Widow 'overwhelmed' by news that husband delivered baby Obama
Ivaless Sinclair says husband David Sinclair, who died in 2003, never mentioned his connection to President Obama.
April 27th, 2011
07:29 PM ET

Widow 'overwhelmed' by news that husband delivered baby Obama

The widow of the doctor whose signature is on President Obama's birth certificate was honored to learn of her husband's role in bringing the future president into the world and hoped the document would end debate over his citizenship.

"It is a great thrill and a great honor and I had no idea," Ivalee Sinclair, an Obama supporter, said Wednesday in a phone interview from her home in Honolulu, Hawaii.

"I was just overwhelmed with the news."

David Sinclair's name appears as the attending physician on the live birth certificate that the White House released Wednesday in response to doubts over his citizenship. The "birther debate" has waxed and waned since Obama's presidential campaign, returning with renewed vigor last week due in large part to the efforts of billionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump.

According to the document, Obama was born on August 4, 1961, in the Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, where David Sinclair spent most of his career delivering around 10,000 babies, his wife said.

Sinclair served in World War II as a fighter pilot before going to medical school and embarking on a decades-long career as a respected physician.

"I just know he loved what he was doing and he had a wonderful rapport with his patients," Ivalee Sinclair said. "When he passed away, many called to share funny stories that he'd shared with them, to tell me they'd named children after him or other such honors, so I know he was dearly loved by his patients."

Ivalee Sinclair said she hoped the birth certificate would put the matter to rest and echoed President Obama's remarks that the country had "better stuff to do."

"I think President Obama was correct when he said it was a distraction that takes away from the real issues and we have huge, huge real issues that our country is facing," she said. "We need people to work together not at one another’s throats."

She said she didn't think her husband knew of his connection to the president because he died in 2003, before Obama announced his candidacy. But if he did, he never mentioned it.

"Physicians honor the confidentiality of their patients so he never said anything to me about this, and at that time, we had no way of knowing that President Obama was going to be president," she said.

soundoff (440 Responses)
  1. Laura

    I for one, am so happy that Obama was brought into this world. I am truly humbled by him and everyone who have touched his life.

    May 10, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Arenda Baldwin

      That makes 2 of us!

      May 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bogotabye

    I am also delighted Obama was brought safely into this world, 44 million aborted babies in America didn't get the same change.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Billy Z

    Oooh, those Dems are crafty! Pick a Dr that was practicing in the area at the time – but be sure he's dead and never divulged patients' personal info to his family, and blah, blah blah...

    May 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floyd

      I think if someone talked to obama's brother or his friends more information could be got and this might prove more about his birth. You are right about how this is covered up much about picking a dead doc and seeing how this loved husband never mentioned to his loving wife or kids that he was there when obama was born even when obama was in office later on as i am sure he knew about being the doc at the time for obama. bull, i think it needs more investigation and take to Africa to dig this up. Floyd

      May 17, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • KingOfErehwon

      Gosh, I smell the wretched stench of a conspiracy theorist here. Maybe we could just dump him in a vat of ammonia...

      May 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. seriously?

    What was his wife expecting? 'Hey honey, I just delivered the baby who will become President 5 years after I die. I feel honored!!' Give me a break.

    May 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. catwill

    Great that the Dr who delivered the president has been identified and the birthers can now go on and find another cause to occupy their time.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Logikal

    The earth is flat. Obama is an alien from outer space. The Haulocaust never occured. 1+ 1 = 3. Republicans need to keep repeating these "facts" to prevent anyone who thinking. Keep people in fear and we can frighten them into voting them against their own interests and for the rich.

    May 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mason Myatt

      You win the prize for providing the most succinct summary of the Republican Party Platform that we can expect to see. If I did not love the ideals that our nation is supposed to represent and if I were not witnessing the demise of a political system in which the majority party even knows what those ideals are, it would be the most amazingly riveting satire on human ignorance the world has seen. For the "party of god" they are the least moral, least honorable group the nation has nurtured since abolition ended the rule of the master class. They know so little and have so little to work with that they are forced to resort to lies-the facts are not consistent with their "message."

      May 17, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Roy from VNN

    Anyone notice that the local registrar's name is "Ukelelee"? What a joke.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. lynn

    Who cares!!!!!!

    May 16, 2011 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. daud desmond

    I refuse to go to Hawaii because the US took it over. It is no longer a free place and is subjected to sick american nonsense. big brother. Since it was US land Obama was born in America. I hope never to see the place. I'll spend my money in Thailand or Vietnam. Big Brother stay home.

    May 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • KingOfErehwon

      You would find that virtually all people in Hawaii are quite content to be Americans and have no desire to return to any tribal conditions. As for you daud, feel free to find a nice rural community in Thailand or perhaps a friendly tribe in Africa that you could feel more comfortable with. You certainly don't belong here in the USA, you moron.

      May 25, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mason Myatt

    I remember well the chaos of 1968 when African-Americans were being murdered because they demanded the right to vote for the president so in 2008 when I had the privilege of voting for Obama, tears welled up in joy for the distance our nation had come and the progress we had made. Once again the tears come when I read the incredibly racist, ignorant and hateful things his detractors say about him. Almost always they employ ad hominem attacts because they have no facts that could merit such diatribes. If it were still the 1960s they could don their sheets and burn crosses,,,,now they just lie and embarass themselves.

    May 17, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
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