Birther Bachmann Won’t Say Obama’s a US Citizen (Video)

February 17, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)–Why won’t Republican lawmakers condemn the crazed racist birthers in their midst? Because they are afraid of offending their right-wing xenophobic base, a majority of whom believe the offensive conspiracy theory that President Obama, our first black president, was born in Kenya and is a secret Muslim Manchurian candidate usurper. And if morally bankrupt Republican leaders can perpetuate the insane birther conspiracy theory, with a wink and a nod, they can weaken the President by planting seeds of doubt among voters in 2012. It’s reprehensible behavior. Republican lawmakers don’t care. The unhinged right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann is the latest elected official to refuse to publicly denounce birthers. But she went one step further than her counterparts House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Bachmann wouldn’t even say if she personally believes President Obama is a U.S. citizen and a Christian. Despicable.

Republican lawmakers are playing a cute little game here that hearkens back to the GOP’s “Southern Strategy” of odious dog whistles to appeal to their racist base. But this birther nonsense is even more offensive. They know President Obama was born in Hawaii and that he’s a Christian, but they would rather act like squirmy weasels to gain a few extra votes from bigots.

Bachmann made her weaselly remarks during a February 17 interview with ABC’s Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos. The tea party queen Bachmann, who once advocated for an investigation into the anti-American beliefs of Democratic lawmakers, issued the usual squirrelly response to the birther question, “I take him at his word.” Well, I take Bachmann at her word that she isn’t a foreign-born usurper from the planet Jupiter.

STEPHANOPOULOS: A sizable number of GOP primary voters still are questioning President Obama’s faith and citizenship. Can you just state very clearly that President Obama is a Christian and he is a citizen of the United states?

BACHMANN: Well, that isn’t for me to state, that’s for the president to state…

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you believe it?

BACHMANN: I think that when the President makes his statements, I think they need to stand for their own.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But he has said it very clear. I’m just asking if you believe it?

BACHMANN: Well, I think we should take the President at his word.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you can’t say, you can’t just sit there and declare the president is a citizen and he is a Christian?

Bachmann refused to say whether she believed President Obama was a U.S. citizen and a Christian, and she then went into a rant about the federal stimulus program.



Photo Source: Wikimedia/Gage Skidmore/Michele Bachmann CPAC, February 10, 2011/Creative Commons Attribution.


5 Responses to “Birther Bachmann Won’t Say Obama’s a US Citizen (Video)”

  1. Stuart on February 17th, 2011 9:30 pm

    Dear Sue,

    Since you obviously got copies of Mr Obama’s Occidental College admission records, his long form bc, his unredacted passport, and the reason his SSN begins with a number that was given for those in Connecticut (which I believe you can see from your back yard in Kamehameha Heights), you must have forgotten to include them in your screed. Or not.
    But you have no positive facts, thus, ad hominem attacks are the pitiful best you can do.
    My, my, my, my, my. The state to which you aspiring journo-list types have fallen.

  2. Sailor on February 17th, 2011 9:53 pm

    Sue: You have used many adjectives in you piece, but precious few facts. You also are in error when framing the issue.

    The issue is not whether Obama is a “citizen”, or even whether he was born in the US. The issue is whether he is a “natural born citizen” (Constitutional standard) which is not the same as being a “citizen” (not the Constitutional standard for President). It is that simple.

    Here is the real issue, put in the form of a simple question, and completely accurate (true) with respect to the facts given:

    “Is a person, born in the United States, of an American citizen mother (who is a minor) and a father who is a citizen only of another country (Kenya or Great Britain, take your choice) a “natural born citizen”, qualified by the Constitution to be President?”

    The question presumes all the facts you claim, or would claim, are true, established by Obama’s rather sketchy, and contradictory, biography. Good luck!

  3. R. huber on February 17th, 2011 10:03 pm

    Sue: The “facts mam”–only the facts. When they are provided by the defendant , case closed. Until then your invective toward those who dare to ask simple questions, won’t solve ANYTHING. And the beat goes on. Ron.

  4. majii on February 21st, 2011 1:24 pm


    I’m late to the game, but I see that the birthers decided to infiltrate the site to push their nonsense. I find it very revealing that none of them have ever questioned the American citizenship of ANY president until Barack Obama won the election in 2008. Had McCain won, even though he was born in the Panama Canal Zone, none of them would be asking him to verify his citizenship to their satisfaction.

    Also, I’ve been voting since 1972, and I’ve never seen a president so besieged by requests for his college records as President Obama has. To any sane person, the information that a law school student was editor of a major college publication like the Harvard Law Review would be enough to verify that the person not only attended college and law school but was also an above average student. Few students are editors of their law school’s review journal. Plus, one doesn’t get into law school without have decent grades or posting a good score on the LSAT.

    There is definitely a different standard being applied to President Obama, but none of these birthers will explain why they feel it is sooooo necessary. I know the answer, but if I mention it, then I’m accused by the birthers of playing the race card. I would think that having grown up under segregation, I would know racism when I see it. It’s not wrong to state the truth, and that is their objection to anyone who dares to point it out to them. They have to have some “cover” for their racist attitudes, so they cloak it in constant appeals for President Obama to provide his “rill” birth certificate. After posting the official copy from HI on the internet the birthers don’t realize that that’s all he owes them. Even Karl Rove has realized that the birthers are a negative to the republicans’ chances of winning the majority in Congress and the White House in 2012. Palin mimicked Rove’s position on the issue recently, too, but the birthers are paying no attention to either of them.

  5. Montana on February 23rd, 2011 1:56 pm

    To all the “Chicken Littles” or should I say “Chicken Hawks” that keep saying that the sky is falling, and the Unites States will fail, never bet against the United States of America, we are coming back and you and the rest of you phonies are wrong!

    The Birthers just HATE and can’t debate, where is there proof you might asked? Up where the sun don’t shine, HA, HA, show some proof birthers or people will continue to see you as dumb, stupid or racist, maybe all three. Can you blame them?

Got something to say? **Please Note** - Comments may be edited for clarity or obscenity, and all comments are published at the discretion of - Comments are the opinions of the individuals leaving them, and not of or its partners. - Please do not spam or submit comments that use copyright materials, hearsay or are based on reports where the supposed fact or quote is not a matter of public knowledge are also not permitted.