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From this morning’s gaggle in White House press secretary Robert Gibbs’ office:
Tapper: It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one –
Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.
Tapper: But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are “not a news organization.” How are they any different from, say –
Gibbs: ABC -
Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?
Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.
Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” — why is that appropriate for the White House to say?
Gibbs: That’s our opinion.
Apparently, Ben Smith at Politico has been tagged by the Obama administraion to serve as their de facto spokeman with regard to the controversy that surrounds the birth certificate and college records of President Barack Obama.
The problem with Mr. Smith’s discussion of “the Birthers”, as the left wing has dubbed anyone questioning Obama’s records, is that they all like to state the (a) Obama posted his birth certificate on his “FighttheSmears” website, and (b) that the State of Hawaii has confirmed that his birth record shows that he was born in Hawaii. WRONG ON BOTH!!
The document shown on Obama’s website during the campaign, released by the Daily KOS, if valid (alleged that it may have been photoshopped!), is merely the computer generated 2005 document attesting that a record exists in Hawaii. Why is this not good enough, you might ask? Because the State of Hawaii allowed non-residents, even foreigners, to record the births of their children, regardless of where in the world they were born, in Hawaii. The local papers retrieved a list of new records each week for birth announcements in the weekly paper.
The State of Hawaii Health Department, in a press release, stated that they have verified that a document for Barack Obama is on file in the State of Hawaii. In a carefully worded release, they stop short of saying what is on the document, and despite people writing to the contrary, they do not state that Obama was born in Hawaii.
The vault copy, typewritten birth record will show who provided the information, who the doctor was, at which hospital (it is noteworthy that NEITHER hopsital that Obama has said he was born at are bragging about being the birthplace of the 44th President), as well as other pertinent information.
Additionally, Obama’s college records, primarily from Occidental College, will reveal a great deal of information regarding his legal status and citizenship when he entered college, as well as how he paid for his college education (i.e.- as a foreign student, etc.)
So, Mr. Smith, I will throw down the gauntlet to you, since you ahve the ability to get yourself onto shows like “Hannity” and such…… legitimately DISPROVE the Birthers……. get access to Occidental records, Columbia files….. the State of California allegedly has a Journal that shows financial aid given to Barry Soetoro about the time Obama would have been at Occidental. If the Birthers are so WRONG, use REAL information to DISPROVE these claims.
Missouri Republicans push birth certificate questions to oppose ‘tyranny’
Fifteen Republican members of the Missouri General Assembly have signed on to a state constitutional amendment that appears aimed at advancing the claims of the fringe movement that doubts President Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president.
The language is contained in a proposed “voter’s bill of rights,” which would serve “as a defense against corruption, fraud, and tyranny.”
The proposed amendment states:
For candidates who are required by the Constitution of the United States to be natural born citizens, the secretary of state shall request an official copy of the candidate’s birth certificate. Other certifications, such as a certificate of live birth, shall not be accepted. Should any candidate fail to provide an official birth certificate within thirty days of the request by the secretary of state, his or her name shall not be placed on the ballot.
The Birthers, as they’re known, have focused on the State of Hawaii’s refusal to release the original of Obama’s birth certificate, as opposed to official copies; Hawaii state law bars the release of the original.
State Rep. Robert Cooper wasn’t immediately available to discuss the bill, which has drawn criticism on a local liberal blog.