Linda Lingle rewrites history on Obama certificate issue; breaks the law?
Speaking on WABC radio on Sunday, she said (link to audio here):
It's been an odd situation... This issue kept coming up so much in the campaign, and again I think it's one of those issues that is simply a distraction from the more critical issues that are facing the country... So I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health, and we issued a news release at that time saying that the president was, in fact, born at Kapi'olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that's just a fact and yet people continue to call up and e-mail and want to make it an issue and I think it's again a horrible distraction for the country by those people who continue this."
1. Neither of those statements gave the birth hospital, and only the second statement said he was born there. The first statement only said they had a valid certificate on file. That directly contradicts Lingle's claims. Go take a look at both those statements and compare them to what she says.
2. During the campaign, she only brought up Obama supposedly being from Hawaii in passing and in a disparaging sense (see the link above). Her claim that she initiated the press releases from the Health director is news, and whether it can be believed or not is an open question considering the lies discussed above.
3. Lingle sends out a form letter in which she points out that it would be illegal for her to verify where Obama was born, but her claims in the radio interview would seem to have her breaking the very same law she mentions in that form letter.
The correct way to handle this is for those who have contact with Lingle to question her - in a completely fact-based fashion - about the discrepancies between what she says now and what actually happened. Then, upload video or audio of that to video sharing sites. The incorrect way to handle this is to engage in speculation and the like. If people would simply approach this matter in a completely fact-based fashion we could discredit those like Lingle as well as dozens of mainstream media reporters.
UPDATE: Video added.