Related: Snopes.com changes hospital of Obama's birth 90 minutes after WND.COM article but has no conclusive evidence of correction according to Wikipedia.
CSPAN embedded video and transcripts cuts off two minutes before question from the press about Obama's hospital of birth.
Key point after watching this video. The Certificate of Live Birth that Obama has made available online is a document as Lou Dobbs said that tells of another document. That other document is what many wish that Obama would release. So why not? This issue is about transparency.
Obama's birth certificate issue made it on CNN and NBC. Lou Dobbs actually makes a fair statement. "All the President of the United States has to do is produce a birth certificate." It is not about a conspiracy but rather about transparency. Obama has been asked again and again to produce his "LONG FORM" birth certificate. This issue could easily be resolved but the Obama administration continues to allow the issue to continue by closing the document from the public. Now there could be a legitimate reason why he wishes not to reveal it. Maybe it would put somebody in harms way but until the public gets some sort of response it appears this issue will continue to be before the media and rightfully so. So instead of crying "So many conspiracy theories, so little time." as Brian Williams of NBC has done in the last line of his report on this issue (see article below) why not ask the question many in the public are asking: why not release the original birth certificate and get this thing over with?
Not only that but the Obama administration continues to ignore requests about whether or not a letter with White House letter head and Obama's signature sent to a hospital in Hawaii is his. Why?
As Lou Dobbs took on this issue CNN chief and US president Jon Klein told staffers of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that the issue is a dead one because the original paper documents were discarded. Even Lou Dobbs said, "the state of Hawaii says it can't release a paper copy of the president's original birth certificate because they say the state government discarded the original document". But then what is in electronic filing. Dr Chiyome Fukino the Hawaii State Health Director has confirmed today that she has seen the "original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifiying Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen." So why won't Obama release the information in electronic storage if that is where it is? So this all comes down to transparency.
Fact 1: There are original documents either electronic or paper that gives further information that even Dr Fukino came out in statements to confirm.
Fact 2: Obama has yet to release those documents to the public.
Fact 3: The best we have to confirm Obama's eligibility for our presidency is a statement from Dr Fukino which confirms Obama's certificate of live birth. So it boils down to Dr Fukino's statement.
Which leaves us with the question that most media sources are ignoring. Why not release the information to the public or to a non-partisan independent group of some sort or to respected members of both sides to verify eligibility? It's about transparency not conspiracy.
Apparently, Mr Gibbs and the White House still don't get it. As he is asked a question at the White House Daily Briefing yesterday. To be fair to Mr Gibbs I believe he did make these comments before Dr Fukino made her second statement.
He was also asked the question back in June and notice how he ignores the concern here also. The below video is re-embedded here from Video of reporter asking the White House Briefing Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about Obama's "LONG FORM" birth certificate. Comments were made at that time on that post and the questions still remain unanswered. See comments below video.
"Robert Gibbs did not answer the question. The question was and repeated that why won't the Obama administration be transparent enough to provide a copy of the "LONG FORM" certificate of birth. See Snopes and FactCheck caught misrepresenting the position of those after Obama's birth certificate..... If Robert Gibbs wishes this issue to go away by Obama's 4th year then why not let it go away now by posting the "LONG FORM" certificate of birth on their web site. This is being completely ignored and bypassed thus creating greater concern rather then less."
NBC Wades Into 'Spreading Lies about President Obama's...U.S. Citizenship'
Daring to go where only cable has gone so far, Wednesday's NBC Nightly News waded into the rampant claims that President Barack Obama -- though he was born in a U.S. state and to a mother who was a U.S. citizen, so even if he were born in Kenya he'd still be a U.S. citizen -- is somehow really not one. Anchor Brian Williams didn't hide his disdain, teasing the newscast: “Spreading lies about President Obama's birthplace and about his U.S. citizenship. Who's doing it and why?”
(Too bad Williams didn't show such concern for wild allegations in late 2004 and into 2005 that President Bush was illegitimate when colleague Keith Olbermann spent months using his MSNBC show to hype claims Ohio voting machines were manipulated to deny John Kerry's win which would have given him the presidency.)
After video of a woman in Delaware shouting at a Congressman over Obama's citizenship, Williams fretted: “A lot of us live with this issue; we get e-mails, we get asked about it.” Exaggerating the extent of the attention the issue gets on the right, reporter Pete Williams declared: “It hasn't gone away, becoming a staple of blogs and conservative talk radio.” He soon asserted that “legal scholars -- liberal and conservative alike -- are in widespread agreement that Barack Obama is fully qualified.”
Outlining the evidence, Williams noted how “Obama's campaign long ago released his birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii after it joined the union,” how the state has the original and how “the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper faxed us its birth announcements from August 13, 1961, noting that a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama.”
Pete Williams noted how “one conservative talk show host considers the citizenship issue frivolous.” In a soundbite, Michael Medved sensibly pointed out: “We are just right now getting real traction on some of the issues regarding President Obama, his expansion of government, his spending, this, this is resonating with the American people. This is a terrible distraction. And it makes us look crazy and angry and fringy and irresponsible.”
Not sure I've ever heard “fringy” used before in a news story.
To conclude, Pete Williams recalled how citizenship questions have been raised by other candidates, but ones who didn't take office: “John McCain, born in the Panama Canal Zone, Barry Goldwater born in Arizona when it was still a territory and Mitt Romney's father, George, born in Mexico.”
From the Wednesday, July 22 NBC Nightly News:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: We have a piece of videotape to show you tonight that's starting to receive wide circulation. It's the question that won't seem to go away for President Barack Obama even though it's been answered. The issue of the President's birth place, and American citizenship, has become a kind of conspiracy theory. This is what happened when Republican Congressman Mike Castle of Delaware called on a woman in the audience at a recent town meeting.— Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research CenterWOMAN: Why are you people ignoring his birth certificate? (cheers and applause) He is not an American citizen! He is a citizen of Kenya. I am American. My father worked, fought in World War II with the greatest generation in the Pacific theater for this country, and I don't want this flag to change. I want my country back! (cheers and applause) CASTLE: If you're referring to the President there, he is a citizen of the United States. (boos) He is a citizen of the United States.BRIAN WILLIAMS: ...A lot of us live with this issue; we get e-mails, we get asked about it. Our Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams is going to join in on this conversation from Washington. Pete, no matter how untrue this comes up at a lot of public gatherings now?
WOMAN: I think we should all stand up and give Pledge of Allegiance to that wonderful flag.
PETE WILLIAMS: ...It hasn't gone away, becoming a staple of blogs and conservative talk radio.
AUDIO OF LOU DOBBS ON THE RADIO: All the President of the United States has to do is produce a birth certificate.
AUDIO OF RUSH LIMBAUGH: Barack Obama has yet to have to prove he is a citizen.
PETE WILLIAMS And lawsuits challenging the President's citizenship have been filed in and thrown out of courts around the country. But legal scholars -- liberal and conservative alike -- are in widespread agreement that Barack Obama is fully qualified. The Constitution says only a “natural born citizen” can be President. And though the Supreme Court has never said exactly what that means, legal authorities agree that at the very least it covers any one actually born inside the United States.
Obama's campaign long ago released his birth certificate showing that he was born in Hawaii after it joined the union. State officials say Hawaiian law blocks release of the document signed by doctors the day he was born, but issued a statement saying they have “personally seen and verified” it. And the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper faxed us its birth announcements from August 13, 1961, noting that a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama. One conservative talk show host considers the citizenship issue frivolous.
MICHAEL MEDVED: We are just right now getting real traction on some of the issues regarding President Obama, his expansion of government, his spending, this, this is resonating with the American people. This is a terrible distraction. And it makes us look crazy and angry and fringy and irresponsible.
PETE WILLIAMS: Similar questions have dogged other presidential candidates. John McCain, born in the Panama Canal Zone, Barry Goldwater born in Arizona when it was still a territory and Mitt Romney's father, George, born in Mexico. And in 1881, when Chester A. Arthur became President, his political opponents questioned whether he was actually born in Vermont or somewhat further north -- in Canada. Brian?
BRIAN WILLIAMS: So many conspiracy theories, so little time.