Obama Presidency

Enough! Hawaii Looks to Stop "Birthers" Requests for Obama Birth Info

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

If you're a "birther" who refuses to believe President Obama was indeed born in the United States, you'd better get your request in for his birth certificate soon -- Hawaii may start ignoring you.

Even though state health officials have confirmed countless times that Obama was born in Hawaii, they still get around 20 emails every week seeking verification of his birth. And, quite frankly, some in Hawaii are tired of it.

So on Tuesday, a bill was introduced in Hawaii's House that would allow government officials to ignore people who won't give up.

"Sometimes we may be dealing with a cohort of people who believe lack of evidence is evidence of a conspiracy," said Lorrin Kim, chief of the Hawaii Department of Health's Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development.

A few of these people continue to pepper the Health Department with the same letters seeking the same information, even after they're told state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest. Responding wastes time and money, Kim said.

While no one in the House questions that Obama was born in Hawaii, some legislators think the law is a bad idea.

"Do we really want to be known internationally as the Legislature that blocked any inquiries into where President Obama was born?" asked Rep. Cynthia Thielen, a Republican. "When people want to get more information, the way to fuel that fire is to say, 'We're now going to draw down a veil of secrecy.'"

If the measure passed, the state Office of Information Practices could declare an individual a "vexatious requester" and restrict rights to government records for two years.

Birthers claim Obama was not born in the United States, and is thus ineligible to be President.