Birth announcements were supplied to the newspapers
by the family, not the
Department of Vital records.
The Birth Announcements Prove
Many people on the other side of the
Birther issue, and those who have drunk the Kool-Aid, point to two
newspaper ads that appeared in the Honolulu
Sunday Advertiser and
Star-Bulletin shortly after the birth of Barack Hussein Obama II.
These ads do not come from the hospital, the Department of Vital
Records, nor the Department of Health. They are commonly phoned
into the newspapers by proud grandparents. Some believe
these ads were placed by Madelyn Dunham, simply to establish the child's
Many talking heads
point to those ads as the smoking gun to prove Obama was born in Hawaii,
and not just had his birth registered there, but it's important to
understand that these ads prove nothing. They are not evidence of
anything except there was a birth. They would not be admissible as
evidence in a court of law. They are not legal documents.
Obama has not produced one shred of evidence, such as
witnesses or hospital records, to substantiate the information contained
in these ads. In fact, Obama and his mother's family have
pointed to two
different hospitals in Honolulu, as his place of birth, while his
father's family points to a third hospital -- in Mombasa, Kenya.
Herein lies the problem, and demonstrates the need for Obama
to release his bona fides in order to put this controversy to rest.
The two newspaper ads are part and parcel of the same birth
registration fraud committed by the Dunham's. Birth registration fraud
is citizenship fraud. Is this what Obama is hiding?
Show me the aged and yellowed
copy of the actual newspaper it was printed in and give me the
provenance of the paper and I might believe it.
Otherwise you have a copy of a
microfiche that appears to be spliced. Better yet, show the world
the actual long-form birth certificate.
An Inconvenient Truth
Wolf Blitzer sounds a little ridiculous
Wolf Blitzer has the proof! It's irrefutable! It's the birth announcements!
The announcement in the "Births, Marriages, Death" section read: "Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy., son, Aug. 4."
The problem is, Orland Scott and Thelma Lefforge owned and occupied the expensive house at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway. The "Obamas" didn't live there -- ever!
In 1961 the Dunhams, including Stanley Ann, lived at 2277 Kamehameha Avenue...
The Lefforge family, including their 3 children under the age of seven
lived at the luxury home listed on Obama’s magic birth announcements -- 6085 Kalanianaole Highway.
There is no evidence, other than these forged announcements, that Obama Sr. and Anna Dunham ever lived as a married couple anywhere. None!
And, lo and behold! -- just 10 days after Thelma's death -- Obama's birth announcement miraculously shows up -- and guess what -- the birth announcement evicts Thelma from the home she lived in her entire adult life.
It is highly improbable that the Lefforges would move an African 25 year old male and his pregnant teenage girlfriend into their home. Why would anyone want unemployed college students and a newborn baby living in their family home with their own three young children?
And since Mrs. Lefforge died 10 days prior to the appearance of the birth announcement that listed her address, we can’t ask her. But we do know that the next door neighbor, Mrs. Arakaki testified that Obama, "his mama, and his papa never lived there."
In two different official communications, the Hawaii Department of Health indirectly acknowledged that they didn’t supply vital records lists to the newspapers in 1961.
How does July 22, 2008 sound as the
birth announcement discovery date. The "birth announcement"
is on microfilm/fiche from the Honolulu public library microfilm of a
notice placed in the Sunday Advertiser Aug. 13, 1961. The
announcement in the "Births, Marriages, Death" section read: "Mr. and
Mrs. Barack H. Obama, 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy., son, Aug. 4."
The problem is, Orland Scott Lefforge owned and occupied the
house at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway. The "Obamas"
In 1961 the Dunhams lived on Kamehameha Avenue, while Obama Sr. lived
on 11th Avenue. The Lefforge family, including their 3 children
under the age of seven were residing at the luxury home listed on
Obama’s newly found birth announcement -- 6085 Kalanianaole Highway.
I have never seen any evidence that Obama Sr. and Anna Dunham
ever lived as a married couple anywhere.
Orland Scott Lefforge was a Professor at UH at Manoa, Dept. of
Speech, before becoming an assistant to Sen. Inouye in 1967. After
that he wrote a paper about "In service Training as an Instrument of
Change" (1971). He was also an administrator in the UH Community
College office, and a member of the Osher Institute. He died July
4, 2007 at the age of 91. His wife/companion Thelma Jones Lefforge
Young died June 12, 2008.
And, lo and behold! -- just 10 days after Thelma's death --
Obama's birth announcement miraculously shows up -- and guess
what -- the birth announcement evicts Thelma from the home she
lived in her entire adult life.
Ten days is plenty of time to cut, typeset, &
paste a new birth
announcement. From what's on the Internet, the announcements were
scanned and emailed by the librarian in Hawaii to a blogger named Lori
and then to the Texas Darlin' blog.
Unfortunately, they should have put more time into researching a
safer and more practical address. Whomever suggests that CIA is
behind this has got to be joking. No one at the agency would have
been so stupid as to have chosen an address that is easily traced to a
family occuping the home. Nor would they have selected a property
grossly beyond the means of the supposed occupants. They would
have safely chosen Bear-icks or the Dunham’s address. This birth
announcement was done by someone wishing to uplift the early status of
their beloved leader by selecting a pricy address and not doing their
It is highly improbable that the Lefforges would move an African 25
year old male and his pregnant teenage girlfriend into their home.
Why would anyone want unemployed college students and a newborn baby
living in their family home with their own three young children?
And since Mrs. Lefforge died 10 days prior to the appearance of
the birth announcement that listed her address, we can’t ask her.
But we do know that the next door neighbor testified that Obama, "his
mama, and his papa never lived there." What a tangled web of
Not a shred of
evidence links the Dunhams or Obamas to Kalanianaole Highway.
Kalanianaole only surfaced in connection with the Obamas in July 2008.
I don’t think a commemorative plaque on the old homestead will be nailed
up anytime soon.
I wasn’t necessarily tying the date of the
release of the Certificate with the June 12, 2008 date. I was
trying to see how the sudden discovery of the birth announcement
coincides with the death of the legitimate owner (witness) of the home
that was alleged to be the first home of Obama.
So in other
words, the recent death announcement of the 1961 resident triggers the
announcement, since now it is presumed to be a "safe address" to utilize
as home plate.
Stanley Ann Wasn't Even In Hawaii
Stanley Ann was living in the Capital Hill section of Seattle
Washington when the ads were published.
Penbrook Johannson says that in August, 1961,
two announcements allegedly showing a "native" birth for Barack Obama
were published in Hawaii’s two primary newspapers, the Sunday Advertiser
and the Honolulu Star. For more than three years since Obama
engaged his unvetted candidacy for the presidency, many of his
supporters have mistakenly lauded these blurbish announcements as the
"holy grail" of proof that he was born in the state of Hawaii.
However, a detailed investigation of the history and procedures used by
Hawaii’s municipal health department, and its relationship with the
newspapers, shows that not only was it a matter of official policy that
Obama’s birth would have been announced in the paper regardless of where
he was born, the information used to publish the announcements is not
even confirmed through any eye-witness medical authority or hospital in
Also, in 1961, the two newspapers shared the same
address and facility which means they received only one copy of the same
vital records information from the Department of Health.
Therefore, the format and content of information used in public
announcements were published identically by both papers, including any
mistakes, omissions, order or context, and no investigation was carried
out by the editors to determine if the information provided by the DOH
was actually accurate. The two newspapers have long since merged
into one organization.
Now, however, collaborative information
from the archive of the U.S. Department of Health’s 1961 Report on Vital
Statistics of the U.S – Volume 1: Natality, and Hawaii’s Administrative
rules governing the creation of vital records finally reveals the truth
about how these announcements were published and why they are mistakenly
used by pundits to promote a misguided message about Obama's natal
The Daily Pen’s, Dan Crosby, engaged a two month long
research project on location in Hawaii, to, once and for all, close the
door on questions about the facts and bring the long-due invalidation of
the authority of these fallow Hawaiian birth announcements, in quaint
newspapers, to support Obama's eligibility to be president.
Here's a taste:
"Did anyone notice the announcements are not
in any alphabetic order, or in order of birth date? This is
because, in 1961, birth registration numbers were issued based on
the location of the local Vital Records office in which the
registration was recorded. The hospital does not assign these
numbers, the DoH does. It appears that Obama’s birth was
registered in an office not used by any of the birth registrations
offices who received birth certification from either Kapi-olani
Medical Center, or Queens Medical Center which use two local offices
near those facilities," said Crosby.
He continued, "It
appears Obama’s birth was registered with the satellite office near
his grandparent’s home some distance from the offices nearest to and
most used by the hospitals. This particular office was
commonly used by indigenous people of Hawaii wanting to record
births of children outside of the city. This is why the U.S.
Department of Health created the Certificate of Live Birth template
in 1959 with a check box indicating whether or not the child was
born in the city limits and if the residence of the mother was a
farm or not. It appears Obama’s birth at least did not occur
in the city of Honolulu and, at most, did not even occur in the
state of Hawaii."
The newspaper announcements
come from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) in 1961. The HDOH
knows that and though they’ve implied otherwise in their public
statements, in two different official communications they’ve indirectly
acknowledged that they didn’t supply vital records lists to the
newspapers in 1961.
Just like the
forged COLB which they appeared to support publicly, but their official
communications to private individuals revealed that the online COLB’s
were forged -- something the HDOH officials have known all along.
And, the treachery at the HDOH goes even deeper than that.
So you knew Madelyn and Stanley when
they were living in the home at 2277 Kamehameha Ave., which according to
Jr’s own words was the first home they lived in when they moved to HI?
I refer to pg 39 of his book when he writes about his father’s visit in
1971 when they took walking tours. "We took short walks past the private
landmarks of a family, ... where they showed me my grandparents’ first
house in Hawaii, before the one on University Ave. (2234 University
Ave.) a house I had never known..." Following what we know about Sr (that
he was recuperating from one of his many car accidents, this one in
which he had injured his leg which meant he was using a cane), there is
no way he and Jr could have walked the 14 mile return trip to a home
(the address listed in the birth announcement at 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy
located 7 plus miles from UH)we know wasn’t associated with the family.
We know that the house at Kamehameha Ave was within walking distance of
the apt at S. Beretania St.
In Hawaii, WND was able
locate at the Honolulu public library microfilm of a notice placed
in the Sunday Advertiser Aug. 13, 1961. The announcement in the
"Births, Marriages, Death" section read: "Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama,
6085 Kalanianaole Hwy., son, Aug. 4."
Arakaki told Baro’s investigators
that Obama, his 'mama,' and his
'papa' never lived there. Arakaki told investigators that she had no
recollection of Obama being born or of the family living next door
having a black child born to a white mother.
Baro sent a
team of investigators to Honolulu to explore records regarding current
residents of Kalanianaole Highway and to track down residents back to
Baro’s investigators were
unable to locate any current or past resident of Kalanianaole Highway
who could recall Obama or his family living at the address listed in the
Sunday Advertiser announcement.
also sent investigators to the newspaper offices to examine files, but
the Advertiser could not confirm who actually placed the ad.
According to Baro’s affidavit, Beatrice Arakaki affirmed she
was a neighbor of the address listed. She has lived at her current
residence of 6075 Kalanianaole Highway from before 1961 to the present.
Moreover, Arakaki said she believed that when Obama lived
with the Dunhams, his grandparents, the family address was in Waikiki,
not on Kalanianaole Highway.
was able to determine the previous owners of the residence at 6085
Kalanianaole Highway -- the alleged address of Obama’s parents when he
was born -- were Orland S. and Thelma S. (Young) Lefforge, both of whom
That’s the first
mention of microfilm for which I can
quote a source.
recall the story told by the woman who went to the library and asked an
attendant to see the microfilm, and when she told the attendant what she
was looking for, the attendant replied that she happened to have it
in her folder, someone else wanted that a few days ago, and she
just happen to have a copy?
Where Did They Come From
said before, a telephone call by Madelyn Dunham to both of these
newspapers, or a personal appearance at them, was all that would have
needed to get these birth announcements published in 1961.
However, there is also a better than even probability that
the original microfilm was replaced with microfilm taken of a forged
newspaper printout. I don't think that the microfilm was spliced
because the type and typesetting is also off. I've explored all sides of
the birth announcement debate, and my conclusion still comes down to
THAT being said,
however, the sudden "revelation" of this birth announcement, after
questions about the authenticity of Obama's COLB
had been raised, and one which has a false address, coupled with the
fact that no birth announcement for the Nordyke twins appears anywhere
in either paper, is enough to warrant its own investigation.
Anyone who insists that these birth announcements could ONLY
have come directly from Vital Records and nowhere else is either
ignorant of the ways things are actually done, or is deliberately lying.
I spoke with the editors of both papers. I spoke with the
Head of Vital Records. All of them confirmed that family members
were ALWAYS permitted to submit birth announcements directly to the
newspaper, and that they were NEVER crosschecked with official Vital
The reason is, "Why?"
There is absolutely no need to verify them. A birth announcement is not
a legal document and cannot be used in any probative way. It is a
total nonissue in comparison to fabricating a government-issued birth
certificate. You can go to jail for doing that, but there’s no
penalty for placing a false birth announcement. It is not a case
of false advertising. It is not identity theft. But, even a
child can see the connection between the less-than-authentic COLB and
announcements appeared in "The Honolulu
Advertiser" on Sunday, August 13,1961 and in "The Star Bulletin" on
Wednesday, August 16, 1961. The problem with the announcement is the
address which was used. The home at that address was owned by Orland
Scott and Thelma Lefforge Young.
When the two copies of papers were posted people began to say that the
address used was the home of the Dunhams, or that it was where Obama Sr
had lived. The truth is that the home was owned by Orland Scott and
Thelma Jones Lefforge Young. He was a professor at the Speech Department
at UH at Manoa, but at this time we do not know when he returned to
teach there. He had taught there in the late 40’s, and was also coach of
the debating team, before he went to UW at Madison to work on his Phd.
He received his Phd in Speech from UW at Madison in 1953 but UH at Manoa
has not responded to an email asking when he returned to teach there. He
had left UH at Manoa by 1967 when he was in Washington, D.C. as an
assistant to Sen Inouye.
Orland and Thelma Lefforge had rented the home out it is in an exremely
expensive area, the most expensive zip code in all of Hawaii. That
particular area which is listed in the birth announcement is the richest
area and zip code for all of HI especially within walking distance of
the ocean. The area was too rich for two "starving University students",
especially when Obama Sr already had a small single story home located
at 625 11th Ave in the St Louis Heights area of HI, less than 1/2 a mile
from the University. The Dunhams at the time lived at 2277 Kamehameha
Ave. also less than 1/2 mile from the University. Also the address used
in the birth announcements was located more than 7 miles from the
University which is considered a great distance on the island of Oahu.
The back yard neighbor to that address has lived there since
before 1961 and stated the Obamas never lived there!
Thelma died in 2008, Orland died in 2007.
remained in the "small, single story home at 625 11th Ave." until he
left Hawaii on June 22,1962, after graduation. Also remember that Ann was
back in WA state before the end of August 1961 and remained there until
early 1963. When "The Honolulu Advertiser" published the houses
story they printed that the home was the first home for the Dunhams when
they moved to HI and even that was wrong! The next door neighbor
has stated that neither the Obamas nor the Dunhams ever lived there, we
have a Freeper who lived down the street from the Dunhams in 1960-61
when they lived at the home at 2277 Kamehameha Ave., we have Obama’s own
words testifying that his grandparents’ first home in Hawaii was on
Kamehameha Ave., and the paper had previously identified the home on
Kamehameha Ave. as the first home they lived in on the island.
When they started the housing story they simply "ran" with the address
on the birth announcement and TOLD the present owner her address was
Obama’s first home after his birth. Her response to them was "I didn’t
know." The paper failed to properly investigate and went with an
assumption which is illustrated in how the story reads, full of
speculation and innuendo!
Chief Engineer reports that the only
item outside of the main house is the tiny 420 sq ft "cabin" on the
property. Speculation is that the two daughters used the "cabin"
as their very own "playhouse." Orland and Thelma’s oldest daughter
would have been six in 1961.
The property itself is
assessed at between $685,000 and $750,000 depending on which assessment
you look at. The area is known as the most expensive real estate
on the island of Oahu and definitely beyond the financial reach of a
mortgage administrator at Bankoh and her furniture salesman husband (the
reason it is expensive is because of its location within walking
distance of the ocean). The address given for Senior is where the
majority of housing is located for workers in the service industry (625
11th Ave. in the St Louis Heights area, before moving to that home he
lived at the Atherton Y.M.C.A.). Something interesting with that
is we know the small single story home he lived in while going to UH was
torn down sometime between June 1962 and December 1971, when he visited,
and yet no new structure was built there until 1990. During the
1970’s that area experienced a building boom to house all the service
industry workers so the question is: why was that particular lot not
The house was built in the 1940’s so
it was an existing home in 1961. From a Freeper who lived on Oahu at the
time I discovered that the area would have been considered a very long
way from the University and also an extremely expensive area. I also did
some research and discovered that the area in that particular zip code
is the most expensive in all of Hawaii. Knowing the addresses of the
major players in this drama I went to Google maps and punched all of the
addresses in according to their proximity to the University.
• The Atherton Y.M.C.A. is across from University of Hawaii at
Manoa • 625 11th St. is less than a mile
from University of Hawaii • 2277 Kamehameha Ave. is less than a mile from University of Hawaii • 2234 University Ave. is less than a mile from University of Hawaii • 6085 Kalanianaole Hwy is more than 7 miles from University of Hawaii
7 miles is considered a great distance in HI but wouldn’t be for
a young growing family.
The first two
addresses were associated with Senior and the second two are associated
with the Dunhams
The last address is
the birth announcement address, definitely a home too highly priced for
a couple of struggling University students or a mortgage administrator and her
furniture salesman but not for a University Professor with a Phd.
Birth Announcements -- So What?
says, contrary to the claims of critics of citizens who demand
Barack Obama produce evidence of his presidential eligibility, newspaper
birth announcements in Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 did not necessarily
indicate a baby was born in the state.
Birth announcements offer
no proof of citizenship, because they might reflect nothing more than
information a family filed with the Hawaii Department of Health to
obtain a state Certificate of Live Birth for a baby born outside Hawaii.
Any parent presumably would see the benefit of securing American
citizenship for their child.
Further, the information in the two
newspapers would be identical not only because the papers drew from the
same source but because they had an agreement to share classified
newspaper had an editor to vet birth announcements;
• Neither newspaper independently
checked the truthfulness or accuracy of birth announcement
information derived from Hawaii Department of Health vital
newspapers merely published birth announcements, as received, from
information published in Hawaii's Department of Health vital
Hawaiian hospitals did not report to newspapers any birth
Certificates of Live Birth do not typically list the hospital of
birth or attending physician;
Errors and misstatements in birth announcements published in
the two Hawaiian newspapers have been documented, stemming from
incorrect information recorded by the Hawaiian Department of Health.
The Advertiser and Star-Bulletin began
collaborating on reporting birth announcements in 1961. On June 1, 1962,
they signed a Formal Letter of Agreement to create the Hawaiian News
Agency to jointly publish both papers, an agreement that remains in
place even today.
A comparison of the Obama birth announcement
in the two newspapers shows they are identical in every detail,
including the order of other announcements preceding and following the