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CNN President Jon Klein declares Obama birther story 'dead'

CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein told staffers at the cable news network Thursday night that the supposed controversy regarding the legitimacy of President Obama’s birth certificate is a “dead” story after anchor Lou Dobbs drew attention for raising the issue repeatedly on his radio program.

The website TVNewser reported today that Klein sent an e-mail to staffers of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” just as the program went to air, informing them that CNN researchers had determined that Hawaiian officials discarded all paper documents in 2001. A long-form birth certificate with details about the doctor who delivered Obama no longer exists, they reported. The shorter Certificate of Live Birth noting Obama’s birth on Aug. 4, 1961, that has been made public is the official record.

“It seems to definitively answer the question,” Klein wrote, according to TVNewser. “Since the show's mission is for Lou to be the explainer and enlightener, he should be sure to cite this during your segment tonite. And then it seems this story is dead -- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn't really have a legitimate beef.”

In his show Thursday, Dobbs did note the explanation from Hawaiian officials, though he went on to devote another segment to the topic, interviewing CNN contributor Roland Martin and Rep. Ted Poe, a co-sponsor of a bill that would require future presidential candidates to produce their birth certificates.

Here's Dobbs' opening:

“President Obama promised transparency and openness in his administration. Yet, he's chosen not to release his original birth certificate or a copy of it. And a number of Americans are asking, why not? The left-wing media has attacked me because I simply asked the question. Meanwhile, 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 when the health department records went electronic some eight years ago. That explanation, however, has not satisfied some critics.”

In the segment, Dobbs stressed that he has said repeatedly that he believes Obama is a citizen, something that he said his critics in the “left-wing media” ignore.

But he continued to press the question of why Obama has not shown a long-form birth certificate. “When this could be dispelled so quickly, and -- and simply by producing it, why not do it?” Dobbs asked.

-- Matea Gold

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To 'the Strawboss" actually McCain's citizenship was questioned because he was born in Panama while his parents were stationed there. Congress passed some resolution affirming McCain is a "natural born citizen" because he was apparently born 100 feet away from the US occupied territory and technically would not have been able to hold the office of POTUS.
Mitt Romney's natural-born status has also been questioned, but I don't remember the details of his story at the moment.
Both McCain and Romney were GOP.
As for Obama, I personally think he is just 'not complying' with the multiple requests simply because his ego is THAT big. He doesn't have to so he won't ... it's like a six-year-old's temper tantrum.
What did anyone expect from Chicago Thugocrats?

CNN should get grown-ups to host their shows...not Lou Dobbs.

Petty stuff, this, when the country has REAL issues to tackle.

Sad, sad, sad.

All of this "birther" stuff has an air of desperation to it. As if those who pursue it think there might be a way to get Obama out of the White House. Get over it already. You lost.

This latest attempt to explain why Obama can not provide a certified birth certificate only raises more questions and leads to a further erosion of confidence that Barrack Obama and the mainstream media are legitimate.

If these vital records were destroyed in 2001 how could Dr.Chiyome Fukino, Director of Health for the State of Hawai'i claim to have in possession Obama's original birth certificate in 2008?


For the sake of the nation Mr. Obama release your Birth Certificate once and for all.

Thanks to Lou Dobbs for being the only one over at CNN who still maintains some degree of journalistic integrity.

There's some serious mental illness going on here.

I really recommend that people read what the birthers have to say on this issue on wnd.com.

A few points though:

- Every other US prez before Obama HAS produced solid proof -- i.e. a birth certificATE not a certificATION of live birth which PROVES NOTHING other than a person exists -- the he was indeed qualified to serve US prez. But Obam has yet to produce proof other that that phony doc he put on the net. Don't believe me when I say it's phony?, then go to:


Obama, though, says he found his birth certificATE in a book in his home years ago and is said to be kept in a vault in Hawaii. Ok, so why dosn't he release that?, we ask. Well, as asked by good Americans like Lou Dobbs, HE STILL WON'T and has FOUGHT efforts to KEEEEEEP people from seeing it. WHY??? Obama has also paid a million dollars to attorneys, including here here in Cali with regard to Occidental college, to keep inquiring folks away from his college records which can undoubtedly prove O's true nationality.

Obama has shown NOTHING to the public to prove he is a natural-born citizen...

He WON'T confirm his legitimacy to be prez by any means...

WHY???...what does he have to hide????...just release one SOLID form of proof Obama!

And with all do respect to all the people SLANDERING good, concerned Americans who want to Constitution to be upheld, PUT AWAY THE KOO-LAID, PLEASE!!!

I am a Democrat who used to listen to Conservative radio talk show host to compare proposed political policies, and policies that had taken effect in my great country, known and loved by me,
The United States of America. Since President Obama was "Elected by the People, and not
"Selected," by those with alot of money and polictical powers, Conservatives and their Talk Show Hosts, have spent most of their time taking, "Cheap personal shots," at the President.
Their actions makes my great country seem "Divided," not "United." I rarely heard a Conservative address , President Obama," after the "Elections." Cheap shots such as challenging the President's birth right makes it even clearer to me, Conservatives talk show hosts are " fear mongers," and " Truth twisters," that have little or nothing signifcant that they can debate about without engaging in rhetoric. This beautiful Country has been controlled by specific politicians who ruled with making people "very afraid," for years. I mean arent' you all sick and tired of allowing your minds to be manipulated? Could be you are just "okay" with this type mental maneuverin. I hate to think this true. I love this great Country inspite of people who have severely tarnished its reputation with the rest of the world. President Obama is, and I mean this with no disrespect, the "clean up man," for these people who "love money," more than " We the People."

"A man convinced against his will is a man unconvinced still". All you liberal left loons that are so happy you've finally won something you don't care if it costs us our freedom and the great country you've prospered in. Why do you want to make us Canada or England? If that's what you want ..go there. Don't mess it up here. They Come Here! We don't EVER Go there unless we want to try some treatment that hasn't passed our AMA testing and is proven ready. I've never seen a person on the right be persuaded by any of your lame koolaid drinking rants and I've never seen a liberal able to see the truth that is about to bury them so I say lets just shut up and quietly go about the business of supporting or trying to replace this farce of a "talking head" elected by the media and unemployed folks hoping to keep the freebees coming. I know you're loving it. I've been a winner for the most of the last 50 years around here and it feels good to be on top. But my guys Never pushed us this close to the brink of having the wheels come completely off before and have the press there giving him a green light and complete support to do his "stupidly" done deeds. How soon yall forget the terrible Jimmy Carter days and the embarrassing Slick willy days, but every great country has the government it deserves. So maybe we deserve to fail. We let yall decide something this important. : >/

Why is it that it's only an issue with a BLACK president?

Why didnt Bush have to prove he was a citizen?
Why didnt Clinton have to prove he was a citizen?
Why didnt Bush Sr have to prove he was a citizen?
Why didnt Regan have to prove he was a citizen?
Why didnt Carter have to prove he was a citizen?

Because they're WHITE?!?!

I think so.

You racists should be ashamed of yourselves.

In the 50's they predicted we would have FLYING CARS, and we still haven't come past SKIN COLOR. You're all pathetic. And Lou Dobbs should be fired.

And before anyone wants to start drama, I'm white as can be.

Re: Long form v. short form birth certificate, I had requested a copy of my birth cert from the city of New York, I was furnished a notarized short form and when I called to inquire, the original (long forms) were done away with.

So that being said, if the birthers request one, I'm sure they will only get a short form copy.

Just adding my 2 cents

All the former presidents and even John McCain released thier birth certificates. If Pres. Obama has nothing to hide, then why not release his? As far as I am concerned he can not legally be the president unless he provides this proof. The constitution is the law of this land and Obama is not exempt. Show us the proof Obama!

Birth Certificate were destroyed in 2001, thats as believeable as President Obama being born in America. I can't believe the news media cover-up on this subject, and now the Internet is starting to try and keep the truth from the American people. It look like we're going the way of the dictator ran countries where the news buckles under to the Government Control Media, I would never have believed the Internet search engines would start censoring Infomation. This is America !

Mr. Klein's statement directly contradicts the official statement of the Hawaiian authorities who previously confirmed that they have seen Obama's long-form birth certificate which is in their files. They did not release any information regarding what the certificate says. They did not even confirm that the long-form certificate indicate that Obama was born in Hawaii. Therefore, either Mr. Klein or the Hawaiian officials are lying.

To all the UN-INFORMED or closed minded ideologues: During the campaign there was plenty of media debate, including in Congress, about McCain's eligibility, because he was born on a military base abroad and comes from a long line of distinguished military leaders who served this country - now his sons continue this noble tradition. No such official scrutiny for Barack Hussein Obama took place. Lawsuits on this subjects were instantly dismissed and to date HE spent almost a million dollars defending many more law suits about his real birthplace. The media avoided that subject completely - unlike in McCain's case. Why? And in whose interest is it to cover up and protect this individual who comes from nowhere with no qualifications - except handing out fliers to 'community organized' USEFUL IDIOTS. Not even his middle name was allowed to be used - until Inauguration Day, when he proudly used his middle name and then quickly traveled around assuring everybody of his Muslim family tree.
USA, what happened to you ??? !!!

I was born in Hawaii in 1973. I have my original birth certificate, but I'd be happy to see about getting a new copy--the "long form." Can anyone tell me who I would contact to get that? A state office? Or the hospital where I was born? We can clear this mystery up ASAP.

America has some of the sickess,sadess people in the world! CNN ought to be ashamed to have Dobbs on it's staff! Aren't there any important issues to report?

We should fire anyone who is upholding and defending the U.S. Constitution. Lou Dobbs is an American. He shouldn't question President's. He should help them get elected and then get a government job in the Department of Transpportation.

Hey all you obama lovers...did anyone stop to think why his African grandmother said she was present at his birth? If she was there, he must have been born in Africa - don't ya think??? He really has the wool pulled over the eyes of the American liberals. Thank God the truth will set us free...eventually!

Every single Birther I know seems totally immune to facts. If Jesus Christ himself appeared before them, said Barack Obama was on the wrong side of everything BUT that he was indeed born in Hawaii, they'd insist this was all a Satanic deceit. They frighten me with their fanaticism and rage--and Lou Dobbs is whipping them further into a frenzy.

The FBI has a copy of the long form. File a FOIA like the GOP did.

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