Hawaiian Governor's Big Goal: Torpedoing Birther Conspiracy
Says Neil Abercrombie: 'I was here when that baby was born'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2010 5:55 AM CST
John Balazek of La Plata, Md., attends a rally by the U.S. Capitol in Washington Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – Neil Abercrombie became governor of Hawaii on Dec. 6, and sitting near the top of his agenda is a goal that's likely to stir up plenty of fresh controversy—deflating the birther movement. The 72-year-old Abercrombie, who knew Barack Obama's parents in the early '60s when they all attended the University of Hawaii, says, "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.'"

Though it's unclear exactly what he plans to do to unravel the conspiracy theory, one of his aides says the governor is voicing a frustration felt by many Hawaiians, who see the rumors as reflective of a larger sentiment—that they are somehow less American than those who live in the continental US. But the Los Angeles Times notes that Abercrombie's goal could have unintended results: Experts say the release of additional evidence could actually fuel conspiracy theorists, who regard contrary evidence as part of the conspiracy.