In the case of “Don’t go there” concerning the birth certificate issue which many prominent Republicans have encouraged people to stay away from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney went in the opposite direction on Friday. At a rally in Michigan Romney let a birth certificate joke fly.
“I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born,” he said. “Ann was born at Henry Ford hospital, I was born at Harper hospital. No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.“
Oh no you didn’t! Oh yes he did and the liberal media nearly had a massive coronary over the comment.
For those who believe that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery and for others that believe that he is not even a natural born citizen the comments were not meant to patronize you. In fact, Townhall’s Guy Benson said,
I have taken a hard line with so-called “birthers” for years. Their claims are unfounded, debunked, and ridiculous. The president is a natural born US citizen, which Romney has affirmed repeatedly. So what was the point of this remark? In my mind, it is obviously a calculated move by Romney, who isn’t a loose cannon or a risk taker. I suspect the Romney camp is aware that the bright-shiny-object media would pounce on this, and Democrats would stir up a bunch of fake indignation in response. It would move the outrage du jour past the insufferable Todd Akin, and shift the spotlight onto this “controversy” for a news cycle or so. Everyone — and I mean everyone — understands that Romney was joking around and needling the president, Team Romney’s deadpan reaction notwithstanding. The one-liner is his answer to Obama’s numerous, frivolous and dopey ‘Seamus’ jokes on the campaign trail. If Obama wants to make a laugh line out of Romney’s dog on the roof of a car in the 1980s, Romney can offer a self-aware crack that pokes fun at not only the president, but at the birthers, too.
It is rather strange that Benson would say this in light of the fact that Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be in Tamps to speak to the delegates on Obama’s birth certificate.
Later in an interview with CBS, Romney said that it was not a swipe at Obama. However, Romney went on to say, “I’ve said throughout the campaign that and before, there’s no question about where he was born.”
“He was born in the U.S. This was fun about us and coming home, and humor – you know, we’ve got to have a little humor in the campaign as well,” Romney continued.
I tend to believe it was a swipe at Obama. That’s why it made news headlines. But Benson may also be correct in affirming that it was a swipe at “birthers” who believe that Barack Obama has not been forthcoming about his birth certificate and that the one posted online at the White House website is a forgery, just as Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse has determined it to be.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.