Rep. Michele Bachmann Joins The Birther Train

I suppose the real surprise isn’t that Minnesota Representative (and potential GOP presidential candidate) Michele Bachmann is joining the folks pushing the “is Obama really a citizen and a Christian” debate, but the fact that it took her so long to do so.

Via the Hill:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Thursday it’s not for her to say whether President Obama is a citizen of the United States — or a Christian.

“That isn’t for me to state; that’s for the president to state,” Bachmann, the leading Tea Party lawmaker in the House, said on “Good Morning America” on ABC. “When the president makes his statements, I think they should stand for their own.”

At issue is the lingering belief, among so-called birthers, that Obama was born outside the U.S., which would make him constitutionally ineligible to serve as president. (The state of Hawaii has produced a birth certificate showing Obama was born there.) Some also inaccurately believe that Obama practices Islam, rather than the Christian faith he routinely claims. 

“We should take the president at his word,” Bachmann said.

Still, her wording mirrors what some other Republicans have said about the president, which critics complain is worded in such a way to allow the birther argument to stand in the GOP.

Of course, the president has said repeatedly that he is a citizen, and he is a Christian, but that doesn’t seem to stop prominent Republicans from simply saying “I believe he was born here, and I believe he is not secretly Muslim.”

For Bachmann, who is believed to be considering a presidential run against Obama in 2012, the issue may be moving beyond the wink wink, nudge nudge antics of playing to the Tea Party crowd.  It may in fact be her way of trying to gather up the fractured support of the GOP, who has decided on no real frontrunner so far for their party nomination.

With recent news that a majority of Republicans believe that the president was not born in the United States, combined with the fact that those who think that are most likely to support the floundering campaign of Sarah Palin, it becomes clear that Bachmann may be using the issue to try and grab Palin’s mantle of popular conservative support.

Is it good for the country to continue to push the idea that the president may be illegitimate?  Probably not, but lately “good for a majority of the country” hasn’t been a priority for the GOP.

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Newguest C.
W. C6 years ago


Catt R.
Catt R6 years ago

And if we had time machines that could take them back to witness the birth they would then say something else to try to make everyone believe he is suspect. ----- The fact is, they do not like OBAMA, pure and simple, because he is not tea party/does not have blue eyes/can't dance/attended their schools rival/is black/thinks they to should pay taxes/....... insert stupid reasoning here.
Congress/most politicians have shown a 'Lord of the Flies' mentality...... With all the wisdom and maturity of 10 and 12 year one can stop their mis-behavior so that in itself justifies it.
They whine that they are paid ONLY 6x what they believe the average american should be paid [and get full benefits that exceed what they feel is justified to support our old and disabled for part time work]..... and a pension plan that actually IS a MAJOR ENTITLEMENT that they wrote and made into law themselves. [Who thought that allowing them to write their own compensation plan was a good idea???]
I think we need to just flush the toilet that is DC and try over.
God save us from these puffed up crazies....... please

Ruadh S.
Ruadha S6 years ago

Bob Skippy B.---Yes! And I want to see Sara Palin's, too. Maybe a little of family trees, to see how many leaves are too close.

Putting aside the running for presdencey--how many times do you have to produce your birth certificate? I know it was necessary to start school, apply for a driver's license, pass port, there's probably more. And both his parents are and were US citizens, and he was born in Hawaii, which really is part of the US.

Janet W.
Janet W.6 years ago

You are all still whipping a dead horse. Leave it alone - it's over - he's already spent 2 years in office. I doubt he's going to leave now. Don't want him there - don't vote for him. If he wins agin - quit bitchin - it ain't gonna do ya no good anyway. This country is never going to get anything done if we don't start working together. This bickering back and forth among the parties in a bunch of nonsense. Knock it off and start to see each others side of things and try to work together. Its a proven fact that the longer we fight, the farther away we get from getting anything good done for this country and the sooner we are going to go under.

Cynthia T.
Cynthia T7 years ago

This is such an old issue. Does anyone REALLY think that a non-American citizen would be voted in as President? Don't you think that opposing political parties would research this fact even BEFORE his nomination? Just in case they happened to miss it, SURELY they would find out before he took his oath of office. C'mon people!!! We have safeguards for that. Do you think that the GOP would let that happen? Look, if you don't like Obama's politics, that's one thing, but the law states that you have to be American born and he is. His birth certificate must have satisfied the GOP because Obama is President, so let's move on to another subject. As for Bachmann, I would love to see her run. I hope Sarah Palin runs also. They both need to be exposed to the American public for their knowledge of politics. Let them debate. They'll only end up digging their own graves and we'll be done with them. Finally!!

Pat L.
Pat L7 years ago

Michele Bachmann is simply a crazy person who made it into office. I think she is following in Sarah Palin's footsteps and will soon wear out her welcome.

Patricia S.
Pat S7 years ago

Adam T,
You've got that right. Sometime much later (like years) we will all be told the truth.

Joshua I.
Joshua I7 years ago

Don't Follow This Insanity-!
This is POLITICAL THEATER, designed to mislead you away from their End-Game Plans of POPULATION REDUCTION-!

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Dorothy C7 years ago

I reproduced this article from WIkIpedia to give people a sense of what the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is all about.

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The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868 as one of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Its Citizenship Clause provides a broad definition of citizenship that overruled the decision in Dred Scott v. S

Adam T.
Adam L7 years ago

The Gov. of Hawaii recently said he couldn't find a copy of Obamas long form birth cert. ANYWHERE. He says he looked personally, to shut up the "birthers"...then found out it just isn't he's shaking his head and wondering himself. People, the guy isn't a citizen. Believe the media an the talking heads that ridicule anyone that thinks otherwise, but you don't seal your personal records on your first day in office, and then spend MILLIONS (of tax payer dollars) to fight multiple lawsuits from a multitude of "non-believers" if you are not hiding something. ANY other president in history would have simply said, "here, take a look at my birth cert., now STFU." Issue over. WHY does YOUR president hide from it??? Where theres smoke theres fire..!