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Palin Goes ‘Birther’: Obama Birth Certificate ‘A Fair Question’

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HP—During an interview on Thursday with conservative talk radio host Rusty Humphries, former Governor Sarah Palin joined the ‘birther‘ movement — those who doubt the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate, thus calling into question the legitimacy of his presidency.

About 9 minutes into the conversation (which began with a rendition of the song “Sarah, Queen Of The Wild Frontier“) Humphries asked if Palin would “make the birth certificate an issue” if she ran in 2012.

I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue.” Palin said. “I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t know if I would have to bother to make it an issue, because I think that members of the electorate still want answers.

Humphries pressed on: “Do you think it’s a fair question to be looking at?

Palin answered that she did think it was fair. “I think past association and past voting records — all of that is fair game.” She went on to explain that the reason she thought it was fair game, is because of the way people went after “the weird conspiracy theory freaky thing that people talk about that Trig isn’t my real son — ‘You need to produce his birth certificate, you need to prove that he’s your kid,’ which we have done.

Maybe we can reverse that,” she said.

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Update: Lame Back-track

TPM reports: Palin has done a pseudo-backtrack in her Facebook account, denying that she in any way called on Obama to produce his birth certificate or suggested he wasn’t born in the United States — which would seem to contradict the plain text of what she said in the interview:

Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose. I’ve pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child. Conspiracy-minded reporters and voters had a right to ask… which they have repeatedly. But at no point – not during the campaign, and not during recent interviews – have I asked the president to produce his birth certificate or suggested that he was not born in the United States.

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White House Celebrates the 540th Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

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Whitehouse.gov—On Friday we hosted a reception commemorating the 540th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the first guru in Sikhism. It was the first time that this holiday has ever been celebrated at the White House. Members of the Sikh community from around the country were invited to celebrate the occasion with traditional hymns led by the Sikh Kirtani Chanters from the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. Several administration officials were in attendance, including Dr. John Holdren (Office of Science & Technology Policy), Tina Tchen (Office of Public Engagement), Michael Strautmanis (Chief of Staff to Valerie Jarrett), Adolfo Carrion (Urban Affairs), and Nancy Anne DeParle (Health Reform).

Representatives from the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, United Sikhs, and other grassroots leaders came together to recognize the important contributions of Sikhs to our national life. The first Sikhs arrived as laborers in the western United States around 1899 and gradually moved around the country. They went on to become owners of successful businesses, serve honorably in the U.S. military in both world wars and other conflicts, lawyers, doctors, bankers, and members of many other professions.

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Tom Delay Uses His Dancing With the Stars Exit Interview with Newsweek To Make Birther Claims

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dancingdelay-922-cropped-proto-custom_2After suffering from stress fractures in both feet, indited Republican Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay held an interview with Newsweek to discuss leaving Dancing With the Stars. Of course, Tom had other things to discuss about President Obama. Now I know what was so creepy about watching him shake his booty on the show…we were watching a Birther dance.

You got into some trouble for saying on TV that you weren’t sure President Obama was born in the United States.

What I said was, to answer a question from Chris Matthews, I said: “Why wouldn’t the president of the United States show the American people his birth certificate?” You have to show a birth certificate to play Little League baseball. It’s a question that should be answered. It’s in the Constitution that you have to be a natural-born citizen of the United States to be president.

Do you think he isn’t a citizen?

I have no idea.

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As Seen On TV! Birthermercial Asks, Where Was Obama Really Born?

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I wish that this was a snark, or something out of Orly Taitz’ feverish dreams, but unfortunately its not. For those of you that stay up to watch late night TV, don’t be surprised if you see this infomercial, or maybe we should call it a ‘birthermercial’.

TPMMuckraker/Justin Elliott—A new birther infomercial running on a CBS affiliate in Texas and elsewhere around the country tells viewers a “got a birth certificate?” bumper sticker can be theirs for the low price of $30.

The 28-minute program — quite possibly the first ever birthermercial — features community access production values, heavy use of foreboding strings soundtrack, and standard-issue Birther ideology.

For a $30 contribution, viewers also get a fax sent in their name to the 50 state attorneys general and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that President Obama produce his real birth certificate.

Read more, if you dare

Here’s a clip of the first five minutes of the program:

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Some fear GOP is being carried to the extreme…

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Los Angeles Times/Peter Wallsten—Amid a rebirth of conservative activism that could help Republicans win elections next year, some party insiders now fear that extreme rhetoric and conspiracy theories coming from the angry reaches of the conservative base are undermining the GOP’s broader credibility and casting it as the party of the paranoid.

Such insiders point to theories running rampant on the Internet, such as the idea that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and is thus ineligible to be president, or that he is a communist, or that his allies want to set up Nazi-like detention camps for political opponents. Those theories, the insiders say, have stoked the GOP base and have created a “purist” climate in which a figure such as Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) is lionized for his “You lie!” outburst last week when Obama addressed Congress.

They are “wild accusations and the paranoid delusions coming from the fever swamps,” said David Frum, a conservative author and speechwriter for President George W. Bush who is among the more vocal critics of the party base and of the conservative talk show hosts helping to fan the unrest.

“Like all conservatives, I am concerned about this administration’s accumulation of economic power,” Frum said. “Still, you have to be aware that there’s a line where legitimate concerns begin to collapse into paranoid fantasy.”

Frum and other establishment Republicans have spoken out in recent days against the influence of what they view as their party’s fringe elements.

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One of the important and surprising parts of the article is the fact that maybe someone in the Republican party is finally starting to understand that the ‘optics‘ of angry Teabaggers can turn into a net-negative for Republicans.

In one symbolic development, organizers of next year’s Conservative Political Action Conference — the country’s biggest annual meeting of activists on the right — said last week that they had rejected a request to schedule a panel on whether Obama was a native-born U.S. citizen.

“It would fill a room,” said event director Lisa De Pasquale. “But so would a two-headed monkey. There really are so many more important issues, and it’s only a three-day conference.”

CPAC officials said WorldNetDaily’s Farah asked the group to hold the panel.

The CPAC decision came after Washington GOP strategist Jon Henke began a campaign against WorldNetDaily, which has published numerous articles giving credence to the birthplace issue and other allegations against the Obama administration.

WorldNetDaily is also soliciting signatures and e-mail addresses for a petition calling on “any and all controlling legal authorities in this matter” to examine Obama’s birth certificate.

Ok, ok, maybe its just one conference panel, but hey, I’m trying to be an optimist, so at least it’s a start in the right direction.

Let me know what you think!

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