A reader writes:
I am just so tired of these racist attacks on President Obama. Mitt Romney's father, George, was born in Mexico. There are serious questions about whether George's parents were U.S. citizens. Mitt could be called an "anchor baby." George's citizenship was questioned when he was considering his own run for the presidency, yet not nearly as much as Obama's today.
Well, he was white. Another:
I know Romney's not racist, but he basically said, "No one's ever accused ME of being a foreigner! So vote for me!" He's not even accusing Obama of being a foreigner. He's basically saying it's simply bad enough to have a funny name and black skin, because that's going to make some very nice Americans think you're a foreigner, and that's enough of a problem. And who wants a president like this anyway?
It's also likely to empower fringe jokers such as these:
President Barack Obama is a socialist, was raised by communists, and wasn't born in the United States, according to the former Navy SEAL who founded the group Special Operations Speaks (SOS), which aims to portray Obama as anti-military in this election season.
Earlier this week, a different group of former Navy SEALS calling themselves the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund rolled out its campaign to criticize Obama for leaking national security information and taking what it believes as undue credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden. That group claims to be non-political. But the founder of SOS, a similar group with the same mission and the same tactics, says he has no problem admitting that he is against Obama's politics, personality, and believes that America's current president is lying about his origins.
"I have to admit that I'm a Birther," said SOS founder Larry Bailey, a retired 27-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, in an interview. "If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is."