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Obama's birth certificate came via a 'special dispensation' from Hawaii, he tells Oprah

Oprah with Barack and Michelle Obama

President Obama flew to Chicago on Wednesday to tape an interview with Oprah Winfrey to explain the details of his now-unearthed long-form birth certificate.

Sitting next to his wife, Michelle, Obama told Winfrey that he asked a favor, in a way, from the Aloha State.

"I said to my team, look, even though this is not usually what the state of Hawaii does. Even though the Republican governor of Hawaii, the Democratic governors of Hawaii, all the various officials had confirmed that I was born here, let's ask them for a special dispensation where they will go ahead and provide us with the original to see if we can put this to rest," Obama told the talk-show host.

Winfrey is a longtime supporter of Obama. The media mogul endorsed the then-senator while she was a guest on Larry King's television show in 2007. She attended the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver, appeared in key primary states throughout the campaign, hosted a fundraiser at her Montecito mansion, celebrated in Chicago's Grant Park on....

...election night 2008 and attended the inauguration in Washington. Today's show appearance was not a surprise. Two weeks ago it was announced that the Obamas would be guests today for one of the final episodes of the 25-year-old chat show, likely May 2.

Winfrey asked the president whether he ever doubted where he was born. Obama used the question as an opportunity to deliver a joke.

"When it first came up, were you thinking, 'I hope I was born here?' " Winfrey asked.

"Can I just say I was there, so I knew," Obama replied. "I knew I had been born. I remembered it."

"Of course you did," Winfrey said.


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I am amazed. Because as of January Hawaii didn't know where the paper work was. The governor looked for it himself and he's a democrat! And NOW it turns up when "Zer-0bama" wants to run for Pres again to do more damage. Interestingly the Governor says this must be cleared up for Zer=O to have a chance at running for President.
PS. I figured it out while writing this...It was probably over at the Federal Reserve with all the other fake paper!

I don't understand the problem of getting the long version of his birth certificate unless Hawaii is very special. I paid a $20.00 (approx) and had a long certified version of my birth certificate within days here in Florida (which was a copy of my original birth certificate as prepared upon my birth). I don't have any issues with him being born in the US; I just question his delay in presenting it and his condescending attitude upon releasing it.

I think it is crazy that our president can focus on one thing right now and that is trying to get re-elected. Hello!!!! We are in a gas crisis and a financial crisis. I hope he does not get re-elected because we need a president who will do something for this country instead of doing for himself. P.S. how much does he pay for his smokes? You do realize that his bad habit is being paid for by everyone! I think our country is going down a wrong road and we all need to wake up. Our maker is coming soon and we need to be ready.

obama is a liar, a cheat and a racist. Why did he go to oprah to talk about this. He should have disclosed this information before his inauguration.
Oh by the way think about this: $1.81. That was the price of a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline the week that obama became president.
Hope and change my ass!

"Obvious"...ahh my dear Malcom. Please enjoy your world.


Excellent Mr. President to present to this nation your Birth should do this long time ago ...then you should have time, energy and strength to focus in the Nation Problems/Issues. I think it was a lot of DRAMA in something so SIMPLE to resolve// Mr. Trump is a business and very strong man who represent the dream of many American in the U.S.

In my opinion both are two gentlemen in different ways//

That's way I love the main Land// Rosa from Puerto Rico actually I am overseas working for this nation. I am very proud for being American and work for this wonderful NATION //GOD BLESS AMERICA//

Posted by: Rosa Rodriguez | April 27, 2011 at 09:14 PM

Rosa? God bless you! Barack's Father was a Kenyan, a British subject at the time of Obama's birth, and not a citizen. Presidential qualification needs the citizen to be born in the country of parents who were also born in the country- Parentage Citizenship- The Framers would have followed the 1758 book, "The Law of Nations"- therefore, Obama is not President. Whew! That's a load off of my mind!

May I just "re-tweet" a bit of Sabrine's post..

I think it is crazy that our president can focus on one thing right now and that is trying to get re-elected. Hello!!!! We are in a gas crisis and a financial crisis.

In the first place, Obama is not a natural born citizen, one of the requirements to run for President. It's a technicality of the Constitution which requires someone to be born in the US to parent who are US citizens. Obama's father was not.
All this bogus foot dragging over releasing his birth certificate was disingenuous from the start and is very disappointing to me. It was a distraction. Also disappointing to me is Obama's claim to want transparency in government and yet he has refused to release his records -- his passports, college papers, etc. What did he have to hide from the American people? And then to accuse people of racism for questioning this? Because he's black we can't ask questions? What is he, a pharoah, that he can not be questioned? Apparently, yes.

I find it interesting, the (Fake - No raised seal) birth Certificate showed up on the very day the (private company) Federal Reserve Bank was having it's first Press Conference in 93 years??

Personally I feel Trumps big push for the birth certificate is day late and a dollar short don't you think?

Trump - (a progressive) is using fish-hook phrases to enchant and seduce our attention away from other more important issues.

Think about it...

Why isn't he demanding to know why Obama is so unconcerned about the 35.000 people killed by drug cartel on the US/ Mexican border, but willing to spend billions for the 1000 people killed in Libya?

Why isn't Trump demanding to know who in our government had the authority, and gave the order for the ATF, to allow assault weapons into the hands of the drug cartel, and to walk across into Mexico? Setting up our gun manufactures, to be sued out of business?

Why isn't he asking how Michelle Obama managed to make a million dollar salary as first lady?

Why isn't he demanding politicians reduce their lifetime retirement packages, to relieve our country's debt? Talk about sacred cows!

Why hasn't he demanded to know what Constitutional right Obama had when he decided to attack Libya, at the tax payers expense, without approval from America's Congress?

Why isn't he concerned about the slush fund found hidden deep in the ObamaCare bill?

Why isn't he talking about the massive amount of money still being printed by the Federal Reserve?

Why isn't he demanding to know why The Department of State has made a series of new forms, with bizarre and irrelevant questions in order to receive a passport.

All aboard the crazy train! Fasten your straight jackets cause no one gets off even after the crash! Hope you enjoy the ride!

Why did Obama LIE about this? He did not need a special dispensation and he knew it.
Will the people who voted for him wake up and ask themselves why he waited 3 years and then ask themselves why he LIED about what he did to get what he released?

The Government wants to know what babies are born in a hospital or rural areas etc. and so they have a numbering system in place. 1961 Vital Statistics Report of the United States, Section 5-8, Natality (document is available at U.S. Dept of Health website, archives). Obama’s non-sequential birth registration number is the result of his registration being isolated because it was NOT a traditional hospital birth. This explains why his birth registration number is higher than the Nordyke twins born a day later. Barack Obama was not actually delivered in Kapiolani hospital, but merely examined there by a private practitioner in the days following his birth. REGISTRATION NUMBERS ARE ASSIGNED GEOGRAPHICALLY, NOT CHRONOLOGICALLY. Obama’s alleged original 1961 Dept. of Health issued Certificate of Live Birth shown here to omit the critical “amendment section” containing entry spaces for medical information, change of parentage by adoption, signatures of Health Director and Deputy Registrar, birth weight and height. What he has shown you is a joke. What you have seen is another computer digital composite it is NOT a photo copy of the original birth certificate. I guess Obama feels most of Americans are stupid and will take what he shows them at face value---and it appears the "media" has jumped on the wagon too with their headlines this ends the question of if he was born in Hawaii and the "media" did this without any examinations. The weight and length of this baby was not on HIS birth certificate because ????? the reason is that only a doctor delivering a baby can enter this information with when the baby is born with the doctor's signature. If you can live with a President that has lied to you, then do nothing more. He may have been born in Hawaii but based on the facts it is very questionable.


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