Rev. Franklin Graham struck a nerve

It’s obvious that Rev. Franklin Graham struck a nerve with the Obama administration this week. He appeared on “This Week”, an ABC program, and responded to a question about the birth certificate issue of the president, “Well, the — the president I know has some issues to deal with here. He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly. I don’t — I was born in a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, and I know that my records are there. You can probably even go and find out what room my mother was in when I was born. I don’t know why he can’t produce that. So I’m not — I don’t know. But it’s an issue that looks like he could — he could answer pretty quickly.”

Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, was defensive in his reply to a question from a reporter regarding Rev. Graham’s comments. He stated abruptly, “It’s interesting that a minister would use Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges.” Carney’s comment was certainly personal and even questioning of Graham’s actions as a minister.

This type of response of personal insult to another instead of addressing the issue is one common when there is something to be hidden. It’s quite easy for President Obama to put the issue to rest – just show the long-form birth certificate that is stated to exist from the state of Hawaii. It seems like such a simple thing to do and to take it so personal for such a simple request from the public makes the issue more of an issue. With most of the public used to responding to such requests from our government when asked, the preposterous issue is the decision to not provide the document.