born in US: White House tells 'birthers'
Washington, July 28 (IANS) The White House has struck back
at conspiracy theorists known as "birthers" who
have questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility to hold
America's top office with their persistent claim that he was
not born in the US.
"Nothing the White House can do will put the issue to
rest," said spokesman Robert Gibbs Monday hitting back
at "birthers" who claim that America's first black
president was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and thus ineligible
to be president.
"No, the God's honest truth is no - let's understand
this," he said when a reporter asked if there is anything
more the administration can do to satisfy those who question
where the president was born.
"I almost hate to indulge in such an august setting as
the White House briefing room discussing the made up fictional
nonsense of whether the president was born in this country,"
"A year and a half ago, I asked that the birth certificate
be put on the Internet. Because Lord knows if you got a birth
certificate and you put it on the internet, what else could
be the story?
"Here's the deal. If I had some DNA, it wouldn't assuage
those who don't believe he was born here," Gibbs also
said. "I have news for them and all of us. The president
was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the 50th state of the greatest
country on the face of the earth. He is a citizen."
Gibbs comments came as Republican Senator James Inhofe was
quoted in Politico as saying the "birthers" "have
"The point that they make is the Constitutional mandate
that the US President be a natural born citizen, and the White
House has not done a very good job of dispelling the concerns
of these citizens," he said in a statement later clarifying
"My focus is on issues where I can make a difference
to stop the liberal agenda being pushed by President Obama.
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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