GOP Rep Deal Demands ‘Authentic Documentation’ of Obama’s Birth
February 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA), the rabidly nativist lawmaker running for governor of Georgia, has been extremely vocal about his embrace of shameful birtherism, advanced by extreme right-wing conspiracy theorists. The xenophobic Deal recently sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he produce his birth certificate. President Obama has already released a copy of his birth certificate and the claims that he is not a natural born citizen have been thoroughly debunked, but teapartiers and right-wing lawmakers like Deal have advanced the smear on our first black president to de-legitimize his presidency.
During a recent appearance before the Georgia Christian Alliance, Deal pressed forward with his offensive claims that President Obama was born in Kenya, telling the audience that he wants Obama to produce “authentic documentation,” to put the issue of his citizenship “to rest.” But it’s only an issue with certain anti-Obama individuals whom are—-How can this be put delicately?—Crazy as hoot owls.
When asked about the letter he sent to the President of the United States demanding proof of citizenship, Deal responded in typical Glenn Beck style. He responded that he was just asking the question, on behalf of his constituents. And he denied that his anti-Obama birther campaign was an attack on the president’s “legitimacy to serve.” But Deal, who once derided elderly minorities without birth certificates, as “ghetto grandmothers,” is still demanding that Obama show Deal his birth certificate:
DEAL: “Well, I think it is a communication that, uh, deserves at least his response, first of all, which we have not received. But in essence what I have told him is this. When I am asked by opponents or constituents hard questions, I don’t shy away from those questions. I try to answer those questions. If I don’t have the information to answer hard questions, I have to go to people who have the answers. What I have asked him to do is tell me where I can ask my constituents to go to see authentic documentation that he says satisfy their curiosity … I know some folks will try to label this as ‘politically incorrect.’ Let me tell you something, political correctness is paralyzing our society. These kinds of things deserve straightforward responses. I think this ought to be put to rest. I’m not questioning his legitimacy to serve as President. I would think he’d like to clear this up in as unequivocal fashion as possible. That’s all I’m asking him to do.”
Source: Think Progress