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. Pat

    Maybe because this 'fact' wasn't created until sometime in the past 3 years...

    April 28, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      Well go tell the Doctor's widow that. In fact, go harrass her so much you end up in jail that would be just fine.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brian L. Nolen

    You Speak The Truth! You don't have a clue, DO YOU? It is evident

    April 28, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Donald

    I have my doubts about Mr. Sinclair being a real doctor. Is he really dead? Did he even really exist? These are all smokescreens and all the media except Fox have been had by Obama and his team. I already have investigators on a plane to Hawaii as we speak – to get to the truth (as we Republicans know it to be). This was all a set up to get this kenyan balck man into teh highest office in the USA.
    Donald Trump

    April 28, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      It frightens me at the thought The Donald would run for President.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe Bloe

    And after the birth, the good doctor turned to Obama's mother and said, "I did everything I could, but he pulled through anyway."

    April 28, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      what can I say this doesn't even deserve a reply

      May 8, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tonlok

    Bush and reagan have the most blood on their hands? Truman? FDR? Lincoln? Jackson? LBJ? Ike?

    Open up a history book before you spew dribble. I'm pretty death totals in Vietnam/WWII/Civil/Trail of Tears are quite a hell of a lot higher than the Iraq war, or anything since 1970~. Ike was a General in WWII and presided over the Korean war, you think he's cleaner than them?

    As to the actual article, Obama's legit, stop caring so much. The sooner you stop caring the sooner we can dismiss Trump as a pres candidate, the guy would do more harm than anything done by a president to date.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • geoz

      But isn't it strange that his doctor, who could finally put all of this to rest, is now believed to be DEAD!?

      Ok.... I'm just kidding.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacko

      lol.. This statement by CNN is very funny....
      [CNN] "Ivaless Sinclair says husband David Sinclair, who died in 2003, never mentioned his connection to President Obama"

      Mr.Sinclair himself would not have known that he helped deliver baby Obama among the thousands of deliveries that he would have carried!!

      April 28, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • neal kelley

      What is strange about it... My God Obama is middle aged and this man was a grown adult when he delivered Obama into the world. Do your math....

      April 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeneralZap

      Truman is my least favorite President. He was the idiot who fired MacArthur for simply implying using atomic bombs on the Communist Contingent of China, when the Capitalists under Cheng Kai Shek could have moved in after they surrendered. Then at-least we wouldn't be in this sissy condition of letting Communist-slave labor out-do us...

      April 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott from NH

      I don't think it is strange that a doctor who was practicing medicine 50 years ago is no longer alive.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott from NH

      "believed to be DEAD!" Are you saying that Ivalee Sinclair is lying about the death of her husband?? A birther friend of mine told me he suspected that "Obama operatives" went into every library that had University Microfilms of the 1961 Honolulu Advertiser and switched the copies with ones that had a fake birth announcement in them. To the birthers, there is no amount of evidence in the world that will ever make them believe he was born here, and nothing will ever make them concerned that McCain wasn't.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Vonnie, great job using DNC tactic #812! "When somone says something you dislike, immediately play the race card, even if it clearly doesn't fit the scenario"

      April 30, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      "Bush and reagan have the most blood on their hands? Truman? FDR? Lincoln? Jackson? LBJ? Ike?"
      Yes both Bush's do. Reagan, however, not so much. Others that do? Kennedy/Johnson/Nixon...Vietnam
      Otherwise you have to go back a ways. Unless you consider Eisenhower's role as supreme commander during WW2
      (the man truely had no choice) Reagan was a good man and capable of thinking independent of the party line...something very unusual in today's world of politicians.

      April 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. carol voorhees

    You love to blame the republicans but look what Obama has done by bailing out companies who still went belly up. That money would have helped millions of AMERICANS. He felt Iraq was wrong but we get involved in other issues in other countries. Funny you all seem to think that is ok.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Margroks

      Do you remember that it was Bush who began the bailout? Other presidents have had to amke tough calls on bailouts like this or involve themselves in problems like Airline/labor strikes. Companies that were bailed out did employ thousands of workers who would have been without jobs had those companies gone under. It is not just a black and white issue. And many companies have already paid back the money they got.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • scottowego

      Exactly who went belly up?

      April 28, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • spiffy5353

      Carol, please do some research before commenting. you actually just embarrased yourself. you are the prime example of how some issues are just too complex for the average dimwit to understand.

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

      You know Carol, it is individuals like you, obviously uneducated, not to mention you are probably just as moral bankrupt on issues of race or just have an issue with an African American as your president, have motivated you to write comments that are not supported by facts.

      Are you really that dumb?

      April 28, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • DeniseBarber

      Spiffy – you jrk – you've insulted Carol – but you FAILED to offer reasons why she is wrong. YOU ar an IDIOT.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Callen

      Irony= insulting someones intelligence and not using proper grammar or misspelling words. Denise Fail!

      April 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • spiffy5353

      Denise, obviously this is a little too much for you. take a nap or something because you missed the points of both Margroks and Scottowego. the bailouts started under the republicans and exactly what company that the tax payers bailed out went belly up?

      April 28, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Callen

      Plus Denise The responsibly is on Carol to prove her statement as it was the opening one. I know you less than thoughtful right winers like Palin because of her ability to yell louder than her opponents, but you do realize she doesn't know how to debate. She like Carol has to back up her statement with facts. Then someone refutes then she (either) backs it up. otherwise statements are just statements.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thaddukki

      I am not an American so my views are not prejudiced by the Republican or Democratic viewpoints. I believe it was Abe Lincoln who said that in a democracy, the people get the government that they deserve. All the presidents and primeministers that we accuse and denounce were elected by the system that we all hold dear to our hearts. We control who gets elected but we do not and cannot control their deeds after they are elected on a deed by deed basis. We can facilitate course corrections on an 'after the fact' basis. So do not keep dwelling on past mistakes but let us learn to learn from them and let us work to make a better world. How to make a better world is a tough question with no easy answers. It is almost as complex as selecting the 'good' from the 'bad' deeds. We are not talking about our ability to differentiate the good from bad on mundane things. That most of with a good conscience is able to do quiet easliy. I am talking about those tough moments that life brings to us when what is considered as traditionally good is not good any more based on the situation and aftermath. Each one of us face such situations and make our choices based on our value systems. I have learnt to use 'humane' aspects to shape my decisions. Our elected leaders are no different from us and goes through similar situation and make decisions based on their value systems. The democracy gave them that mandate. So let us stop fighting among ourseleves on past deeds done but work together to make progress. Just as how US tends to look at other countries – feeling that they are a better country and tries to force their ideals on other countries, I use this as a way of expressing my hope for the world, I imagine of a world where in there is no poverty and misery but just peace , harmony and togetherness; a world where every one is sincerly working for the goodness of the whole society, optimizing the gifted strengths, talents and boons of every citizen to the progress of their whole world; like the heaven. I see such a world looking at ours and seeing how hopeles we are and work to enforce their world view on us ! Guess, got across the message on humanity. Let us strive to make a world that is free of poverty and is working in harmony towards progress for all ! Philospher King is the best form of government, with democracy this is how it will be and we need to compromise the speed of progress for our so called liberty !

      April 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billzo

      Does that include General Motors who posted a 1.3 Billion profit, the largest on record since 2004? Mind you, they did lose $88 Billion while Shrub was in office. Perhaps that's who you have Obama confused with?

      April 29, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • sososorry2

      "AMERICANS" were "bailed out". It was called the stimulus package.

      May 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      The economy IS RECOVERING why not check the facts for a change

      May 8, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. DeniseBarber

    So – how long was this doctor in Kenya?

    April 28, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • TEAPartyRNutJobs

      That's because Honolulu is in Kenya not in Hawaii !! (right!!)

      April 28, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • spiffy5353

      Denise, you are really having some issues seeing through your hood today.

      April 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      DUMB!

      April 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      You stupid people will eventually Darwin yourselves out..

      May 8, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cheryl

    Are you really that stupid???

    April 28, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. DeniseBarber

    Why is the "father" listed as "African" under the Race category?

    April 28, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Yulaw

      Maybe because he's from Africa and not a US citizen. Just a thought.

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

      Because African-American and African are two separate things.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      It was the 60's – race names were different then. Here in the south, I wouldn't be surprised if "colored" was a race back then.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • spiffy5353

      Denise, what did Ronald Reagan and George Bush's Birth Certificates say under race of father? oh, i get it. they did not need to show you theirs. hello, McRacist, Hello!!!!

      April 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ridiculous

      Denise.... doesn't matter what his father is as long as he was born here. Natural-born-citizen requires that OBAMA is born here. His father doesn't matter.

      April 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jen

      It says "Caucasian" for h s mother, not Caucasian-American... thus, it says African instead of African American.

      April 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Princeezee

    Guess who is IDIOT? When you cannot even make a correct sentence "A IDIOT"

    April 28, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. TEAPartyRNutJobs

    Chinese Food is healthy ...

    April 28, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Really??

    All of the ignorance and bigotry that have surfaced since Obama was elected is indeed astounding. Embarrassing and eye opening at the same time.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      Yeah, but the stupidity that comes with it is to be pitied. You have minds that can't separate fact from fiction or right from wrong because they are too full of hatred and/or the desire to hate. Imagine being such a person. It must be miserable when you live in a world full of diversity but think you should be all there is or at least on top of all that is but nature seems against your belief in every way so no matter how hard you try to convince yourself and others, reality keeps coming up in opposition to you. I mean just imagine it. A miserable soul…

      I didn't agree with a thing about Bush, many people didn't, but as my president I respected him even in opposition. That's just maturity. Some of these folks will never have maturity and that's a basic thing we are all supposed to achieve just by living.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • matt

      Angel, I actually copied your post and sent it to friends on facebook and email. Thank you for being one of the few people to post on CNN that gets it. We can disagree about politics, but the people comparing Bush to Hitler are not that different from the angry immature people calling Obama a Marxist, Socialist, Muslim, atheist, Kenyan. Maturity is something that not only the citizens of America need, but something almost every form of media has lost.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • catmom

      Angel,
      Yeah, but the stupidity that comes with it is to be pitied. You have minds that can't separate fact from fiction or right from wrong because they are too full of hatred and/or the desire to hate. Imagine being such a person. It must be miserable when you live in a world full of diversity but think you should be all there is or at least on top of all that is but nature seems against your belief in every way so no matter how hard you try to convince yourself and others, reality keeps coming up in opposition to you. I mean just imagine it. A miserable soul…

      @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Angel, imagine being on the receiving end of all that hatred and bigotry. Imagine after achieving the highest office of our country and you and your wife are vilified every day by people who will never achieved what our President has achieved. Imagine having your children being taught how important the President of the United States is except when it comes to their father who has been disrespected, harassed, bashed and disrespected day in and day out. And think about it, as children your freedom has been limited, your life has been altered in ways the American people will never understand and you have to hear the mean nasty, hateful attacks on your father just because a group of people hate him because of who he is. WOW!!

      April 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb Townsend

      Thank you for posting. I wish I read more fair words spoken about Obama.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  13. oldostritch

    The dead tell no lies, but are unable to tell the truth either. The living may tell the truth, but often choose not to. The real difference is the living can change from honest to dishonest or vice versa.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. RabidinL.A.

    You can spew as much as you want to, sharia has no place here in the States, so you can go crawl back into the dank stone-age from whence you came, aside from your comments being completely off-topic. Also, the penalty of death for such a thing is entirely absurd. Or you just trolling, looking for a fight? Or you gonna hunt me down and murder me because I don't believe religion has any place anywhere except between people's ears? What a bunch of garbage. Now, back to the topic...

    April 28, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. no comment

    actually you sound like the idiot...

    April 28, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
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