CNN’s Gary Tuchman says that the reason he likes his job is that his only mission is to get the facts. If that’s the case, the latest assignment for the “Anderson Cooper 360” correspondent must have been a breeze: to debunk the myth, once and for all, that Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
CNN sent Tuchman to Hawaii, and the first part of his investigation aired on Monday’s “AC 360.” (The second will air on Tuesday night.) While there, he spoke to several former and current government officials, including the state’s current governor, Neil Abercrombie. One of Hawaii’s former top health officials–a Republican named Chiyome Fukino–told Tuchman that she has personally seen Obama’s original birth certificate. What’s more, Tuchman found that the certificate of live birth that Obama released many years ago is beyond sufficient to determine his Hawaiian heritage: it’s actually the only acceptable form of birth certificate in the state anymore.
“We have not seen one iota of credible evidence that he was born outside of the United States,” Tuchman told The Huffington Post in an interview Tuesday. He said that the “speculation” and “innuendo” of birthers such as Donald Trump was completely baseless. He also said that his investigation turned up things that “even Barack Obama” might not have known. For instance, a woman who gave birth thirteen hours after Obama’s mother told CNN that she thinks she saw Obama in the hospital’s nursery.