The first is that the original so-called "long form" birth certificate described by Hawaiian officials as a "record of live birth" absolutely exists, located in a bound volume in a file cabinet on the first floor of the state Department of Health. Fukimo said she has personally inspected it twice. The first time was in late October 2008, during the closing days of the presidential campaign, when the communications director for the state's then Republican governor, Linda Lingle (who appointed Fukino) asked if she could make a public statement in response to claims then circulating on the Internet that Obama was actually born in Kenya. She later put out another public statement in July 2009 after reviewing the original birth record a second time. "Why would a Republican governor who was stumping for the other guy hold out on a big secret?" she asked. But Wisch, the spokesman for the attorney general's office, said state law does not in fact permit the release of "vital records," including an original "record of live birth" even to the individual whose birth it records. But if he or anybody else wanted a copy of their birth records, they would be told to fill out the appropriate state form and receive back the same computer generated "certification of live birth" form that everybody else gets which is exactly what Obama did four years ago. Hawaii official denounces 'ludicrous' birther claims - Politics - More politics - msnbc.com ------------------------------------------- This man has been slandered and put through the wringer by Republicans who have no respect for Obama's family, for minorities, for the law. Hell, the GOP tricked America into war and hid the cost. Is there anything they won't do? It's because they feel they are "moral" and "patriotic" that the rules don't apply to them. Republicans are an embarrassment to the US.