Sarah Palin said today she "appreciates" Donald Trump's repeated questioning of where President Obama was born, saying that though she believes he was born in Hawaii, "there is something there that the president doesn't want people to see on that birth certificate."
Palin's remarks on the "Judge Jeanine" show on Fox News came as the Hawaiian state health official that reviewed Obama's birth certificate denounced conspiracy theorists as "silly."
"It's kind of ludicrous at this point," Dr. Chiyome Fukino, the former director of Hawaii's Department of Health said in an interview with NBC, adding that "birthers," or those who have been questioning where the president was born, will never be satisfied.
"They're going to question the ink on which it was written or say it was fabricated," Fukino said. "The whole thing is silly."
Fukino said she has inspected Obama's "long form" birth certificate twice -- once in the run up to the 2008 presidential election and again in July of 2009. Both times Fukino made public statements indicating that she had inspected the certificate and that it was in fact accurate.
"It is real, and no amount of saying it is not, is going to change that," Fukino said.
She also said the highly questioned "certification of live birth" that was obtained by the Obama campaign in 2007 is the standard document that any citizen requesting their birth certificate from the state of Hawaii would receive.
"What he got, everybody got. He put out exactly what everybody gets when they ask for a birth certificate," Fukino said.
Trump, who is mulling a possible run for the presidency in 2012, challenged Obama's place of birth on the "Today" show last week and today on CNN's "State of the Union," despite the overwhelming evidence that he was born in the USA.
"I'm not saying it's a real possibility, but it's much greater than two or three weeks ago that he's pulled one of the greatest cons in the history of politics and beyond," Trump said Thursday in an interview on NBC.
Trump has talked about the issue in interviews during the past several weeks and on Friday reportedly met with an Arizona state lawmaker sponsoring a so-called "birther" bill.
"The reason I have a little doubt, just a little, is because he grew up and nobody knew him," Trump said on "Good Morning America" on March 17.
Trump claims he is so concerned about where Obama was born that he has investigators in Hawaii looking into the question.
Palin threw her support behind Trump's questions, even if she said she doesn't think the end result will be showing that Obama was not born in the United States.
"I appreciate that The Donald wants to spend his resources on something that so interests him and so many Americans, you know more power to him," Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News, said this morning.
Previously Palin has said that questioning the president's place of birth and religious faith is a distraction from issues.
"It's distracting. It gets annoying. Let's stick with what really matters," Palin said at an appearance at the Long Island Association in February.
But today she suggested that Obama may have something to hide.
"I think that he was born in Hawaii, because there was the birth announcement put in the newspaper," Palin said.