We’re going to spare you the garbage posted after that “Here’s the law:” bit because it is plain old rubbish. A lie. It is simply not true. How do we know? We know because Time Magazine was forced to update the article and admits their legal “facts” are wrong. WRONG.
The Time Magazine article (published Monday, April 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm) mocks “birthers” and Donald Trump. The author of the article writes lighthearted silliness suggesting that Dick Cheney, as a distant relative of Obama, might be able to help. Here’s that silly section:
“I’ll get to the authorized persons in a second, but first, let’s review. Section (a) of Hawaii’s law on vital records explicitly says it is unlawful to copy a vital statistics record. Section (b) authorizes specific individuals to inspect the document and the state can issue them a certified copy. But it provides no option for photocopying by anyone.
Obama has made public an authorized copy of the document issued by the state and complete with a raised seal. That didn’t get him very far. Neither have the multiple statements by people who have inspected the original document.
So if you can’t issue a photocopy of the original and birthers don’t believe the state-issued certified copy or the officials who have inspected the original, there is only one option: find someone authorized to inspect the original whom birthers will believe. Which brings us to Dick Cheney. [snip]
As you no doubt remember, Dick Cheney and Barack Obama are 8th cousins. Lynne Cheney, who discovered the fact researching a book a few years ago, said (at 8:15) to Nora O’Donnell in 2008, “If you go back eight generations they have a common ancestor.”
So instead of hiring Magnum PI to look into it, why doesn’t Donald Trump just ask Dick Cheney to make a trip to Hawaii and inspect the document and testify to its validity?”
Hardie, hardie, har, har. Isn’t that every so funny and precious? Oh those Big Media wits are so very very clever.
But, but, but, but, but, but….. shocker… heart attack warning….. OMG! — Time Magazine then say’s “never mind, we’re wrong!” Here’s the Time Magazine update:
“Updated 5:40 p.m. [snip]
I mistakenly said above that photocopies of original birth certificates are disallowed by law in Hawaii. In fact, the law as I cited it says that the state’s department of health can create rules regarding the copying of vital statistics records. And if you click through to the Hawaii DoH webpage of FAQs regarding Obama’s birth certificate, at item 5 (pdf) you can download those rules. At chapter 8B, paragraph 2.4(B)(1a), you will find this:
Standard copies of vital records may be prepared by photographic, dry copy reproduction process or by typing.
At paragraph 2.5 (A)(1) the rules say that a standard copy (including either a photographic copy or a dry copy) may be issued to:
The registrant, his descendants, his authorized agent or upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.”
The “registrant” is Barack Obama. Barack Obama can and is legally easily able to get a photocopy of his birth certificate. So, why doesn’t he? Isn’t that what Donald Trump is asking?