Death of a dispute?

Hawaii Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie said one of his top priorities in office will be to end the dispute over whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.

Good luck with that. While it’s certainly an admirable goal to put to rest what has been a needless distraction since Obama was a candidate for president, we doubt there’s much that Abercrombie can do to change the minds of those who firmly believe Obama is a not a native American — the so-called “birthers.”

Abercrombie, who knew Obama’s parents, told CNN the effort is as much out of respect for them as proving the president’s credentials. But if Abercrombie’s advisers determine there’s anything that can’t be released, it will be further proof of the conspiracy to the determined birthers. Even if he releases everything in the file related to Obama’s birth, some will believe the documents are hoaxes.

In fact, short of film showing his mother giving birth to Barack Obama, we don’t know how Abercrombie could change the minds of the most vehement believers that Obama is an illegal president.

Of course, most Amercans long ago accepted Obama as legitimate, even if they disagree with him on many issues. The certificate of live birth released by Hawaiian officials back in 2008, combined with two birth announcements in local newspapers from 1961, are proof enough for most of us that Obama met the citizenship requirements to be president.

Still, we applaud Abercrombie for his intentions. Ending thebirthers’ dispute once and for all would be a great public service.


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