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Well, it was inevitable: At some point, a reporter besides World Net Daily’s Les Kinsolving was going to ask White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs a question about the Birthers. At Monday’s press briefing, it finally happened.
The reporter who asked the question even acknowledged the situation, starting off by saying, “Robert, I hate to bring this up, but somebody has to.”
Here’s the exchange that followed:
QUESTION: Is there anything you can say that will make the birthers go away?
QUESTION: Do you want to try?
GIBBS: I mean, the God’s honest truth is no. I mean, let’s understand this. And I almost hate to indulge in such an august setting as the White House — and I mean this in seriousness — the White House briefing room discussing the made-up fictional nonsense of whether or not the president was born in this country.
A year-and-a-half ago, I asked that the birth certificate be put on the Internet, because Lord knows, if you’ve got a birth certificate and you put it on the Internet, what else could be the story?
Here’s the deal, Bill. If I had some DNA, it wouldn’t assuage those that don’t believe he was born here.
But I have news for them and for all of us: The president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the 50th state of the greatest country on the face of the Earth. He’s a citizen.
Later, Gibbs added that “it’s been proven ad nauseam” that the president is a natural-born citizen, and said there are “10,000 more important issues for people in this country to discuss.” But, he said, it keeps coming up “because, for $15, you can get an Internet address and say whatever you want.”
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.