May 25, 2009 15 Comments ›› Erik Wong
$40K in 1st 4 days for ‘truth and transparency’ billboard campaign
WASHINGTON â€“ As WND’s billboard campaign to raise visibility of the issues surrounding Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility yesterday continued to attract eager donors, the president had this to say: “I will never hide the truth because it is uncomfortable.”
“On all of these matters related to the disclosure of sensitive information, I wish I could say that there is a simple formula,” Obama said. “But there is not. These are tough calls involving competing concerns, and they require a surgical approach. But the common thread that runs through all of my decisions is simple: we will safeguard what we must to protect the American people, but we will also ensure the accountability and oversight that is the hallmark of our constitutional system. I will never hide the truth because it is uncomfortable. I will deal with Congress and the courts as co-equal branches of government. I will tell the American people what I know and donâ€™t know, and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why.”
Joseph Farah, WND’s editor and chief executive officer, reacted to Obama’s statement in stunned amazement.
“This is a guy who has no trouble turning over sensitive documents from previous administrations, but he still refuses to release for public view something seemingly so innocuous as his own birth certificate,” said Farah. “This is a double-standard wide enough to sail the Queen Mary 2 through. Statements like this need to be challenged by a vibrant and free press. And that’s what our ‘Where’s the birth certificate?’ billboard campaign is all about.”
More than $35,000 has been raised in the first 72 hours of the national billboard campaign â€“ and the first sign, an electronic one, is already up and online.
Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, said he’s calling it “the truth and transparency campaign.”
The money is being used to erect billboards around the country that ask a simple question: “Where’s the birth certificate?”
The first such sign to be posted under the 3-day-old campaign, a digital, electronic one, is up and online on Highway 165 in Ball, La. â€“ the result of a donation by the owner. In addition, based on the heavy volume of financial donations in the first two days of the campaign, WND was able to commit to leasing two more standard billboards â€“ one in Los Angeles and the other in Pennsylvania. It will take several weeks to get those billboards up because of the vinyl printing and shipping involved.
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