The subject of the question was the alleged President’s, Barry Soetoro a/k/a Barack Obama, official birth certificate, which could prove that he meets the constitutional requirement of being a natural born citizen. There is doubt now because the published certificate on the Internet, referred to by Gibbs below, is not an official long-form birth certificate. It (the posted version) is only a certificate of live birth, which in Hawaii could be obtained even by persons born outside of that state, even in a foreign country.
Here is an excerpt from the WND article:
“At today's White House briefing, Gibbs was contentious with Kinsolving before he ever asked his question. Calling on WND's longtime correspondent, he said: "Lester, I'm a glutton for punishment."
Kinsolving said: "Thank you, thank you, very much. Just one question concerning what the president said in his speech on Thursday, and I quote, 'I ran for president promising transparency, and I meant what I said. This is why, whenever possible, we will make information available to the American people so they can make informed judgments and hold us accountable.' End of quote. Do you remember that statement?"
Gibbs: "I can confirm that he said that."
Kinsolving: "Good. In consideration of this very good promise of transparency, why can't the president respond to the petition to requests of 400,000 American citizens by releasing a certified copy of his long-form birth certificate listing hospital – (laughter) – 400,000. …"
Gibbs: "Are you looking for the President's birth certificate?"
Gibbs: "It's on the Internet, Lester."
Kinsolving: "No, no, no -- the long form listing his hospital and physician." (Laughter.)
Gibbs: "Lester, this question in many ways continues to astound me. The state of Hawaii provided a copy with the seal of the President's birth. I know there are apparently at least 400,000 people – (laughter) – that continue to doubt the existence of and the certification by the state of Hawaii of the president's birth there, but it's on the Internet because we put it on the Internet for each of those 400,000 to download. I certainly hope by the fourth year of our administration that we'll have dealt with this burgeoning birth controversy."
And with that, Gibbs ended the briefing.
"This is what the White House thinks of American citizens who take the Constitution seriously," said (Joseph) Farah in response to Gibbs' response. "I think I speak for the 400,000 petitioners when I say disregard for the Constitution is no laughing matter."
Farah was pleased, however, that the question was finally asked of a member of the administration – in public and on the record . . .”