prejudice is also a motivating factor. Of course, no one will readily admit this out loud; but if it IS...how very sad...
on May 24,2012 | 04:27PM
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