July 27th, 2009
06:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Gibbs shoots down 'birthers'

(CNN) - A reluctant Robert Gibbs struck back sharply Monday at those who continue to question whether President Obama was born in the United States, saying nothing the White House can do will put the issue to rest.

"No, the God's honest truth is no - let's understand this," Gibbs, the White House press secretary, 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," Gibbs continued. "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 come the same day Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe was quoted in Politico as saying those who question Obama's citizenship - who have collectively become known as "birthers" - "have a point."

Inhofe, a Republican, later issued a statement attempting to clarify that statement.

"The point that they make is the Constitutional mandate that the U.S. 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 the statement. "My focus is on issues where I can make a difference to stop the liberal agenda being pushed by President Obama."


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  1. Dami

    I have never seen or heard anything good about the POTUS from Lou Dobbs. Isn't it a shame that the man went to Harvard. I have to go and rethink my aspirations of going to a school that exhibits lunatics like that man

    July 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Wingnut Watcher

    I guess Harvard places less emphasis on spelling than my state-supported university. The word is "proof" and the State of Hawaii, the DNC, Obama for President, and The Office of the President proffered said "proof."

    July 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Harold

    okay Obama is a bad president; so what, there have been many of them including the prior one; Americans don't question the location of his birth, idiots do!
    This is why this country is falling behind other nations in the level of education;
    we have parents who are dumber than rocks spending time on ridiculous topics. what so frigging stupid is they don't realize how stupid they are!!!

    July 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. susan

    Please find out the name of the hospital Obama was born in. That might put these suspicions to rest. Thanks.

    July 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Thinking Citizen

    The Certification of Live Birth [COLB] presented on the internet by Barry Soetoro a/k/a Barack Hussein Obama has been deemed a forged and altered document.

    Barry Soetoro a/k/a Barack Hussein Obama attended Occidental College in California and Columbia University in New York and Harvard Law School as a foreign student. None of which have been refuted by the Government”.

    July 27, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Go Sarah

    We said Obama was a big mistake...

    can you hear me now?

    July 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. ilene

    this is all from people who voted for sarah palin and voted for the dummy twice-scary!!!!!

    July 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Matt

    Barry could end all of this by just relasing the original long form birth certificate to the public. If you want to work for Barry you need to submit what he is spending a million dollars to hide. This issue has been gong around since the primary and the solution is transparency. Something Obama campaigned on. Seems ridiculous to complain about the conspiracy when Barack does everything to keep fueling it.

    July 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Senator Inhofe is chairman of the Boners as is boneheads.

    Not only is the birth certificate on line, so is a copy of the Honolulu Advertiser's birth registry published only days after the President's birth. It clearly lists the President's parents and the fact that they had a little boy.

    I imagine that the Boners will still not accept that. It could have been part of a huge liberal plot to get a bi-racial person born in a foreign country elected President of United States 47 years later.

    BTW all you Boners ... "natural born citizen" is not defined by the Constitution or interpreted by the Supreme Court. It can't mean native born citizen because John McCain was born outside the the United States, as was Barry Goldwater. George Washington and the four guys that followed him were born in the British colonies.

    July 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Keith, CO

    Randy, Obama is referred to as black because event thought he's biracial, Someone who knows nothing about him would think he's black
    Also he Identifies with the black community therefor the media refers to him as a black man. Hey the CIA , FBI , NSA , and homeland security
    knows everything there is to know about Obama.

    Quit being so naive and accept that they probably know a lot things about you and me too.

    July 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Fred W.

    So...the 'birthers' can't come to grips with Obama being born in Hawaii but they would have had NO problem support McCain as President and he was born in PANAMA!?. It gives the phrase "Looney Tune" new meaning.

    July 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Can you stand the TRUTH?

    Was OBAMA born before 1959 in Hawaii. If he was did he apply for American Citizianship. Hawaii was only a province up to 1959.People there were not automatically american citizens until they applied for citizenship. No appliction + NO CITIZEN. Plus also his Father was a Nigerian also requiring paperwork to be filed. HE IS AN IMPOSTER AND OUR FBI DID NOT VET HIM VERY THOROUGHLY.

    July 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. Liz in Texas

    Scot, it's right-wingers that hate America. We have an democratically elected President, who was overwhelmingly elected by Americans and you right-wingers can't stand it. You only love democracy when your guy is in charge. This is the United States of America not the United States of Republicans.

    July 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Sam

    This is a really absurd issue. Even if he had not released a tiny bit of information to the public do you really think the George Bush Pentagon, CIA and FBI would not run a deep background check on Obama – a candidate for the highest office in America from the opposition party? All employers run background checks for crying out loud. These documents that were released or where not released to the public I would think would have to be show as proof for someone running for president.

    July 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Brook

    What is an "original birth certificate" for all of you that are crying for one? I do not have my "original" birth certificate, but when I needed one I got one using, not technology of 1966 (which is when I was born) but modern day technology! They were able to look up the record of my birth and REPRINT a copy of my birthcertificate. It is just as valid as the one that probably was lost when my parents house flooded years and years go.

    the "it" that people want produced has been produced. He produced a modern day copy of the document that the state of Hawaii has on file recording his birth. What else do you need????

    July 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Pepou

    Interesting that most of the people who doubt President Obama's place of birth are the same people who gobbled up everything Bush told us : Like Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. ..

    July 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Chris - Seattle

    ***NEWS FLASH*** The opportunity that folk had to witness the actual raised seal on his birth certificate has come and gone! As a matter of fact, I recently watched a network post on national television the copy that was widely circulated after this non-issue first arose. Now we have those folk that slept through that saying "there's never been real proof"! I think the conservative conspiracy theorist should go back to sleep, while our American born POTUS fixes y'all mess!

    July 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. 60's survivor

    TALBLOID NATION. is what this is all turning into. if this country doesn't fall from it's own ignorance and the continued broadcasting of lies it will fall!! Canada looks better all the time. grow up people. as far as I'm concerned I could care less if Obama was born on the moon and one parent was purple and the other bright orange. the man himself is good and working hard to get those who voted for him what they wanted. but the infamous GOP is deteined he fails because they are

    July 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. hjs3

    This isn't even a subject so let's move on to far more important things.....like Healcare....PLEASE

    July 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Keith, CO

    Randy, Obama is referred to as black because even thought he's biracial, Someone who knows nothing about him would think he's black
    Also he Identifies with the black community therefor the media refers to him as a black man. Hey the CIA , FBI , NSA , and homeland security
    knows everything there is to know about Obama.

    Quit being so naive and accept that they probably know a lot things about you and me too.

    July 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Kate David

    I believe the economic crunch is not hard enough on you guys. Leave him alone to salvage your mess.
    It is not about politics this time but people of America. We need a break from 8 years of hardship and enemity with rest of the world.

    We do not want distractions please.

    Dear Mr President,

    There should be no further proof to anyone. Allow them to wag their tongues as much as they please. All we need now is job. I have non and it is hurting me so bad

    Your are the best

    July 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Just My Opinion in Texas

    No ... Obama's birth certificate has NOT been posted. His certificate of live birth has.

    Generally speaking .... a birth certificate is a long form that contains the vital statistics of both parents (Names, their dates of birth, etc) .. where the birth occured ... any witnesses to the birth ... Obama's full name ... date of birth ... time of birth ... physician, midwife or other person who assisted with his birth ... and other statistics that are kept on file.

    The form that has been released on the Internet ISN'T the official, long-form, birth certificate.

    And just a general question ... if Obama has nothing to hide ... WHY spend a million plus keeping his certificate & college transcripts under wraps??

    July 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Angie in Pa

    What a Total EMBARESSEMENT These birthers and some republicans are to this country what a Disgrace President Barack Hussein is an American Citizen and was born in the state of Hawaii last I checked that was part of the United States anything to tear down this President what a bunch of Pathetic nuts!

    July 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. craig from washington

    A bunch of our presidents have NOT been born in the U.S. McCain was born in Panama. Goldwater was born in the Republic of Arizona. A bunch, such as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, etc., were born in the British colonies that became the U.S. and one may have been born in colonial Canada right after the American Revolution. Why don't the birther idiots make a stink about that?

    ALMOST 70 MILLION VOTED FOR OBAMA. DEAL WITH IT.

    July 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. MW in MD

    The White House should ignore this issue completely! Let the Republican idiots prove that he wasn't born in the US.

    Also:

    IF YOUR MOTHER IS A US CITIZEN, YOU CAN BE BORN ON MARS AND YOU WOULD STILL BE A US CITIZEN.

    July 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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