The septuagenarian progressive governor of Hawaii claims to have been a buddy of Barack Obama's parents when the president was born and wants to set the record straight on Obama's birth location. Problem is Abercrombie's statements are inconsistent.
HONOLULU – Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to find a way to release more information about President Barack Obama's Hawaii birth and dispel conspiracy theories that he was born elsewhere.
Abercrombie was a friend of Obama's parents and knew him as a child, and is deeply troubled by the effort to cast doubt on the president's citizenship.
"What bothers me is that some people who should know better are trying to use this for political reasons," Abercrombie told the Los Angeles Times last week. "Maybe I'm the only one in the country that could look you right in the eye right now and tell you, 'I was here when that baby was born.'"
Abercrombie was unavailable for additional comment Tuesday because he was vacationing on Maui, Dela Cruz said.
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Abercrombie, 72, has said he remembers seeing Obama as a child with his parents at social events, although he acknowledged that he didn't see his parents with their newborn son at the hospital.