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CNN: Was Obama Born in U.S.? What's the Difference?

Posted on July 28 2009 9:49 am
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On his Hardball program yesterday, Chris Matthews aired film clips of several frightened Republican legislators stammering incoherently, sometimes even scampering away from news cameras, when asked whether they believe there may be any merit to suspicions that President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen.

“Why do Republicans stutter when asked whether they think Barack Obama is … an American?” Matthews asked his guest, Howard Fineman of Newsweek. Fineman replied:

“[B]ecause their nightmare is to go home for the August recess where they would like to spend the time attacking Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, and other things, and have to spend all their time at the meetings talking about whether Barack Obama has a legitimate birth certificate or not. The White House claims they think this story is beneath them. They think it’s an outrage …”

Matthews’ other guest, Ken Vogel of, added this:

“I thought the Obama campaign did a very effective job of undercutting it during the [presidential] campaign by producing these documents [giving evidence of Obama’s birthplace]. Hey, if these documents don’t answer the questions of folks on the right or the libertarian fringe who still continue to insist that Obama is not a natural born citizen, nothing will satisfy them.”

Whether or not there is merit to the suggestion that Obama was born in Kenya rather than in Hawaii, a larger reality ultimately looms much more important: On November 4, 2008, the American people elected, as their President, an individual who:

Was Barack Obama born in America? It is not a question of small import. But ultimately, it does not matter nearly so much as the fact that the American population elected as President an individual who was not, by any means, secretive about his revolutionary intentions and worldview.

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