Barack Obama -- Believe it or Not -- Was Born in Hawaii, According to Government Officials

Believe it or not (the "birthers" still won't), President Obama was born in Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General.

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett's appears to have convinced the State of Hawaii to "verify" the president's birth certificate, and as has been the case since 1961 -- and subsequently verified in 2008 and 2011 -- Obama's from Hawaii. Ya know, America.

"Regarding the inquiry from the Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett, requesting a verification of birth for President Obama from the State of Hawaii, Department of Health, the matter has been resolved," writes Joshua Wisch, an assistant to Hawaii's Attorney General. "We have received information from Secretary Bennett that satisfied our requirements, and have therefore provided his office with a verification of birth for President Obama."

Bennett was asking Hawaii to verify the president's birth certificate due to constituent concerns, also known as conspiracy theories from wing-nut "birthers."

Bennett had previously threatened to keep Obama off Arizona's ballots in November if Hawaii didn't take this step, while officials over in Hawaii got off their surfboards to say they'd do it as soon as Bennett proves he's doing this for "a legitimate government purpose."

"The Department explained that if Secretary Bennett wanted information beyond what is publicly available, then...Secretary Bennett would need to provide legal authority showing that his office is 'a governmental agency or organization who for a legitimate government purpose maintains and needs to update official lists of persons in the ordinary course of the agency's or organization's activities,'" Wisch said in a previous email. "Once Mr. Bennett can show this, he will be provided the 'verification in lieu of a certified copy'...

That was about three months ago that Hawaii's AG said Bennett would have to do this, but Bennett finally got his answer yesterday.

Hawaii government officials have already done this dance a few times, but Bennett himself already explained why he'd requested this verification in an email obtained by conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, and it's not about updating lists.

"Because of the importance and profile of the president's case, and at the request of many constituents, I have gone the extra step of asking the state of Hawaii to verify the facts contained in his birth certificate," Bennett's email said, which was confirmed by his spokesman.

Bennett actually explained himself yesterday, in an interview with KTAR's afternoon chit-chatters, Mac & Gaydos.

"If I embarrassed the state, I apologize," Bennett said.

I hate to break it to you, Bennett, but scores of people have already beat you to embarrassing the state, although asking for Obama's birth certificate probably didn't help.

Of course, the "birther" crap will keep up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's "investigation" and all, but Hawaii says -- yet again -- that Barack Obama the Hawaiian is a real thing.

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Matthew Hendley
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