It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Robert Gibbs and the Obama administration, but I’m about as frustrated as they are when it comes to all this focus on Obama’s citizenship.
The White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, better known for his mastery of the artful dodge of questions he does not want to answer, got unusually animated and direct on Monday when, during the regular news briefing, a reporter asked him, “Is there anything you can say that will make the birthers go away?” …
“I almost hate to indulge in such an august setting as the White House — and I mean this in seriousness — the White House briefing room, discussing the made-up fictional nonsense of whether the president was born in this country,” Mr. Gibbs said. “If I had some DNA, it wouldn’t assuage those that don’t believe he was born here. But I have news for them and for all of us: The president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the 50th state of the greatest country on the face of the earth. He’s a citizen.”
Obama is a citizen, people. The birth certificate is real, and it’s backed up by contemporary reports and birth announcements. At this point, questioning the circumstances of Obama’s birth is about as dumb as denying the Holocaust, questioning the moon landing and believing in the Easter Bunny.
I do take exception with this from Gibbs, however:
The longtime correspondent Helen Thomas asked Mr. Gibbs why he thought the issue kept coming up, lobbing Mr. Gibbs a nice fat ball.
“Because,” he said, “for $15, you can get an Internet address and say whatever you want.”
That may be true. The internet is full of half-truths and distortions. But then again, so is the White House Press Room under any given administration.