The signature on the will of Dr. David Sinclair, top, a doctor from Hawaii, appears to match to a signature on President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, lower, which was circulated on the Internet last month.
A Blaine County woman provided information to the Idaho Mountain Express last week that could finally put to rest lingering doubts over whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
Kathy Sinclair-McClatchy—who lives on a ranch in Gannett, south of Bellevue—had no idea that she and her family would be involved in the so-called "birther debate" until a late-night call from her sister two weeks ago.
"She called me in the middle of the night from Hawaii and said, 'Dad delivered Obama,'" Sinclair-McClatchy said.
Under constitutional law, the president of the United States must be a natural-born citizen. Allegations that Obama might have been born in Kenya or Indonesia—put forth mainly by political opponents—have circulated since 2008.
Late last month, the president released a copy of his long-form birth certificate to news organizations to settle the dispute, but doubters remain, in some cases calling into question the authenticity of the birth certificate.
Sinclair-McClatchy last week forwarded to the Idaho Mountain Express copies of a will signed by her father, Dr. David Sinclair, in 1966. Her father's signature appears to match a signature on Obama's birth certificate that has been circulated on the Internet. Obama's birth certificate states that he was born in the Hawaiian city of Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.
A copy of the will was emailed from Hawaii by Sinclair-McClatchy's mother, Ivalee Sinclair. Ivalee lives on the island of Oahu, where her husband practiced medicine for many years after leaving the Air Force in 1945. Dr. Sinclair died in 2003.
"It's notarized. That should end the issue," Ivalee Sinclair said in an interview. "[But] I don't think it will for people who choose to think otherwise. There will always be people who have their own viewpoint, regardless of the facts. They choose to believe what they choose to believe. There's not much you can do about those folks. Sometimes arguing with them makes it worse."
Sinclair said her late husband was living in Hawaii when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, on Oahu. She said he immediately enlisted in the Air Force, flying a P-61 "Black Widow" and bomber aircraft during World War II.
She said Dr. Sinclair served in Italy and Russia, and flew resupply missions "over the hump" of the Himalayas from India to China. He returned to Hawaii at the end of the war and began training as a physician.
Ivalee Sinclair said her husband had a busy practice as an obstetrician-gynecologist following the war.
"I suspect he delivered up to 10,000 babies," she said. "He would have had no idea that in 1961 he delivered a baby that was to become the president of the United States."
Ivalee Sinclair said she hopes the signatures provide proof enough to settle the "birther debate" once and for all.
"I hope this puts it to rest and we can move on to issues like the economy and getting our troops back home ... [and] how to get the budget a little more balanced without taking away all the services people need.
"The nation is very polarized in many areas, so it's a challenging time in our political arena."
Tony Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org