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. serialmom

    I know.....let's pick a doctor that's dead and, I know.....let's pick a mom that's dead and, I know......let's pick a dad that's dead! A veritable trifecta!!!! I know.....let's pick a Britney Spears that's brain dead.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tare

    Obama hasn't achieved anything yet. Name one thing he has ever done and I will show you something that was nothing more than a wish list of his. He has no ideas only ideals. It is painful to listen to people who support him because they never can say anything that he has actually done. It is always – look at all he has done – OK I'm looking – I don't see anything!

    April 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bumblescrot

      He finished what Bush couldn't.

      May 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • strategy

      A simple Google search is all you need to answer your question. Here's a list of some pretty significant accomplishments from President Obama (and it's the short list). Please read the article before responding... or not. Just sayin'... you asked, right?
      http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/2010/10/president-obamas-244-accomplishments-part-4/

      May 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natay

      He hasn't done anything? Bush was in office forever but it took took Obama all of two years and now we have the more wanted man of all time dead....bin laden now how about that...

      May 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      Is it that he hasn't done anything, or that you are uneducated and don't know what he's done?

      May 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buster Bloodvessel

      Do you live under a rock in Utah? or is the man just too black for your little peanut-sized brain?

      May 4, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      Since you posted this our military, in coordination with intelligence and our Commander In chief (Obama) who you say does nothing, well they got rid of Gadafi's adult son (a terrorist) and they got rid of bin Laden.
      Before you say he does nothing you try and go out and get something like that done. He is our Commander In Chief and as such he derserves our support.

      May 8, 2011 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. punstress

    There's a story on snopes that was posted before the long-form BC was released, about a woman who asked a Hawaiian obstetrician back in August 1961 if anything interesting had happened that week. He said someone named Stanley had a baby (Stanley Ann Durham). Because her father was also named Stanley, she actually wrote about it in a letter to him. The doctor also told her the father was the first black student at U of Hawaii, and they discussed the baby's name, which he liked the sound of. Oh yeah, the doctor's name was WEST, not SINCLAIR! She believed he had delivered Obama; she might have just assumed he did. But it shows that his birth *was* notable even back then, and not just another of 10,000 babies.

    April 30, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. StKatie

    The doctor didn't talk about it because of patient confidentiality. Even if he was still alive, he couldn't say a thing. He could lose his license.

    May 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Melinda

    OK Donnyboy, what's the issue NOW? Donny, oh Donny. Has anyone seen Donnyboy?

    May 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sasha Hasani

    I often wonder why birthers just spend so much time on this birth certificate thing. If they spent as much time exploring creationism, they'd have converted to evolution a long time ago...

    May 4, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Chaz

      This could very well be my favorite post ever! Well done!

      May 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. T.rex

    I actually HOPE its fake, and that he remains President, anyway. Its a dumb law in the first place. He's doing a better job than anyone else could.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. halligator

    Lot's of babies are delivered everyday.What is so thrilling and honorable? Her late husband helped bring lots of babies into the world. How is this different??? He's just an elected official,not royalty.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wilma Flintstone

      Oh, so royalty means something??? They are just people too. Your statement is idiotic.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice Betts

      Don't hate, celebrities always get publicized for anything the media thinks news worthy, HE IS the PRESIDENT! So, get over yourself and STOP HATING! Yes, HE IS IMPORTANT and it is a privilege to have delivered him at birth.

      May 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • plow

      Stupidity fits you

      May 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. beth

    Was he supposed to be psychic and know who Obama was at birth. If you read the article, you'd see he died in 2003 – 5 years before Obama became President. Show some intelligence or at LEAST common courtesy to his widow

    May 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. West Texan

    The ignorance and stupidity of some people is incredible. Try your best to at least say something intelligent...although come to think of it......that would require SOME intelligence on your part.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WorldIsRound

    They delivered the modern Jesus into the World

    May 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kimberly

    wow.

    May 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. clm

    OBAMA! OBAMA! OBAMA!,YES WE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sensible

    He got to slap the President's butt. Cool.

    May 8, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lee58

    Oh for Pete's sake! Doubt he was keeping anything confidential. Why would he have been familiar with the bogus career of a lousy Senator/Community Organizer from Illinois? Most attending physicians probably sign paperwork without acknowledging baby names!

    Fail to see why she's so thrilled...

    May 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alice Betts

      Oh for Pete sake back at ya! Thrill to you or not, if it had be a celebrity/movie star etc., wow...you and others like you would be estactic...nevertheless the President IS important. Don't be such a hater, you seem to be an angry and jealous person! RACIST!

      May 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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