Did you think Republicans were going to let the “is he or isn’t he” birther issue stay dead and buried in the 2012 campaign? Bwahahahaha. The zombie issue of Obama’s “long-form birth certificate” has shuffled back into the press after an interview with Rick Perry, who touched on the subject long enough to create a bit of doubt before asking to move on.
It’s no surprise that Perry- not exactly a Mensa member- has latched on to the idea that a vast conspiracy has shielded the American people from the true story of how Barack Obama was born in Kenya, educated in Indonesia and could possibly be from Hawaii but somehow it doesn’t really make him an American citizen because Hawaii isn’t attached to America or is owned by Japan or something. Whatever, he just doesn’t look right, or so Rick Perry and Donald Trump might have you believe.
Perry and Trump lunched last week, and apparently the President’s eligibility for office was a bit of a hot topic on their date. Perry told Parade that both he and The Donald don’t really think President Obama is a legit American, but that it passive-aggressively doesn’t really matter, he guesses:
Interviewer: That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Perry: Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.
Interviewer: But you’ve seen his.
Perry: I don’t know. Have I?
Interviewer: You don’t believe what’s been released?
Perry: I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.
Perry: That came up.
Interviewer: And he said?
Perry: He doesn’t think it’s real.
Interviewer: And you said?
Perry: I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.
Do you think the birther debate will reignite as 2012 draws closer? Will Rick Perry’s comments cause another round of speculation as to where the President was born?