President Obama’s official spokesman deflected a question today about the president’s alleged place of birth.

At the White House press briefing, Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent there, asked, “While he was in Hawaii, did the president visit the hospital where he was reportedly born, which is which one?”

Spokesman Robert Gibb deflected.

“I don’t believe I saw any pool reports of hospital visits,” he said.

In his Between the Lines column today, WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah noted that while Obama claims Hawaii as his birthplace, and state officials are planning to honor him there, perhaps with a plaque, there is no one claiming to represent the actual birth hospital.

Farah wrote, “More than five months ago now, around Obama’s alleged Aug. 4 birthday, I stepped out publicly and offered a $10,000 charitable gift to the hospital found on his long-form birth certificate. All he or the hospital or the state of Hawaii would have to do to claim the prize is show the American public the document that should have been produced long ago to claim the presidency as a natural born citizen,” he wrote.

“Obama has said he was born in Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu. He participated in a fund-raiser for the medical center in January. WND will send a check to whatever birth hospital is listed on his long-form birth certificate. All Obama has to do to see that donation made is to release it publicly.”

Farah said that offer now is being amended.

“Since politicians in Hawaii are so interested in honoring Obama, why not use their influence on him to produce the proof that will lead to a cash contribution – no strings attached – to a worthy charity. In fact, I’ll make it $15,000!” he wrote.

He said those who are concerned about the issue also can help raise that amount even higher by donating to a kitty that will either go directly to the charity or to raising the visibility of the eligibility issue.

Farah’s billboard campaign followed a petition that has collected nearly 500,000 signatures demanding proof of Obama’s eligibility along with yard signs and bumper stickers.

In another question, Kinsolving asked, “Considering the continuing reports of record worldwide cold, how does the president believe that there was justification for the millions spent on that conference to try to promote acceptance of global warming?”

Said Gibbs, “Well, I think one only has to step outside here or visit where I used to work in Chicago to understand that climate change is – and the record temperatures that climate change is likely causing is with us.”

Other reporters followed up on the questioning. “You attribute today’s weather to climate change?” asked one.

“I don’t know what specifically causes today’s snowfall,” Gibbs said.

Continued the reporter, “Or the cold that’s gripping the nation you attribute…”

“I would say that there are, even in places that are used to getting very cold weather, record cold. I think scientists will tell you that whether it’s in and around this country or throughout the world that our weather patterns have been affected by our change in our climate, yes,” Gibbs said.

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