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White House 'birther' strategy backfires
Posted By Les Kinsolving On 05/03/2011 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
It was the April 27 Fox News headline in a news report that quoted Obama press secretary Jay Carney’s public rebuking of CNN’s Ed Henry, during a White House daily news briefing.
Carney’s denunciation of Henry was as follows:
“What do you think, Ed? It’s a distraction. This is a settled issue. The birth certificate online is the same certificate you get to get a driver’s license. Anyone born in Hawaii gets the same thing the campaign and the White House have provided to the press.
“I just think this is a distraction, an unfortunate distraction from the issues most Americans care about. Anyone watching this exchange would be appalled that this is what concerns us when so many issues are facing us.”
Think about that.
Then consider what happened “just one day after his press secretary upbraided a reporter for even asking about such a thing”:
“President Obama reversed course today and answered critics, led by reality show host Donald Trump, who have called for him to release his original birth certificate. …
“The new document doesn’t seem to reveal anything to contradict Obama’s claims. But the very fact that the president will have to answer Trump must be very galling. Remember the longtime argument offered by the administration against releasing the document was that it would still not satisfy conspiracy theorists and doing so would only encourage them to make further demands.”
All of this evokes a number of questions:
All this brings to memory my covering the White House in the last year of the presidency of Richard Nixon – and watching the obvious desperation of press secretary Ron Ziegler.
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