Abercrombie friend recants 'no birth certificate' claim

Mike Evans, the celebrity journalist/friend of Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie who claimed the Governor told him that there was no Barack Obama birth certificate, is now claiming he "misspoke." Jana Winter of Fox News reports:

Mike Evans told FoxNews.com on Wednesday he was remorseful and embarrassed that he appeared to have given the impression that he had discussed the search for Obama's birth certificate with Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Evans, who says he has been a close friend of Abercrombie since the 1980s, appeared on Minnesota's KQRS radio last week and said he'd been told by the governor himself that Obama's birth certificate was nowhere to be found. Evans told KQRS on Jan. 20:

"Yesterday, talking to Neil's office, Neil says that he searched everywhere using his powers as governor ..... there is no Barack Obama birth certificate in Hawaii.  Absolutely no proof at all that he was born in Hawaii."

But that's no longer Evans' story.

The recording of the KQRS interview which was introduced to a national audience by AT's Jack Cashill, has now been removed from YouTube.

There are those who believe that this is an orchestrated campaign to make so-called "birthers" who want to see Obama's strangely-secret original long form birth certificate look foolish. But such a supposition presupposes a journalists would be willing to make himself look like a lying moron in order to make others look foolish for believing him. Evans didn't just appear to give an impression, he outright stated that the Governor told him something, and now he is saying that he lied. Would a man in a profession in which credibility is essential sacrifice his credibility in this way?

Evans appears to me to be trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. The timing, coming a day after his comments received wide publicity via AT and subsequent media, suggests a visit by someone threatening dire consequences.

Will Bill O'Reilly ask President Obama why he refuses to release his original birth certificate? Don't count on it. Will Arizona, or Texas, or another state require that presidential candidates must prove their birth status by submitting a certified copy of the birth certificate in order to appear on the presidential ballot? That possibility is much more likely, and would bring the matter to a head. Update: WND reports a total of 10 states with 170 electoral votes are at one stage or another of demanding proof of eligibility.

Sooner or later, President Obama must confront his refusal to provide the sort of basic documentation required for many jobs.
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