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. Tom

    Ernest Hemingway was his doctor?

    April 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • donna schindler

      It looks like birth in the afternoon during a dangerous summer, with his father coming from the green hills of africa. the sun also rises for the adventures of a young man, and now we can hope for a farewell to arms in our time, so we can honor for whom the bell tolls.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tima Kooko

      Mr. Sinclair is a close decendent of the Freemasons

      April 27, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehgann

      Lol! That's funny. Although this is a nice story. I'm sure his widow was happy to learn of something he did during his lifetime now that he has passed.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kathleen

    WAIT! this aint ovah! I wanna see a birth certificate for that combover on Donald's head! It's Alive and I am not sure where it come from!

    April 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • littleriverbaker2

      The hair, the lips, the pout, the ignorance – quite a package! LOLOLOL

      April 27, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • kechat33

      Now that is funny!!

      April 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mama Bear

      Trump needs to be dipped. I think his hair has parasites that have eaten their way into his brain!

      April 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lydia

      Now that is funny.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. bobster26

    your an idiot in the highest degree! I heard trump is looking for contestents on his new reality show; Caste the first stone who is with-out sin.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thespiritguy

    I wonder if Trump is going to want to see the doctor's death certificate?

    April 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • littleriverbaker2

      Now Daffy Duck will want to know who "done 'em in".

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


      April 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • pyramid9032

      Maybe he should get busy authenicating the signature of the deceased Dr. David Sinclair. That could possibly be a "2011" signature from the deceased doc. I don't put anything past OBama. He's lied about everything else, why would he suddenly change tactics and tell the truth.
      Such as:
      1. Securing the borders
      2. Introducing a comprehensive immigration bill in the first yesr of office.
      3. Negotiate health care reform in public sessions televised on C-SPAN.
      4. Allow 5 days od public comment before signing bills.
      5. Create 5 million "green" jobs.
      6. Reduce earmarks to the 1994 levels.
      7. No tax increase for any family making less than $250,000.
      8. End income tax for seniors making less than $50,000 a year.
      9. Double funding for afterschool programs.
      10. Pay for the National Service Plan without increasing our national debt.
      11. Give an annual report on the state of our future regarding energy.

      How many of these pertain to you, personally, or to someone you care about? I know he lied to get where he's at, so why wouldn't he lie to stay where he's at?

      April 28, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tea time

    Well,can someone please make sure Hawaii..is indeed a State... .

    April 27, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • littleriverbaker2

      TOOOOO funny!

      April 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.D.

      Trust me, there's plenty of native Hawaiians who would love to be an independent country. I think we took advantage of Hawaii long enough, no?

      May 5, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • foxglove

      Well what do you say Tea Party and Donald Trump...such a bunch of idiots.

      May 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TNTool

      foxglove – Yes...and we are fortunate to have such mental GIANTS in the White House now...

      May 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      You guys are a bunch of sheep, and unfortunately, it will take a lot more than a slap in the head with the Koran to make you wake up Sooooo sad

      May 17, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. ryan

    These two clearly look like they're from... KENYA!!!!!!

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

      Lol! You can see it in their eyes...

      April 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 49th&50th

    LOL, while were at it,see if Sarah Palins Alaska is real?

    April 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ttt

    All US presidents do, but .... not more blood than Bush or Reagan or.... read your history books you ignoramus.

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

      how about andrew jackson you failing dolt. or try FDR in WWII with massive bombings or that nuclear bomb in that one place, or LBJ and Nixon in Vietnam

      May 9, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    Until we see the home video of his little head coming out, with palm trees and surfers in the background, the afterbirthers will continue their conspiracy theories.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      The Birthers would say is it proved he was born in Bali.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. noel

    How long will this go on?? I've put CNN on the back burner until we hear valuable news. The media is giving Trump publicity and he loves every minute it. How can intelligent people continue to watch this. I'm just fed up!!! Goodbye CNN

    April 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatnews

      ....put Yahoo on the back burner??? Me too..... yet here we (both) are reading the posts of people who can't spell, use poor grammar, have no idea of our US history, and never, ever contribute any solid solutions. Whine, whine, whine. Yahoo is only feeding what we "click". the entire US, however, has gone round the bend with opinions -- trolls all!

      April 28, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      You say this article is not valuable, I beg to differ. You say "why does this go on" well I will tell you why, the birther movement have attempted to discredit, dishonor and marginalize our President even denying him him status as a citizen. So now we FINALLY have proof positive ans this should put the matter to rest. Amen.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • KingOfErehwon

      We are all glad to see you go, noel. Please make it permanent.

      May 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chelsea

    "Ivaless Sinclair says husband David Sinclair, who died in 2003, never mentioned his connection to President Obama."

    Well, possibly because.... he didn't get elected until 2008. That funny tidbit aside, I hope the birthers can begin to pay more attention to something they've neglected for far too long. Their embarrassingly boring lives.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TripleJ

    Mrs Sinclair..Dont you think your husband would love to tell you that he might have delivered Obama..Dont give me crap about confidentiality stuff.If he couldnt share this happiness with his wife, its really sad!!

    April 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Khaos

      My wife is a health care professional. She won't tell me if my brother or mother are seen in her office. I've had friends tell her to say hi to me but she won't. That would compromise her dedication to the patient's confidentiality.

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

      The man had 10,000 patients and died 5 years before Obama was elected president.

      April 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • DavidP

      Since he died in 2003 he might not have made the connection, and since it was 48 years before he died he might not have actually remembered it. Obama didn't even become a senator until 2005, so I'm sure the Dr. didn't even realize at the time of his death that one of his thousands of deliveries was who he was...

      April 28, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      Do you really think doctors remember the babies they deliver 40+ years ago??? Get real. People have to think twice about what they had to eat the day before. Over 10,000 babies and he's suppose to remember one just because he's running for President??? I'm amazed at how stupid adults can be, but all I have to do to remind myself is read some of these posts.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Reggie from LA

    OK. Here's a little lesson about "blood-on-his-hands Obama". He voted NO! to IRAQ. He never yielded his vote to fund that nonsensical war. When he became President, he has done all he can reasonably do to make it stop. A lot of you Yayhoos and "respectable-like" politicians have not a clue. "Just yank'm outta there". Stop payin' for it." Silence morons. You are so boring and uninformed. Now on Libya, he did all he could to avoid commitment to the war. Fools, keep in mind that we DRUG a number of nations into Afghanistan and Iraq. How the heck are we to say no when it's time to pay the piper and do our part. Typical Americans. We want our cake and want to eat it too. Greedy and ignorant.

    April 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • J R Brown

      Obama can order the cessation of hostilities at his discretion....he's not done "all he can reasonably do" to end the wars. Obama followed GWB's timetable for pulling out of Iraq to the letter, escalated the war in Afghanistan and is now "invading" Libya. The moment he took his oath, the blood being spilled became "blood on his hands"...he's the President and the buck stops with him. It's entirely within his scope of authority to order the cessation of hostile action, the withdrawal of our troops and the ending of our participation in any "war", even though the U.S. is not actually engaged in an officlal "war" anywhere in the world. You must really think pretty lowly of him to make excuses for him.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • chgovoter

      Do some history reading before you make your comments.

      Obama wasn't even elected to the senate in 2003. He just said that if he could have voted, he would have voted 'no.'
      I guess he changed his mind since being elected.
      I can't believe some of the comments that the uninformed bloggers just make up.

      Just do your homework first, like your teacher tells you.

      April 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • HK from Seattle

      Amen! Thanks Reggie.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dante68

      Ahhh, no Reg. He said he'd have us out of Iraq in 2011... Oh that is except for the 50,000 troops he's leaving there to prop up the ineffective puppet government we set up. He's changed nothing from the Bush doctrine. He's continued it. Either the fight is worth it, which he voted was not back then, or bring our boys home. This man is disingenuous in the extreme. I would not trust a thing that comes out of his mouth, or for that matter, from the mouths of almost every politician in DC. He's no different. He's a PLAYA! He'll say whateva to get up in your pants.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      "He voted NO! to IRAQ."

      Barack Obama was not a member of the senate at that point in time.

      "He never yielded his vote to fund that nonsensical war."
      He would most likely vote no, but he was not in the US Senate at the time.

      "When he became President, he has done all he can reasonably do to make it stop."
      The US still has a strong presence in IRAQ and Afghanistan. He could effectively pull all the troops from the two
      countries if he wanted to.

      "A lot of you Yayhoos and "respectable-like" politicians have not a clue. You are so boring and uninformed."
      Given that you made factual errors in your post, I believe you should refrain from making childish statements.

      "Now on Libya, he did all he could to avoid commitment to the war."
      He committed part of our military force to the war, spending millions of dollars bombing another country.

      "Fools, keep in mind that we DRUG a number of nations into Afghanistan and Iraq."
      Afghanistan is a country infested with DRUGS, like the US is infested with DRUGS and you are paying to maintain a troop
      presence in Afghanistan.

      "How the heck are we to say no when it's time to pay the piper and do our part. Typical Americans. We want our cake and want to eat it too. Greedy and ignorant." Yes its time for Americans to do their part and support the bombing of other countries, with the blessing of our current president.

      April 28, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
    • divestrong

      Hahahaha, thanks for the Reggie, I haven't laughed that hard in a while!

      May 9, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Doug

    Donald Trump was born in Canada. Pass it on. In fact, not even English-speaking Canada. Quebec. In fact, not even Montreal. Chicoutimi! Oui!

    April 27, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Torontonian

      That's funny!

      April 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaye

      John McCain was born in Panama. I guess it's OK for the U.S. President to be born in a foreign country if he's a Republican. Hypocrites.

      May 24, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    RTSSS: just goes to show you why it is so important not to abort our babies...they could be the next president!

    April 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      I think that may be a good reason we SHOULD abort our babies...

      April 28, 2011 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
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