Maybe Senator Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama just isn’t getting enough attention? Or maybe he thinks questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency will help get him re-elected in 2010.
Here’s the good Senator responding to a constituent, who asked if the rumor was true that President Obama is not a natural born citizen, during a community meeting at the All Steak Restaurant, as reported in the Cullman Times:
“Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen any birth certificate,” Shelby said. “You have to be born in America to be president.”
Hmmmmmm…has anyone seen Senator Shelby’s birth certificate? Hell, I heard he was born in Bumfuk, Egypt.
Come to think of it, has Senator Shelby seen any other president’s birth certificate? If so, why did he need to see those birth certificates? If not, why did he respond the way he did about President Obama’s birth certificate?
I’ll tell you why — he’s attempting to perpetuate a right wing lie in order to plant fear and doubt in the minds of people who don’t know any better. It’s the Republican way. Senator Shelby should know better, but he trotted out the fact that he doesn’t for all to see.
According to Ben Smith’s Blog at Politico, Senator Shelby’s spokesmodel, Jonathan Graffeo, states that the Cullman Times distorted the Senator’s words, and saying that he hadn’t seen Obama’s birth certificate was simply a “throwaway line.”
The Cullman Times article contains an incomplete account, and therefore a distortion, of Sen. Shelby’s comments regarding President Obama’s citizenship. At the town hall meeting in Cullman, Sen. Shelby laid out the Constitutional qualifications for the Presidency and said that, while he hasn’t personally seen the President’s birth certificate, he is confident that the matter has been thoroughly examined.
But that wasn’t what the Senator said, was it? Why bring up the fact that Obama’s father was born in Kenya, and “they said he was born in Hawaii,” if he was “confident the matter has been thoroughly examined?” I need to put on my shades to protect my eyes from that glaring inconsistency.
Naturally, the Cullman Times is sticking to it’s story — as they should.
Cullman Times editor Derek Price emails that his reporter, Patrick McCreless, affirmed to him that “we reported Shelby’s comments on Obama’s birth certificate accurately and completely.
“We stand by our story,” Price wrote.
Is it possible that Senator Shelby hasn’t heard that even the Supreme Court wouldn’t hear the case making the ridiculous claim that Obama is not a natural born citizen? Nahhhh, I’m thinking it’s more likely that Senator Shelby was more than willing to give up a chunk of his integrity in order to keep the debunked lie afloat, and to retain the vote of an ill-informed constituent. Pitiful…
I hope the Alabama Democrats have a good candidate to run against Richard Shelby in 2010 — the pickings look good.
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