This question is just not going away and the whole situation is just completely illogical. We know where every American President was born, it’s a matter of history.
The history of Hawaii’s process of issuance of birth certificates to persons born outside the United States is what has caused the questions. These are not crazy people, this is a viable question and I’m at a loss as to why the President has chose to fight with lawyers instead of just producing a long form birth certificate that includes the details of his birth.
Now this story of a soldier whose orders were revoked when he questioned the legitimacy of the Presidents citizenship. No comments, no fight, just revoked. This makes no sense and seems to set a bad precedent.
According to the court filing, Cook affirmed when he joined the military, he took the following oath: “I, Stefan Frederick Cook, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
According to the claim, “Plaintiff submits that it is implicit though not expressly stated that an officer is and should be subject to court-martial, because he will be derelict in the performance of his duties, if he does not inquire as to the lawfulness, the legality, the legitimacy of the orders which he has received, whether those orders are specific or general.“
Robert Gibbs was asked about the birth certificate/hospital again just this week and as usual he took the question very seriously.
Q I appreciate it. While you and the President were overseas on July the 7th, there was on the Internet a copy of a letter on White House letterhead dated January the 24th, 2009, with the signature “Barack Obama,” which stated “The place of my birth was Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Medical Center.” And my question is, can you verify this letter? Or if not, would you tell us which Hawaiian hospital he was born in, since Kapi’olani, which used to publicize this, now refuses to confirm?
MR. GIBBS: Goodness gracious. I’m going to be, like, in year four describing where it is the President was born. I don’t have the letter at my fingertips, obviously, and I don’t know the name of the exact hospital.
Q Can you check on this?
MR. GIBBS: I will seek to interview whoever brought the President into this world. But can we just — I want to do this once and for all, Lester. Let’s just do this once and for all. You can go on this — I hope you’ll take the time not just to Google “President, January 24, Hawaii hospital, birth” and come up with this letter, but go on the Internet and get the birth certificate, Lester, and put —
Q It’s not a birth certificate.
MR. GIBBS: I know. (Laughter.) Just a document from the state of Hawaii denoting the fact that the President was indeed born in the state of Hawaii.
Q But it doesn’t say where he was born or who the doctor was.
MR. GIBBS: You know, Lester, I — I want to stay on this for a second, Lester, I want to stay on this for a second, because you’re a smart man, right?
Q Hypothetical. (Laughter.)
MR. GIBBS: All right, all right, settle down in here. Only I get to make jokes like that.
No, Lester, let’s finish this one. Do all of your listeners and the listeners throughout this country the service to which any journalist owes those listeners, and that is the pursuit of the noble truth. And the noble truth is that the President was born in Hawaii, a state of the United States of America. And all of this incredible back-and-forth — I get e-mails today from people who inexplicably can figure out very easily the White House e-mail address, and want proof of where the President was born.
Lester, the next time you ask me a question I’m going to ask you what reporting you’ve done to demonstrate to your listeners the truth, the certificate, the state, so that they can look to you for that momentous search for the truth, and you can wipe away all the dark clouds and provide them with the knowing clarity that comes with that certainty.
Is it just me or is it weird that the Press Secretary doesn’t know where the President was born?
Gibbs just thinks this whole situation is funny, he’s laughed it off every time questioned. C’mon it’s only 400,000 citizens that have signed the petition.
We all have our guilty pleasures and I have to admit I do smile every time I hear Pastor Manning spout off about that “long legged mac daddy”. I’m not endorsing Pastor Manning as I’ve not read his sermons or heard him preach. However, with everything going on in the world you need something to make you laugh.
UPDATE: I almost fell off my chair when I heard Lou Dobbs actually report in length on this item tonight. He reminded us that the Federal Election Commission does not have a requirement for a Presidential candidate to prove citizenship, each State is responsible to ensure compliance based on the States guidelines. By the way, Chicago doesn’t require proof of Citizenship to run for Senate so Obama never had to prove his citizenship in his State. Like I said…………………this isn’t going away.