Some politicos are upset about a joke that Mitt Romney made today at President Obama's expense.
Romney: ?I love being home, where but the both of us were born. No one asked to see my birth certificate. They know this is where we were born and raised.?
The Obama campaign was immediately flabbergasted that Romney would sink so low, releasing this statement.
?Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It?s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney?s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.?
Greg Sargant of Wapo had strong words for Romney's behavior:
Of course Romney fully believes Obama was born in the United States. But in a way, that?s the point ? he?s still willing to dabble in birther humor, either to rev up his base by proving that he?s willing to take it to Obama or whatever, or for a cheap laugh, or for some combination of the two.
Maybe this will get chalked up to Romney?s awkwardness and get dismissed, but it looks to me like a major mistake. Coming just after days spent debating Todd Akin?s ?legitimate rape? remark, this is again a reminder of the extreme voices in the GOP, which Romney has at times been slow to denounce. And it seems less than presidential, to put it mildly. The fact that uncomfortably large numbers still believe Obama has perpetrated an elaborate plot to fake his birthplace and ascend to the presidency illegitimately is a pretty damn big deal.(emphasis mine)
Twitchy has a full list of outraged talking heads.
So basically everyone, including Obama, is pretty upset about this incredible affront on Obama's birth in spite of Romney's continued and consistent position that he is in fact a citizen born in the United States.
But really, Romney was just following the Obama Campaign's own instructions as seen on their website store where you can purchase a coffee mug with Obama's birth certificate printed on the side. Their description makes clear that birther jokes aren't only ok, they want people telling them.
MADE IN THE USA MUG
There's really no way to make the conspiracy about President Obama's birth certificate completely go away, so we might as well laugh at it -- and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke. Get your Obama birth certificate Made in the USA mug today.
Thanks for having a good sense of humor OFA. I'm sure you appreciate Governor Romney playing along with your joke.