...I was born in Hawaii.Â”Â President Obama took on the "birthers" yesterday, telling a crowd in Chicago, his adopted 'home town' that 'birtherism' was going to be a 'problem for them,' when asked about candidates who deny he is an American citizen.Â Â“I think that over the last two and a half years, thereÂ’s been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short term for Republicans but creates I think a problem for them when they want to actually run in the general election, where most people feel pretty confident the president was born where he says he was, in Hawaii,Â” Obama replied. Â“He doesnÂ’t have horns.Â”
This wonÂ’t make this issue go away, and it may be that Obama doesnÂ’t want it to.Â If he believes it will actually help him, and itÂ’s hard to see how it could hurt him, he may play it occasionally just to keep it alive.Â Trump, with the support of Sarah Palin, may well ride it to a short boost in popularity, and even into an announced campaign for President, but if he wants to be a credible candidate, and, perhaps more importantly, to receive the support of the Republican Party, heÂ’s going to have to find more than this to talk about.
On the same day, ArizonaÂ passed what has come to be known as the "Birther Bill," a bill to require any candidate to prove he/she is an American citizen to get on the ballot.Â "It's essential that we bring back the integrity to the office," Republican state lawmaker Judy Burges said, apparently implying that the current President's seat in that office has somehow removed integrity from the office, and that federal vetting processes will be less comprehensive than Arizona's.Â Governor Brewer has not indicated whether she would sign the bill.
President Obama believes, and heÂ’s likely got this one right, that people who come to vote in the next general election will need more than an insupportable conspiracy theory about his birth certificate.Â They are going to want to know where the jobs are coming from, and when gas prices are coming down.
Â“We may disagree with him on some issues and we may wish that you know, the unemployment rate was coming down faster and we want him to know his plan on gas prices.Â But we're not really worrying about conspiracy theories or-- or birth certificates. And so-- I-- I think it presents a problem for them,Â” he said.
What he said.