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. Torontonian

    Yeah? Prove to us you're really Britney Spears, show us your birth certificate!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe worker

    if you don't work at least 60 hours per week you have no right to an opinion on this. however you probably want the money those hard working people have earned! Funny the delivery doctor is dead1 Huh? Get a job! Yes, you must be an american natural born citizen to be the President. Did you sleep through history class? I don't think I would vote for The Donald, but how many of you have worked as hard as he has or took chances? Only this country allows us this priviledge .Thank goodness he had the hutzbah to find the answer all the hard working Americans have wanted to know. Come on, when's the last time you flew someone to to get your birth certificate? Something's fishy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Down with the takers, up with the workers! Jealousy killed the cat!

    April 27, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • colin

      You idiot, anyone with money from their family can do something with their life – even file millions in bankruptcy three times – like Donald did!! You think the average american has had that kind of opportunity to begin with? And how many idiots can blow that kind of money and not be homeless? Only those with connections in high places, which I guarantee you do not have. The Donalds in the world have the connection, have the tax breaks, and sit on their thrones laughing at the commoners who are fighting for their rights!! No new taxes! Keep taxing the idiots supporting me and my wealth, but don't you dare touch my tax loophole!!!

      April 28, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. mdc

    Beautiful.

    April 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Republicans are going to be given the boot hard in 2012, like a bum being tossed from an old west saloon.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Democrats are going to get the boot and losers like you are going to slink back into your hole that you slithered out from.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Park

    I don't care where he was born but he is certainly not quilified to be president of the USA. Never should have happened in a nation that is suposed to have inteligent people voting??? Just hope and pray they wise up before the next election and elect someone with some business credentials and some common sense about developing our own oil instead of purchasing oil from our enemies so they can buy tanks and guns to kill our troops. Can't wait until 2012 to vote !!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante68

      Well said, Boss. He's petty and arrogant. Bush was a dummy, but at least he had the balls to admit when he was wrong and he also took ownership of the many foreign policy f-ups he made. Obams got slammed in the 2010 midterms and was not man enough to own up to the fact that the ppl were taking him to task for making huge backroom deals in closed chambers of Congress that the American people did not want or support. In fact, many states are going to push Obamacare to the Supreme Court. And he's trying to stall. This guy is as abusive with Exec power as Bush was. He's nothing we have not seen before in DC.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
    • colin

      And Bush was more qualified? How? He's the one that took this country from a surplus to the brink of bankruptcy, crashed the stock market, and killed 4,000+ americans in the name of WMD. How so is Obama not qualified?

      April 28, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. zoundsman

    I was having a car troubled rotten day. This made me chuckle and all the stress of clogged fuel pumps
    went out the door. Trump got trumped. hahahaha.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kathy in NH

    Stop the madness!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. edvhou812

    Here we go again. The doctor is conveniently dead! The birthers will claim this as their new ammo.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AviTrap

    Wait a second. Trump's a smart guy. Am I the only one who thinks this is all a sneaky ploy by Trump to actually help Obama get re-elected? Like, maybe he is doing all of this on purpose? Because he can? Everything he's been blathering about is so ridicules and even he must know it to a degree – Karl Rove even told him to stop and back off but he kept at it... Me thinks this is a part of a master design.

    April 28, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      Ah, yes...possibly dare I say it...a "conspiracy". Hmmmm.

      April 28, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. jerry

    persoally i dont really see what the big deal is about i think some people just need to grown up and get a life and yess cnn that includes you seriously he is the president of the united states and that should be it but no we have to sit here and pry into his own persoal life and make a big deal about it for waht ratings popularity seriously

    April 28, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Leo

    It seems I have not been the only one who see it:

    "I did notice that Obama’s supposed birth certificate still has the father’s race listed as “African” as it was on the COLB that was released during his campaign. Like many in the blogosphere, I have serious doubts that this term was ever used to describe a person’s race. Once again, African is not a race! That would be the equivalent of stating that my race was European. I’m sure that it wouldn’t be too difficult finding another person born in Hawaii to a black farther around the same time of Obama’s birth and compare the father’s race box to Obama’s. Either Obama’s forgery team is handicapped by political correctness of the brain, or the Hawaiian Department of Health was run by morons at the time of Obama’s supposed birth."

    April 28, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan Pulliam

      I notice "Leo" whining about - and I quote... "Obama's supposed birth."

      I think it's safe to say, Leo, that you are the only person I've seen yet
      who doubts that Obama was even born ! Just out of curiosity, how
      exactly did he get here then, and is it possible to send him back ?

      April 28, 2011 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • truefax

      " I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the Planet Earth. " – Barak Obama

      See he admit's it he's not only NOT a natural born american, he's was an illegal igrant, until the nice lady adopted him and raised him.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. CozKaren

    Could you even get the women's name right? The photo caption reads, Ivalees Sinclair. The body of the article reads, Ivalee Sinclair.
    There will always be naysayers and detractors. Let it go!!!

    April 28, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Coach T

    He is probably rolling over in his grave delivering that loser

    April 28, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Thomas H

    Barack Obama is the son of a nephew of Nelson Rockefeller and a Kenyan woman. He was born with dual British and Kenyan citizenship in a hospital in Mombassa. His family history as currently presented (Kenyan father, white mother from Kansas) is entirely false.

    Good work on the forgery. Hope whoever ends up admitting he/she/they faked it for "the good of the country" eventually sees justice.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Big Game James

    Still president.

    April 28, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
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