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. Dystopiax

    Put him back.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. jeremy

    Of course they picked a dead doctor to put on the fake birth certificate. Gotta give them credit for that one. Now this poor woman believes that her husband was someone special in history.

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

      Yes, conviently every witness to this guys birth... is dead.

      April 28, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. smokin11

    WHO DOES DONALDS HAIR

    April 28, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Terri

    Oh my heavens!! I vote the republican ticket and I am appalled with the ridiculous accusations about a birth certificate!! Good grief!! Leave the man alone!! He has enough to worry about without being hounded by people on a rabbit trail!!
    He is our President, for better or worse, and deserves the respect that goes with it. Grow up, folks!! I am getting embarrassed about the whole thing!!!
    I agree with the President. This is silliness!!!
    If you want to do anything about it, change the requirements to require a birth certificate prior to running for the office!!

    April 28, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. JaneSmith

    Ok, now let's answer the question of Obama's loyalties to Islam. Since he was raised in the faith and he left for Christianity he is an apostate. The importance is that Islam accepts his as one of their own. In his current condition he is against Sharia and the penalty is death, according to law.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • JEM1789

      Well, Jane, I guess that means that this threat of death to Barack Obama if he doesn't leave his Christian faith and become a Muslim would make him a Christian martyr if he was killed for reason. The first President to be martyred for this Christian faith. If he were Catholic, he could then become St. Barack. Anyway, that is just one more good reason to admire the man.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. NoWay

    Trunp is a real hypocrite – most of his 'brand' junk is MADE IN CHINA. Just look at ABC news this morning. How dare he talk about US jobs. Totally unqualified.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Anony

    WOW, Donald trump has nothing better to do but repeat a rumor/lie and spread it to the masses like George Bush did the Occupation.

    April 28, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Movitar

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for $117.37 and my girlfriend snagged an awesome $1299 MacBook Air for only $111.93, its being delivered tomorrow. I would be a fool to keep paying high retail prices at places like Walmart or BestBuy, when I even sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use two sites, both are good, SwipeBay.com
    and SnagBids.com

    April 28, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brickell Princess

    If Donald Duck Trump is a "billionaire" then I am the world's one and only trillionaire!

    Duck Trump has been bankrupt so many times that I lost count in the 90's. Yet the media gives such a flunkie countless credibility and air time.

    Spare me! There are bigger, greater people in this world. People who have actually done something for humanity. Trump is neither. Duck Trump is a bankrupt loud mouth.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Don_J

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

    OK... Ivaless, how could he... your husband died in 2003 and Mr. Obama became President Obama in 2009...

    April 28, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      What was meant: The doctor never mentioned having deleivered baby Barack Obama.
      True it is not so surprising he hadn't mentioned it to his wife since Barack was not so well known in 2003 and not a contended yet.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Barbara

    How convenient that this new birth certificate is signed by a doctor that is dead.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      You ignorant Birthers will just not ever leave this alone will you. The same kind of people who are now "deathers" c;laiming that bin Laden was not killed in the raid. Well Al queds announced it and it did happen. No doubt this will be a conspiracy theory that will never go away wither. One thing I truly wish is every birther would be put on a rocket ship to the moon to start their own ignorant colony and good riddance..

      May 8, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tonlok

    It's interesting to hear people calling a presidents decision to make a military decision without congressional approval an "illegal" act. You do all realize that congress must declare "War" on another country, but being the commander-in-chief the president has full authority to do whatever the hell he wants with the military. He could take over Canada and Mexico if he wanted(Until impeached by congress). Point is, unless he breaks international law with his actions or commits war-crimes, he makes the choices, not congress.

    So please stop talking about Bush and Obama as using there presidential rights "Illegally". Oh and BTW, to whomever commented that libya(and all middle eastern civil unrest) has no effect on our country, go fill up your gas tank and tell me that...

    April 28, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. lippy

    check blog page widow over whemed dead husband delivered Obama OK on the right side of page short distance down there is an April 2011 archives calendar well it's not the correct year calendar today is Thursday til midnight. 🙂

    April 28, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. mco65

    it amazes me how much Ameircan History that most posters seem to be unaware of.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. chris

    i'm sure he'd be overwhelmed know he brought that idiot into the world too

    April 28, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      Funny how people toss around the word idiot when referring to Obama. It is a verified fact that he tested out in two IQ tests ad a kindergardener well over 160 and high 150s in another test. He went to a special high school for gifted students. He did graduate college and he did graduate Harvard Law School. Yeah right is all I can say when people call our President an idiot. Better word clear the word, idiot.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
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