Following campaign joke, opponents brand Mitt Romney with #Birther label
After Mitt Romney offered up a joke about his birth certificate this morning at a campaign event in Michigan, opponents seemed split on just how much outrage they could realistically feign. Members of the media, composing themselves after gasping in shock, got as much mileage out of the remark as they could, with MSNBC’s imagination-challenged Michael Eric Dyson accusing Romney of engaging in “some of the basest and most despicable bigotry we can imagine.”
The Obama campaign, meanwhile, jumped on the remark as a means to clear some of its inventory of $22.50 birth certificate mugs while at the same time accusing Romney of “directly enlist[ing] himself in the birther movement.” Within hours, a “Birther-in-Chief” video from the campaign had hit the web.
Obama Campaign Pushes Web Video: 'America Doesn't Need a Birther-in-Chief' http://t.co/ySDSibuM
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 25, 2012
@jaketapper Hey, remember when Obama falsely claimed he was born in Kenya? That was kinda weird, huh?
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) August 25, 2012
@jaketapper they still selling t-shirts & mugs on this meme? It's among their few economic successes
— CTIronman (@CTIronman) August 25, 2012
@jaketapper Ha. Obama's kept birtherism alive more than anyone.
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) August 25, 2012
Never mind Romney’s direct declaration in April, “I believe the president was born in the United States” — opponents are running with the #Birther hashtag as their own pass to go full bigot.
— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) August 25, 2012
— No Patience (@Bye_Dogma) August 25, 2012
— ZsaZsa (@Blogsiren) August 25, 2012
— Michael S. King (@Michael_S_King) August 25, 2012
— Star Jones (@StarJonesEsq) August 24, 2012
— Toni Hargis (@ToniHargis) August 25, 2012
— kittymadgrrrr (@kittymadgrrrr) August 25, 2012
Please boycott @MSNBC's documentary about that racist birther wannabe president called Mitt Romney.
— aspirational12 (@aspirational12) August 24, 2012
— Judith Fardig (@FardigJudith) August 25, 2012
Later in the day, Romney told CBS’s Scott Pelley, “I’ve said throughout the campaign and before, there’s no question about where he was born. He was born in the U.S. This was fun about us, and coming home. And humor, you know — we’ve got to have a little humor in a campaign.” A little? Or more, please?
Romney telling birth cert. joke proves he's not intimidated by the media. That's what they're really upset about.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) August 24, 2012
Don't like the #birther joke? As we hear over and over concerning Dem. humor, lighten up. It's just a joke. Get used to it.
— Ṩụẹ (@MrsD55) August 25, 2012
— BreitTwit (@BreitTwit1) August 24, 2012
Hope Romney tells birth cert. joke during his convention speech. Watching Chris Matthews skull split in half would BE AWESOME.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) August 25, 2012