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. V.E.G.

    So, it rests the case. It is time to move on.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ridiculous

    I just liked Dave83 specifically stating he was college educated and then misspelling democrat, career... couple other grammar errors... Ah well.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MikeB

    I take issue with your assertion that Americans are overtaxed. If you look at the CBO or OMB websites, or the U.S. Statistical Abstract, you will see that federal taxes, as a percent of GDP, haven't been as low as they are now since 1949. Also, of all industrialized democracies, the U.S. has one of the lowest overall tax rates, as a percent of GDP.

    April 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Today's article in USA Today stated that Americans now pay about the same amount of taxes (as per income/tax ratio) as in 1958. Also Ford, GM, and Chryler all posted profits this quarter for the first time since Bailouts. Don't forget that George W. approved 700 billion dollars in bailouts Oct. 3, 2008 when he was president. Quit whining about goverment. Pay your taxes and tax those who bring in more than $250,000. THEY CAN AFFORD IT! Besides, it's not a penalty on small businesses. Most small businesses bring in a lot less than $250,000 profit a year!

      May 7, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Me

    Now who is really surprised that the doc that signed the BC is dead?

    April 28, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Concerned about publishing today

      The doc (who died in 2003) never mentioned anything about his connection to president Obama because there was no President Obama in 2003... Does anybody pay attention to what they're writing anymore?

      May 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Wow are you kidding?

      May 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Troll

      May 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Are you actually crazy?

      May 4, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      No one should be surprised. By the photo he looked about 68 years old there... probably a few years older when he passed, rest his soul.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. jackson

    Still blaming Bush?? Just when are some of you going to pull your dem-lib hands out of the sand and look at the REAL world around you. Not one bit of this mess was Bush's fault. Barney Frank and others mandated sub-prime lending, now look at how much your house is worth. Healthcare reform is healthcare fraud. Has anyone taken the real time to read it? Not even Saint Nancy read the damn thing. I have, it's full of contradictions, tax increases and will result in someone sitting in DC making decisions about your bladder surgery. Reform...not quite. Bailing out the auto giants is "stimulis"??? Only if you're stimulated by the union members and their vote that you just bought and paid for. It goes on and on. Mr. Obama has never, ever had a real job. He's learned, like most of you Bush haters, how to play a system that benefits only the politicians whose boot is on your neck while you 'demand he gives you more'. Heard in a movie..."a little revolution now and again is a good thing" and there's another one coming. And those of you who can't get your head out of sand, well, that's where you'll be, with your ass in the air watching the world go by. Thanks for my 5 minutes on the soap-box folks. Peace and Grace to all!

    April 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      "Mr. Obama has never, ever had a real job" I heard the same thing about your daddy, if he was your daddy.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    Wrong,Obama is a IDIOT. I mean Obama is an idiot indeed,but it's the MIC(military-industrial-complex) that owns us,not China! Back in 1959,Pres. Eisenhower warned us about it but very few listened!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jackson

    DE...exactly what color is the sky on your planet?

    April 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FLO

    You guys know that you'll are basically SAYING the same thing. There is a lot of reason WHY our country is in a recession, we would have to go back years with the Father Bush, I think that we r doing somewhat better, but we still have a lone way to go. Trump is an idiot, he is so smart but he talk stupid. He will never be president.

    April 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    I can't get over the sensitivity of all these right-wing nutjobs here. Every time somebody says something they don't like,they go whining to CNN to have the post deleted. I suppose they'll try to get this one deleted,too!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. star

    maybe she had no idea because the birth certificate is brand new and the doctor isnt still alive to verify that it is true??? Why would it take so long to release it if they were not creating one???? Seriously. I dont care, I think its all bunk anyway, what difference does it really make where he was born? But anyone who thinks this is his legitimate birth certificate is naive.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Star, are you calling POTUS a liar? I think you are. Would you say that to his face or are you just an anonymous coward?

      May 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Get help soon. You sound like a Charlie Sheen imitator.

      May 4, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dawn

    OK, usually OB/GYNE start practicing medicine at the earliest at age 28?? medical school and all training to be a specialist take minimum 10 years. Obama is ? 50 that puts the youngest doc at 78 years old. I think the average life span for a man is 72? You are just silly! Do the math please.

    April 29, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Raenboe

      Had a OBG/GYN she was in her 80s. It happen's they really do live that long.

      May 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. doualezos55

    Of course she supports Obama: Her full name is Ivalee Hussein Sinclair. And her husband conveniently now dead. But his passport must be still around. How do we know that he did not travel to Kenya on August 4 1961 in order to deliver our so called President? I hope Trump reads my insightful comment.

    April 29, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • rukidding me?

      I hope you're being sarcastic. Of course they knew in 1961 that this newborn infant was going to be president, so they called for a doctor in Hawaii to go to Kenya, which didin't exist yet, to deliver a baby that the 3 Weissmen said was going to be the saviour of the universe and defeat skeletor once and for all. So we better fake an american citizenship.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      lol. i know you are kidding but there are many who may take your comment and run with it. good one though

      May 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      You need to continue your education. Do you actually think saying the widow of the good doctor has the middle name of Hussein is an argument. More ignorant trailer trash right wing crap.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    How could she not have known her husband went to Kenya?

    April 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      I suppose UR kidding since Kenya did not yet exist.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. misanthropicus

    Hedging, hedging, and again hedging: [...] The widow of the doctor whose signature is on President Obama's birth certificate [...]
    What is this? CNN is afraid to state that the doc in cause WORKED on dba Obama's delivery? Do they suspect that the certificate in cause is a White House forgery?
    And the Democrtas expect the nation to swallow this crap again? Well, hedge to you own peril – while the MSM has presented dba Obama's eventual release of an image of a BC, fact is that the this fact occur under Trump's pressure, and made Obama look terrible – and the issue being more alive than ever –
    OK, Obamatons – now bark –

    April 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Misspellicus would be more appropriate.

      May 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tare

    Obama is right – and he ought to know since he is the direct cause of the more serious problems. His militaristic actions have bankrupted the country. His support of illegal immigrants has divided the country in half. Hard to believe that blacks still support him since they bear the brunt of the military actions especially in this poor economy when few options are available to their young ones. So I guess half-black is better than no black and it doesn't matter what he does he is still half-black and thus the best president ever. I'm thinking about moving to Africa where a black president is evaluated based on what he actually does not on his skin color.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • lolipos

      visit Scenic Liberia!

      May 3, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      This statement is so incorrect I don't even know where to begin. These wars and this immigration issue have been around long before Obama became president. How small of an ideological bubble do you live in really?

      You certainly need to educate yourself on the politics of the African continent. I really enjoy African history I have spent some time in Kenya and Tanzania. Both are considered stable democracies in comparison to most of the continent. Kenya just four years ago was almost thrown into civil war over presidential election fraud. They are now it a power sharing agreement. Only a week prior to my arrival in Tanzania this year there were street protests over election fraud. On that note let me tell you how foolish you sound on claiming African presidential politics to be free of corruption. There are only a handful of stable democracies on the continent and the rest are controlled by dictators who refuse to relinquish power. Almost all of them suffer from massive corruption. I can go on with this but there is no need.

      So go ahead and go to a continent you know nothing about. Good luck

      May 3, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      Well when Obama became President we were already at war in Afghanistan and in Iraq. There might have been justification for Afghanistan but certainly not Iraq. That is the situation going in. He is beginning to pull troops back from the area eccept in surgical strikes and specific projects lie Gdafi and bin Laden now verified to be true, statement by al Queda. I do respect your opinion that war does bankrupt countries – or it could our economy is recovering in spite of the war and I truly believe Obama is trying to cut back on the useless actions. Good Evening.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
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