Editor's note: This is a new feature through which WND will report when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs allows WND's correspondent at the White House, Les Kinsolving, to ask questions at the daily briefing. When he does not, WND will report the questions that would have been asked.
There were 54 reporters at today's White House news briefing, including eight who were standing. Gibbs allowed 18 of the 54 to ask questions.
While three dozen were unrecognized, Gibbs allowed NBC to ask nine questions; ABC, CBS and NPR eight each; and AP, CBS Radio and the Wall Street Journal five each.
Kinsolving, who began covering the White House during the Nixon administration and is third in seniority among reporters assigned to the beat, would have asked:
- Could you explain how the president believes Sen. Harry Reid's apology was "sincere" when it came only after two years and only after what he apologized for was exposed in a book?
- The "Online Journal" reports that while President Obama was attending Occidental College, he was using the name Barry Soetoro and he used an Indonesian passport issued under that name to travel to Pakistan. If this report is correct, why did the president as a student travel on an Indonesian passport?
Reid's remarks were that Obama could be an appealing as a president candidate because he is "light-skinned" and speaks with "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
Republicans have been on the offensive, saying that such remarks by a member of their party would have ended a political career. Reid critics have been suggesting he step down from his U.S. Senate leadership post, and possibly even resign.
Democrats have said Reid apologized and that should take care of it.
Regarding the passport question, Obama's attendance at Occidental College is just one line in a long list of periods from his life for which he's concealed documentation. Other time periods are his attendance at Harvard, his first job out of college, his high school records, the time he lived in Indonesia, his records as an Illinois state senator and others.
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama's status as a "natural born citizen" brought by people who question Obama's eligibility to serve as president for a number of reasons but who are nonetheless frequently lumped together into the group called "birthers."
The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."
Some of the lawsuits question whether Obama was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama's American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama's citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual
citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Adding fuel to the fire is Obama's persistent refusal to release documents that could provide answers and the appointment – at a cost confirmed to be at least $1.7 million – of myriad lawyers to defend against all requests for his documentation.
It was because of the dearth of information about Obama's eligibility, WND founder Joseph Farah has launched a campaign to raise contributions to post billboards asking a simple question: "Where's the birth certificate?"
"Where's The Birth Certificate?" billboard at the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip
The "certification of live birth" posted online and widely touted as "Obama's birth certificate" does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same "short-form" document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true "long-form" birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a "natural born citizen," no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama's claim to a Hawaiian birth.