(Video)Obama Says No Convincing Tea Party Birthers ‘Who Question My Legitimacy’
March 30, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-President Obama just wrapped up an amazing two-weeks of political achievement, by sitting down for an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC’s The Today Show. When Lauer asked Obama about his assessment of the tea party movement that has been portraying the president, as a Socialist, Marxist, Nazi and worse, he said he wouldn’t paint teapartiers in “broad brush” as a fringe group, noting that many in the movement held mainstream concerns. But on the other hand, Obama acknowledged he was unlikely to persuade extremist birthers, who question his “legitimacy,” of his good intentions.
Matt Lauer asked Obama what he made of the tea party movement: “Some say it’s a legitimate movement, others say it’s a fringe group where do you fall?” Obama pointed out that the tea party movement came into existence during his presidential campaign and described it as a “a loose amalgam of forces.”
Obama told Lauer that he hoped his deficit reducing policies would temper some of the anger about the growing deficit, and hold sway with teapartiers with legitimate concerns. But the president also noted, that he was unlikely to convince extreme ideologues who question whether he is a natural born citizen:
“There’s folks who just weren’t sure whether I was born in the United States, whether I’m a Socialist, so there’s that segment of it which I think is just dug in ideology. And that strain of it has existed in American politics for a long time.”
“Then I think there’s a broader circle around that core group of people who are legitimately concerned about the deficit, who are legitimately concerned that the federal government may be taking on too much. And so I wouldn’t paint in broad brush and say that everybody who is involved, or has gone to a tea party rally, or meeting, are somehow on the fringe. Some of them I think, had some mainstream legitimate concerns.” [...]
“But there is still going to be a group at their core that question my legitimacy, or question the Democratic party generally, or question people who they consider to be against them in some way. And that group we’re probably not going to convince.”