July 13, 2009
Congratulations, again, Mr Kingsolving. Though I must ask: Why the long delay in asking?
Lester Kingsolving of WND asked Gibbs about the recent development with Kapi’olani Medical Center letter how–after 6 months–it suddenly disappeared.
That didn’t get posted yet because I noticed a couple of problems on my own when I checked links for the last post Another anti-birther attack. They’ve gone missing or got changed. Must mean somebody’s getting close or the “real” birth certificate will be making an appearance. I don’t see Taitz’s case getting past standing. Nobody but Congress has standing.
Anyway – Gibbs made Kingsolving wait twice and then gave him the second to last question asking. Gibbs brushed it aside and let his fratboys chuckle and then ended with his usual sarcasm. But in the middle he once again gave the Smithsonian, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress a great quote.
KINGSOLVING says what’s on the internet [what Gibbs previously referred to as barry's birth certificate] is not a birth certificate.
GIBBS: I KNOW.
End of story. He admits on the official record – in the transcript and on video and eyewitness testimony – that he knows that useless COLB is not a birth certificate. He admits he and barry’s campaign have been lying. He proves that Kos, Fight the Smears (has disappeared), Factcheck and Politifact were all lying when they used the term Birth CERTIFICATE. His words make null all their conclusions. His words prove what “birthers” have been saying all along – the COLB is not a birth CERTIFICATE.
What GIBBS said in his May 27th press briefing.
MR. GIBBS: Are you looking for the President’s birth certificate?
MR. GIBBS: It’s on the Internet, Lester.
Call it semantics – call it whatever you like – it’s right from his mouth. He knows and admits – volunteers – that it is not a birth certificate. And by admitting to that he admitted he’s been lying all along
TRANSCRIPT: WH Press Briefing 7-13-09
Gibbs make Kingsolver wait.
LESTER KINGSOLVING: Robert.
MR. GIBBS: Let me go to — I’ll come back, Lester. Don’t worry, I’m feeling good today
He tries 20 or so questions later.
MR. GIBBS: Hold on, Lester. Don’t worry, Lester, I’ll get to you. Don’t worry; you’re not going anywhere and neither am I.
KINGSOLVING: Thank you.
10 more questions and it’s Lester’s turn.
KINGSOLVING: Thank you very much. Just two questions.
MR. GIBBS: It was probably only one when I passed over you the first time. (Laughter.)
KINGSOLVING: Six or seven.
MR. GIBBS: All right, all right, easy on the first two rows. Les, you can’t sit in the second row and complain about all the questions in the second row. You got to go like way back and — I’m kidding, go ahead.
KINGSOLVING: I appreciate it. While you and the President were overseas on July the 7th, there was on the Internet a copy of a letter on White House letterhead dated January the 24th, 2009, with the signature “Barack Obama,” which stated “The place of my birth was Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Medical Center.” And my question is, can you verify this letter? Or if not, would you tell us which Hawaiian hospital he was born in, since Kapi’olani, which used to publicize this, now refuses to confirm?
MR. GIBBS: Goodness gracious. I’m going to be, like, in year four describing where it is the President was born. I don’t have the letter at my fingertips, obviously, and I don’t know the name of the exact hospital.
Why would a man who has known barry for years not know what hospital he was born in?
It’s Hawaii. There aren’t 10 options – there are two – and he has traveled to Hawaii with barry. This is more of an admission than “I know” because he can say he was just being facetious when he said “I know”. It’s absolutely impossible for Gibbs to not know which hospital barry was born if he is so adamant that barry was born in Hawaii. Evading the question means one thing: he doesn’t want to commit himself to the official White House record. And the only reason for that is it would be a lie. And he has to be enticed into commiting himself. Lester’s question let’s Gibbs off the hook. Again.
KINGSOLVING: Can you check on this?
Why can’t someone who knows how to cut through sarcasm get into that press conference and pin Gibbs down with his own words?
It would probably have to be somebody willing to lose their job. The next question should have been: Why don’t you know? And then rapid fire: How do you expect The American People to trust what you say when you don’t even know yourself? What are The American People to think when the man closest to the president – the man who speaks for him – doesn’t know the name of the hospital? Are you hiding something from The American People, Robert? No matter his answer – the ultimatum: I expect to have the name of the hospital by today or at the very latest tomorrow. He balks, then it’s: Robert, if you won’t tell me the name, I have to assume you’re hiding something, since you say he was born in Hawaii in a Hawaiian hospital and you say the state of Hawaii sent proof of it. And the answer to that is the key. He can’t say I never said he was born in a Hawaiian hospital. If he does – it’s over.
If he agrees – he’s on record saying barry was born in a Hawaiian hospital. He hesitates – right back at him – Robert, are you telling me you can’t find out the name of the hospital? And right as Robert’s face is getting that shiny, sweaty pink like it does when he’s caught lying, you let him off the hook: Ok, no problem Robert, I get it, you can’t tell me the name of the hospital for privacy reasons – can you at least assure me that you – yourself - know the name?
Instead it was sarcasm.
MR. GIBBS: I will seek to interview whoever brought the President into this world. But can we just — I want to do this once and for all, Lester. Let’s just do this once and for all. You can go on this — I hope you’ll take the time not just to Google “President, January 24, Hawaii hospital, birth” and come up with this letter, but go on the Internet and get the birth certificate, Lester, and put –
KINGSOLVING: It’s not a birth certificate.
GIBBS: I know.
GIBBS: Just a document from the state of Hawaii denoting the fact that the President was indeed born in the state of Hawaii.
Facetious, semantics – whatever you want – there it is: “I KNOW.” Gibbs admitting he has been lying when he called it a birth certificate when it is not. Why didn’t Lester say something like: Ok, we agree on that. It’s not a birth certificate. Or something to make Gibbs commit himself again. And why didn’t he ask Gibbs why hasn’t anyone sought to interview whoever brought barry into this world?
KINGSOLVING: But it doesn’t say where he was born or who the doctor was.
Are men this intimidated by sarcasm? Somebody has to go in there on the offensive, which means no buts. I’m beginning to wonder if WND really wants to know or if they just want to keep the controversy going.
MR. GIBBS: You know, Lester, I — I want to stay on this for a second, Lester, I want to stay on this for a second, because you’re a smart man, right?
Fratboys press corps laughing and hoping it is just a crazy thought.
PRESS CORPS: Hypothetical.
Now this is just wrong. Gibbs is talking about “noble truth”. Not a single person on barry’s team is the least bit noble, nor are they familiar with truth.
MR. GIBBS: All right, all right, settle down in here. Only I get to make jokes like that. No, Lester, let’s finish this one. Do all of your listeners and the listeners throughout this country the service to which any journalist owes those listeners, and that is the pursuit of the noble truth. And the noble truth is that the President was born in Hawaii, a state of the United States of America. And all of this incredible back-and-forth — I get e-mails today from people who inexplicably can figure out very easily the White House e-mail address, and want proof of where the President was born.
He gets emails all the time and he doesn’t know what hospital barry was born in? It defies reality. At the very least make Gibbs state that barry was born in a Hawaiian hospital. Notice how he leaves out the word “birth” in front of certificate.
MR. GIBBS: Lester, the next time you ask me a question I’m going to ask you what reporting you’ve done to demonstrate to your listeners the truth, the certificate, the state, so that they can look to you for that momentous search for the truth, and you can wipe away all the dark clouds and provide them with the knowing clarity that comes with that certainty.
Arrogance is passed down from the supreme leader. He of the I don’t know the exact hospital is talking clarity, certainty and the momentous search for truth? What has he done to demonstrate to The American People the truth, the certificate, or the hospital? Lester could at least go with the transparency argument – that the man claiming transparency should be providing clarity and certainty without having to be subpoenaed.
The best part of these exchanges is they are forevermore. They sanitize the WH website that’s a whole different crime. I know they have changed various parts – like the LGBT section and that they leave meetings off the WH schedule – but removing/changing the transcript of the press briefing?
Lester’s second question demonstrates Gibbs’ defenses when pressed: I don’t know…then sarcasm.
KINGSOLVING: Another question. (Laughter.) The Washington Times and gawker.com report that of the 60 or more reporters who regularly cover these briefings, only 30 were invited to the White House to watch the July 4th fireworks, and they were ordered not to report this. And my question, why does the President believe it is fair to exclude so many, including even Helen Thomas, who was [NOT] invited — (laughter) — by so many previous Presidents to this event?
MR. GIBBS: Please note for the official record that Helen almost fell out of her chair laughing. I just wanted to note — that’s all –
I find it extremely disrespectful that he refers to Helen Thomas by her first name – and usually derisively. He is supposed to be at the very least a Southerner.
KINGSOLVING: This information was confirmed to me, she was not invited, Bob. Why?
MR. GIBBS: You know, I — ohhh. Les, we were — I haven’t the slightest idea what the invitation system is for the July 4th fireworks. I’ll do this. I’ll figure that out. You figure out the Hawaii birth certificate. We’ll meet here sometime next week and we can discuss it all over again. How about that, Lester?
How about it?
Did Lester bring it up again?
I don’t know.