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Reporter's Note: The president once, long ago, asked for advice from the public. I’ve been writing to him ever since. Seems like one of us would have given up by now.
Dear Mr. President,
I may very well pull the hair out of my head if I have to hear one more of these discussions about whether you were born in the United States or not. I can not fathom why this issue continues to hang around and hang around like a teenage boy near cheerleader practice.
So far I have seen no evidence whatsoever - zero, zilch, nada - to support any kind of a claim that you are deceiving us about being born in Hawaii. But just as important, I’m not sure what could possibly convince your critics that you are a natural born American at this point anyway!
CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) - The four New York Times staffers recently held captive for about a week by pro-Moammar Gadhafi troops made it out of Libya alive.
However, they're unsure if their driver, Mohammed, did. And the experience is forcing the seasoned war journalists to reconsider how they look at the world.
"We probably should have died those first 12 hours, given, you know, the intensity of the firefight and the positions we were in," Anthony Shadid told Anderson Cooper on CNN's "AC360."
But when Shadid and his colleagues Lynsey Addario, Stephen Farrell and Tyler Hicks emerged unscathed from the firefight, they fled right into the arms of their soon-to-be captors, who were manning a government checkpoint.
Mohammed got out of their vehicle at the checkpoint.
The journalists, who were blindfolded soon thereafter, aren't sure if they ever saw him again, but suspect the worst.
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