The Honolulu Advertiser reports that the state government is still getting about one or two requests a day for President Barack Hussein Obama's birth certificate:
More than a year after his historic election, requests for President Obama's birth certificate continue to pour into the state's understaffed Health Department from people on the Mainland who refuse to believe he was born in Honolulu in 1961.As I wrote before, please leave Dr Okubo alone!
In an attempt to stem the flow of requests, the agency recently set up a special page on its Web site devoted to the issue of Obama's birth certificate and who is eligible to get the records.
But the requests for the president's birth certificate keeping coming at a rate of 40 to 50 a month, according to Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo, who has been handling the requests since Obama became a serious presidential candidate in 2008.
"They're spurred on by these 'birther' blogs who direct them to bombard the Health Department even though they have no legitimate right to the information," Okubo said.
"They've been misled to believe that the state of Hawai'i gives out birth information to anyone who requests it, but really our law protects birth information. We're entrusted with protecting people's vital records. To open them up would mean opening them up to identity theft and other types of concerns."
State law allows birth certificates to be issued to family members, legal guardians, representatives of a person's estate, or by court order or other legal purposes.
Okubo said those who have been requesting Obama's birth certificate don't meet the legal standards.
Hawaii is suffering from some really terrible budget shortfalls. So bad, in fact, that schools are closing on Friday and a lot of services are being cut, as well as pay being frozen. The "birthers" are putting unnecessary pressure on an already strained Health Department:
The Health Department's vital records division deals with about 1,000 new birth, death and marriage records every week, even as staffers are required to take two mandatory unpaid furlough days off each month. Four people in the office also recently lost their jobs because of budget cuts.Frickin' idiots.
So the task of responding to requests for Obama's birth certificate has fallen to Okubo, who until January had been spending 10-hour days primarily dealing with the H1N1 "swine flu" pandemic.
"I'm getting 40 to 50 requests every month for President Obama's birth certificate, all of them from the Mainland — Arizona, South Carolina, Florida," Okubo said. "None are from Hawai'i."