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.

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    wasnt most of the blood inherited by bush ?

    April 27, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Artie2

      @jazzzzz – you mean "inherited FROM Bush"...? I don't recall Bush inheriting anything but a name.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • iRex

      Bush inherited a Surplus too!

      April 27, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Coach T

      He got guts even showing his face

      April 28, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    Judging by how conspiratorial Americans are, there is no wonder why we invaded Iraq on the premise of weapons of mass destruction. Paranoia poisons the world.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rey Amor

      Real talk.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • persephone

      REAL TALK indeed, my friend.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ariel

      Never thought about that, but you're soooo right!

      April 28, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • John Paul

      Don't you find it curious that America is in both Iraq and Afghanistan? This was no accident or result of mis-information or some "war on terrorism". This was a pure strategic maneuver that sandwiches Iran which is between both countries. They are ultimately one of the bigger threats to the region and America is just aligning itself to be able to attack from two fronts. It is a military maneuver the is pure genius. It is not the present that will judge us, it is the future.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Well said,Daniel. As for you John Paul,you're absoluely correct as anybody with half a brain should realize. The right-wing thugs in Washington want to become dominant everywhere!!

      April 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sandyk

    Oh for goodness sake! if that were the case then no president could/would ever take credit/responsibility for anything they ever did. granted in the beginning it could be a righteous claim, but after all this time it just seems ridiculous. i voted for Bush but was very dissappointed in his second term, there is no way I can justify anything he did by blaming anyone else, he was the president

    April 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bison

      He was the president and you voted for him. I blame people like you.

      April 28, 2011 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • sandyk

      @Bison if you have to play the childish game of blame well then TAG I must be it.... Whatever makes you feel better. Hopefully the rest of us can find a way to get some people voted in there who can turn this thing around before we are sitting with our thumbs up our butts wondering what we could have done to make this better.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lynn

    Obama has blood on his hands? The laugh of my day. Some just can't see the truth for the lies spewed by the Republicans. Check Cheney's hands for the war and check Bush's hands for allowing it to happen.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • noel

      Amen/

      April 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • J R Brown

      Obama is the commander in chief...he took responsibility for everything our military does the minute he took his oath of office. Any blood spilled since he took office is on his hands...it comes with the territory. "The buck" stops with him.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Joe

      Oh and Obama doesn' t have blood on his hands. Please people quit being so blind did he not bomb Libya with out authorization from congress.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • JS

      He does not need authorization from Congress.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante68

      Gee, when I voted for him, he campaigned against the senselessly violent Bush doctrine/foreign policy, and guess what, he's maintained it. He said 'we just don't do water boarding' and said he'd close Gitmo. I guess what you say you are going to do and what you do when you get there are 2 different things with this guy. Also, blaming the last guy two years in is just WEAK. If he owned up and said he was doing a suck job, and he is when you look at what he promised and what he's delivered thus far, is fairly obvious unless you have your head up your butt about his job performance. Why can't America see its time for a 3rd and 4th party. The two we have don't really represent us as a people anymore, just petty special interests.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      He does need authorization from Congress after a certain period of time

      April 28, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Clarke

      As someone who voted for that hope and change, won't be fooled again though, YES OBAMA HAS BLOOD ON HIS HANDS. He campaigned that he was going to end the wars because they weren't necessary yet it seems to me that we are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, not to mention his illegal act of war crimes against Libya without the approval of Congress which is required. At least Bush had the balls to go about things the right way, the only balls Obama has are GOLF BALLS!!!!

      April 28, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Layla

      Yes, your President has blood on his hands as well now. Live with it. The rest of us have to.

      April 28, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Penguinr90

      I hope people like you Clarke stop breeding. If you had any sembelance of intelligence then you would know that the fighting forces have been pulled out of Iraq and there are only troops there to continue to train and help the Iraqi police as they are newly trained and still have no idea on what they are doing. In Afghanistan we are pulling out and should be down to minimal troops within a year. As with Libya if you notice NATO is in charge of the bombings and the U.S has taken a back seat to England and France. Our largest contribution to Libya is the TWO predators we sent out there. It is this thing called diplomacy that Obama is trying to bring back to America not the bullying and invade anyone if you look at us wrong policy Bush had. Just because you like to go around and kick small kids in the park doesnt mean the U.S has to do the same to the world

      April 28, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. george in texas

    don't the republicans see some conspiracy here? i want to be enlightened.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Smoke some saliva! And if that don't work try salvia...

      April 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDN

      @Hmmmm: Believe that sativa might be a more effective choice.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. moon627

    EXPLAIN YOUR COMMENT. You cant can you ? because theres no justification for it. Stop posting nonsense – if you havent anything intelligent to say just go away Troll !

    April 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Seriously

    Get a life...

    April 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sandyk

    I am glad that this issue is settled. it was embarrassing to be a conservative and hear all that petty nonsense coming from so-called concerned conservatives. give it a rest now. as a conservative i want less government involvement in my life, but those `conservatives` were all about being in his. there are many more things to be worried about fixing than that bs.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bro John OSB

      Though I am not a conservative I most appreciate your sentiments. This country has many more important issues to be worried about. I hope we can all get back on track and work together to maintain the greatness we liberals and conservatives have always fought to preserve.

      April 28, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • michael

      yell like trying to get a drivers license in Florida.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Unruellie

      Cudos....Nor i am I a conservative, however I'm happy to see not all conservatives are senseless 😀

      April 28, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    I wonder if Trumps makin sure he was a board certified doctor?

    April 27, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmeraldCity

      I wouldn't put it past the freak.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikeyd74

      or having a video of the birth witnessed by glenn beck

      April 28, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. utah girl

    Wow, what an amazing story! Love it! 🙂

    April 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Allen

    I'm sure we'll soon hear from the Tea Party that the Sinclair family is on the "conspiracy."

    April 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4815162342a

      Why would the doctor have mentioned it (as it implies in the caption) if he died in 2003? Was Obama even on the national radar in 2003? He didn't take over the presidency until 2009. And he was a one-term senator before that so that would put him at about 2003 just being elected to the senate from Illinios, which is nowhere near Hawaii. CNN, think before you write your captions/headlines.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • 4815162342a

      And, yes, I read the entire thing before I commented. I'm just saying that if CNN is going to try to write captions, they should make more sense.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Name a President that doesn't have blood on his hand. It comes with territory.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehgann

      Well said.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante68

      True and apparently incessant habitual lying (i.e. not telling the whole truth) does too and the squandering of everyone's tax dollars as well. Time for a big do-over in DC.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. LB

    @Lynn, neither Bush nor Cheney launched rockets, drones, or special ops attacks on Libya (who also did not attack our country, nor did they pose any threat to our interest, per our Secretary of Defense). And, no matter what the previous presidents did, he still has the authority NOW to remove our troops from the illegal wars started by Bush & co., yet he will not do it. And any democrat who shunned and scolded Bush for starting those wars, WHERE ARE YOUR PROTESTS NOW??!! It's amazing how "awful" war is when it's a R doing it, but it's ok when a D does it.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • XWngLady

      Are you seriously saying that Bush and Cheney didn't drop bombs and drones on anyone? Really? Were you in a coma during the Iraq War or Afghanistan? Bush started the drones in Pakistan. What planet do you come from?

      April 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      You don't get it do you. NATO was the umbrella of the Libya operation. And, even the Rs were agreeing it should be done (remember McCain?). Bush's (with the so-called coalition of any nation that could be bribed) misguided and full scale invasion of Iraq is just a BIT different. One similarity: it too was not a threat to the US. One difference: We had no UN charter to do it and the rest of the civilized world correctly said it was an illegal and immoral action.

      Got it now?

      April 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Did Obama end operations in Iraq? Didn't he propose a plan to exist Afghanistan which is currently underway. Didn't he work with the UN and gain consensus and support before entering into a very limited engagement in Libya which is now under UN control

      I would debate these issues with you but I learned a long time ago that you can't reason with fanatics.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • You Speak The Truth!

      That's Right! When it's a Democrat under the gun they all rush to support and defend he/she, but when a Republican is in the same position leave it to the Democrats to pull the trigger. Why is it they can dish it but cannot take it?

      April 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • sw

      @JP: I guess you haven't ever read UN resolution 1441?

      April 28, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. mako

    Take that Trump, what a jackwagon

    April 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. get over it who cares anyways

    who cares if he was born here or there or in the middle of the ocean, that aside either side could be right. People are vouching the electronic certificate was provided and it should be dropped at that. But it is the president that were dealing with, he can have ANYTHING done...he can have prisoners/murderers pardoned all the way to waging war on peace. All im saying is in southern california illegal immigrants can do pretty much anything like get a job a licsence and a loan with fake papers. And they dont have the federal government on their side. So who cares its pointless to fight over something that doesnt matter.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoubtSalmon

      it really doesn't matter whether he was born in America or not (although he was born in America) because his mother was an American citizen, which makes him a citizen. The whole "where was he born" thing is because of the 14th amendment which says anyone born in America is a citizen, but these people ignore that that isn't the only thing that makes you a citizen. Since his mother was a legal citizen so was he, whether he was born in Hawaii (which he was), or in Kenya, or on the moon.
      And interestingly enough John Mccain wasn't born in America, he was born in Panama, but I never heard anyone yelling about that.

      April 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sevan

      Thank you doubt salmon, i have wondered why this was not brought up by more people. it is very confusing why the media didn't point this out.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante68

      I agree with you inasmuch as it is pointless to argue and impossible to prove, but it shows the man is not a leader who can deliver change to DC. He's all up in the bickering and money grubbing now, and absolutely IS a DC insider, which he said he would not be in 2008. It goes to his character and I am glad he participated in blowing up what should have been a 5 minute phone conversation to Hawaii and a few faxes to news agencies. It shows how arrogant and petty the man is and in these times, he's just not the guy we need... at all. Not sorry this happened, but so sorry I voted for him the first time. Oh well, you live and learn... if you're willing to be objective and examine the facts in an unbiased light.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mfn57

      Again, McCain was born in U.S. territory which got then we built the Panama Canal. His dad was stationed there. So he is a citizen two time over, by jus soli, born on U.S. soil, and jus sanguinis, born to U.S. citizens.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
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