Monday, August 27, 2012

What Does Romney's 'Firestorm' Birth Certificate Joke Reveal About Obama?

You've no doubt heard that Mitt Romney has "raised the birther issue again" in this campaign.

In fact, some PBS stations are even calling it a "Despicable Birther Joke" and asking to raise questions of Romney's faith in retaliation. (One wonders what PBS thinks of truly despicable insinuations by Obama's staff and PACs. Such as the infamous Romney responsible for cancer death ad).

(For point of reference, here is that 'despicable' joke in its entirety)

Romney was speaking to a crowd of several thousand people in his home state of Michigan. Here's the transcript:

"I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital," Romney said. "No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

It didn't take long for the legacy media to get the memo, and they all started "framing" the "narrative" (is there any journalism left out there?) as a "firestorm".

Consider Romney birth certificate remark sets off firestorm - , from the Political Hotsheet at cBS News

The only problem is that Mitt Romney has always taken pains to state that he believes the president was born in the United States.

Romney was making a joke while delivering what is an otherwise perfunctory statement delivered by all politicians, the "it's great to be back" segment of the campaign speech.

So why such a knee-jerk reaction to Romney's joke?

it strikes me that there are 2 general explanations for the media reaction:

  1. The Obamites are really touchy about the subject of his past in general, and his birthplace in particular.
  2. Obama supporters are desperate to change focus and tarnish Romney, and since the "he's rich = he's evil" narrative only plays well to the Occupy idiots, they hope to strike at middle America and convince them that Romney is some fringe birther nutjob.

I don't know if there's anything about Obama's birth or birth certificate that warrants the kind of speculation it's received.

No need to go there..

Ultimately, I don't think Obama's place of birth matters because there's simply no reason to go there. Obama has a record, and it is one of failure.

whether you focus on the worst recovery in U.S. history, the largest and most unpopular expansion of government power that is Obamacare (not to mention the shady tactics used to pass it), the $831 billion slush fund erroneously called a "stimulus" bill, $6 trillion in new debt and record deficits as far as the eye can see; there are a host of arguments in the case against reelection that are simply much stronger arguments than Obama's birth certificate.

Basically, Obama's already proven himself to be a failure and generally bad for the country. Republicans should stick to that.

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