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article imageHawaiian senator: Obama's true birth father may be 'real issue'

By Michael Krebs     Apr 25, 2011 in Politics
With the talk around President Obama's birth certificate elevated most recently by potential Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, Hawaiian Republican Sam Slom says 'the real issue' may be Obama's true birth father.
Speaking on WABC's Aaron Klein radio program in New York on Sunday, Hawaiian Republican Senator Sam Slom speculated on "the real issue" behind President Obama's refusal to issue his long-form birth certificate, saying Obama may not want the name of his true birth father to be revealed to the public.
"My particular point of view – and why I haven't identified myself as a 'birther,' per se – is that [Obama] probably was born [in Hawaii] and that the real issue is not the birth certificate, but what's on the birth certificate," Slom said. "It could have to do with what his name is on the birth certificate, who is actually listed as his father, the citizenship of the father."
Senator Slom's thoughts on the matter echo those of real estate baron and potential Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is credited with having brought Obama's birth certificate back into the national discourse and who has said that he believes there is something on the long-form document that President Obama does not want public.
Mr. Trump's unyielding interest in the birth certificate question has brought a good deal of heat on the presidential contender, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg becoming the latest public personality to criticize Trump's "birther" push, according to a UPI report on Monday.
"I think the Republicans are making a terrible mistake in making this a big issue," Bloomberg said, according to UPI.
The US Constitution states that an American president must be born within the United States to be eligible for the White House.
While Senator Slom does believe that President Obama was born in Hawaii, he sees the question as a full disclosure issue.
"My belief is that there is a birth certificate, he was born here, but that there is information that for reasons known only to him he doesn't want released. If it were just the birth certificate, that would be one thing, but it's his school records, it's employment records. … Why would anybody, let alone the president of the United States, spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep that hidden," Senator Slom asked in a report also carried on World Net Daily.
The intrigue around the birth certificate document would end if the Obama administration would release the full long-form certificate of live birth.
"As long as that goes on," Senator Slom said, "I think it's a legitimate issue."
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