Carney rips CNN’s Ed Henry for asking about Obama’s birth certificate

White House press secretary Jay Carney ripped CNN’s Ed Henry for asking about President Obama’s birth certificate on Tuesday. Birtherism, or the belief among some Americans that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve in his office, has picked up steam in the media with potential 2012 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump touting it.

When Henry asked Carney why the president hasn’t just released his birth certificate to end the conspiracy once and for all and if the White House isn’t releasing it because Obama thinks the birthers will just move the “goal post,” Carney turned the question around on Henry. “Well, what do you think, Ed?,” Carney asked. “Do you think they might keep moving the goal posts?”

Henry shot back. “You’re the president’s press secretary,” he said to Carney. “I’m asking you what you think.”

Carney followed that by saying he does think the birth certificate issue is a “distraction, obviously” and that it is a “settled issue.”

“The birth certificate, the campaign put up online,” Carney said. “It’s been available for everyone to see, around the globe. It’s the same birth certificate you get to get a driver’s license. Anybody who was born in Hawaii who asks for their birth certificate gets the same thing that the campaign and the White House has provided to the press.”

Carney said he also thinks most Americans aren’t happy with the media debate Trump has ignited questioning Obama’s true origins. “Anybody who is watching this exchange, the West Wing of the White House would be appalled, or most Americans would be appalled,” Carney said.

Henry is hardly the first White House correspondent to bring up Obama’s birth certificate. In an interview last fall, ABC News reporter Jake Tapper asked Obama adviser David Axelrod about the administration’s attacks on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and compared the administration’s narrative to the birther argument with the goal of “disproving a conspiratorial negative.” When Axelrod said the Chamber needed to “disclose the source of the $75 million that they are spending in campaigns,” Tapper replied: “Isn’t that like the whackjobs that tell the president he needs to show them his full long-form birth certificate so he can put to rest the questions that have been raised?”* Axelrod dodged the birther question.

World Net Daily’s Lester Kinsolving has repeatedly asked about Obama’s long-form birth certificate and related issues. In most instances, then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and most of the rest of the press corps would mock the conservative journalist for raising the topic.

*This story has been updated to add more context surrounding Tapper’s reference to Obama’s birth certificate.

  • curmudgeon

    Jay Carney appears to be either a fool’s liar or a liar’s fool.

  • LordHowardHurts

    The Coming Crisis

    Like the housing crisis that even the “experts” did not see coming, that has thrown this countries economy into the future realm of massive inflation, the New Crisis will test both the desire and strength of this nations citizens to continue with the Noble Experiment called Freedom. Our freedoms have gradually been eroded, and removed, through lack of education about the Philosophy of the history of this great country. And even though most citizens endure 12 years of basic education, there are few graduates who hold even the most basic idea of the concept of freedom, and the necessary work and sacrifices needed to keep this Experiment alive.

    We currently are living in an era that brings new meaning, and definition, to Time and Space. Because of technology, time seems to be moving faster than just 70 years previous. And as the speed of time increases, our population is exploding upwards, making it more difficult for our citizens to understand that regardless of the expanding technology all around us, there is still a need for persons to pour concrete, flip burgers, and stand by the roadside, each day, holding a sign that reads: “Slow! Paving Workers Ahead”. Speed suddenly becomes the “drug” of the “future world” and society. And not wanting to face the reality, that to continue this desire for speed, society, by necessity, will have to have a workforce of “drones”, the elites disregard all Natural Laws, and supplant these Natural Laws with self serving, irrational, Socialistic Laws; Socialistic “theories” that have been tried over and over again, since the beginning of the human race, and have always ended in failure. Freedom is so elusive, and precious, because it, like a well kept garden, needs to be fed, watered, pruned, and tended, and any failure to provide this care always results in death.

    So here we stand at the “fork in the road”. One road leading to “Death”, and the other leading to “Freedom”. We have as our guide, President Obama. His history is hidden from us because Elites have a need to protect each other, and their misguided ideas, but his past actions make it clear that he is a fraud, a liar, a bragger, a non performer in the American economy, a person who has been “dragged along” by others because he is a non thinker (puppet), a Muslim in theory, if not actual practice, and a hater of The American Constitution. Now, which road do you think he will take? We have two more years of his “Steering” this Nation, and unless we are a Nation of Cowards and Sheep, it is time we remove him…. Immediately. He is well aware that his “Cover” is broken and his “Coded Speech” has been deciphered, and it is certain he will mount all his available forces against The Constitution. Our Supreme Court is too cowardly, and too socialistic leaning, to give the correct interpretation to issues needing the guidance of that body (look at the issue of Obama’s birth certificate and his qualifications to serve as President). So, if this Republic is to survive, it will take the work and daring of brave citizens to see that Obama is removed from office before the elections of 2012. For if “we” decide to sit and wait, I assure you that 2012 will be a Coronation rather than an election.
    Lord Howard Hurts freedomfiles.blogspot.com

  • kingfish

    More discussion on the issue