Hawaii government hands over Obama's birth records

President's birth record

HONOLULU — Hawaii government officials made a special exception to state policy when they gave President Barack Obama copies of the original documents recording his 1961 birth in Honolulu.

It's an exception they say they won't make again.

The move comes days after officials said the state wouldn't release those types of records under any circumstances.

State law prohibits birth records from being released except to those with a "tangible interest," such as the person named.

Only computer-generated versions of birth certificates — not the originals — have been handed out since 2001, according to a policy to satisfy requests for certified copies.

Obama released the document to resolve questions from so-called "birthers" who say he is not a naturally born citizen and therefore ineligible to be president.

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