TAMPA, Fla. – Following Mitt Romney’s quip last week that no one has asked to see his birth certificate, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has decided to double down on the birth certificate controversy and cash in, marketing a campaign button sure to help give the controversy new life.
The 2012 Obama presidential campaign is now selling a button for $5 showing a smiling Barack Obama above the slogan “Made in the USA” and a picture of his birth certificate.
As WND reported, Romney’s quip about the birth certificate issue Friday while campaigning in his birth-state, Michigan, drew an immediate sharp attack from the Obama campaign.
Romney told an enthusiastic crowd in Commerce, Mich., “I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born.”
Noting the local hospitals where he and his wife were born, Romney remarked: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”
In response, the Obama campaign shot back just a couple of hours later with a post on the president’s Facebook page saying Romney had “directly enlisted himself in the birther movement.”
A message sent from Obama’s personal Twitter account called it a “new low for Romney.”
The campaign now has struck a lighter tone, with the “Made in the USA” button on sale at the BarackObama.com website with the following message:
“There’s really no way to make the conspiracy about President Obama’s birth certificate completely go away, so we might as well laugh at it – and make sure as many people as possible are in on the joke. Get your Obama birth certificate Made in the USA button today.”
Shortly after the Obama campaign button was introduced, a “Made in Africa” satirical lookalike appeared.
Chris Matthews goes ‘birther’ berserk
Broadcasting from outside the Republican National Convention Monday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews repeatedly blasted Romney for his “birther joke,” characterizing the presumptive Republican candidate’s remarks as racist and claiming the GOP intends to run a divisive campaign against Obama.
“Poor Barack Obama is vulnerable, because if he shows any anger, then he’s an angry black man,” Matthews said, implying Obama was a victim of a Republican Party decision to play the race card. “This is used over and over again as a dog whistle, and you don’t have to be a dog to hear it.”
In its coverage of the RNC, MSNBC has insisted the Republican Party is portraying Obama as “different” or not fully American.
“A president of the United States being forced to present his papers has this shoved in his face,” Matthews went on, claiming the controversy stemmed back to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Matthews contended the conservative think tank had argued Obama’s controversial health care plan was a form of European governmental socialism, because it wanted to send a message that Obama was not truly American.