Monday, April 25, 2011

White House Blasts Franklin Graham for Birther Comment

Monday, 25 Apr 2011 03:39 PM

The White House angrily lashed out Monday against renowned evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham for questioning President Obama's birthplace.

Graham’s sin? The son of the Rev. Billy Graham questioned on ABC’s “This Week” why the president has refused to produce and show a copy of what Graham described as his birth certificate.

Obama, Graham said, "has some issues to deal with" when it comes to his birth certificate.

"It's unfortunate that a religious leader would use Easter Sunday to make preposterous" statements, White House press secretary Jay Carney responded Monday, according to The Hill.

In 2008 during Obama's campaign for president, he released a document known as a “Certification of Live Birth.” The document, which is not considered a birth certificate, indicated Obama was born in Hawaii.

But Obama has stubbornly refused to release his full Birth Certificate, detailing such information as the actual location in Hawaii he was born, the time of birth, and the attending physician.

franklin,graham,obama,easter,birther,trumpThe younger Graham has irked the Obama White House before — the Pentagon revoked his invitation to a prayer ceremony last year after it was revealed he called Islam an "evil" religion in 2001, The Hill noted. He also claimed last year that Obama was born a Muslim.

Carney also scoffed at media reports calling out the White House for not releasing a statement commemorating Easter on Sunday, explaining Obama and his family attended church services in Washington.

The White House has issued press statements on major Muslim holidays.

"The president went to church yesterday, it was well-covered. I'm not sure if we put out a statement or not. He obviously personally celebrated Easter with his family," he said.

When a reporter asked how Carney could not know whether the White House issued a statement, Carney shot back, "I'm glad you are asking me these key important questions, guys.

"As a devoted Christian, he believes it is a very important holiday for him personally, his family and people all around the country," he added.