White House press secretary Robert Gibbs has been having reporters into his West Wing office most mornings for the last two weeks for an off-camera, on the record “gaggle.”
I asked Gibbs this morning about the news that a new Virginia poll showed only slightly more than half of Virginians are confident that President Obama was born in the United States.
The poll by Public Policy Polling, a nonpartisan Raleigh, N.C.-based firm, found that 24 percent of Virginians think Obama was born somewhere else, and 24 percent are unsure.
Gibbs appeared to be aware of the poll when I asked him about it, and he had this response:
If I had DNA, I’m entirely sure that a sizable number of people would not believe it, but they’ve seen the birth certificate, it’s on the internet, it’s been there for a year and a half. The State of Hawaii … has said it’s true, and you know …
I’ll take this just for a quick jog. You couldn’t sell this script in Hollywood. And tell me if you’ve heard one that’s this totally crazy. A pregnant woman leaves her home to go overseas to have a child who there’s not a passport for, so then is in cahoots with somebody to smuggle a, to smuggle that child that previously doesn’t exist on a government roll somewhere, back into the country, and has the amazing foresight to place birth announcements in the Hawaiian newspapers, and all of this is transpiring in cahoots with those in the border, all so that some kid named Barack Obama could run for president 46 and a half years later. You couldn’t sell that to the WB.
— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times