July 28th, 2009
10:42 AM ET
11 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."

Gibbs shoots down 'birthers'

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  1. Zach

    The birther people drive me crazy!!! They look so foolish! What are they wanting? To prove that black guy isn't American so they can install back a rich white guy? They are scared over nothing! To me a lot seem racist because they like to say Obama's middle name like people are going to fall on the floor in disbelief because they didn't know. I would love to see how many of these people went to college, I am guessing most of them didn't.

    July 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Zion

    Again, let me implore my white brothers and sisters. Don't let goons speak for you. Just like blacks had to stop Jessie and Sharpton, you need to tell some of your race baiters to shut up. I'm not saying don't give freedom of speech, I'm just saying they don't have to always be given the loudest microphone.

    July 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. john m

    These socalled brithers are just awful. How much proof is needed If the republican evangelical party has an issue with this ( like they do with everything ). After all the proff they need to just keep babbling after all the whole thing is just a diversion ploy to screw the American people out of the right to health and health care just like equal pay for equal work!

    July 28, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Diane

    President Obama has provided proof of his place of birth. Now, to all you "birthers" – GET OVER IT! GET A LIFE! BETTER YET – GET SOME INTELLIGENCE!!!!!!!! And Prozac – you all definitely need Prozac.

    July 28, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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