During President Obama’s recent speeches in Los Angeles, he worked in a line that took a jab at the people who refuse to believe that the President is an American citizen. Obama made another joke at the expense of the birthers. In short, the Barack Obama birther comedy tour has taken its show on the road.
Obama opened his remarks at his second DNC event in LA with a jab at the birthers, “I’m going to be very brief. First of all, I just want to thank Jeffrey and Marilyn and all of you who were involved in helping put this together. Jeffrey has been an extraordinary friend from the start, and a lot of you got involved at a time when the prospect of electing a Barack Hussein Obama to the Oval Office was slim. None of you asked for my birth certificate. It was a complete leap of faith.”
Later at the same event Obama addressed his progressive critics:
And there have been times I’m sure during the past two and a half years where you’re reading the papers or you’re watching TV and you’re saying, oh, Obama — why is he compromising the Republicans? Or, oh, why did health care take so long? And I want a single-payer plan anyway. And golly, if he was just as good a communicator as George Clooney — (laughter) — then I’m sure the American people would understand exactly what needs to be done. Gosh.
That’s understandable because there have been times where I’ve been frustrated. But I don’t want you to lose sight of how much we’ve gotten done. What we’ve done here has been historic, and we’re only a quarter of the way through. And we’ve got a lot more work to do. And these budget debates that we’re having now crystallize the debate that we’re going to be having in this country over the next 18 months about who we are, what we care about, what our values are, what our commitments are to each other.
And I’m confident — because I travel around the country, and my poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis, and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people. But when I talk to ordinary folks, they are not always paying attention. If you ask them what the makeup of the budget is, they’ll say 25 percent of it goes to foreign aid. If you ask them about Medicare, they’ll say, I love that program but I wish government wouldn’t get involved in it. Just because they’re busy and they’re tired and they’re working hard. They’re looking after their families, they’re looking after their kids.
Look, if I wasn’t professionally in this, I wouldn’t be following all these debates in Washington. But when you talk to them about their values, what they care about, then they say of course we should make sure every child has a good education and gets opportunity, and absolutely we’ve got to make sure that our commitments to seniors are met, and of course we want a family whose child has a disability to make sure that child is getting everything possible to allow them to succeed. And yes, internationally, we want to stand on the side of human rights and democracy. And we understand the world is complicated. But we have a vision about what America should be in the world and we want to live up to that. And yes, government should live within its means, but we think we can live within its means and still ensure that we’re delivering for the next generation.
It is interesting that in the same speech, Obama mocked away the birthers and addressed progressive impatience with him. (I know progressives like to do their best Tea Party impression, crinkle up their faces, and tell us how mad they are at Obama, but they aren’t really mad. They’re impatient that things have not gotten done faster). The progressives seem to base much of their criticism on their personal feelings of disappointment in the speed of progress, but their criticisms are at least based in real issues. In contrast, the birthers have always been a non-fact based Obama hate fantasy.
The birthers will never understand that outside of the Republican Party, they are a joke. I am sure the right wing will spin Obama’s remarks as the President mocking “Real America” while hanging out with his “liberal Hollywood elite” buddies, but the reality is that the birthers are nothing more than dinner theater comedy for Obama.
This isn’t the first time that Obama has made light of the birthers. When asked about Trump and the birthers during a recent interview with ABC News, the President said, “Well you know, I think that over the last two and a half years there’s been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans. But creates, I think a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the President was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. (LAUGHS) He– he doesn’t have horns.”
President Obama is virtually begging Fox News, the birthers, and Donald Trump to continue raising this “issue.” In fact, the Obama 2012 campaign is openly rooting for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination. The birth certificate conspiracy theorists are helping him get reelected every time they raise the subject.
Obama is so concerned that he has turned ridiculing the birthers into his opening joke on the road. Obama isn’t afraid of the birthers. He is laughing at them. They are the butt of his jokes.
At this rate President Obama’s birther humor is going to keep audiences in stitches all the way through his reelection in 2012.